A beautiful example is in the life of Maryam, the daughter of 'Imran, who guarded her chastity, and into whose womb We breathed of Our spirit, who testified to the words of her Rabb, and His scriptures, and was one of the obedient." (Q66:12)
The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
"Mary, the daughter of 'Imran, was the best among the women" (Bukhaaree).
So who was Maryam the daughter of Imran that Allaah has made as an example for the believers and the Messenger of Allaah (peace and, blessings be upon him) said that she was the best of women? She came from a family of the chosen ones of Allaah, the family of Imran from among the Children of Israel. Allaah says:
Allah chose Adam, Nuh (Noah), the family of Ibrahim (Abraham) and the family of 'Imran above the 'Alamin (mankind and finns) (of their times). "(Q3:33)
Hannah, the wife of Imran prayed to Allaah for a child and He answered her prayer. She was very happy and vowed to Allaah,
"0 my RabbI I dedicate to your service what is in my womb. Please accept it from me. You alone hear all and know all. "(Q3;35)
She silently hoped it would be a boy that would use all his energy and strength to worship Allaah. But Allaah willed otherwise. When she gave birth to a girl instead of a boy, she said:
"My Rabbi I have given birth to a girl, and the male is not like the female, I have named her Maryam and I seek Your protection for her and her children from the mischief of Shaytan, the accursed. "(Q3;36)
She was indeed an Extra-ordinary person for Allaah her from Shaytan from the moment she was born. The Rasul (peace blessings of Allaah, be upon him) said:
"No child is born but that Shaytan touches when it is born; where upon it starts crying loudly because of being touched by Shaytan, except Maryam and her Son. (Bukhaaree)
But females were not accepted into the temple, and she was very worried because of her vow. However, she wrapped the baby in a shawl and handed it over to the temple elders. As the baby was a girl, the question of her guardianship was a problem for the elders. They agreed to throw one reed each into the river and that whoever's reed remained afloat would be granted guardianship All the reeds sank to the bottom except Prophet Zakariya's.
As she grew up, she spent her time in devotion to Allah. Zakariya visited her daily to see to her needs, and so it continued for many years. One day, he was surprised to find fresh fruit, which was out of season in her room. He asked, "O Maryam! From where did you get it?" She replied, "It came from Allah. Indeed, Allah gives to whom He wants without measure. (Q3:37)
AIIaah's angels also encouraged her to increase her acts of Ibadah, they told her:
"O Maryam! Surely Allah has exalted you, purified you, and preferred you for His service over all the women of the worlds. O Maryam! Be obedient to your Rabb, prostrate and bow down in worship with other worshippers. "(Q3;42-43)
One day, a man appeared to her. She was very alarmed and said:
"I seek (Allaah's) protection against you, leave me alone if you are God fearing". But he replied, "Don't be afraid, I am merely a messenger from your Rabbi to tell you about the gift of a son". (Q19:18-19)
He was an angel from Allaah.
What happened thereafter? We shall continue the story of this blessed woman next month insha AIlaah.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited