One day when Maryam was praying alone in her prayer-niche, Allah sent an angel to her in human form. Taken aback she said, “May the Merciful defend me from you! If you fear the Lord, leave me alone and go your way.” “I am the messenger of your Lord,” replied the angel, and have come to announce the gift of a holy son.”
Maryam later gave birth to a son whom Allah had already named Isa ibn Maryam (Jesus, son of Mary). When she returned with the baby, fingers were pointed at her but she simply pointed to the baby who performed his first miracle by saying at once:
“I am the servant of Allah. He has given me the Book and made me a prophet. His blessing is upon me wherever 1 go, and He has commanded me to be steadfast in prayer and give alms to the poor as long as I shall live. He has made me kind and dutiful towards my mother. He has rid me of arrogance and wickedness I uvis blessed on the day I born, and blessed I shall be on the day of my death: and may peace be upon me on the day when shall be raised to life.”
Isa was also given the power to perform a number of miracles, such as moulding a bird out of clay, which, when he breathed on it, came to life. He gave sight to the blind, cured lepers and even raised the dead to life. But despite these clear signs, the people of Israel rejected him, accusing him of sorcery. Only a handful of his disciples responded to his call, saying, “We are the helpers of Allah.”
Isa continued his mission for several years, but only a few answered his call. The Children of Israel wanted to crucify him. But Allah saved him and they crucified another man, who was made to appear like him.