"Seven Divine Echoes in Surat Maryam"

Surat Maryam (19)

A Tapestry of Divine Mercy and Reflections- Upholding Monotheism

Abstract: “Surat Maryam: A Tapestry of Divine Echoes and Monotheistic Resolve” delves into the profound depths of Surat Maryam in the Quran, unraveling its significance for Muslims, particularly in Western interfaith dialogue. This exploration illuminates the historical Migration to Abyssinia, a testament to the power of respectful discourse and mutual understanding while weaving through the seven divine echoes that resonate throughout the Surah.



The journey begins with the echo of divine sincere supplications, as seen in the heartfelt prayers of pivotal figures, reflecting deep faith and earnest yearning for divine intervention. This is followed by the echo of the miraculous births of Yahya (John the Baptist) and Jesus, illustrating divine omnipotence and challenging traditional narratives about their natures. The third echo, upholding the two fundamental obligations, underscores the importance of monotheism and parental Respect, as exemplified by Jesus’ speech in the cradle. The fourth echo delves into the divine majesty and the incompatibility of needing offspring with Allah’s transcendence, reaffirming the essence of monotheism.



The narrative then transitions to the fifth echo, which reflects on divine mercy despite the gravest offense, highlighting Allah’s boundless compassion even in the face of theological transgressions. The sixth echo, true tolerance in interaction, not in beliefs, emphasizes the importance of respectful interfaith engagement while maintaining doctrinal integrity. Finally, the seventh echo serves as a caution against neglecting Salah, reminding believers of the central role of prayer in sustaining their spiritual and religious identity.



Through these insights, the blog seeks to inspire readers to embrace the message of monotheism, to reflect on their actions in alignment with their faith’s core principles, and to communicate the essence of Tawheed in all aspects of life. Surat Maryam’s narratives offer a rich, multifaceted perspective that not only enlightens but also encourages a more profound commitment to the fundamental values of Islam.


Introduction to the Blog

 “Surat Maryam, a chapter from the Quran, holds a special significance for Muslims living in the West, particularly when engaging in conversations with those who hold Jesus in a higher status than being a prophet and a servant of Allah. It becomes essential for Muslims to not only understand the content of this chapter but also to convey its profound meanings to Christians and people of other faiths. In this context, we are inspired by a historical confrontation that took place during the early years of Islam—an event known as the Migration to Abyssinia.



Amid the persecution and harassment faced by the early Muslims in Mecca, a group of them sought refuge in Abyssinia (present-day Ethiopia). Among these migrants was Jaafar ibn Abi Talib, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). In Abyssinia, they found sanctuary under the protection of the Negus, or An-Najashi, the Christian ruler of the region. Here, they could worship Allah without fear or hindrance.


This migration to Abyssinia marked a critical chapter in the early history of Islam. The Quraysh, the influential tribe in Mecca, grew suspicious of the motives of the Muslim emigrants. They dispatched Abdullah ibn Abi Rabia and Amr ibn al-As as envoys to Abyssinia, seeking to bring the emigrants back to Mecca. To sway the Negus, they presented him with gifts and portrayed the Muslims in a negative light.


However, the Negus, a just and wise ruler, refused to hand over the Muslim emigrants without hearing their side. When summoned to explain their situation, Jaafar ibn Abi Talib, chosen as their spokesperson, eloquently represented the Muslim community. The Negus inquired about the faith for which they had left their people and homeland. Jaafar’s response beautifully encapsulated the essence of Islam—a call to truth, honesty, family values, kindness, justice, and monotheism. He conveyed the message of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the principles of Islam, emphasizing the worship of one God and righteous conduct.


However, the Quraysh’s envoys, in an attempt to vilify the Muslims, accused them of not respecting Jesus or the Virgin Mary. In response, Jaafar recited the opening verses of Surat Maryam from the Quran—a chapter dedicated to the story of Jesus and his mother, Mary. These verses moved the Negus and his bishops to tears, demonstrating the profound Respect Islam holds for Jesus and Mary.


Jaafar’s eloquence and the Quran’s words touched the hearts of those present, leading the Negus to refuse the Quraysh’s gifts and declare that he would never harm the Muslim emigrants. This event exemplifies the power of dialogue, understanding, and the Quran’s universal message of peace and Respect.


As the story unfolds, we see the Negus’s acceptance of Islam in secret, an act that would remain concealed until his passing. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) honored him with an Absent Janazah (funeral prayer in absentia) upon learning of his death.


The Migration to Abyssinia is an enduring example of how dialogue and the Quran’s teachings can bridge differences, foster understanding, and promote harmony among people of different faiths. It is a testament to the importance of conveying the profound meanings of Surat Maryam to those who hold Jesus dear, inspiring a deeper appreciation for the common ground shared by these great Abrahamic faiths.


