Hazrat Maryam: her birthplace, chamber, and the grave

Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام – the mother of Prophet Isa عليه السلام is the only virgin lady on the earth who gave birth to a child.

In the Quran, there is a complete chapter on Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام Not only this, she is the only woman whose name is mentioned in the Quran. Do you know where she was born? Where is her grave?

The birthplace of Hazrat Maryam

The church St. Anne Church, located in Jerusalem, Palestine, was constructed at the same place where Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام was born.

The birthplace of Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام
The birthplace of Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام

Parents of Hazrat Maryam

Maryam was born into a highly respectable and pious family. The names of Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام  parents were;

  • Mother Name: Hannah bint Faqudh.
  • Father Name: Imran ibn Mathan.
  • Husband: She was a virgin, had no husband.

Hannah bint Faqudh and the wife of Prophet Zakariya عليه السلام were sisters, but both of them had no children.

Maryam was devoted to Bayt Al Maqdis

Hannah bint Faqudh prayed to Allah to bless her with a child she would dedicate to the temple. – Al-Imran 3:35

When she gave birth to a girl, she named her Maryam. Imran ibn Mathan died before the birth of Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام, and Hannah bint Faqudh raised her with great devotion and care.

Later Hannah bint Faqudh dedicated Maryam to the service of Bait-al-Maqdas under the guardianship of Prophet Zakariya عليه السلام.

The Chamber of Maryam

In Masjid al Aqsa, Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام was given a private chamber so that she could worship there. A small room located in the southeast of the Masjid is said to be the chamber of Maryam.

Whenever Hazrat Zakariya عليه السلام visited her in the sanctuary, he found her supplied with provisions.

  • He exclaimed: “O Maryam! Where did this come from?”
  • She replied: “It is from Allah. Surely Allah provides for whoever He wills without limit.” – Al-Imran 3:37
The Chamber of Maryam
The Chamber of Maryam

Maryam Pregnancy

When Maryam عليه السلام was 10 to 15 years old, an angel came to her to give her the good news that she will give birth to a prophet of Allah whose name will be Isa. – Aal-Imran 3:45

Maryam عليه السلام said: How can I have a child when no man has ever touched me?

Angel said: So will it be. Allah creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He says “كُن,” and it happens.  Allah will teach him writing and wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel, and make him a Rasool of Bani Israel. – Aal-Imran 3:48

Then the angel blew, and Maryam عليه السلام got pregnant. Many scholars have an opinion that she remained pregnant for 9 months, but according to Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه, she got pregnant and then immediately gave birth to Hazrat Isa عليه السلام.

The birth of Prophet Isa (Jesus)

Prophet Isa Birth

Prophet Isa عليه السلام was born in 4 BC in present-day Palestine. Quran explains his birth in detail, as we have described below. The labor pains drove Maryam عليه السلام to the trunk of a palm tree.

  • She cried: “Alas! I wish I had died before this and was a thing long forgotten!” – Maryam 19:23
  • Jibril said: Do not grieve! Your Lord has provided a stream at your feet. – Maryam 19:24
  • Jibril said: Shake the trunk of this palm tree towards you; it will drop fresh, ripe dates upon you. So eat and drink, and put your heart at ease.

It is believed that Prophet Isa عليه السلام was born at the place where we have the Church of Nativity today in Bethlehem. The distance between the chamber of Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام and the birthplace of Prophet Jesus is around 10 km.

After childbirth, when Maryam عليه السلام carried Prophet Isa عليه السلام to the city, people started blaming her for committing adultery.

Church of Nativity - the birthplace of Prophet Isa (Jesus)
Church of Nativity – the birthplace of Prophet Isa

How did Hazrat Maryam die?

According to the Holy Bible, Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام lived for many years after Prophet Isa عليه السلام was taken to the heavens.

However, Islamic sources state that Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام died during Prophet Isa عليه السلام lifetime and was buried in a place in Palestine called the “Tomb of the Virgin”.

The date of death of Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام is uncertain, with reports suggesting she died either at 51 or 63. The circumstances of her passing are unknown.

The grave of Hazrat Maryam

The grave of Hazrat Maryam عليه السلام is located near to the old city of Jerusalem. Her tomb now rests in the church at the base of the Mount of Olives, close to the ancient city of Jerusalem. She died as a virgin and unmarried.

The grave of Hazrat Maryam
The grave of Hazrat Maryam

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