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What the Quran reveals about the birth of Jesus

The most mentioned Prophet in the Quran, the holy book of the Muslims, is Jesus. He is mentioned by his Arabic name Isa or as ibn Maryam, son of Maryam, and as the masiha or messiah. In fact, Maryam or Virgin Mary is the only woman who is mentioned by name in the Quran. With Christmas round the corner, I’d like to revisit the story of his virgin birth, as given in the Quran.

Maryam (the Arabic name of Mary) was born very late in life to her parents Hannah bint Faqudh and Imran. Hannah and Imran had been married for 50 years without having a child. One day, overcome by her maternal instincts after seeing a bird feeding a chick, Hannah once again prayed and vowed that if her husband and she were blessed with a child, she would

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