Friday, 24 December 2010
Lady Maryam (AS) & her son Isa (AS)
As Christmas is approaching, we as Muslim parents need to remind ourselves the true facts about Lady Maryam (AS) who is widely known as Mary in Western world and her son Isa (AS) who is known as Jesus in this part of the world. If we want our children to grow up as confident Muslims, we need to pass onto them the true message of our faith, otherwise they will end up being confused by the Christian version. Alhamdulillah we have the Book of Allah (SWT) to refer back to.
In the Qur’an, Allah (SWT) mentions with great admiration the family of Ibrahim (AS) and the family of Imran (AS). In Suran Al-Imran Allah (SWT) says, ‘Allah chose Adam, Noah, Abraham’s family and Imran’s family over all other people, in one line of descent – Allah hears and knows all.’ – (Quran Surah 3:33-34)
As you can see Lady Maryam (AS) is descended from a noble family, the family of Imran. Her birth story is also a very inspiring one. Her mother is a great example of a God-fearing woman. She dedicated her precious child to Allah (SWT)’s service even before her birth. ‘Imran’s wife said, “Lord, I have dedicated what is growing in my womb entirely to You; so accept this from me. You are the One who hears and knows all.”’ – (Quran Surah 3:35)
When she delivered her she said ‘My Lord! I have given birth to a girl’ – (Quran Surah 3:35). Allah (SWT) loves us all regardless for our gender differences and that’s why He (SWT) said, ‘Allah knew best what she had given birth to: the male is not like the female.’ – (Quran Surah 3:36)
Maryam’s mother said’ “I name her Maryam and I commend her and her offspring to Your protection from the rejected Satan.” – (Quran Surah 3:36). Once again we can learn so much from her beautiful action. We as parents should make supplication for our children from the very start of their life and also need to remember their offspring too, insha-Allah. 'Her Lord graciously accepted her and made her grow in goodness and entrusted her to the charge of Zachariah.’ – (Quran Surah 3:37) Because of her great supplication, she wasn't just rewarded with a saintly daughter like Lady Maryam (AS) but also with a great grandson Isa (AS)! Subhanallah ! This just shows how much our good intention and dua can help us in gaining countless rewards from Allah (SWT).
The Superiority of Lady Maryam (AS) over other women
In Surah Al-Imran Allah (SWT) mentions, “The angels said to Maryam: ‘Maryam, Allah has chosen you and made you pure. He has truly chosen you above all women. Maryam, be devout to your Lord; prostrate yourself in worship, bow down with those who pray.’” – (Quran Surah 3:43-44)
The utter innocence of lady Maryam (AS)
In the Quran it is mentioned how Maryam (AS) reacted to the news of conceiving her son isa (AS). ‘She said, “My Lord, how can I have a son when no man has touched me?” The angel says, “This is how Allah creates what He wills: when He has ordained something, He only says, “Be” and it is.” – (Quran Surah 3:47)
The miraculous birth of prophet Isa (AS)
Allah (SWT) also mentions in the Quran the true story of the birth of Isa (AS) so that we as Muslims should never have any doubts regarding this great incident. ‘The angel said, “ Maryam, Allah gives you news of a Word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Isa (Juesus), son of Maryam, who will be held in honour in this world and the next, who will be one of those brought near to Allah. He will speak to people in his infancy and in his adulthood. He will be one of the righteous.” – (Quran Surah 3:45-46)
‘He (Isa) will teach them the Sripture and wisdom, the Torah and the Gospel. He will send him as a messenger to the children of Israel.’ – (Quran Surah 3:48-49)
Miracles of Isa (AS)
Isa (AS) was given several miracles by Allah (SWT). “I have come to you with a sign from your Lord. I will make the shape of a bird for you out of clay, then breathe into it and with Allah’s permission it will become a real bird; I will heal the blind and the leper and bring the dead back to life with Allah’s permission. I will tell you what you may eat and what you may store up in your houses. There is truly a sign for you in this, if you are believers. I have come to confirm the truth of the Torah which preceded me and to make some things lawful to you which used to be forbidden. I have come to you with a sign from you Lord. Be mindful of God, obey me: God is my Lord and your Lord, so serve Him- that is a straight path.” – (Quran Surah 3:49-51)
There are so many ayats in the Qur'an where we come across the story of our prophet Isa (AS). Insha-Allah I would like to write more about Isa (AS) in future posts insha-Allah.