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The role that Mary has played in the history of religion is a topic that can be debated According to the Koran the only importance of Mary is that she is undisputedly the mother of Jesus Also the only proper name of a woman to be used in the Koran is the name Mary Maryam However she has never been referred to as the Virgin Mary in either the Bible or the Koran1 This is significant in comparing and contrasting some of the importance of this woman and her son to Christianity and Islam religions The woman known as Mary is a name that many religions of the world honor She was born to Anna the wife of Imran and when she was born her mother Anna prayed to God2 O my Lord I vow to thee what is in my belly dedicated to thy service accept it from me verily thou art one who hears and knows3 After she had made this vow to God she was then confused when He gave a female child She did not understand how greatness was to come from a female child As written in the third sura of the Koran Mary was raised in a way which was devoted to serving God She worshiped in the temple just as her mother promised she would if God would allow her to have this special child It is said that Mary was assisted by angels throughout her childhood and the Islamic religion regarded her as sinless4 The Koran implies this pure sinless and Godly inspired view of Mary by stating in sura three verses 30-35 And I have named her Mary and commend her to Thee with her seed to protect them from the accursed Satan5 Although it was not obvious at first Mary would eventually play a large role in Christianity and other religions due to the fact that she would be the
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