The Seven Divine Echoes in Surat Maryam:

1.        Echo of Divine Sincere Supplications

2.        Echo of the Miraculous Births of Yahya and Jesus

3.        Echo of Upholding the Two Fundamental Obligations

4.        Echo of the Divine Majesty and the Need for Offspring

5.        Echo of the Divine Mercy Despite the Gravest Offense

6.        Echo of True Tolerance in Interaction, Not in Beliefs

7.        Echo of Warning Against Neglecting the Salah”

Each echo will be detailed in the blog, providing in-depth insights into their significance and implications.



Echo of Sincere Supplication

The chapters of Surat Maryam and the corresponding narrative in Surat Al-Imran offer deep understanding of the lives and convictions of pivotal personalities in Islamic heritage. These Surahs highlight the significance of perpetuating religious wisdom and the commitment of individuals to honor their promises to God, despite unforeseen situations.



The narrative begins with the wife of ‘Imran, who vows to dedicate her child to God’s service, hoping for a son who would serve in Bait-Al-Maqdais. Her surprise and initial disappointment upon giving birth to a girl, Maryam (Mary), is a crucial moment. Despite this, she remains steadfast in her faith, naming her daughter Maryam and praying for her protection from Satan. This moment highlights the belief in divine wisdom and the acceptance of Allah’s will, regardless of human expectations.



Similarly, the story of Zakaria (Zachariah) illustrates a deep concern for the preservation and transmission of religious knowledge. His prayer for a son to continue the legacy of prophetic knowledge, despite his old age and his wife’s barrenness, showcases his devotion and trust in Allah’s mercy. The Quran narrates how Allah answers his prayer by granting him a son, Yahia (John the Baptist), who inherits the religious knowledge and prophethood.


Surat Al-Imran further unfolds with the story of Maryam, who becomes an orphan and is placed under the care of Zakaria, the religious head of Bait Al-Maqdais. This arrangement, divinely orchestrated, ensures Maryam’s upbringing in a sacred environment. The Quran highlights the miraculous nature of her sustenance, which Zakaria witnesses, further affirming the belief in Allah’s limitless provision.



The narrative culminates with Maryam being chosen for a unique and significant role – to bear Jesus, one of the five strong-willed messengers. This event fulfills the sincere wish of her mother and exemplifies the notion of divine selection and purpose, transcending human plans and expectations.



In essence, the chapter of Maryam serves as a testament to the unwavering faith and commitment of these figures in Islamic tradition. It underscores the themes of divine providence, the fulfillment of sincere supplications, and the continuity of religious knowledge through generations, all central to the Islamic understanding of faith and destiny.

Echo of Sincere Supplication

In sacred verses where history and faith entwine,

Surat Maryam and Al-Imran’s narratives align.

They speak of lives, deep in conviction and belief,

Of figures in Islam, their stories spellbinding and brief.

In these chapters, wisdom of ages is unfurled,

Highlighting the essence of faith in the world.

They tell of vows made under heaven’s watchful eyes,

Of dedication to God, in truth and not in guise.

Begins the tale with ‘Imran’s wife, so devout,

Vowing her child to God’s service, without doubt.

Yearning for a son to serve in Bait-Al-Maqdas’ light,

Yet bestowed a daughter, Maryam, a beacon bright.

In her surprise and initial dismay,

She saw not a detour, but a divine way.

Steadfast in faith, in Allah’s wisdom she believed,

Maryam, she named, from Satan’s grasp, she’s relieved.

Then comes Zakaria, with a prayer so sincere,

For a son to carry wisdom, far and near.

Despite his years, and his wife’s barren fate,

He trusted in Allah, the merciful, the great.

Answered were his prayers with a son, Yahia born,

Inheriting wisdom, a legacy not worn.

A tale of trust, of hope against all despair,

A lesson in faith, beyond compare.

In Al-Imran, Maryam’s story unfolds anew,

An orphan she became, under Zakaria’s view.

In sacred walls, her life divinely steered,

Miracles she witnessed, by Allah endeared.

Chosen she was, for a role so profound,

To bear Jesus, in her faith she was bound.

A mother’s wish, in divine plans, found its place,

Transcending human hopes, in Allah’s grace.

Thus, these chapters, a testament stand,

To unwavering faith, in God’s guiding hand.

Themes of providence, supplications heard,

And wisdom’s continuity, through Allah’s word.

In the legacy of Maryam and Zakaria, we find,

The essence of faith, and destiny intertwined.

A story of commitment, in God’s eternal plan,

A journey of belief, from whence it all began.



Echo of Miraculous Births of Yahyia and Jesus

Surat Maryam, a chapter of the Quran, unravels the story of divine miracles and the steadfastness of prophets. Among its profound narratives is the birth of Yahya (John the Baptist), a tale intertwined with the birth of Jesus (Isa). Have you ever wondered why Allah preluded the nativity of Jesus with the extraordinary birth of Yahya? There is a compelling reason behind it that resonates with a message of divine power, faith, and guidance.


The Unprecedented Birth:The birth of Jesus, peace be upon him, was unprecedented. It was a miraculous event that left people stunned, so much so that it led some to deviate and attribute a son to Allah—an act contrary to the essence of monotheism. But why was the birth of Yahya mentioned in the Quran alongside that of Jesus? We must delve into the wisdom and profound guidance embedded within these verses to answer this question.


