Are there any verses of the Quran and hadiths about the chastity of Hz. Maryam (Mary)?

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The concept of chastity in terms of the time period when Hz. Maryam (Mary) lived did not suit any woman so much as it did Hz. Maryam. This concept of chastity looks as if it is her a title, is identical with her and is an indispensable characteristic of her. It is as if the name “Maryam” is meaningless and incomplete without that concept. She is our chaste mother, Virgin Mary. In fact, she is also the mother of all Abrahamic religions.

Chastity (iffah) lexically means staying away from harams, avoiding words and deeds are not halal and good, honor, cleanliness, preventing one’s soul from animal tendencies, consenting to halals and avoiding harams.

The most important witnesses to the chastity of our mother Mary are the Quran and hadiths, and her exemplary spiritual life of 50-60 years, in which she lived in chastity.

Allah states the following for our mother Mary in verse 91 of the chapter of al-Anbiya: allati ahsanat farjaha, that is, she who guarded her chastity.

In the verses of the chapter of Maryam, Maryam says to Jibril (Gabriel), who appeared in human form, “I seek refuge from thee to (Allah) Most Gracious: (Come not near) if thou dost fear Allah.” When Jibril says, “Nay, I am only a messenger from thy Lord, (to announce) to thee the gift of a holy son”, Mother Mary says, “How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?” (Maryam, 19/16-33)

The following is stated in verse 59 of the chapter of Aal-i Imran: “The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: “Be”. And he was.” Thus, it is stated that our father Adam was created without a father and a mother and that Hz. Isa (Jesus) was created without a father.

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “The best of women of Paradise are Khuwaylid’s daughter Khadija, Muhammad’s daughter Fatima, Imran’s daughter, Maryam, and Muzahim’s daughter (Pharaoh’s wife) Asiya.” Thus, he stated that Hz. Maryam was one of the four most virtuous women in the past and in the future. (see Haythami, Zawaid, 9/223; Tirmidhi, Manaqib, 61; Ahmad b. Hanbal, 1/293, 316, 322)

Thus, both Allah and His Messenger Muhammad (pbuh) state that Hz. Maryam was chaste and honorable.

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