The wife of Zakariyya ‘alayhis salâm

Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 7 - Lives of Pious Women and Characteristics of Women, Women & Family / Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Her name is Îshâ‘. She is the sister of Hannah and the aunt of Maryam ‘alayhas salâm. Referring to her, Allah says in the Quran: “We made his (Zakariyya’s) wife fit for him.” Some of the scholars have interpreted this as We have mended and corrected her ways. Yahyâ ‘alayhis salâm was born to her while she was in her old age. Based on this, ‘Îsâ ‘alayhis salâm is the daughter’s son of Yahyâ’s ‘alayhis salâm aunt. The daughter’s son is often referred to as a son. It is for this reason that Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam has referred to both of them as cousins.

Lesson: Good character is such a great thing that Allah praised her for it. O women! Reform and mend your ways as we have explained in the previous part of Bahishti Zewar.

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