New Islamic Mosque–Dedicated to the Virgin Mary

New Islamic Mosque–Dedicated to the Virgin Mary June 8, 2015

 A new mosque in the Syrian coastal city of Tartous has been dedicated to the Virgin Mary–the only Islamic place of worship in the Islamic world which bears her name.

MARYAM By Anonymous (TURKEY) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Anonymous (TURKEY) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The “al-Sayyida Maryam” mosque, named after Mary the Mother of Jesus Christ, was inaugurated on Saturday, June 6. According to Lebanon’s Daily Star newspaper,

The minister of awqaf, or religious charitable endowments, said the mosque’s construction symbolized the openness of Islam, in stark contrast to the “deviation” being seen today thanks to takfiri extremists.

“Naming the mosque after al-Sayyida Maryam is but an expression of belief in the Holy Quran’s verses that bring [people] together and do not divide people based on religion or sect,” Mohammad Abdel-Sattar al-Sayyed said.

Mary is very highly regarded in Islam. She is one of Islam’s “most righteous” women, and is mentioned more frequently in the Quran than in the entire New Testament. The nineteenth chapter of the Quran, Maryam (sura), is about her and tells the story of her life. According to Wikipedia:

Of the Quran’s 114 suras, she is among only eight people who have a chapter named after them. Mary is specifically mentioned in the Quran, alongside Asiya, as an exemplar for all righteous women. Mary plays an important role in Islamic culture and religious tradition, and verses from the Quran relating to Mary are frequently inscribed on the mihrab of various mosques, including in the Hagia Sophia.

However, while Mary is esteemed in the Islamic faith, Muslims believe that neither she nor her son is divine.


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  • Mary Petnel

    I believe Our Lady is the key to bringing the Muslims to Her Son. Witness Our Lady of Fatima – and Our Lady of Guadalupe – Bishop Fulton Sheen wrote about this in 1952 – Pray the rosary.

    • Neko

      Would that she had done so before 9/11.

      • Gillemar

        Well now, that’s hardly her fault, is it? She told us at Fatima in 1917, and in pretty much every other apparition, that we need to pray and sacrifice to obtain the conversion of sinners. And even after events like this show us how critical it is to do so RIGHT NOW, we still figure we can get away with doing less not more! Surely a lot of the tragic events of recent years could have been forestalled — WOULD have been — had her messages been obeyed. At Fatima she promised a period of peace to the world in return for the consecration of Russia, but has that happened yet? Nope. If our Lady had been obeyed, 9/11 *would not have happened.*

        • Neko

          So you believe the Queen of Heaven is holding world peace hostage to the consecration of Russia. Really?

          • Gillemar

            No indeed, she is the General of the Lord’s army and we are refusing to follow her battle plans! No wonder we haven’t won the war and achieved peace yet.

          • Neko

            So the paragon of humility and submission, the Lord’s handmaiden, has morphed into Patton.

            You guys crack me up (in a dismayed kind of way).

          • Gillemar

            Like a spiritual St. Joan of Arc, only better! Mary’s battle is against the devil and evil. Btw the term “general” isn’t mine — it comes from the writings of classic saints.

  • Lance Eccles

    In Melbourne, Australia, there is also a Virgin Mary Mosque.

  • AWESOME!!!

  • OverlappingMagisteria

    …Muslims believe that neither [Mary] nor her son is divine.

    That depends on what exactly you mean by the word “divine.” Muslims do believe that Jesus was miraculously born of a virgin, and that he was a holy prophet of God. But they do not believe that he is God or that he is God’s son in any way. In their eyes, Jesus is just as important as Moses and on the same level has Muhammad (though Muhammad, being the final prophet, is a bit more important.)