The story of the birth of Jesus is at first oddly different from the gospels.....
Qur'an 19:22-26Thereupon she conceived him, and retired to a far-off place. And when she felt the throes of childbirth she lay down by the trunk of a palm-tree, crying: 'Oh, would that I had died and passed into oblivion!'
But a voice from below cried out to her: 'Do not despair. Your Lord has provided a brook that runs at your feet, and if you shake the trunk of this palm-tree it will drop fresh ripe dates in your lap. Therefore eat and drink and rejoice; and should you meet any mortal say to him: "I have vowed a fast to the Merciful and will not speak with any man today."'
Another apocrypha, the gospel of Pseudo-Mathew has this:
This is a sixth century story, see Elliot "The Apocryphal New Testament", page 86Now on the third day of their journey, as they went on, it happened that blessed Mary was wearied by the too great heat of the sun in the desert, and seeing a palm tree, she said to Joseph: "I should like to rest a little in the shade of this tree." And Joseph led her quickly to the palm and let her dismount from her animal . And when blessed Mary had sat down she looked up at the top of the palm tree and saw that it was full of fruits, and said to Joseph: "I wish someone could fetch some of these fruits of the palm tree." And Joseph said to her: "I wonder that you say this; for you see how high this palm tree is, and (I wonder ) that you even think about eating of the fruits of the palm. I think rather of the lack of water, which already fails us n the skins, and we have nothing with which we can re-fresh ourselves and the animals."
Then the child Jesus, who was sitting with a happy countenance in his mother's lap, said to the palm: "Bend down your branches, O Tree and refresh my mother with your fruit." And immediately at this command the palm bent its head down to the feet of blessed Mary, and they gathered from it fruits with which they all refreshed themselves.....Then Jesus said to it: "Raise yourself, O palm .....and let the waters flow so that we may quench our thirst from it." And immediately it raised itself, and there began to gush out by its root a fountain of water very clear, fresh and completely bright.
This parallel shows how Mohammed's recollections are not always very good. In the first example from the previous post he made some deliberate changes. But here he is conflating things again. Pseudo Matthew tells us about Mary travelling with Joseph, and Jesus, the infant, miraculously providing food and water while Mary rests under a palm tree.
Where else did Mary travel with Joseph anywhere? Well, in the story about the birth of Jesus of course!....
So in Mohammed's head the two tales became one. Mary rests under the palm tree, and a "voice from below" comforts her and provides the same food and water. But this then became also the place where Jesus was born...
Something else worth looking at is the "voice from below" that speaks to Mary in the Qur'an... The general reading is that it was Jesus, the infant, speaking "from below", i.e. from her womb.
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This would then complete the circle returning to pseudo-Matthew's fable.