The Virgin Mary and The Virgin Birth

The chapter 3 and 19 of the Qur’an tells us about the virgin Mary and the virgin birth.

The Birth of Mary and Early Years of Her Life, and Zechariah and John

3:33 God has selected Adam, and Noah, and the family of Abraham, and the family of Imran over the worlds.

3:34 A progeny each from the other, and God is Hearer, Knower.

3:35 When the wife of Imran said: “My Lord, I have vowed to You what is in my womb, completely, so accept from me, You are the Hearer, the Knower.”

3:36 So when she had delivered she said: “My Lord, I have delivered a female,” and God is fully aware of what she delivered, “And the male is not like the female, and I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge for her and her progeny with You from the outcast devil.”

3:37 So her Lord accepted her a good acceptance, and made her grow into a good growth, and charged Zechariah with her. Every time Zechariah entered upon her in the enclosure, he found provisions with her. He said: “O Mary, from where did you get this?” She said: “It is from God, for God provides for whom He wishes without reckoning.”

3:38 It was then that Zechariah implored his Lord; he said: “My Lord, grant me from You a good progeny. You are the Hearer of prayer.”

3:39 So the angels called to him while he was standing, giving allegiance, in the enclosure: “God gives you glad tidings of John, affirming the word from God, and a master, and steadfast, and a prophet from the upright.”

3:40 He said: “My Lord, how can I have a boy when old age has reached me and my wife is infertile?” He said: “It is as such that God does what He pleases.”

3:41 He said: “My Lord, make for me a sign.” He said: “Your sign is not to speak to the people for three days except by symbol, and remember your Lord greatly, and glorify at dusk and dawn.”


19:2 A reminder of the mercy of your Lord to His servant Zechariah. 19:3 When he called out to his Lord secretly. 19:4 He said: “My Lord, my bones have gone frail, and my hair has turned white, and I have never been mischievous in imploring You my Lord.” 19:5 “And I fear the kinfolk after I am gone, and my wife is infertile, so grant me from Yourself an ally.” 19:6 “To inherit from me, and inherit from the descendants of Jacob. And make him, my Lord, well pleasing.” 19:7 “O Zechariah, We give you glad tidings of a boy whose name is John. We have not given that name before to anyone.” 19:8 He said: “My Lord, how can I have a boy when my wife is infertile, and I have reached a very old age?” 19:9 He said: “It is such that your Lord has said. It is an easy thing for Me. And I had created you before, when you were not a thing.” 19:10 He said: “My Lord, make for me a sign.” He said: “Your sign is that you will not speak to the people for three nights consecutively.” 19:11 So he went out among his people from the enclosure, and indicated to them that they should glorify Him at dawn and dusk. 19:12 “O John, take the Book with confidence.” And We gave him authority while in his youth. 19:13 And tenderness from Us, and purity, and he was ever righteous. 19:14 And dutiful to his parents, and never was he a disobedient tyrant. 19:15 And peace be upon him the day he was born, and the day he dies, and the Day he is resurrected alive.

The Virgin Birth

3:42 And the angels said: “O Mary, God has selected you and purified you, and He has selected you over all the women of the worlds.”

3:43 “O Mary, be dutiful to your Lord and prostrate and kneel with those who kneel.”

3:44 This is from the news of the unseen that We inspire to you. You were not with them when they drew straws as to which one of them will be charged with Mary; you were not with them when they disputed.

3:45 And the angels said: “O Mary, God gives you glad tidings of a word from Him. His name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary. Honorable in this world and in the Hereafter, and from among those who are made close.”

3:46 “And he will speak to the people from the cradle and to middle-age, and is from among the upright.”

3:47 She said: “My Lord, how can I have a son when no mortal has been with me?” He said: “It is thus that God creates what He wills, when He decrees a command, He merely says to it ‘Be,’ and it is.”


19:16 And recall in the Book Mary, when she withdrew herself from her family to a place which was to the east.

19:17 So she took a veil to separate her from them, so We sent Our Spirit to her, and he took on the shape of a mortal in all similarity.

19:18 She said: “I seek refuge with the Almighty from you if you are righteous.”

19:19 He said: “I am the messenger of your Lord, to grant you the gift of a boy who is pure.”

19:20 She said: “How can I have a boy when no mortal has been with me; and I have never been unchaste?”

19:21 He said: “It is such that your Lord has said, it is easy for Me. And We shall make him a sign for the people and a mercy from Us. It is a matter already ordained.”

19:22 So she was pregnant with him, and she went to deliver in a far place.

19:23 Then the birth pains came to her, by the trunk of a palm tree. She said: “I wish I had died before this, and became totally forgotten!”

19:24 But then he called to her from beneath her: “Do not be sad, your Lord has made below you a stream.”

19:25 “And using the trunk of the palm tree, shake towards you; it will cause ripe dates to fall upon you.”

19:26 “So eat and drink and be content. If you see any mortal, then say: ‘I have vowed an abstinence for the Almighty, so I will not talk today to any of mankind.’”

19:27 Then she came to her people carrying him. They said: “O Mary, you have come with a thing totally unexpected!”

19:28 “O sister of Aaron, your father was not a wicked man, and your mother was never unchaste!”

19:29 So she pointed to him. They said: “How can we talk to someone who is a child in a cradle?”

19:30 He said: “I am a servant of God, He has given me the Book and made me a prophet.”

19:31 “And He made me blessed wherever I am, and He has charged me with the allegiance and purification as long as I am alive.”

19:32 “And to be dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a mischievous tyrant.”

19:33 “And peace be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the Day I am resurrected alive.”

19:34 Such was Jesus, son of Mary, and this is the truth of the matter in which they doubt.

19:35 God was never to take a son, be He glorified. If He decrees a matter, then He simply says to it: ‘Be,’ and it is.

19:36 And God is my Lord and your Lord, so serve Him. This is a straight path.

19:37 Thus the Confederates disputed between them. Therefore, woe to those who have rejected from the scene of a terrible Day.

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