The Significance of Maryam

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In the Quran (Surat Al-Imran 3:42), Allah describes Maryam (Mary), who had not yet borne Aissa (Jesus), this way:

وَإِذْ قَالَتِ الْمَلَائِكَةُ يَا مَرْيَمُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ اصْطَفَاكِ وَطَهَّرَكِ وَاصْطَفَاكِ عَلَىٰ نِسَاءِ الْعَالَمِينَ

And the angels said: “O Maryam, Allah has selected you and cleansed you, and He has selected you over all the women of the worlds.

We shall show in this analysis how Allah has raised her to the level of prophet, how she meets the criteria of that level, and what this means for her gender. Continue reading

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