Mary, Mother of Jesus, in the Holy Quran and Holy Bible
Both religions profoundly revere the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. The Holy Quran is the only scripture outside of the Gospels to reaffirm the righteousness and virginity of Mary at Jesus’s birth. The Quran states in verse 19:20, “She (Mary) said — how will I have a son? No man has touched me, and I am not unchaste . . . He (Gabriel) said — It is a matter decreed.”
Mary is the only woman mentioned by name in the Holy Quran. In Chapter 66 verses 11-12, the example of a true believer is given in the personage of two women — one was the wife of Pharaoh (adversary to Moses) and the other is Mary. Muslims are of the view that Mary holds the highest honor and dignity among women, and they religiously follow the utterance of her name with the incantation “may Allah be pleased with her.”
In a well known historical incident during the early days of Islam, some Muslims fled the persecution in Mecca and sought shelter in the neighboring Christian nation of Abyssinia. As Meccan authorities pursued to apprehend the party, they appealed to the King of Abyssinia who summoned the Muslim refugees to his court. However, upon listening to one of the refugee recite verses 19:19-21 of the Holy Quran in honor of Mary and Jesus, he felt unable to release the party to their persecutors even at risk of severing diplomatic ties.