The birth of our beloved PROPHET JESUS (^ISA) blessings and peace be upon him
The length of Mary’s pregnancy is a case of difference in opinion. Some said it was nine months long; others said it was eight. Other lengths were also narrated. When she felt the pains of delivery, she went to the east of Jerusalem. She started her delivery while being under the branch of a palm tree in Bethlehem (Bayt Lahm) in Palestine.
Mary said, “I wish I had died before this”, due to her thinking about the reaction of the people. Mary said, “I wish I had died, and not a trace would have been seen of me.”
Angel Gabriel called her from the lower end of the mountain saying, “Do not feel sad. God made a small river run underneath you. Shake the trunk of the palm tree, and dates will fall down to you.”
That palm was not fertile, yet when Mary shook its trunk, it turned green and dates grew on it. Angel Gabriel said, “Eat, drink and delight yourself.” Prophet Jesus was born.
As a special endowment from God, Satan was not present at the birth of Jesus and did not prick him. After forty days, Mary came to her people carrying her son.
When the people saw Mary they exclaimed, “O Mary, you have committed an enormous sin.” They told her “O sister of Harun!” (This meant that Mary had been known to be like a pious man among them named Harun.) They said, “Your father was not an evil man, nor was your mother a prostitute. How did you do this?”
Mary said, “As ordered, I have vowed not to talk to any human today.” When they still wanted to talk to her, she pointed at the baby indicating to them to talk to him. They were angered. They said, “How do we talk to one who is still in the cradle?” They thought that she was mocking them.
At that point, God made Jesus speak.
قَالَ إِنِّي عَبْدُ اللَّهِ آَتَانِيَ الْكِتَابَ وَجَعَلَنِي نَبِيًّا (30) وَجَعَلَنِي مُبَارَكًا أَيْنَ مَا كُنْتُ وَأَوْصَانِي بِالصَّلَاةِ وَالزَّكَاةِ مَا دُمْتُ حَيًّا (31) وَبَرًّا بِوَالِدَتِي وَلَمْ يَجْعَلْنِي جَبَّارًا شَقِيًّا (32) وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَيَّ يَوْمَ وُلِدْتُ وَيَوْمَ أَمُوتُ وَيَوْمَ أُبْعَثُ حَيًّا (33)}
which are verses 30-33 of Surat Maryam and mean: [I am a slave of Allah. He will reveal the Book to me and make me a prophet. He blessed me wherever I am. In the rules revealed to me there will be a special attention given to Prayers and Zakat. Allah predestined that I will be kind to my mother and not a tyrant with a bad ending. Peace was on me the day I was born. Peace will be on me on the day I will die and on the day I am raised alive again.]
The first thing that Prophet Jesus uttered was his declaration that he was the slave of God. This is a strong proof that Jesus is not God, nor is he the Son of God. Mary’s people wanted to punish her when they first saw the child with her, because they thought that she had committed fornication. However, after baby Jesus spoke, the people refrained from punishing her, and left her alone.
After that, Jesus did not speak until he reached the age when children normally speak. Mary took Jesus to Egypt. They stayed there for a period of time. Then Mary and Jesus went back to the land of ash-Sham, to a city known as Nazerith (an-Nasirah), in Palestine. Jesus’ followers were called Nasara, in reference to that city (according to one of two sayings).
Mary never married until her death. Some scholars say that she will be married to a Prophet in Paradise. Mary was the best of all the Muslim women.
It is blasphemy to say that she is the “mother of God”. God does not have a mother or a father.....
May Allah end our lives on Islam, the Religion of all the prophets. Ameen.