The Qur’an contains some beautiful verses about Mary, Jesus’ Mother. The prophet Mohammed touches the heart of every true believer by his testimony in favor of Jesus and his Mother.
Mary is veritably the Heavenly Bridge that links the liberated believers coming from the world of Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Happy are those who discover the grandeur of Mary, Jesus’ Mother, and her role in the Plan of the Merciful One.
The Immaculate Conception
The Qur’an confirms the privileged position of Mary in God’s Plan. The prophet Mohammed reveals:
“The Angels said to Mary: ‘Mary, God has chosen you and made you pure: He has truly chosen you above all women’.” (Qur’an III; The Family of Imran,42)
Mary has been chosen to be the mother of the Messiah, the Word of God.
The Qur’an reveals:
“The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was the messenger of God, His Word, directed to Mary, a Spirit from Him.” (Qur’an IV; Women,172)
This verse reveals the greatness of Jesus, the son of Mary: He is the Word of God and the Spirit of God. To be worthy of becoming the receptacle of the Word of God on earth, Mary has been preserved from all sin ever since her conception.
The prophet Mohammed reveals to us the Immaculate Conception of Mary long before the Catholic Church proclaimed this dogma in 1854.
In fact, Mohammed says in a Hadith:
“No man is born unless the devil wounds him since his birth and he shouts loud because of this satanic wound (the tarnish of original sin), except Mary and her Son.”
(This verse from the “Noble Discussions” is reported in the “Jalalein” interpretation of verse 35 of Sura “The Family of Imran”; it is a Hadith related by Abu Houraira , see http://www.el-ilm.net/t1333-maryam-bint-imran. It is also reported in a slightly different way by Al Bokhari, see the original French book “L’authentique tradition musulmane, choix de hadiths”, Fasquelle, p. 48.)
So, only Jesus and his Mother Mary have been preserved from the claws of Satan.
Actually, Muhammed also reveals us that Mary was devoted to God by her mother at the time of her pregnancy and when she was delivering her. The wife of Imran (Anne) said:
“‘Lord, I have dedicated what is growing in my womb entirely to You; so accept this from me. You are the One who hears and knows all,’ but when she gave birth, she said, ‘My Lord! I have given birth to a girl’– God knew best what she had given birth to: the male is not like the female–’ I name her Mary and I commend her and her offspring (Jesus) to Your protection from the rejected Satan’.” (Qur’an III; The Family of Imran,35-36)
Our Father heard the prayer of her mother, the wife of Imran, in preserving Mary from all the devil’s temptations.
It was necessary that Mary be entirely pure and entirely modeled by the Holy Spirit, so she can receive and give the world, the Word of God. She was “made pure” (Qur’an III; The Family of Imran,42) to receive the “pure son” which the Angel had announced to Her (Qur’an XIX; Mary,19).
With regards to Mary’s virginity in the Qur’an, God expresses himself by the two following verses:
“God has also given examples of believers… Mary, daughter of Imran. She guarded her virginity, so We breathed into her from Our spirit. She accepted the truth of her Lord’s words and Scriptures: she was truly devout.” (Qur’an LXVI; Prohibition,12)
“Remember the one who guarded her virginity… We breathed into her from Our Spirit and made her and her son a Sign for the worlds.” (Qur’an XXI; The Prophets,91)
Mohammed thus confirms Mary’s virginity. Moreover, our Mother is given as an example to follow for all believers. He who approaches Mary, approaches her Son.
God has “breathed of His Spirit” into Mary. It is the Holy Spirit which descended on Mary to impregnate her. Luke reports in his Gospel, that the Angel said to Mary:
“‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God.’” (Luke 1,34-35)
And the Qur’an reveals the Angel’s words to Mary:
“But he said: ‘I am but a Messenger from your Lord, to announce to you the gift of a pure son.’ She said, ‘How can I have a son when no man has touched me? … and he said, ‘This is what your Lord said: “It is easy for Me– We shall make him a sign to all people, a blessing from Us.”‘ And so it was ordained: she conceived him. She withdrew to a distant place” (Qur’an XIX; Mary,16-22)
The ordination was fixed and became operative thanks to the “Yes” of Mary. God then “breathed from His Spirit” (Qur’an XXI; The Prophets,91) into Mary and she “conceived the Child” (Qur’an XIX; Mary,22).
Jesus was conceived in Mary by a miracle of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus’ miraculous conception is thus attested by the Gospel and the Qur’an (see the detailed explanation in “A Look of faith at the Qur’an”, chapter 4.2 – The Messiah and his title of Son of God).
Prophet Muhammed’s testimony is touching:
“We made her and her son a Sign for the worlds.” (Qur’an XXI; The Prophets,91)
This marvelous sign “for the worlds”, is a sign for the Muslim, Christian and Jewish world. And it is the sign of the Word of God and his Immaculate Mother amongst us.
Mohammed certifies this in the following words:
“The angels said to Mary: ‘Mary, God gives you news of a Word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, Who will be held in honor in this world and the Next who will be one of those brought near to God’.” (Qur’an III; The Family of Imran,45)
And to understand all the dimension of the Word of God, it is necessary to refer to John in his Gospel:
“In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came to be, not one thing had its being but through him. All that came to be had life in him and that life was the light of men, a light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower… The Word was made flesh, he lived among us…” (John 1,1-16)
So, in talking of the “Word coming from Him (God)”, which would be born from the Virgin Mary, Muhammed indisputably makes a link with John’s verses on the nature of the Word.