The Miraculous Birth of Yahya: In Surat Maryam, we encounter the story of Zakaria (Zechariah), an elderly man whose hair had turned gray, and whose bones had grown brittle with age. Despite the challenges of old age, Zakaria never wavered in his faith and devotion to Allah. He prayed to his Lord with unwavering conviction, saying, “My Lord! Surely my bones have become brittle, and grey hair has spread across my head, but I have never been disappointed in my prayer to You, my Lord! And I am concerned about ˹the faith of˺ my relatives after me since my wife is barren. So, grant me, by Your grace, an heir” (Quran 19:4-5).


The Divine Response:In response to Zakaria’s fervent and humble supplication, Allah granted his request in His boundless mercy. A miraculous birth was bestowed upon him and his wife, a son named Yahya. This miracle was profound in itself, as it defied the constraints of age and barrenness, affirming the limitless power of Allah’s will.


A Message to Reflect Upon: Let us contemplate the wisdom of including this miraculous birth in Surat Maryam. Allah is, in essence, addressing those who attribute a son to Him, challenging them to reflect. If the birth of Jesus was seen as unprecedented and miraculous to the extent that it led some to deviate, what about the birth of Yahya? Was it not equally miraculous? Was it not a sign of Allah’s divine power?


The Message of Faith: In this juxtaposition, Allah underscores the importance of faith and the recognition of His divine power. The birth of Yahya serves as a reminder that Allah’s ability to create and decree is not confined by human understanding or the laws of nature. It reinforces that Allah can bestow His blessings upon anyone, regardless of age or circumstance.


A Lesson for All:The story of Yahya’s birth, nestled within Surat Maryam, is a timeless lesson. It challenges us to ponder the miracles surrounding us, the signs of divine power in every corner of creation. It calls us to acknowledge Allah’s oneness and refrain from attributing partners to Him.


Conclusion: In Surat Maryam, the Quran presents us with narratives of profound significance. The inclusion of Yahya’s miraculous birth alongside that of Jesus carries a powerful message—an invitation to reflect upon the miracles of faith, the unbounded power of Allah, and the importance of monotheism. It is a reminder that, in the grand tapestry of divine wisdom, every event, every birth, and every miracle serve a purpose—to guide us toward unwavering faith and submission to the One, the Almighty. So, let us delve into the verses of Surat Maryam with open hearts and enlightened minds, seeking the wisdom and guidance they offer for our spiritual journey.


Echo of Miraculous Births of Yahyia and Jesus

Ever wondered why the Quran unfolds,

The birth of Yahya, a tale of old.

Preceding the nativity, the wondrous birth,

Of Jesus, our guide, on this sacred Earth.

The reason is clear, as the verses declare,

To those who attribute, with hearts unaware,

A son to the Almighty, the One above,

Allah questions their faith, with boundless love.

The birth of Yahya, a miracle profound,

An elderly man, with age all around,

Zakaria’s prayer, in humility and grace,

From barrenness, a child, a divine embrace.

His bones had grown brittle, his hair turned gray,

Yet he never wavered, in faith, he’d pray.

For the future of kin, he held a concern,

To carry the message, a lesson to learn.

So, Allah, in His mercy, granted his plea,

A miraculous birth, for all to see.

In Yahya’s arrival, a sign so clear,

That Allah’s power knows no bound, no fear.

In the birth of both Yahya and Isa, we find,

Miracles of Allah, in every sign.

A lesson profound, for those who reflect,

In the wonders of faith, we find respect.

So, ponder these stories, and deeply delve,

In the Quran’s wisdom, let your heart swell.

For in every tale, there’s a message to glean,

In Allah’s grand plan, where miracles gleam.


Echo of Upholding the Two Fundamental Obligations 

In Surat Maryam, the Quran presents a unique and remarkable account of the nativity story that distinguishes itself from the narratives found in the Christian New Testament. This account revolves around the miraculous ability of Jesus, even as a newborn, to speak while still in the cradle. The Quranic version of this event holds great significance, as it underscores Jesus’s mission and refutes certain misconceptions.


The absence of the narrative of Jesus speaking in the cradle in Christian literature is notable. Its omission from the New Testament is quite intriguing. Imagine the impact of such an event—a newborn speaking eloquently—on those who witnessed it. It would undoubtedly reinforce the belief in Jesus’s unique abilities and set him apart from other infants, seemingly capable of performing supernatural acts like speaking from birth.


So, why was this powerful narrative not included in the New Testament’s nativity story? The answer lies in the profound message conveyed through Jesus’s words from the cradle, as captured in Surat Maryam. Let’s examine this pivotal moment:


Mary, bearing the infant Jesus, returns to her people, who are astonished and inquire about this unheard-of occurrence. They question Mary’s integrity, casting doubt on her and her family’s reputation. Their astonishment deepens when they see the infant Jesus, and they express doubt that they could converse with a child in the cradle. And then, Jesus, in his infancy, delivers a profound message that refutes any distorted beliefs about his divinity: “He [‘Iesa (Jesus)] said: Verily! I am a slave of Allah; He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet;”


In these words, Jesus unequivocally declares his status as a servant of Allah, affirming his prophethood. He emphasizes that Allah has endowed him with divine knowledge and made him a messenger. This declaration categorically denies any claim of divinity, or a divine nature attributed to him.


