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And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She cried (in her anguish): “Ah! would that I had died before this! would that I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight!”

Mary gave birth to Jesus under the same ordinary, natural
circumstances that all women experience while giving birth to a child.
“Oh! Would that I had become unconscious before this and had
become a thing gone and forgotten” were words uttered under
extreme pain of birth. The throes of childbirth compelled her to cling
to a date tree for support and to utter these words. This verse is
intended to tell us that the birth of Jesus was just like any other birth
of a human child, not under extraordinary circumstances to justify him
as a son of God. The words, “The throes of childbirth compelled her
to cling to a date tree for support…” are also symbolic of the support
sought by Mary against the spiritual ignorance and opposition by the
Jewish leaders and the complaints she makes because of the pain she
felt from the opposition of her own people. According to some Sufi
saints, these words also stand as symbols for the spiritual reformers in
Islam (Mujaddids) who act as a kind of support for believers at the
time when the religion chosen by Allâh begins to suffer from the
attacks of its enemies

Conceiving a child without copulation with a man is not totally

That Sayyidah Maryam conceived and gave birth to a child
was a miracle. And miracles, however improbable they may be in
appearance, are not beyond Allah’s power, rather, the more improbable
they are, the more pronounced their miraculous nature. However, it
cannot be taken as totally impossible, because according to some books of
medical science, the lubricants found inside the female genitals are not
merely a passive agent for conceiving a child; they also have a capacity of
being active and a potential to make fetus by themselves without an
external semen joining them. Ibn Sina (Avicenna), the famous medical
scientist, has mentioned in his book ‘Al-Qanun’ that in a special disease,
named by him as ‘Raja’ an imperfect form of even the organs of a fetus is
shaped in the uterus of a woman without the intermediation of a male
semen. So long as this potential is there, it cannot be taken as totally
impossible, because some abnormal factor may increase this potential.


NOORUDDÎN ,ALLÂMAH. (2015). Exegesis of The Holy Qur’ân Commentary and Reflections.

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