Why is Mary the only woman mentioned by name in the Quran? Why did Allah choose her and prefer her above all the women of creation (Qs 3:42)? No other prophet’s mother was given such an honor. What made this woman so special to Allah and the world?
God Chose Mary to Bring the Messiah into the World
God gave Mary great honor because of the glorious task he assigned to her. He chose her to bring the Messiah into the world. It was the most unusual and important mission ever given to a woman. She would be the mother of the Savior of the world. God’s angel said to her, “O Mary! Allah gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name is Christ Isa, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of those nearest to Allah” (Qs 3:45). Mary was given a great honor. But to her son belongs the greater honor. Mary was special, but she died and her body is still in the grave. Her son, Isa Al-Masih, is in heaven and lives forever.
Christians Do Not Worship Mary
Christians do not worship Mary. We honor her just as God honored her. Mary did not die for the sins of the world. Mary cannot offer forgiveness for sin. Only Isa, who came forth from her womb, can do these things. Only Isa is worthy of worship.
Only Isa Can Offer Salvation
It is said about Isa, “He will save his people from their sins” (Injil, Matthew 1:21). He was called “Immanuel” which means “God with us” (Injil, Matthew 1:23). When the prophet John saw Isa Al-Masih coming toward him, he said, “Look, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (Injil, John 1:29). Only Isa, Allah’s “Word” sent from heaven, and born to Mary without sin is called “a holy son” (Qs 19:19).
Isa Al-Masih Waits for You to Come to Him
Isa died to bear the sin and guilt of every person who ever lived. He paid the price for your sins in His sacrifice. He died and rose again. And now He sits in Heaven and waits for you. Isa loves you and wants to hear you call out to Him. Pray now and ask Him to forgive your sins. Trust in Him as your Sacrifice and you will be saved. Isa said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (Injil, John 14:6).
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maggie nenye says
I love this article but I want to know if the virgin Mary ascended into heaven. Thanks.
Thank you very much for your comment. The Bible doesn’t say clearly whether Mary ascended into heaven. However, she would go to heaven if she through faith had believed in Isa Al-Masih as the sacrifice for her sin. To learn more about sin, please go to: https://www.isaandislam.com/christian-beliefs/the-bible-teaches-that-mankind-fell-into-sin.html.
Mary is highly exalted above any woman in the Quran. She testifies that no man had touched her, nor had she ever been a prostitute. Her virtual chastity, her immaculate virginity had been guarded by Allah Himself. And she conceived through the Holy Spirit, supernaturally, simply a miracle unique in human history. Once birthed a holy and pure son, she retired with Him, until Isa could speak for Himself.
Isa was confirmed a direct pure gift from Allah, a “word from Him”. The contamination of sin, passed down in the human race from Adam, was not found in him. No biological intercourse happened; no ascendancy was there with any sinful, imperfect male ancestral line. Therefore, He was called the Son of the Most High, the great. “Allah-u-Akbar”. He was to be held in honor in this and in the next world. The angel announced that He was to be the promised “Messiah” (anointed one) and His name to be Isa, which means Savior (identical both in the Quran and Injil).
Thank you very much for your clear explanation. Indeed, Isa, the Son of Most High, must be worshiped. He is worthy to be praised. He saved the world from sin so that all of us can be with Him and be together with the Most High. Blessings.
Alex Lielbardis says
The Greek word for “blessed” in the Gospel of Luke is “makaria.” Mary was most blessed for being the mother of Jesus and for receiving divine privileges no other human ever will.