Furthermore, Jesus’s words highlight his humble and obedient nature: “And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined on me Salat (prayer), and Zakat, as long as I live.” “And dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant, unblest.”


Here, we see Jesus acknowledging his human needs and responsibilities. He speaks of his obligation to offer prayers and give to those in need, underscoring his dependence on Allah’s guidance and commitment to righteous living. Additionally, he stresses his duty towards his mother, emphasizing the paramount importance of honoring one’s parents—a principle deeply ingrained in Islam.


This scene in Surat Maryam is a powerful refutation of distorted Christian claims regarding Jesus’s divinity. It firmly establishes Jesus as a devoted servant of Allah and a Prophet. His words directly challenge any notions of him being the son of God, God Himself, or a component of the Trinity.


Moreover, the miracle of Jesus speaking from the cradle serves a dual purpose. Firstly, it defends the fundamental principle of monotheism, or Tawheed, as Jesus’s words make it abundantly clear that he is not divine. Secondly, it safeguards the honor of his mother, Mary, who was unjustly accused of adultery.


In essence, Allah enabled Jesus to speak in the cradle to emphasize the two most critical duties upon every human being: the belief in the oneness of God and the obligation to show dutifulness to parents. Through this miraculous event, Jesus defended monotheism and upheld the honor of his mother, making it abundantly clear that he was a servant of Allah and a Prophet. This message resonates profoundly in Surat Maryam.



Echo of Upholding the Two Fundamental Obligations 

In Surat Maryam’s pages, a tale unfolds,

Of Jesus, newborn, with words so bold.

A narrative unique, a story untold,

His cradle speech is a message to uphold.

In Christian texts, this tale is missing, we find,

A mystery left a question in our minds.

Imagine the impact on all; it’d bind,

A newborn’s voice, to faith, a sign.

Why was this event left out, we ponder,

A child’s speech, a miracle to squander?

The answer lies in a message fonder,

In Surat Maryam, this truth we wander.

Mary returned to her people in awe,

They questioned her, their doubts they saw.

Could a babe converse without a flaw?

Jesus’s reply left them in awe.

“I am Allah’s servant,” his words did proclaim,

A Prophet was chosen by God’s holy name.

Divinity’s claim, he firmly did disclaim,

In Jesus’s speech, truth’s eternal flame.

He spoke of prayer, of giving, and care,

A humble servant with burdens to bear.

To his mother, dutiful and fair,

In his words, a lesson so rare.

This scene in Surat Maryam, a powerful stance,

Refutes distorted claims with clear expanse.

A devoted servant, in Allah’s advance,

Jesus’s message, divinity’s dissonance.

A dual purpose, this miracle does hold,

Monotheism and honor both unfold.

Tawheed’s defense, a story retold,

Dutifulness to parents is a value to uphold.

In essence, Allah’s wisdom did decree,

Jesus spoke in the cradle for all to see.

A Prophet, a servant, with humility,

Surat Maryam’s truth is an eternal decree.



Echo of The Divine Majesty and the Need for Offspring 

Within Surat Maryam, a profound argument unfolds, challenging the notion of Allah needing a son. This rhetorical discourse is a powerful reminder of the Majesty of the Most Beneficent, highlighting the flaw in perceiving Allah through human lenses.


Verses 92 to 95 of Surat Maryam eloquently convey this message: “But it is not suitable for (the Majesty of) the Most Beneficent (Allah) that He should beget a son (or offspring or children). There is none in the heavens and the earth but comes unto the Most Beneficent (Allah) as a slave. Verily, He knows each of them and has counted them a full count. And everyone will come to Him alone on the Day of Resurrection (without any helper, protector, or defender).”


These verses resound with a fundamental truth: Allah, the Most Beneficent, does not need offspring. This notion arises from a human tendency to anthropomorphize Allah, projecting human desires and needs onto the Divine. Such an inclination led to various misguided beliefs, including claims that angels are Allah’s daughters and assertions that individuals like Ezra are the offspring of Allah.