Muhammed underlines that “He will be illustrious in this world and in the other, and will be among the elect of God”. And who is more illustrious than the Word which emanates from God?
If Muhammed attests then, that Jesus is the Word of God, it is therefore that he encourages all Muslims to hear the clear words of life of the Word of God. And these words are found in the Gospels.
Thanks to the prophet Muhammed for this striking testimony in favor of Jesus, the Word of God, and of His mother, who assembles the true Believers liberated from fanaticism around Mary, the Mother of all Believers.
Mary, during her childhood, was entrusted to the Temple under the caretake of Zachariah. Each day she was nourished miraculously:
“Her Lord graciously accepted her (Mary) and made her grow in the best growth, and entrusted her to the charge of Zachariah. Whenever Zachariah went in to see her in her sanctuary, he found her supplied with provisions. He said, ‘Mary, how is it you have these provisions?’ and she said, ‘they are from God: God provides limitlessly for whomever He will’.” (Qur’an III; The Family of Imran,37)
Each day, Mary received from God the spiritual food necessary to prepare her for her great Mission: to become the Mother of the Messiah, announced by all the prophets. God nourished Mary’s soul with the food of the Holy Spirit in view of the reception of his Son.
This reaffirms a great symbolism. Beside Mary, spiritual food is abundant; it is given “limitlessly”. Beside her, we find all the graces. If before the birth of Jesus, our Father was pleased to replenish her with spiritual nutrition, what would it have been like during her pregnancy, and later, during the life of Jesus?
This nutrition, given daily through Mary, also symbolizes the Bread of Life, Jesus’ Body and Blood who takes life in her to offer Himself to the world, and who will be given “limitlessly”. Mary is the first to have had communion to Jesus’ Body, as she received him in her.
It is why, in a pictorial way, the Song of Songs in the Bible sings of wheat in Mary’s belly:
“Your navel is a bowl well rounded with no lack of wine, your belly a heap of wheat surrounded with lilies.” (Song of Songs 7,3)
This verse applies to Mary, our Mother. The Divine Bread and Wine came out from her blessed womb.
This corresponds to the invitation launched in the Qur’an to all believers to be nourished from the “table that comes down from Heaven”, a “Feast” for “the first and last of us” (Qur’an V; The Table,112-115).
Muhammed, with great subtlety, confirms these Eternal Truths (see “The Bread of Life in the Bible and in the Qur’an” and “Mary in the Bible”).
Mohammed adds that “He made her (Mary) grow in the best growth” as mentioned in the verse 37. It is about a growth “in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and men”, just as with Jesus (Luke 2,52).
It was necessary that Mary be mature, and that her spirit was already very elevated to be able to share the intimacy of the Word of God and His Spirit.
It is good to meditate on this abundance of the Holy Spirit with all his Graces which circulate between Jesus and Mary.
This is the reason why Mohammed underlined:
“We made the son of Mary and his mother a Sign; We gave them shelter on a peaceful hill with flowing water.” (Qur’an XXIII; The Believers,50)
This peaceful hill is the inner hill, which no noise on earth can disturb. It is the inner dialogue of heart to heart in the Holy Spirit. And the Flowing Source, which is the Holy Spirit Himself according to Jesus’ words to the Samaritan:
“… but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside them, welling up to eternal life.” (John 4,14)
And Jesus explains this later on:
“On the last day and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood there and cried out: ‘If any person is thirsty, let them come to me! Let the person come and drink who believes in me!’ As Scripture says: From his breast shall flow fountains of living water. He was speaking of the Spirit which those who believed in him were to receive, for there was no Spirit as yet because Jesus had not yet been glorified.” (John 7,37-39)
It is on the Cross that Jesus was glorified, contrary to all the mentality of this world. It is on the Cross, that Jesus destroyed the Zionist mentality in the hearts of his Apostles. He thus opened the door to the Coming of the Holy Spirit, which henceforth, liberated from this obstacle, could flow like a river and irrigate the pure hearts.
Mohammed therefore invites all true believers to get closer to this “peaceful hill with flowing water”, to drink from this Spring of the Holy Spirit which gushes out thanks to Jesus’ Cross. It is a Universal Spring, enriched today by the blood of the martyrs who are killed by the Beast (see “The Key of the Apocalypse”).
The prophet Mohammed certifies thus in the Qur’an, the Virgin Mary’s importance in God’s Plan.
Mary is cited 33 times in the Qur’an, one time for each year spent with her Son. God wanted therefore to honor the Mother of the Messiah who was faithful to her Son through all the years of his life.
In the Qur’an, Jesus is mentioned most of the times together with Mary. By doing so, God gives us a great teaching, valid for all the religions and times. Jesus is inseparable from his Mother:
“We made the son of Mary and his mother a Sign.” (Qur’an XXIII; The Believers,50)
“We made her and her son a Sign for the worlds.” (Qur’an XXI; The Prophets,91)
Mary is the only woman mentioned in the Qur’an. In this sense, the Qur’an entirely supports the Bible, as it reveals to us the primordial importance of Mary beside her Son, and beside us all, her children.
Mary is an extraordinary union between all independent believers, coming from Christian, Muslim and Jewish backgrounds.
She is giving birth again today, “in the desert”, the new people of God, all pure hearts who resist the Antichrist, the Beast, the Dajjal, which is the Impious State of Israel, prophesied and denounced by the Bible and the Qur’an (see “The Key of the Apocalypse” and “The Apocalypse according to Mohammed”).
May the Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, the prophet Muhammed, and all the martyrs of this Holy Cause, accord us the final triumph!