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She wondered, “How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me, nor am I unchaste?”
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He replied, “So will it be! Your Lord says, ‘It is easy for Me. And so will We make him a sign for humanity and a mercy from Us.’ It is a matter ˹already˺ decreed.”
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So she conceived him and withdrew with him to a remote place.
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Then the pains of labour drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She cried, “Alas! I wish I had died before this, and was a thing long forgotten!”
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So a voice1 reassured her from below her, “Do not grieve! Your Lord has provided a stream at your feet.
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And shake the trunk of this palm tree towards you, it will drop fresh, ripe dates upon you.
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