Let us delve into this insight by contrasting human motivations for having children with the attributes of Allah:

  1. Biological Drive: Humans have a biological urge to reproduce and pass on their genetic heritage, but Allah, as the Creator, has no such biological drive or need.
  2. Emotional Fulfillment: Raising children brings emotional fulfillment to humans, but Allah transcends human emotions and does not require offspring for emotional satisfaction.
  3. Family Legacy: While humans may seek to continue their family lineage, Allah is eternal and does not rely on descendants to establish His legacy.
  4. Companionship: Humans desire companionship from their children, but Allah is self-sufficient and transcends the need for companions.
  5. Cultural and Social Expectations: Societal pressures may lead humans to have children, but societal expectations or norms do not influence Allah.
  6. Care in Old Age: Some humans expect support in their old age, but Allah is not subject to aging or dependency.
  7. Meaning and Purpose: Raising children gives humans a sense of purpose, but Allah’s existence is beyond the need for purpose derived from progeny.
  8. Educational and Career Goals: Parents may aspire to their children’s success, but Allah is not dependent on His creation for His glory.
  9. Contributing to Society: Humans hope their children will contribute to society, but Allah is the Creator and Sustainer of all.
  10. Love and Affection: While humans cherish the love of children, Allah’s love is perfect and unconditional, requiring no human-like affection.
  11. Personal Growth: Parenting fosters personal growth, but Allah is eternally wise and does not require experiences for personal development.
  12. Fulfilling Dreams: Parents may want their children to fulfill their dreams, but Allah’s divine plan transcends human aspirations.


In essence, attributing human needs or motivations to Allah is a profound misunderstanding of His divine nature. Allah is beyond human limitations and desires, and His attributes are far beyond those of His creation.


Echo of The Divine Majesty and the Need for Offspring

In Surat Maryam’s verses, we find a tale,

A discourse profound, where wisdom sets sail.

Challenging the notion, Allah needing a son,

A reminder of His Majesty, the Eternal One.

Verses 92 to 95, they eloquently decree,

“It’s not for the Most Beneficent,” let it be,

To bear child, offspring, or kin,

For none in the heavens or earth, they do begin.

Each return as a servant, to the Most Divine,

Counted with precision, in God’s grand design.

On the Day of Resurrection, a solitary return,

No protector or defender, as we discern.

This notion, it arises, from human eyes,

To perceive Allah, through earthly ties.

Anthropomorphism, this acts we display,

Projecting desires on the Divine’s pure ray.

Some claimed angels as daughters, a grave misconception,

Ezra, as offspring, in false perception.

But let’s contrast these desires, in human light,

With Allah’s divine essence, ever shining bright.

Biological urges, in humans they reside,

To pass on genes, an instinct, a guide.

But Allah, the Creator, needs no such thing,

His essence untouched, by such earthly string.

Emotional fulfillment, humans often find,

In raising children, a joyous bind.

But Allah transcends, emotions as such,

Self-sufficient, in His mercy, we clutch.

Family lineage, some may aspire,

To continue the line, a legacy to acquire.

But Allah is eternal, beyond this decree,

Descendants don’t shape His grand decree.

Companionship sought, from children so dear,

But Allah is above, companionship clear.

Self-sustained and mighty, in His domain,

The need for companions, to Him, is in vain.

Societal pressures, norms that prevail,

May lead humans to bear, a parental tale.

But Allah, unburdened, by societal view,

His divine purpose, forever true.

In old age, some seek support and care,

But Allah ages not, His existence rare.

Unsubjected to time, His majesty complete,

No aging, no weakness, in His seat.

Purpose derived, humans often seek,

In children, purpose, in voices that speak.

But Allah’s purpose, far grander in scope,

His divine plan, humanity’s hope.

Educational dreams, in human hearts glow,

For children to prosper, in talents they show.

But Allah’s glory, independent and vast,

No dependence on creation, from first to last.

Contribution to society, a human desire,

For children to thrive, society to inspire.

But Allah’s role, as Creator supreme,

Sustainer of all, in every grand scheme.

Love and affection, humans embrace,

From their children, a warm, tender grace.

But Allah’s love, perfect, divine,

Beyond human comprehension, a radiant sign.

Personal growth, through parenting’s role,

In life’s lessons, every heart and soul.

But Allah, eternally wise and grand,

No growth needed, in His mighty hand.

Fulfilling dreams, aspirations held high,

For children to soar, reaching the sky.

But Allah’s plan, transcending the dream,

In His divine wisdom, the ultimate scheme.

In essence, attributing needs to the Divine’s pure grace,

Is a profound misunderstanding, in this sacred space.

Allah, beyond human limits, desires, and thought,

His attributes divine, in every lesson sought.



Echo of The Divine Mercy Despite the Gravest Offense

Within the intricate tapestry of Surat Maryam, the divine attribute ‘Ar-Rahman’ (the Most Merciful) emerges as a guiding light, woven seamlessly into the verses and resonating with profound significance. It is repeated not by chance but a deliberate act of divine wisdom, occurring 16 times more frequently than in any other Surat. This repetition is a radiant reminder of the boundless mercy that envelops us, a mercy so potent that it harmonizes with the gravest of offenses that humanity may commit against the Divine.


Imagine, for a moment, the audacity of attributing a son to Allah, an act deemed as one of the most heinous insults against the Creator. The Hadith warns us about this very offense: ‘The son of Adam insults me. He should not do that, which is attributing a son to Allah.’ The Prophet’s words further underscore the gravity of such an insult, ‘Allah Almighty said: The son of Adam has lied against me, and he has no right to do so, he has insulted me, and he has no right to do so. As for his lie, he says I cannot recreate him as I did before. As for his insult, he says, I have a son; I am glorified above taking a wife or a son.’ These words resound with the weight of divine displeasure, a reminder that humanity should never transgress the boundaries.


