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Mary and Jesus (pbut)

Allah SWT, in His Infinite Wisdom, selects certain individuals, appoints for them specific tasks, knowing that they alone are uniquely gifted, qualified, to carry them out. In this manner, does Allah SWT exalt His Messengers and Prophets (pbut,) as well as particular members of their families, whose personalities and characters mark them out for His Special Grace.

Thus, Mary, Mother of Jesus (pbut,) was chosen by Allah SWT to be the recipient of a tremendous miracle: chaste, pure and untouched by any evil thought, desire, or emotion, she alone was perfectly qualified to bear the Word of Allah SWT, which, when manifested, became Jesus, her son, as well as His Prophet and Messenger.

Chapter 3, Al-'Imran, The House of Imran, Verse 35
when a woman of (the House of) Imran prayed: 'O my Sustainer! Behold, to You do I vow (the child) that is in my womb, to be devoted to Your service. Accept it, then, from me: verily, You alone are All-Hearing, All-Knowing!'

It is in this way, that we learn how the as yet unknown, and unnamed child, was dedicated to Allah SWT, to serve Him exclusively. The sincerity and humility of this supplication reveals Mary's noble heritage - her Mother was pious and pure, as was her Father. This prayer also refutes any suggestion that Mary was of ignoble descent, or that her Parents were of questionable character.

Verse 36-37
But when she had given birth to the child, she said: 'O my Sustainer! Behold, I have given birth to a female' - the while Allah had been fully aware of what she would give birth to, and (fully aware) that no male child (she might have hoped for) could ever have been like this female - 'and I have named her Mary. And, verily, I seek Your protection for her and her offspring against Satan, the accursed.'
And so her Sustainer accepted her with goodly acceptance, and caused her to grow up in goodly growth, and placed her in the care of Zachariah.

Mary's immediate environment is clean of impurities, whilst her guardian is himself a Prophet of Allah SWT, who subsequently becomes the Father of another noble Prophet, John (pbut).

Verse 42
And Lo! The angels said: 'O Mary! Behold, Allah has elected you and made you pure, and raised you above all the women of the world.
O Mary! Remain truly devout to your Sustainer, and prostrate yourself in worship, and bow down with those who bow down (before Him).'

It is clear that Mary has been selected by Allah SWT on account of her piety and devotion to Him, He has also blessed Mary by raising her status far higher than any other woman -either before or since. She is as important in her own right, as she is being the Mother of Jesus. These Verses foreshadow the remarkable announcement, which follows soon after.

Verse 45-49
Lo! The angels said: 'O Mary! Behold, Allah sends you the glad tiding, through a Word from Him, (of a son) who shall become known as the Christ, Jesus, son of Mary, of great honour in this world and in the life to come, and (shall be) of those who are draw near to Allah.
And he shall speak to men in his cradle, and as a grown man, and shall be of the righteous.'
Said she: 'O my Sustainer! How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me?'
(The angel) answered: 'Thus it is: Allah creates what He wills: when He wills a thing to be, He but says to it, 'Be' - and it is.
And He will impart to your son revelation, and wisdom, and the Torah, and the Gospel,
and (will make him) an Apostle to the children of Israel.'

Mary learns her true purpose and role: she is to become the Mother of a Prophet who is blessed with an enormous fount of knowledge, all of which he will - ultimately - convey to the children of Israel. The miraculous birth of Jesus reveals both the extent and measure of Allah SWT's Grace upon both Mother and son, and by extension, upon all of humankind.

Chapter 19, Mary, Verses 16-25
And call to mind, through this Divine Writ, Mary. Lo! She withdrew from her family to an eastern place
and kept herself in seclusion from them, whereupon We sent to her Our angel of revelation, who appeared to her in the shape of a well-made human being.
She exclaimed: 'Verily, I seek refuge from you with the Most Gracious! (Approach me not) if you are conscious of Him!'
(The angel) answered: 'I am but a Messenger of your Sustainer, (Who says,) 'I shall bestow upon you the gift of a son endowed with purity.'
Said she: 'How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me? - for, never have I been a loose woman!'
(The angel) answered: 'Thus it is; (but) your Sustainer says, 'This is easy for Me; and (shall have a son,) so that We might make him a symbol to humankind, and an act of Grace from Us.'

