19. Illuminated Quran: Mariam

This surah speaks about the Prophet Zachariah (a) who asked Allah (s) to send him a son.  This son became the Prophet Yahya (a).  If you would like to read the story of Zachariah (a) and Yahya (a) there is are chapters about them in My Little Lore of Light by Hajjah Amina Adil.

Discussion question:  when Prophet Zachariah (a) asked Allah (s) for a son how was he inspired my Mariam (r)?  Have you ever been inspired by the prayers of another person?

Zachariah (a) was the guardian of his niece Mariam (r).  Mariam (r) was visited by the Angel Gibrail (a) who told her she was expecting a baby.  When the baby was delivered she leaned on a palm tree for support.  When she returned with the baby to her people the baby spoke.  This baby became the Prophet Isa (a).  If you would like to read his story to your children there is a chapter about him in My Little Lore of Light.

Discussion question:  why did Allah (s) send the baby Isa (a) to Mariam (r)?  What was special about her?

Image:  this image is lifted from Persian miniatures regarding Mariam (r).

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the Tafseer of Quran.


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