…Alas! With her baby in her arms, Lady Mary (PBUH) returned from the eastern outskirts and into her town: “and she came to her people with him, carrying him (with her)” (Quran 19:27).

When they saw a baby in her arms, their mouths widened from surprise. Those who knew about Lady Mary’s (PBUH) chastity and had heard of her piety and virtue became very worried. Some even began to doubt, while others hasty in judgment began to condole her: “What a pity! What disgrace upon that good family!”

They said: “O Mary! Truly an amazing and wrong thing you have done!” (Quran, 19:27).

Some others told her: “O! Sister of Harun, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste” (Quran, 19:28).

Upon this, Lady Mary (PBUH) remained silent, as Allah (SWT) had commanded, and only pointed to her son.

This response however, surprised them even more; and perhaps some considered it ridiculous. Their anger rose thinking Lady Mary (PBUH) has made a ridicule of them.  They said: “How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?” (Quran, 19:29)

This situation however, did not last long, while the child unexpectedly began to speak:

“I am indeed a servant of Allah.

He has given me revelation;

And made me a prophet;

And He has made me blessed (for all people) wherever I am;

And has enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live;

And has made me kind, gracious, and grateful to my mother;

And not unmerciful and overbearing” (19:32)

And finally, this child says: “So Peace be upon me, the day I was born, the day I will pass away, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)!”

(Reference: Tafsir Nemunah, vol. 13, Interpretation of the chapter Mary (19) of the Holy Quran)

Congratulation to all the monotheists in the world on the birthday of the messenger of monotheism and kindness, Prophet Isa (Jesus) (PBUH).

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