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Be and it Becomes

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 15:55

قَالَتْ رَبِّ أَنَّىٰ يَكُونُ لِي وَلَدٌ وَلَمْ يَمْسَسْنِي بَشَرٌ ۖ قَالَ كَذَٰلِكِ اللَّـهُ يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَاءُ ۚ إِذَا قَضَىٰ أَمْرًا فَإِنَّمَا يَقُولُ لَهُ كُن فَيَكُونُ

“She (Maryam) said, ‘O my Rabb! How shall I have a son while no human has ever touched me?’ He (the Angel) said: That is how Allah creates what He wills. When He decides a matter, He simply says to it, ‘Be!’ And it becomes’.” (Surah Aal-‘Imraan v47)

Maryam (radhiayallahu ‘anha), a woman of piety and purity, is given the news of a son. We can well imagine her astonishment together with the anxiety and fear she had that people would slander her with immoratliy as she was, at that time, unmarried and had never before been married. However, Allah Ta‘ala has the full power and control to create a child without the medium of a father. Everything happens with the will of Allah Ta‘ala. Thus a true believer never loses hope or falls into depression since he places his trust in the absolute, infinite power of Allah Ta‘ala.

   

Chosen and Purified

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2016 16:23

وَإِذْ قَالَتِ الْمَلَائِكَةُ يَا مَرْيَمُ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ اصْطَفَاكِ وَطَهَّرَكِ وَاصْطَفَاكِ عَلَىٰ نِسَاءِ الْعَالَمِينَ

“(Remember the time) when the angels said, ‘O Maryam, Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you over the women of all the worlds’.” (Surah Aal-‘Imraan v42)

Allah Ta‘ala had chosen Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) for the service of Baitul Muqaddas. She was raised by Zakariyya (‘alaihis salaam), received sustenance from the unseen and was the mother of ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) without any man touching her. Allah Ta‘ala had purified her from all impurities, external and internal.

Some ‘Ulama are of the opinion that she was the most superior of all the women of her era only as there are ahaadeeth that mention the virtue and superiority of ‘Aaishah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Faatimah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Khadeejah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) and Aasiya (radhiyallahu ‘anha).

We should endeavour to lead clean and pure lives, keeping the lives of these virtuous women before us so that we may also gain acceptance in the court of Allah Ta‘ala.

   

The Decision of Children

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 15:24

قَالَ رَبِّ أَنَّىٰ يَكُونُ لِي غُلَامٌ وَقَدْ بَلَغَنِيَ الْكِبَرُ وَامْرَأَتِي عَاقِرٌ ۖ قَالَ كَذَٰلِكَ اللَّـهُ يَفْعَلُ مَا يَشَاءُ

He (Zakariyya [‘alaihis salaam]) said, “O my Rabb, how shall I have a son when old age has come upon me and my wife is barren (unable to bear children)?” He (Allah Ta‘ala) replied, “That is how Allah Ta‘ala does what He wills.” (Surah Aal-‘Imraan v40)

Zakariyya (‘alaihis salaam) expressed surprise when he was informed of the birth of a son and the qualities which this son would possess. The question may arise that when Zakariyya (‘alaihis salaam) had himself mentioned to Allah Ta‘ala that he was aged and his wife was barren, and made the du‘aa with perfect reliance on the power of Allah Ta‘ala, then why was he surprised when he was told that a child was to be born? One simple answer is that his statement was a natural, instinctive expression of surprise - as would occur to any other human upon such an occasion. Although he reacted with instinctive surprise, he still completely understood the power of Allah Ta‘ala.

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Fruit from the Unseen

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 November 2015 15:07

كُلَّمَا دَخَلَ عَلَيْهَا زَكَرِيَّا الْمِحْرَابَ وَجَدَ عِندَهَا رِزْقًا ۖ قَالَ يَا مَرْيَمُ أَنَّىٰ لَكِ هَـٰذَا ۖ قَالَتْ هُوَ مِنْ عِندِ اللَّـهِ ۖ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ يَرْزُقُ مَن يَشَاءُ بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ

“Whenever Zakariyya (‘alaihis salaam) would visit her (Maryam [‘alaihas salaam]) at the place of worship, he would find food by her. He asked, “Maryam, from where did you get this?” She replied, “It is from Allah. Surely Allah provides for whom He wishes without measure.” (Surah Aal-‘Imraan v37)

Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) lived in the confines of Baitul Muqaddas and Allah Ta‘ala provided her with fruit from the unseen. She would even receive fruit that were out of season. This verse proves that miracles can take place at the hands of the pious. The reply of Maryam (‘alaihas salaam) highlights to us the special quality that is found in the pious, the quality of attributing conditions and achievements to Allah Ta‘ala, the sole provider.

   

Protection against Shaitaan

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Last Updated on Monday, 28 September 2015 15:32

وَإِنِّي سَمَّيْتُهَا مَرْيَمَ وَإِنِّي أُعِيذُهَا بِكَ وَذُرِّيَّتَهَا مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ

“(The mother of Maryam [‘alaihas salaam] said) I have named her Maryam and I place her and her progeny under Your shelter against Shaitaan, the rejected.” (Surah Aal-‘Imraan v36)

Hanna, the mother of Maryam (‘alaihas salaam), sought the protection of Allah Ta‘ala from Shaitaan for her daughter and her progeny. We too should turn to Allah Ta‘ala and make du‘aa for the protection of our children. We should place our trust in Allah Ta‘ala and not in the material means that surround us. To lose all hope of our children reforming and changing their lives is a clear indication that we have forgotten our Allah Ta‘ala, the Being Who can guide whoever He wishes.

She chose the name “Maryam” which means a worshipper. We too should keep names with good meanings for our children. The object is not to keep a unique or rare name; rather we should keep a name that has a pious effect on the child.

   

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