Can Maryam be considered a prophet even though she's a female?

She seems to have had angelic meetings/messages and held in such high esteem by both Allah and followers.

I'm new to understanding Islam, so by what basis is one considered a prophet?

Can Maryam be considered a prophet even though she's a female? Why or why not?

In the Quran we find that Allah sent revelations only to men:

And We sent not before you, [O Muhammad], except men to whom We revealed [the message], so ask the people of the message if you do not know. [Quran 21:7]

This clearly indicates that one of the prerequisites of prophets is that they must be men. Since Maryam was a woman, she cannot be considered a prophet.

I'm new to understanding Islam, so by what basis is one considered a prophet?

The men, among the believers who were inspired by Allah to spread the message of Islam to their people, are considered prophets (peace be upon them all).

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    You may want to include the stance of Maryam as one of the four women who completed iman, and that revelations occurred to other than prophets ad in the mother of Mussa. – III-AK-III Oct 13 '16 at 12:08

right answer about the mariam is GOD knows better but the job of prophethood is very hard working like a preaching for islam.And there are some weaknesses by birth in female they did,nt have the same stamina as mans therefore she can,t do the same job .

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