And it is a thing decreed (by Allah).
and in time she conceived him, and then she withdrew with him to a far-off place.
And (when) the throes of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree, she exclaimed: 'Oh, would that I had died before this, and had become a thing forgotten, utterly forgotten!'
Thereupon (a voice) called out to her from beneath that (palm-tree) 'Grieve not! Your Sustainer has provided a rivulet (running) beneath you;
and shake the trunk of the palm-tree towards you, it will drop fresh, ripe dates upon you.
Eat, then, and drink, and let your eye be gladdened! And if you should see any human being, convey this to him: "Behold, abstinence from speech have I vowed to the Most Gracious; hence, I may not speak today to any mortal" '

Allah SWT is the Provider, the Merciful One, as revealed by these moving Verses. Though Mary has been chosen, exalted, and honoured, she is - nevertheless - a human being: and so suffers, like most other women, from the excruciating pain which sometimes accompanies pregnancy, and often, labour. Upon the birth of her blessed son, Mary returns to her community - 

Verses 27-34
And in time she returned to her people, carrying the child with her.
They said: 'O Mary! You have indeed done an amazing thing!
O sister of Aaron! Your Father was not a wicked man, nor was your Mother a loose woman!'
Thereupon, she pointed to him.
They exclaimed: 'How can we talk to one who (as yet) is a little boy in the cradle?'
(But) he said: 'Behold, I am a servant of Allah. He has vouchsafed to me revelation and made me a prophet,
and made me blessed wherever I may be; and He has enjoined upon me prayer and charity as long as I live,
and (has endowed me with) piety towards my Mother; and He has not made me haughty or bereft of grace.
Hence, peace was upon me on the day I was born, and (will be upon me) on the day of my death, and on the day when I shall be raised to life (again)!'

The inability, indeed, unwillingness, to believe in and accept a Sign from Allah SWT has characterised many different generations: always looking, even praying, for a wondrous message, or a great miracle, from the Creator, when presented with one communities turn away in disbelief and complete denial. Such were, then, the experiences of Mary and her son, Jesus. They were mocked, ridiculed, rejected, and reviled.

Chapter 21, The Prophets, Verse 91
And (remember) her who guarded her chastity, whereupon We breathed into her of Our Spirit and caused her, together with her son, to become a symbol (of Our Grace) to all people.

Chapter 5, The Repast, Verses 116-118
And lo! Allah said: 'O Jesus, son of Mary! Did you say to men, "Worship me and my Mother as deities beside Allah?" '
(Jesus) answered: 'Limitless are You in Your glory! It would not have been possible for me to say what I had not right to (say)! Had I said this, You would indeed have known it! You know all that is within myself, whereas I know not what is in Your Self. Verily, it is You alone who fully knows all the things that are beyond the reach of a created being's perception.
Nothing did I tell them beyond what You did bid me (to say) 'Worship Allah, (Who is) my Sustainer as well as your Sustainer.' And I bore witness to what they did as long as I dwelt in their midst; but since You have caused me to die, You alone have been their Keeper: for You are Witness to everything.
If You cause them to suffer - verily, they are Your servants; and if You forgive them -verily, You alone are Almighty, Truly Wise.'

Chapter 4, Women, Verse 171
O followers of the Gospel! Do not overstep the bounds (of truth) in your religious beliefs, and do not say of Allah anything but the truth. The Christ Jesus, son of Mary, was but Allah's Apostle - (the fulfilment of) His promise which He conveyed to Mary - and a soul created by Him. Believe, then, in Allah and His apostles, and do not say, '(Allah is) a trinity.' Desist (from this assertion) for your own good. Allah is but One God; utterly remote is He, in His Glory, from having a son: to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth; and none is as worthy of trust as Allah.

Mary and her son, Jesus, were both devout believers: they surrendered their own respective wills to that of Allah SWT. They were commanded to worship none but Him, which included never ascribing to Him partners, associates, or offspring, and never attributing to Him things of which they had no knowledge. Neither made claims to semi-divinity, nor did they ask of believers to deify them. They represented symbols of Allah SWT's Grace, and reflected His all-encompassing Mercy. 

The birth of Jesus was a miracle: he performed many miracles during his lifetime, by the Grace of Allah SWT. However, these miraculous acts ought not to confuse believers, or mislead them, into thinking that either Mary or her son, Jesus, were capable of creating wonders and signs independent of the Will of Allah; or that these were anything other than messages from Allah SWT, solely for the purposes of bringing people out of the darknesses of ignorance into the light of belief.

Thus, in order to do true justice to Mary and her son, Jesus, and as a tribute to their suffering and sacrifices, believers must follow their noble example, by worshipping Allah SWT alone, to the exclusion of all else. Both Mother and Son (pbut) manifested the perfect attributes of compassion, patience, kindness, mercy, tolerance, forbearance, generosity, humility and love. Those who truly believe in the Oneness and Uniqueness of Allah SWT, strive hard in His cause, and seek to give expression to the beautiful qualities with which Mary and her son, Jesus were endowed.

Allah SWT Knows Best

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