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And mention in the Book ˹O Prophet, the story of˺ Mary when she withdrew from her family to a place in the east,

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screening herself off from them. Then We sent to her Our angel, ˹Gabriel,˺ appearing before her as a man, perfectly formed.

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She appealed, “I truly seek refuge in the Most Compassionate from you! ˹So leave me alone˺ if you are God-fearing.”

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He responded, “I am only a messenger from your Lord, ˹sent˺ to bless you with a pure son.”

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She wondered, “How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me, nor am I unchaste?”

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He replied, “So will it be! Your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me. And so will We make him a sign for humanity and a mercy from Us.’ It is a matter ˹already˺ decreed.”

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So she conceived him and withdrew with him to a remote place.

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Then the pains of labour drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She cried, “Alas! I wish I had died before this, and was a thing long forgotten!”

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So a voice1 reassured her from below her, “Do not grieve! Your Lord has provided a stream at your feet.

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And shake the trunk of this palm tree towards you, it will drop fresh, ripe dates upon you.

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

So eat and drink, and put your heart at ease. But if you see any of the people, say, ‘I have vowed silence1 to the Most Compassionate, so I am not talking to anyone today.’”

— Dr. Mustafa Khattab, the Clear Quran

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