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The Recipe to Raise Pious Offspring

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(Sayyidah Maryam [‘alaihas salaam] – Part Eight)

When Sayyidah Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) was confronted by the people and accused of being unchaste, she gestured towards Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) who was an infant. As a miracle, Allah Ta‘ala allowed Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) to speak. He thus raised his index finger and addressed the people.

The very first thing that Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) told them was, “I am the slave of Allah Ta‘ala.” In this way, he clearly declared that he was the slave of Allah Ta‘ala and not the son of Allah Ta‘ala. He then told the people that Allah Ta‘ala would reveal a divine kitaab to him and make him a Nabi. By telling the people that he would become the Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala, the people understood that his mother was innocent of unchaste behaviour and her name was thus cleared of all accusations.

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) then declared, “Allah Ta‘ala has made me blessed, wherever I may be.” In this context, when Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) mentioned ‘blessed’, it referred to the blessing of encouraging people towards righteous works and preventing them from committing evil deeds.

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) next said, “Allah Ta‘ala has enjoined on me salaah and zakaat as long as I am alive.” Zakaat refers to ‘purity’ – of both wealth (through discharging zakaat and giving optional charity) and of the soul through purifying one’s character of evil habits and traits.

Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) finally mentioned to the people that Allah Ta‘ala had made him obedient and kind to his mother, and Allah Ta‘ala had not made him harsh and rude, and he would not break the commands of Allah Ta‘ala in any way.

(Tafseerul Madaarik vol. 2, pg. 38, Tafseer Ibnu Katheer vol. 5, pg. 225, Al-Bidaayah wan Nihaayah vol. 2, pg. 79)

Lesson:

The qualities that Nabi ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) mentioned as a child are the same qualities that we should all strive to instil in our children, which are:

1. Complete submission before Allah Ta‘ala and His commands, as we are all His slaves.

2. The effort to engage them in works of righteousness such as inviting people towards good and preventing them from evil, as this, in reality, is a great blessing and favour of Allah Ta‘ala.

3. To instil the importance of salaah in their hearts so that they never neglect any salaah, and to ensure that they strive for purity in all facets of life, financial as well as in character.

4. The children must be taught to respect, honour and serve their parents and seniors, must be raised to be civilized and dignified and to behave respectably, not in a harsh and rude manner.

In order to instil these qualities within their children, the parents will have to first acquire the qualities themselves. Thereafter, they will become practical role models and examples for their children to emulate. Additionally, we should all make du‘aa on a regular basis that Allah Ta‘ala bless us with pious, obedient offspring who will please us as well as Allah Ta‘ala.