Hazrat Maryam: her birthplace, chamber, and the tomb

Hazrat Maryam – Mary the mother of Jesus A.S. was a chosen one of the Allah Almighty. Not only Muslims but the Christians hold a belief in her. In the Quran, there is a complete chapter over her. She is the only virgin lady on the earth who gave birth to a child. Her child, Prophet Isa A.S was also a chosen one.

The Quran acknowledges Hazrat Maryam – Mary the mother of Jesus A.S and her name is recalled several times in the Quran. In fact, she is the only woman whose name is mentioned in the Holy Quran.

Most of us know much about Hazrat Maryam – Mary the mother of Jesus, yet if we were asked about her birthplace and her tomb, I am sure most of us would be unaware of it. Therefore, we decided to put some facts together, so you could improve your knowledge.

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The birthplace of Hazrat Maryam – Mary the mother of Jesus A.S

Hazrat Maryam – Mary the mother of Jesus was born in Jerusalem, Palestine. The church located there is said to be built where Hannah, her mother, gave her birth. The church which is named as St. Anne Church is located just near the famous Lion Gate of the old city in the Muslim quarter.

The church is named after Hannah who is also known as Anne. The church belongs to the Roman Catholics who believe that Hannah used to reside there and gave birth to Maryam at the very place.

The Parents of Hazrat Maryam – Mary the mother of Jesus A.S.

Hannah bint Faqudh and Imran ibn Mathan were a pious couple. They used to fulfill Allah’s commandments and thereby held high status. They, however, were not blessed with any child until they reached their old age.

Yet, when she once sat under the shade of a tree, she saw a bird feeding her baby and so felt that she had not been deprived of a great blessing. She thereby started to cry and prayed to God for the blessing. She also asked Allah if she would be blessed with a child, she would devote it to the services of Bayt Al Maqdis.

Allah did not turn down her prayers and soon she got pregnant, her husband, however, died before the birth of the child. A baby girl was born to her. Hannah raised the orphan child with great devotion and care.

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Her mother devoted Hazrat Maryam – Mary the mother of Jesus to Allah

What troubled Hannah was that she had a baby girl and soon she had to devote her towards services of Bayt Al Maqdis, yet per traditions, boys were offered for such a cause. 

But when she delivered her, she said, “My Lord, I have delivered a female.” And Allah was most knowing of what she delivered, “And the male is not like the female. And I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge for her in You and [for] her descendants from Satan, the expelled [from the mercy of Allah ].” [Al Quran 3:36] 

When Maryam become of age and the matter was raised if she was allowed to provide services to the Holy place. Many people wanted to hold her guardianship, yet her Uncle named Zakariyya (may Allah be pleased with him) was given the honor who was the custodian of the Masjid al Aqsa.

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The Chamber of Maryam:

In the Masjid al Aqsa, Hazrat Maryam – Mary the mother of Jesus was given a separate and private chamber so that she could undergo worship there. A small room that is just located in the southeast of the Masjid is said to be the chamber of Maryam. However, no authentic evidence is there to support it.

She would remain in her chamber and would dedicatedly provide her services and remain to engage in the worship of Allah Almighty. Zakariyya (upon him be peace), her guardian would on and off hold visits at the chamber so that he could know if Maryam was fine and if she needed something.

Hazrat Zakariya was surprised to see fruits in her chamber

To his surprise, on his every visit Maryam would be equipped with fruits that were not available as per season. For instance, she would have mangoes in winters! This has been mentioned in the Quran (3:37) that upon inquiring that who provided Maryam with fruits, Maryam would reply that it is Allah who blessed Maryam. Allah provides them who He wants and give them in abundance.

Hazrat Maryam – Mary the mother of Jesus has been acknowledged as Qanitin as she would make greater and humble efforts in worships. When she would stand while worshipping, her worship would last for such a long time causing her feet to swell.

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The birth of Prophet Isa A.S.

While once she was busy in her worship, an Angel came down and gave her the news that she is pregnant with a child.  In Quran, the whole incident has been provided in detail. It is said that the angel in the appearance of a man came towards her. Maryam exclaimed that she seeks refugee from him upon which he disclosed that he has bought a message from Allah towards her.

He then told that Allah will bless you with a pure child. On this Maryam exclaimed that how can she have a child when she has not been even touched by a man, she is a virgin and how can a virgin give birth?

But it will happen as it is easy for Allah and Allah has made them a sign for the rest of mankind. The matter has been decided by Allah and this shall happen.  [Qur’an 19:16-21]

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The tomb of Maryam:

The tomb of Maryam is located near to the old city of Jerusalem. Her tomb now rests in the church which is located at the base of the Mount of Olives, close to the old city of Jerusalem.

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She died while she was a virgin and unmarried. She gave birth to a Prophet and named him Isa whom Christians name as Jesus. Both mother and son were made a sign for us to understand that Allah can do anything he wants even though what is deemed impossible by us, yet everything is possible for Him.

In the 1st century, the tomb was cut into a hillside. A sanctuary was built over in the 5th century. The first tomb was cut in the hillside here in the 1st century CE. By the 5th century, an upper chapel had also been built. This was destroyed by the Persians in 614, rebuilt by the Crusaders but again destroyed by Salahuddin Ayyubi in 1187. 

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In the southwestern wall beside the tomb is a mihrab (indicating the direction of Makkah) that was installed after the conquest of Jerusalem by Salahuddin Ayyubi.

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