Islam by topic: Mary

In Islam Mary holds a very high place. She is the one who bore Jesus the prophet, and she was breathed into by Allah.  She reached perfection and was not touched by Satan as all other people are, except Jesus. Unfortunately, Muhammad got the idea that somehow Mary was involved in being worshiped, possibly as a member of the Trinity, which he denounced. In addition, he mistakenly said that Mary was the sister of Aaron (Surah 19:27-28).  In all, Islam elevates Mary and gives her great reverence.

  1. An angel sent to Mary
    1. Surah 19:17, “She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent her our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.”
  2. God breathed his spirit into Mary
    1. Surah 21:91, “And (remember) her who guarded her chastity: We breathed into her of Our spirit, and We made her and her son a sign for all peoples.” Yusuf Ali
    2. Surah 66:12, “And Mary the daughter of ‘Imran, who guarded her chastity; and We breathed into (her body) of Our spirit; and she testified to the truth of the words of her Lord and of His Revelations, and was one of the devout (servants).”
  3. Mary is the sister of Aaron
    1. Surah 19:27-28, “At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms). They said: “O Mary! Truly an amazing thing hast thou brought! 28. “O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!”
  4. Worship Mary as God is wrong
    1. Surah 5:116, “And behold! Allah will say: “O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as gods in derogation of Allah?” He will say: “Glory to Thee! Never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou knowest what is in my heart, Thou I know not what is in Thine. For Thou knowest in full all that is hidden.”
  5. Reached perfection
    1. Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ashari: The Prophet said, "The superiority of 'Aisha to other ladies is like the superiority of Tharid (i.e. meat and bread dish) to other meals. Many men reached the level of perfection, but no woman reached such a level except mary, the daughter of Imran and Asia, the wife of Pharaoh." Narrated Abu Huraira: I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "Amongst all those women who ride camels (i.e. Arabs), the ladies of Quraish are the best. They are merciful and kind to their off-spring and the best guardians of their husbands' properties.' Abu Huraira added, "mary the daughter of Imran never rode a camel."  (Book #55, Hadith #643)
  6. Mary was not touched by Satan
    1. Abu Huraira said, "The Prophet said, 'No child is born but that, Satan touches it when it is born where upon it starts crying loudly because of being touched by Satan, except mary and her Son." Abu Huraira then said, "Recite, it you wish: "And I seek Refuge with You (Allah) for her and her offspring from Satan, the outcast." (3.36)  (Sahih Bukhari, Book #60, Hadith #71, Narrated Said bin Al-Musaiyab)



About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.