Maryam ‘alayhas salâm

Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 7 - Lives of Pious Women and Characteristics of Women, Women & Family / Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

The story of her birth has been mentioned above. After she was born, her mother took her to Baytul Maqdis in fulfilment of her vow. When she reached the musjid, she informed the pious servants over there to take her because she had vowed this child for the musjid. Because she was from a pious family, all the pious persons who were based in the musjid wanted to rear her and bring her up. Zakariyya was also amongst them. He was the uncle of Maryam. He therefore had a greater right of taking care of her. But because all the others were clamouring to take care of her, they all agreed upon a certain system to determine who will take care of her. Eventually, the lot fell in the name of Zakariyya ‘alayhis salâm. He took her and began looking after her. She began growing very quickly – much faster than other children of her age and very soon she appeared to be a grown up. From a young age she was very pious. Allah has referred to her as a walî in the Quran. It has also mentioned that she used to miraculously receive different types of fruit when it was not even the season to receive such fruit. Zakariyya ‘alayhis salâm used to ask her: “From where are you receiving all this fruit?” She used to reply: “From Allah.” In short, her entire life was something to marvel about. When she became mature, solely through the power of Allah, she fell pregnant without any man touching her. It was from this pregnancy that ‘Îsâ ‘alayhis salâm was born. On seeing that she gave birth without a man, the Jews began accusing her of adultery. In order to prove them wrong, Allah gave ‘Îsâ ‘alayhis salâm the power to speak while he was still a baby. He spoke of such great things that all those who possessed a just and open mind agreed that this is an example of Allah’s power; that he was in fact born without a father and that his mother was pure and innocent.

Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam has mentioned her piety by saying that from among the women, no one reached a stage of excellence except Maryam and Âsiyah. We had quoted this Hadîth in full when mentioning the life of Âsiyah.

Lesson: Her mother had devoted her to Allah. She became very pious. She remained obedient to Allah to the extent that she became a walî. The blessing of this was that Allah saved her from the accusations of people. O women! Continue obeying Allah and you will be protected from all calamities. Pay more attention to the Dînî affairs of your children and do not make them slaves of this world.

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