Now, consider the Quran’s eloquent portrayal in Surat Maryam, where two pivotal themes unfold before us. The first theme revolves around the Christians’ attribution of a son to Allah, an issue delicately addressed in verses 16-40. Here, we encounter the Quranic perspective on the nativity story, an invitation to ponder the profound nature of divine mercy.


The second theme confronts the denial of the resurrection, a topic contemplated in verse 66: ‘Yet some people ask ˹mockingly˺, ‘After I die, will I be raised to life again?” Here, we are challenged to reflect on the inevitable truth of resurrection and the consequences of disbelief.

So, why does the name ‘Ar-Rahman’ resonate throughout Surah Maryam with such frequency? 


It serves as a profound reminder that had it not been for Allah’s immeasurable mercy, those who insulted Him by attributing a son would have faced immediate retribution. Yet, His mercy stands as a shield, granting respite and offering a chance to repent. It signifies the boundless compassion of our Lord, who extends an opportunity for redemption despite the gravest offenses.


Surat Maryam is not merely a collection of verses; it is an inspiring testament to the enduring mercy of Allah. It encourages us to reflect on the divine attributes, the consequences of our actions, and the power of repentance. In the face of our transgressions, let us be humbled by His mercy and strive to be worthy of His forgiveness.”


Echo Of The Divine Mercy Despite The Gravest Offense

In Surah Maryam’s sacred lines, a tale of mercy divine,

‘Ar-Rahman,’ the Most Merciful, in 16 verses does shine.

Sixteen times it’s echoed here, a deliberate decree,

A radiant reminder of the mercy that sets us free.

Imagine, daring to attribute, a son to Allah’s name,

A grave offense, an insult deep, to His eternal flame.

“The son of Adam insults Me,” the Hadith does proclaim,

Such words of warning, a lesson stark, to protect His holy claim.

Two themes in Maryam’s verses, profound and clear in view,

The Christians’ son to Allah’s name, a story told anew.

Yet some deny the resurrection, with doubts they misconstrue,

Mocking the truth, they question life, and its beginning too.

Why ‘Ar-Rahman’ in every line, repeated with great care?

To remind us of His boundless love, His mercy always there.

For had it not been for His grace, we’d face a harsh affair,

Immediate retribution, a just and righteous glare.

But Allah’s mercy shields us, granting respite from despair,

A chance to mend our ways, to seek His love and care.

Surah Maryam’s sacred words, a message pure and rare,

Reflect on His divine attributes, His mercy’s light to bear.

In the face of our transgressions, let humility take the lead,

Seek His boundless compassion, in repentance plant the seed.

Surah Maryam, a testament, to His mercy we concede,

In His forgiveness, we find hope, our hearts forever freed.


Echo of True Tolerance in interaction, Not in Beliefs 

Introduction: In a world marked by diverse cultures and religious beliefs, it’s not uncommon to find people exchanging greetings and participating in celebrations associated with various festivals. One such occasion is Christmas, celebrated by millions worldwide to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. While sharing goodwill and spreading joy is undoubtedly a noble endeavor, examining the implications of participating in an event that carries profound theological connotations is essential.


In Surat Maryam, the Quran presents a stern rebuke against the attribution of a son to Allah, a concept intrinsic to Christian beliefs. This theological divergence forms the core of the issue at hand. Advocating the endorsement of Christmas greetings or partaking in Christmas celebrations inadvertently lends support to the theological foundations of Christianity, including the belief in Jesus as the divine Son of God. As believers in the oneness of Allah and the finality of His message through Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), it is crucial to reflect upon our actions and the message they convey.


The Quranic Condemnation: Surat Maryam contains a powerful denunciation of those who ascribe a son to Allah, a concept that profoundly contradicts the Islamic doctrine of monotheism. In verses 88-91, it is stated: “They say: ‘The Most Beneficent (Allah) has begotten a son.’ Indeed, you have brought forth a terrible evil thing. Whereby the heavens are almost torn, and the earth is split asunder, and the mountains fall in ruins, that they ascribe a son to the Most Beneficent (Allah).”


These verses emphasize the severity of attributing a son to Allah and the grave consequences of such an assertion. The heavens quiver, the earth trembles, and the mountains crumble in response to this profound theological deviation. It serves as a stark reminder of the sanctity of monotheism in Islam, wherein Allah is declared as One, without partners or offspring.


The Danger of Mimicking Polytheistic Practices:While the exchange of Christmas greetings may appear benign, it is essential to consider the broader implications of such actions. Engaging in practices that endorse the Christian belief in the divine sonship of Jesus Christ is a departure from the fundamental tenets of Islam.


Reflecting upon the authentic Sunnah, we find the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) warning against mimicking the practices of those who deviated from monotheism. Abu Waqid Al-Laithi narrated an incident during the Battle of Hunain when the Prophet (peace be upon him) passed by a tree known as Dhatu Anwat, which the idolaters revered. The Companions, influenced by the customs of the polytheists, requested a similar tree. In response, the Prophet (peace be upon him) admonished them, drawing a parallel with the people of Musa (Moses) who had similarly sought to imitate idolatrous practices. He solemnly declared, “You shall follow the way of those before you.”


