Virgin Mary

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Virgin Mary

Virgin Mary also called Mother Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ. Simply put, the Blessed Virgin Mary, or “Mother Mary” (the term of endearment we Catholics usually use), is the Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ. Mother Mary is known in 2 religions, in Islam and in Christianity.

Virgin Mary Christianity

In Christianity the mother of Jesus Christ is Virgin Mary where as his Father is said to be God Himself and so Jesus Christ is known to be both a Human and a God. Mother Mary is not a goddess. However because she is the Virgin Mother of Jesus, Mary deserves our utmost respect and honor. Giving Mary the due respect, love and honor would be giving greater glory to her Divine Son. Mary is indeed “Virgin” AND “Mother” because she conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Ghost, and WITHOUT the help of any human man. Mary is absolutely immaculate, absolutely pure, absolutely inviolate, before, during and after Jesus Christ was conceived in Her womb. Catholic Scripture tells us that Mother Mary questioned the Angel Gabriel when he announced to her that She, from the time of her consent onwards, She, the only human being conceived without original sin, was to be the Mother of the Savior Jesus Chris.

Virgin Mary in Islam

In Islam virgin mary is known as Hazrat mariyam, mother of Hazrat Isa (Jesus Christ). According to the holy Quran (the book of muslims)  divine grace surrounded Mary from birth, and she had received messages of Allah through angel Jibraiel (Gabriel) from her early childhood, showing that she had been chosen by Allah, and preferred her among all the women of the world and had purified her for her role which was later to come. This event, according to the same narrative, was followed by the annunciation of a child who was to be miraculously conceived by her through the intervention of the divine spirit while she was still virgin, whose name would be Jesus and who would be the “anointed one,” the Promised Messiah. As such, orthodox Islamic belief “has upheld the tenet of the virgin birth of Jesus, and although the classical Islamic thinkers never dwelt on the question of the perpetual virginity of Mary at any great length. It was generally agreed in traditional Islam that Mary remained a virgin throughout her life, with the Quran’s mention of Mary’s purification “from the touch of men”.

The birth of Mary is also mentioned in the Quran. Her father’s name was Imran and her mother’s name was Hannah who was the only wife of Imran, Hannah had prayed for a child which she received in the form of Mary although her father died before she was born.

According to the Quran, Mary was chosen twice by the Lord:  O Mary! Verily Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds [3:42];

 first one being the selection of Mary given to Imran and second that she became pregnant without a male. So this is how she was chosen over all other women in the world. The Quran narrates the virgin birth of Jesus numerous times. In sura 19 (Maryam), ayat 17–21, the annunciation is given, followed by the virgin birth in due course. In Islam, Jesus is called, the “spirit of God” because he was through the action of the spirit, but that belief does not include the doctrine of his pre-existence, as it does in Christianity. And so in Islam hazrat Isa ( Jesus Christ) in considered an ordinary human but with some miracles granted to him by Allah Himself as a prove of him being a messenger.

According to the Quran, the following conversation transpired between the angel Gabriel and Mary when he appeared to her in the form of a man:

And mention, [O Muhammad], in the Book [the story of] Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place toward the east. And she took, in seclusion from them, a screen. Then We sent to her Our Angel, and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man. She said, “Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, [so leave me], if you should be fearing of Allah.” He said, “I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy.” She said, “How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?” He said, “Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.'[19:16-21]

In Quran it is told that when Hazrat Isa was born the ruler of that time had ordered all male children were to be killed and so Mary kept his birth a secret.

Mary holds a singularly exalted place in Islam as, the only woman named in the Quran, which refers to her seventy times and explicitly identifies her as the greatest of all women stating, with reference to the angelic saluation during the annunciation, “O Mary, God has chosen you, and purified you; He has chosen you above all the women of creation.” In the Quran, her story is related in three Meccan chapters (19, 21, 23) and four Medinan chapters (3, 4, 5, 66), and the nineteenth chapter of the scripture, titled “Mary” (Surah Maryam), is named after her. The Quran refers to Mary more often than the New Testament.

Resting place

 She is believed to be buried in the tomb of Virgin Mary at the foot of “mount of olives” in “Jerusalem”. The Christian church was built at that place which has been destroyed many times but the crypt (the stone chamber beneath the church) still remains unharmed.

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