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(We said:) "O John, hold fast to the Book;" and We gave him wisdom right from boyhood,

And compassion from Us, and goodness. So he was devout,

And kind to his parents, neither arrogant nor disobedient.

So peace on him the day he was born, the day he will die, and the day that he will be raised from the dead.

Commemorate Mary in the Book. When she withdrew from her family to a place in the East

And took cover from them, We sent a spirit of Ours to her who appeared before her in the concrete form of a man.

"I seek refuge in the Merciful from you, if you fear Him," she said.

He replied: "I am only a messenger from your Lord (sent) to bestow a good son on you."

"How can I have a son," she said, "when no man has touched me, nor am I sinful?"

He said: "Thus will it be. Your Lord said: 'It is easy for Me,' and that: 'We shall make him a sign for men and a blessing from Us.' This is a thing already decreed."

When she conceived him she went away to a distant place.

The birth pangs led her to the trunk of a date-palm tree. "Would that I had died before this," she said, "and become a thing forgotten, unremembered."

Then (a voice) called to her from below: "Grieve not; your Lord has made a rivulet gush forth right below you.

Shake the trunk of the date-palm tree, and it will drop ripe dates for you.