This narration underscores the importance of maintaining the purity of monotheism and refraining from adopting customs and traditions that deviate from the path of Tawheed.


The Lesson from the Children of Israel:The Quran recounts the story of the Children of Israel, who, upon encountering a people devoted to idol worship, made a misguided request to Prophet Musa (Moses). In Surah Al-A’raf (7:138), it is stated: “And We brought the Children of Israel (with safety) across the sea, and they came upon a people devoted to some of their idols (in worship). They said: ‘O Musa (Moses)! Make for us an ilahan (a god) as they have aliha (gods).’ He said: ‘Verily, you are a people who know not (the Majesty and Greatness of Allah and what is obligatory upon you, i.e., to worship none but Allah Alone, the One and the Only God of all that exists).'” This incident serves as a cautionary tale, illustrating the consequences of yielding to societal pressures and mimicking the beliefs and practices of others.


Echo of True Tolerance in Interaction, Not In Beliefs

In the sacred verses of Surat Maryam, a grave accusation is hurled,

The claim of offspring to the Most Beneficent, they swirled.

“The Most Beneficent has begotten a son,” they declare,

A heinous utterance, a weight the heavens and earth bear.

“You have uttered a monstrous falsehood,” we declare in dismay,

A claim so grave, it tears the very fabric of night and day.

The heavens, they tremble, almost torn asunder,

The earthquakes in anguish, the mountains crumble under.

To ascribe a son to the Most Beneficent, they dare,

Such blasphemy, such ignorance, a burden too heavy to bear.

In their polytheistic practices, they mock, and they jest,

But in their mimicry, they risk straying from the best path.

Reflect on the Messenger’s words, a solemn warning so clear,

As he passed that tree, the pagans’ idol, held so dear.

“Make for us a Dhat Anwat,” they implored, their hearts astray,

A mimicry of others’ ways, a price they’d have to pay.

“Subhan Allah!” exclaimed the Prophet, in resolute defense,

“This mirrors the folly of Musa’s people, in their offense.

You shall follow the ways of those who were before,” he foretold,

A warning, a reminder, in the annals of history, uncontrolled.

Recall the Children of Israel, a people once astray,

In the land of Sinai, their misguided plea held sway.

“Make for us a god like their gods,” they did beseech,

A plea for an idol, their Lord’s command they’d breach.

Guardians of monotheism, let us heed this call,

To protect our faith, our beliefs, and stand tall.

Let no imitation, no mimicry, lead us astray,

For monotheism’s pure path, we must fiercely convey.


In conclusion, believers should not take the issue of endorsing Christmas greetings or participating in Christmas celebrations lightly. It is imperative to maintain unwavering fidelity to the principle of monotheism and the oneness of Allah. As demonstrated in Surat Maryam and reinforced by the Sunnah, attributing a son to Allah is a grievous theological error with profound consequences.


We must be cautious not to mimic practices that run contrary to our core beliefs and values, as exemplified by the misguided actions of the Children of Israel. Instead, let us stand firmly in defense of monotheism, upholding the Quran’s message and the Prophet Muhammad’s teachings (peace be upon him). Our actions and choices should reflect our unwavering commitment to the oneness of Allah, and we should strive to convey the purity of Tawheed in all aspects of our lives.


Echo Of Caution Against Neglecting The Salah

The narrative of Surat Maryam in the Quran presents a compelling and profound insight into the succession of righteousness and the perils of deviation, particularly highlighting the significance of As-Salat (the prayers). This Surah, through its recounting of the lives of noble prophets like Zakaria, his son Yahia (John), Maryam (Mary), and others including Ibrahim, Musa, Aron, Ismail, Idris, and Jacob, illustrates a lineage of devout adherence to faith and prayer.



However, a striking and cautionary shift occurs in verse 59, where it is noted that the later generations began to falter in their commitment to As-Salat. They didn’t abandon their prayers entirely but were led astray by delaying them, not performing them with due diligence or neglecting their proper times. This subtle yet significant shift from the steadfastness of their predecessors to a gradual decline in religious commitment serves as a potent reminder.



The emphasis on the misguidance of succeeding generations due to their laxity in Salah (prayers) is crucial. It’s not the outright abandonment of prayers that’s highlighted, but rather the gradual erosion of their quality and timeliness. This insight is a stark warning and a call to introspection. It’s a reminder that the path to spiritual decline often begins not with the abandonment of religious practices, but with a diminishing regard for their importance and a gradual erosion of their quality.



For Muslims, this part of Surat Maryam is more than just a historical account; it’s a wake-up call to uphold the sanctity of Salah. It underscores the importance of not just performing the five daily prayers, but doing so with sincerity, punctuality, and reverence, as exemplified by the righteous predecessors. The Salah is a cornerstone of Islamic faith, a direct communion with the Creator, and a means to maintain spiritual discipline and connection.


