Message of Thaqalayn

A Quarterly Journal of Islamic Studies

Lady Mary as a Role Model in the Qur'an and Bible

Qur’anic descriptions of the prophets and other prominent female personalities reveal the importance of using them as an exemplar in our daily lives. This makes certain that we are given the guidelines as to how to attain proximity to God. Lady Mariam is the most distinguished female mentioned by name in the holy Qur’an, so much so that an entire chapter is named after her. Her titles of being the Masteress of women of her era as well as her qualities of chastity, virtue, and purity qualify her for being the mother of a prophet as well as a model for both men and women to follow. This article studies the portrayal of role models in the Qur’an, several aspects of Lady Mary’s upbringing, and Lady Mariam’s features as seen in the Qur’an and the Bible.


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