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Where and when did Maryam (Mary) and Asiya bint-Muzahim die and where is their burial location?
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When Pharaoh learned that Asiyah, his wife, had embraced Moses' religion, he told her persistently to give up her religion and abandon her God but she never surrendered herself to Pharaoh's demand. Finally, Pharaoh ordered his men to tie her up under the scorching sun and put a heavy stone on her chest until she died there.
Asiya's grave is in Egypt. 1a As for when she died, we referred to historical sources to find the date of her demise but we found no information in this regard.
As for Maryam's death, there are different reports about the age at which she died. Contrary to what is reported in the Holy Scripture, the Islamic historical sources report that she died during the lifetime of Prophet Jesus at 51 or 63. Jesus (a.s) gave her ritual bathing 2 and her grave is in Baitul Muqaddas.
Considering that the question consists of two parts, we will also give the answer in two parts:
A) Maryam (s.a)
The story of Maryam's life is not very clear; it is therefore difficult to give a precise account of the details of her life. As stated in the Holy Book, Maryam lived for many years after the death of Jesus. She witnessed the crucifixion of her son. 1 However, the story regarding her life reported by Islamic sources is very different. Contrary to the Holy Book, the Islamic sources state that Maryam passed away during Jesus' lifetime. Jesus gave her ritual bathing (ghusl) 2 and her tomb is in BaitulMuqaddas. 3
As for the date of her demise, there are varying reports. According to some reports, she died at the age 51 4 and according to some other reports she died at 63. 5 As for the circumstances surrounding her death, there is no reliable or verifiable report about it. 6
B) Lady Asiya (s.a)
When Asiya, Pharaoh's wife, witnessed Moses' miracle in front of the sorcerers, her heart was lit with the light of Iman (belief in the One God). She started to believe in Moses. She was trying to hide her faith from Pharaoh but faith and love of God is not something to be concealed. When Pharaoh learned about her faith, he forbade her times and again from believing in Moses; he pressured on her to give up her religion and abandon her God but she never surrendered herself to Pharaoh's demand.
Finally, Pharaoh ordered his men to tie her up under the scorching sun and put a heavy stone on her chest and let her die there. When she was breathing the last moments of her life, she prayed to God as such:
And God illustrates an example of those who believe: the wife of Pharaoh, when she said, “My Lord, build for me, with you, a house in Paradise, and save me from Pharaoh and his works, and save me from the wrongdoing people.” 7
God, the Exalted, accepted the prayer of this faithful, chaste and devoted woman and put her beside some of the best women of the world like Maryam. 8
Lady Asiya's grave is in Egypt. 9b As for the age at which she died, there is no precise information available. We referred to historical sources to find information in this regard but to no avail.