This passage is a reminder that prayer is not merely a ritual but a reflection of one’s faith and commitment to God. It’s an opportunity to align oneself with the divine will, to seek guidance, and to reinforce one’s resolve to walk on the path of righteousness. It’s a chance to emulate the prophets’ dedication, connect with their legacy, and ensure that the flame of faith continues to burn brightly through the ages.



In essence, the message from Surat Maryam is clear: uphold the Salah with the reverence and commitment it deserves. Let it be a beacon that guides through the tumult of life, a steadfast companion in the journey of faith. For in the diligent observance of Salah lies the preservation of spiritual legacy, the continuity of righteousness, and the safeguard against the gradual descent into spiritual apathy. It’s a call to return to the roots, to embody the discipline and devotion of the righteous predecessors, and to keep the essence of faith alive in every prostration and supplication.



Echo Of Caution Against Neglecting The Salah 

In Surat Maryam, a tale unfolds,

Of faith’s journey and truths, it holds.

From Zakaria, Yahia, and Mary’s grace,

To prophets of old, a devout embrace.

Their lives, a testament to prayers’ call,

In solemn worship, they gave their all.

But a shift occurred, as verses tell,

A decline in devotion, a spiritual swell.

Verse fifty-nine, a warning clear,

Of generations straying, though Allah near.

Not in abandonment, but in delay,

The essence of Salah began to fray.

A subtle erosion, a fading light,

Of prayers once held, in highest height.

A gradual decline, in quality and care,

A warning to those, who in faith, share.

This passage serves, not just as lore,

But as a call, to something more.

To uphold Salah, with sincerity and zeal,

In every prostration, Allah’s presence we feel.

For Salah is more, than mere routine,

It’s a communion with the Divine, unseen.

A guiding light through life’s maze,

A steadfast companion, in all our days.

This insight from Maryam, profound and deep,

A reminder for the faithful, to ardently keep.

The legacy of prayer, in its purest form,

Against spiritual decline, a shelter from the storm.

Emulate the prophets, in their devout way,

Let Salah be the first thought, with the break of day.

In each prostration, a connection renewed,

In every supplication, faith’s fortitude.

So let us heed, this divine decree,

Uphold our prayers, in humility.

For in the rhythm of Salah, we find our part,

In the eternal tapestry, of Allah’s art.



Surat Maryam in the Quran presents narratives of enduring significance, providing profound insights for the faithful. The inclusion of Yahya’s miraculous birth alongside Jesus’s narrative invites reflection on the miracles of faith and the limitless power of Allah, while affirming the central doctrine of monotheism. The chapter serves as a reminder that in the grand tapestry of divine wisdom, every event, every birth, and every miracle have a purpose: guiding humanity towards steadfast faith and submission to the Almighty.


The blog underscores the importance of upholding the sanctity of prayer (Salah) and the continuity of righteous practices, as demonstrated by the prophets. It calls for a return to the roots of faith, embodying the discipline and devotion of the righteous predecessors. Surat Maryam thus becomes a beacon for Muslims, especially in the West, to maintain the purity of their faith, engage meaningfully in interfaith dialogues, and uphold the message of monotheism in all aspects of life.


Blog’s Poetic Conclusion: The Seven Divine Echoes of Surat Maryam

In Surat Maryam’s sacred text, a tapestry unfolds,

A story of faith, in divine echoes, it holds.

From Maryam’s grace to Zakaria’s plea,

A lineage of prophets, in worship, they’d be.

The tale of Yahya’s birth, a miracle divine,

In an elderly man’s prayer, faith’s bright line.

His supplication, a beacon of hope in night,

A child born to them, in age’s fading light.

Then Jesus, in the cradle, with wisdom spoke,

A tale untold in texts, his words awoke.

“I am Allah’s servant,” his proclamation clear,

Dispelling myths of divinity, with words sincere.

The Majesty of the Most Beneficent, a discourse profound,

Challenging the notion of offspring, in wisdom’s sound.

For Allah, the Creator, transcends human need,

His essence untouched by earthly seed.

‘Ar-Rahman,’ echoed in verses, a mercy so wide,

A reminder of forgiveness, in which we can confide.

For those who claimed a son to Him, Allah’s grace,

A chance to repent, in His merciful embrace.

Guardians of monotheism, to the call, we heed,

Protecting our faith, from polytheism’s seed.

The Prophet’s words, a warning to stay the course,

In monotheism’s path, we find our source.

Yet, a warning resounds, in verse fifty-nine’s plight,

A decline in devotion, a fading of light.

The essence of Salah, in its rhythm and rhyme,

A connection to the Divine, transcending time.

Upholding Salah, with sincerity and zeal,

Each prostration, a testament to faith’s ideal.

For in the legacy of prophets, a message clear,

To embrace prayer’s path, with Allah ever near.

In Surat Maryam’s chapters, from first to last,

A journey of belief, from present to past.

In these divine echoes, a call to understand,

The eternal tapestry, in Allah’s guiding hand.