The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Koran

In 14 Book Corner on 2011/06/07 at 7:59 AM

Mary and the Moslems” is the title of a chapter in Fulton Sheen’s THE WORLD’S FIRST LOVE written in 1952, reprinted by Ignatius Press in 1996.  Here are various prophetic, and now timely, excerpts;

“The Christian West barely escaped destruction at the hands of the Muslims . . . at the present hour, the Muslims are beginning to rise again . . . the hatred of the Muslim countries against the West is becoming a hatred against Christianity itself.” p. 200

“There is still great danger that the  temporal power of Islam may return, and with it, the menace that it may shake off a West which has ceased to be Christian, and affirm itself as a great anti-Christian world power. . . . I belive that that Muslimism will eventually be converted to Christianity… through a summoning of the Muslims to a veneration of the Mother of God.” p.201

“The Qu’ran, which is the Bible for the Muslims, has many passages concerning the Blessed Virgin. First of all, the Qu’ran believes in her Immaculate Conception, and also in her Virgin Birth. The third chapter of the Qu’ran places the history of Mary’s family in a genealogy which goes back through Abraham, Noah, and Adam. . . . Both books describe the old age and the definite sterility of the mother of Mary. When, however, she conceives, the mother of Mary is made to say in the Qu’ran: “O Lord, I vow and I consecrate to you what is already within me.   Accept it from me.” When Mary is born, the mother says: “And I consecrate her with all of her posterity under thy protection, O Lord, against Satan!” p. 202

“…Moslem tradition  know the name of Joseph and has some familiarity with him. In this tradition, Joseph is made to speak to Mary, who is a virgin. As he inquired how she conceived Jesus without a father, Mary answered:  “Do you not know that God, when he created the wheat had no need of seed, and that God by his power made the trees grow without the help of rain? All that God had to do was to say, ‘So be it, and it was done’.”  p. 202

“The Qu’ran has also verses on the Annunciation, Visitation, and Nativity; 41 in chapter 19.” p. 202

“I believe that the Blessed Virgin chose to be known as ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ as a pledge and a sign of hope to the Muslim people, and as an assurance that they, who show her so much respect, will one day accept her divine Son too. . . . The very place where Our Lady appeared in 1917 bears a historical connection to Fatima, the daughter of Mohammed.”  p. 203

“Mary is the advent of Christ, bringing Christ to the people before Christ himself is born. . . . Because the Muslims have a devotion to Mary . . . Our Blessed Lady will carry the Muslims the rest of the way to her divine Son.”  p.204

Sheen, Fulton  THE WORLD’S FIRST LOVE. Ignatius Press.



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