According to Muslim writers the name of two different persons. The one the father of Moses and Aaron, and the other the father of the Virgin Mary. Christian writers imagine that the Qur’an confounds Mary, the mother of Jesus, with Mary or Maryam, the sister of Moses and Aaron. The verses are as follows: –
Surah iii. 30 : “Verily, above all human beings did God choose Adam and Noah, and the family of ‘Imran, the one the posterity of the other; and God hearth and knoweth. Remember when the wife of ‘Imran said, ‘O my Lord, I vow to Thee what is in my womb, for Thy special service…. And I have named her Mary, and I commend her and her offspring to Thy special protection.”
Surah lxvi. 12: “And Mary the daughter of ‘Imran, ever virgin, and into whose womb We breathed Our spirit.”
Surah xix. 29: “‘O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a wicked man, nor unchaste thy mother.’ And she made a sign unto them pointing towards the babe.”
Al-Baizawi the commentator, says the ‘Imran first mentioned in Surah iii. is the father of Moses, and the second father of Mary the Virgin. He attempts to explain the anachronism in Surah xix. by stating the (1) Mary is called the sister of Aaron by way of comparison; (2) or because she was of the Levitical race; (3) or, as some have said, there was a man of the name of Aaron, renowned either for piety or wickedness, who lived at the time and she is said, by way of derision, to be like him!
Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam