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MARYAM, THE MOTHER OF ISA or JESUS (alayhissalām)

Maryam (Mary), the mother of Isa or Jesus (alayhissalām), was a pious Muslim woman from the offspring of Israel during the time of Prophet Zakariyya (alayhissalām). Prophet Zakariyya was a prophet of Allah revealed to convey to the people to follow the Shariah revealed to Prophet Musa. In the Qur'an there is a chapter named Maryam referring to Maryam, the mother of Isa  or Jesus (alayhissalām). This chapter talks about Maryam: her birth, her story, and the birth of Prophet Isa  or Jesus (alayhissalām), and other things.

Maryam's mother conceived and delivered Maryam when she was an old woman, at an age when women usually can no longer have babies. One day Maryam's mother saw a bird feeding its young and she longed for a baby herself.

She made a supplication to Allah to bless her with a child and vowed that she would make him a servant for the Holy House in Jerusalem, dedicated for worship, because she thought the child would be male. Allah answered her supplication and Maryam's mother conceived and delivered a baby girl. She named her "Maryam" and asked Allah to protect her and her offspring from evil.

Since Maryam's father had died, Prophet Zakariyya  became Maryam's guardian. From him, Maryam learned the Religion. She grew up as a righteous, pure, and pious Muslim woman worshipping Allah and endeavoring greatly in performing obedience to Him. Before she turned fourteen years old, Maryam was a waliyyah (a very pious woman with a special status). She became the best of the women in the world. It is mentioned in the Qur'an that the angels said Allah chose Maryam and preferred her to the other women of the world.

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