The birth of Jesus Christ is described in two places of the Quran -
chapter 3 and chapter 19. Reading from the beginning of his birth,
we come across the story of Mary, and the esteemed position which
she occupies in the House of Islam, before the actual annunciation
of the birth of Jesus is given:
"'Behold'! the angels said: 'O Mary! God hath chosen thee and
purified thee, and chosen thee above the women of all nations"
"Chosen thee above the women of all nations." Such an honor is not
to be found given to Mary even in the Christian Bible! The verse
"O Mary! Worship thy Lord devoutly: prostrate thyself, and bow down
(in prayer) with those who bow down." (3:43)
What is the source of this beautiful and sublime recitation which,
in its original Arabic, moves men to ecstasy and tears? verse 44
"This is part of the tidings, of the things unseen, which We reveal
unto thee (O Muhammad!) by inspiration: Thou wast not with them when
they cast lots with arrows, as to which of them should be charged
with the care of Mary: nor wast thou with them when they disputed
(the point)." (3:44)
The story is that the maternal grandmother of Jesus, Hannah, had
hitherto been barren. She poured out her heart to God: If only God
will grant her a child, she would surely dedicate such a child for
the service of God in the temple.
God granted her prayer and Mary was born. Hannah was disappointed.
She was yearning for a son, but instead she delivered a daughter;
and in no way is the female like the male, for what she had in mind.
What was she to do? She had made a vow to God. She waited for Mary
to be big enough to fend for herself.
When the time came, Hannah took her darling daughter to the temple,
to hand over for temple services. Every priest wanted to be the
god-father of this child. They cast lots with arrows for her - like
the tossing of the coin - head or tail? eventually she fell to the
lot of Zakariya, but not without a dispute.
of His Message
This was the story. But where did Muhammed, salla Allah u alihi wa
sallam, get this knowledge from? He was an Ummi, Arabic for
"unlettered". He did not low how to read or write. He is made by God
Almighty to answer this very question in the verse above, by saying
that it was all by divine inspiration. "No!", says the
controversialist. "This is Muhammed's own concoction. He copied his
revelations from the Jews and Christians. He plagiarized it. He
Knowing full-well, and believing as we do, that the whole Quran is
the veritable Word of God, we will nevertheless agree, for the sake
of argument, with the enemies of Muhammed, salla Allah u alihi wa
sallam, for a moment, that he wrote it. We can now expect some
cooperation from the unbelievers.
Ask him: "Have you any qualms in agreeing that Muhammed was an
Arab?" Only an ignorant will hesitate to agree. In that case there
is no sense in pursuing any discussion. Cut short the talk. Close
With the man of reason, we proceed. "That this Arab, in the first
instance, was addressing other Arabs. He was not talking to Indian
Muslims, Chinese Muslims, or Nigerian Muslims. He was addressing his
own people, the Arabs. Whether they agreed with him or not, he told
them in the most sublime form, words that were seared into the
hearts and minds of his listeners that Mary the mother of Jesus, a
Jewess, was chosen above the women of all nations. Not his own
mother, nor his wife nor his daughter, nor any other Arab woman, but
a Jewess! Can one explain this? Because to everyone his own mother
or wife, or daughters would come before other women.
Why would the prophet of Islam honor a woman from his opposition!
and a Jewess at that! belonging to a race which had been looking
down upon his people for three thousand years? Just as they still
look down upon their Arab brethren today."
The Jews learn, from the Bible, that their father, Abraham, had two
wives Sarah and Hagar. They say that they are the children of
Abraham through Sarah his legitimate wife; that their Arab brethren
have descended through Hagar, a "bondwoman", and that as such, the
Arabs are an inferior breed.
Will anyone please explain the anomaly as to why Muhammed, salla
Allah u alihi wa sallam, if he is the author, chose this Jewess for
such high honor? The answer is simple, he had no choice he had no
right to speak of his own desire. "It is no less than an inspiration
sent down to him." (53:4)
There is a Chapter in the Holy Quran, named Surat u Maryam "Chapter
Mary", named in honor of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ, peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him; again, such an honor is not to be
found given to Mary in the Christian Bible. Out of the 66 books of
the Protestants and 73 of the Roman Catholics, not one is named
after Mary or her son. You will find books named after Matthew,
Mark, Luke, John, Peter, Paul and two score more obscure names, but
not a single one is that of Mary!
If Muhammed, salla Allah u alihi wa sallam, was the author of the
Holy Quran, then he would not have failed to include in it with
Mary, the mother of Jesus, his own mother Aamina, his dear wife
Khadija, or his beloved daughter Fatima. But No! No! This can never
be. The Quran is not his handiwork!.
Source: Christ in Islam by Ahmed Deedat