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Role Model for the women of the world by Nayzak Role Model for the women of the world by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [Peace be to you],

I got one guy (who seems to be a Christian) coming here and complaining because I take The Lady Mary and Jesus -peace be upon them- as good examples to follow. this made me feel that he considers Mary and Jesus copyrighted by Christians and that only Christians are allowed to talk about them and follow them (I know not all Christians would think the same, fortunately :D ). Well, what this guy does not realize, in fact, is that Islam is the only non Christian faith that makes it obligatory to believe in Jesus the son of Mary -peace be upon them-. A Muslim is not a Muslim if he disrespects Jesus. Islam makes it clear that Allah[God] honored the Lady Mary above the women of all nations.
I think it's very understandable why Muslims look high on Mary and Jesus. when Muslims talk about them, they talk from what their religion teaches.

Now we understand there are some differences between how Christians and Muslims view Mary and Jesus -peace be upon them- but this is in no way something that should prevent us from interfaith dialog to understand each other.


Alright, now let me talk more about Mary in Islam...

In Islam, Jesus -peace be upon him- is considered one of the five greatest prophets sent by God to mankind. and Mary -peace be upon her- his mother, is considered one of the geratest women who ever lived. I wonder how many Christians out there know that the mother of Jesus is recognized in the holy Qur’an. In fact the Qur’an has a whole chapter titled Mary. she is the only woman mentioned by name in the Qur'an.
The story of Mary and Jesus is best described in the Qur'an in chapters 3 and 19.

The story starts with Mary, who was blessed as a child with God’s protection. Mary was born to the pious household of the family of Imran. Many people argued for the honor of taking care of the child, but the responsibility was given to Zechariah -peace be upon him-, an elderly and childless man, who immediately noticed that the young girl was special. One day, Zechariah noticed that the girl had in her possession certain provisions for which he could not account. He asked her how she came by the food and she answered:"It is from God. Indeed, God provides for whom He wills without account."
This simple answer had a deep impact on the elderly man. Having long wished for a son, the devout Zechariah prayed to God for progeny. his prayers were answered almost immediately, although his wife was barren and beyond childbearing age.

The uniqueness of Mary, noticed by Zechariah, was spelled out to her by the angels:
“And when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed God has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds. O Mary, be devoutly obedient to your Lord and prostrate and bow with those bow [in prayer].’”
the Holy Qur'an - translation of verses 3:42-43

In the Qur’an Mary is alone when she gives birth under the palm tree, and carrying the child she came to her people who said to her,
‘O Mary, you have certainly done a thing unprecedented. O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste.’
Then Mary made a sign to them pointing to the child. But they replied,
‘How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?’
Whereupon the babe spoke and said,
"Indeed, I am the servant of Allah . He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet. And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined on me prayer, and charity, as long as I live. And dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant, unblest. And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!"
the Holy Qur'an - translation of verses 19:30-33

speaking as a baby and defending his mother's honor was the first miracle of Jesus -peace be upon him- after his birth.

I hope that was beneficial.
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Artdirector123 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I knew that Muslims believed that Jesus was a prophet and respected him, but I didn't know Muslims had so much respect for Mary.
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
knowledge is power.
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SisterCharity Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Jesus <3 Mary <3 Muhammad <3
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geck27 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
salaam alaikum Nayzak ^_^ I love All Your Works And May God Bless you Always.  Peace Be With you My Brother. I respect Muslims To because i'm a Roman Catholic ( Christian Also ) and The Father of my GirlFriend's Religion is Muslim Too (but she's not a Muslim) and I Respect All the Muslims Here in The Philippines. I Hope All The Muslims all over the World Have a Kind Heart like you Sir. May God -Allah Bless You always and Your Family and  All the MuslimsHuggle! Heart Hug 
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Peace be to you as well, Geck.
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Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Ok I do have a question. First a comment though. Living in a sub-tropical environment having both the hijab and...sorry not sure what the name of hte other head covering is called. But, it makes my head hot. 

Your story mentions Mary and Jesus, what does it mention of Joseph? Just because I have always considered him someone who has alot of unknowns about him, and yet he does something very honorable. And such. 
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
regarding the hijab in hot weather, well yeah. being a human you will feel hot when you cover. but you see, girls may choose to wear a breathable kind of hijab that allows air to pass through.

regarding Joseph, there is nothing mentioned about him in Islamic sources. he could have existed or he could be a fictional figure. in both cases his existence doesn't affect much the story of Jesus and Mary -peace be upon them-. another thing we need to remember is that the Qur'an isn't a biography book. it doesn't give us the biography of the people mentioned in it. it only focuses on certain sides of their lives from which we may learn lessons.
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Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Yeah that's true, it can be breathable materials. Just looks like a thicker material in the picture was all I was thinking. Course that's relative I suppose. And you do want to prevent sunburn. 

So he isn't mentioned, interesting. Though I think I'll still enjoy what I do find about him. Seems very human to me in his attitudes. Something I enjoy, cause in alot of texts one can feel overwhelmed by perfect people, and yet when they show a human side it makes at least me, feel better. 

And true there are gaps in all the Biblical texts cause of that reason. For a historian though, which I am, it can be so frustrating because it gives us less clues to look for archaeologically. (Which I have also done. Not out of the US, but would love to do that.) And while you of course respect all the material for it's sacred points and lessons, they are also historically significant. And more information and connection to such blessed people can be very beneficial. At least I think so. 
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GCarty Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I wonder if the Christian you're talking about was angered by the way in which Malaysian Muslims are trying to monopolize the word "Allah"?
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Nayzak Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Well, Mary -peace be upon her- was a Muslim.
I believe monopolizing the word "Allah" is not an Islamic behavior. Everyone is free to call his god any name their want. we call the God "Allah". if Christians want to call the God "Allah" (and Arab Christians do) they are free.

But I do not know the situation in Malaysia in order to build a fair and just opinion regarding what's happening there.
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