Prophet ‘Isa (Jesus) and Maryam (Mary) as a Sign for the Worlds
A significant sign of Allah is Prophet ‘Isa (Jesus) and his mother Maryam (Mary).
And We made the son of Mary and his mother a sign (Al-Mu’minun, 50).
And We made her (Mary) and her son a sign for the worlds (al-‘alamin: all nations, peoples, or beings) (Al-Anbiya’, 91).
It is noteworthy that the Quran uses the word “sign (ayah)” in its singular form, while it speaks about both Jesus and Mary.
That means that both of them shared a single above all historical destiny, and represented a unique set of conditions that changed the course of human history.
A person can never talk about one of them, without referring to the other, as the name “Jesus, son of Mary (‘Isa ibn Maryam)” implies.
Hence, they were a unified sign, rather than two separate ones.
In passing, the very name of Jesus dispels the biggest untruth about him. He was not the son of God, but the son of Mary.
The sign exemplified the power and lordship of Allah, validating that He is the only One and that only He is worthy of all worship. He likewise does whatever and whenever He wants.
He is not questioned, whereas everybody else will be questioned. He is not in need of anybody or anything, whereas all are in need of Him.
The relationship between Allah and all other things and beings is one of the Creator and creations, and one of the Lord and servants. No matter what, there can never be an exchange of entitlements and rights.
The Sign is Misread
However, most people failed to come to terms with and understand that extraordinary sign. They failed to read it, and instead of making the Jesus phenomenon a source of blessings and authentic fortune, they made it a source of especially spiritual bedlam and tragedy.
Instead of reading thus the presence and greatness of Allah, and to draw ever closer to Him, they confounded firstly themselves and then others concerning Him, and set out on a journey of perpetual alienation from His grace.
Allah repeatedly tries to bring home to them the reality of the matter, appealing to their rationality and common sense. As if He tells them, what else can you trust besides the combination of reason and revelation conveyed to you by My holy messengers?
Allah thus imparts:
Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him: ‘Be’, and he was. The truth is from your Lord, so do not be among the doubters (Al ‘Imran, 59-60).
The situation increased the hardness and treachery of most Jews, to whom Jesus had originally been sent, and the misguidance as well as confusion of all those individuals and groups who subsequently associated their religious sentiments with the life-story of Jesus – and his mother.
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