The Mothers Of Prophets – (Maryam)

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December 21, 2012 by theislampost

She is Maryam bint ’Imran, the daughter of the priest ‘Imran and his wife Hanna, who when pregnant with Maryam, vowed to dedicate the child she bore to the service of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and at her birth accordingly named her Maryam, meaning “servant of her Lord. “Allah
the Almighty said,

(Behold! Wife of ‘Imran said: “O my Lord! I do dedicate into thee what is in my womb for thy special service: So accept this of me: for thou hearest and knowest all things.” When she was delivered, she said: “O my Lord’ Behold! I am delivered of a female child!” And Allah knew best what she brought forth “And is not the male like the female. I have named her Mary, and I commend her and her offspring to they protection from Satan the Rejected.)

(Al-Imran:35-36)

The mother of Maryam expected. a male child. Was she disappointed that it was a female child? No, for she had Faith, and she knew that Allah’s Fate was better than any wishes of hers. Maryam was no ordinary girl: only Allah knew what it was that her mother brought forth.

Maryam grew under Allah’s special protection. Her sustenance,. under which we may include both her physical needs and her spiritual food, came from Allah, and her growth was indeed a ‘goodly growth”. Some aprocryphal Christian writings say that she was brought up in the Temple to the age of twelve like a dove, and that she was fed by angels.

The purest of womankind, she was a great-faithed one, and miraculously conceived the Prophet ‘Isa (pbuh). Allah the Almighty said,

(Behold the angels said: “O Mary! Allah hath chosen thee and purified thee chosen thee above the women of all nations.)
(Al-Imran: 42)

Mary the mother of Jesus was unique, in that she gave birth to a son by a special miracle, without the intervention of the customary physical means. This ofcourse does not mean that she was more than human, any more than that her son was more than human.

Being chosen as the purest of womankind, she was told that she would beget a child without wedlock. Maryam was still a virgin. No human had touched her, nor was she married or engaged. Therefore she was stunned and wonered saying,

(She said: How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?”)
(Maryam: 20)

She at once heard the Divine reply,

{He said: “So (it will be: Thy Lord said, ‘That is easy for Me: and (We wish) to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a mercy from Us”: It is a matter (So) decreed.)

Allah had destined her to be the mother of the Prophet , Isa (Jesus Christ) in a miraculous way.

Allah’s creation is not dependent on time, or instruments or means, or any conditions whatsoever. Existence waits on His Will, or plan, or Intention. The moment He wills a thing it becomes His Word or command, and the thing forthwith comes into existence.

Allah created Adam without a father and mother. There was no man or woman before Adam.Hawwa’ was created after Adam and she was created from a male without a female parties.

Both Maryam and her son, ‘Isa were unfortunately later taken as objects of worship by same sects of Christians because of the strangeness of ‘Isa’s birth without a father, though as commentators point out, by such reasoning the Prophet Adam (pbuh) might better deserve to be worshipped, since he had neither father nor mother.

The amazement of the people knew no bounds. In any case they were ready to think the worst of her, as she had disappeared from her kin for some time. But now she came, shamelessly parading a babe in her ,arms! How she had disgraced the house of Aaron, the fountain of priesthood! The people then reminded her of her high lineage and the unexceptionable morals of her father and mother. How, they said, she had fallen, and disgraced the name of her progenitors!

What could Maryam do? How could she explain? Would they in their censorious mood, accept her explanation? All she could do was to point to the child, who, she knew, was no ordinary child. And
the child came to her rescue. By a miracle he spoke, defended his mother, and preached to an unbelieving audience. Allah the Almighty said,

(At length she brought the (babe) to her people, carrying him (in her arms), they said: “O Mary! Truly a strange thing Has thou brought! “O sister”of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil nor thy mother a woman unchaste!”

But she pointed to the babe. They said: How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?” He said: “I am indeed a servant of Allah: He lath given me Revelation and made me a Prophet: And He hath made me Blessed where so ever I be, and hath enjoined on me prayer and Zakat as long as I live;

“He hath made me) kind to my – mother, and not over bearing or unblest; “So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up to life (again)!”)
(Maryam: 27: 33)

 

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