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20. For Readers of the Qur'an


Whoever reads the Qur'an carefully, finds in it unique verses and exciting expressions about Christ and his mother:

"And she guarded her virginity, so we breathed into her of our spirit and made her and her Son a sign to the worlds." (Sura al-Anbiya' 21:91)

وَالَّتِي أَحْصَنَتْ فَرْجَهَا فَنَفَخْنَا فِيهَا مِنْ رُوحِنَا وَجَعَلْنَاهَا وَابْنَهَا آيَةً لِلْعَالَمِينَ. (سُورَة الأَنْبِيَاء ٢١: ٩١)

In a list of Old Testament prophets, the Virgin Mary appears as the closing climax. (Sura al-Anbiya' 21:50-91) She is a distinguished person, for she heard and received the revelation of Allah. In addition, the Spirit of Allah came into her, so Christ was born of her. This is why the Qur'an calls her "a sign of Allah", not only to the people of this world, but also to the angels and the demons of the other world. The spirit of Allah became a man in her! Therefore her Son had the authority to drive out demons from the possessed, to heal the sick, to forgive the repentant their sins and to anoint the justified with the spirit of Allah. Christ was born blameless of the Holy Spirit into our corrupt world. Mary was the eye of the needle through which Allah sent Him. This is why Sura 19 is called "Sura Maryam".

It is astonishing that Mary is the only woman whose name appears in the Qur'an. The mother of Muhammad or the names of his wives are not written in it. Other women mentioned in the Qur'an are only attributed to their husbands – such as the wife of 'Imran and the wife of Pharaoh. The Virgin Mary is worthy of a careful inquiry with regard to her relatives, her son and the ways of her life.

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