About Surah Maryam

I pray this message finds you, showered with Allah's blessings and Mercy, for verily, He is Al-Muqit, the Nourisher, and Al-Mughni, the Enricher. A few days ago, a thought occurred to me about a few verses in Surah Maryam.  I decided to sit down and study this beautiful Surah more in depth, Insha'Allah, in addition to sharing these thoughts with all of you, Insha'Allah, that we might delve into and see the underlying wisdoms revealed in these beautiful words, Insha'Allah.
The verses, Insha'Allah, I would ask all of you to reflect upon in particular are, hence the name, the ones dealing with Maryam and the birth of `Isa. To proceed (v. 16-36):
And mention in the Book (the Qur'an, O Muhammad SAW , the story of) Maryam (Mary), when she withdrew in seclusion from her family to a place facing east.
She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent to her Our Ruh [angel Jibrael (Gabriel)], and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects.
She said: "Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah."
Subhan'Allah! Just these few verses carry in them so much meaning, and for those of you who can read arabic, Subhan'Allah, what a beautiful way to introduce a story!

From the third verse we are able to see a very special characteristic of Maryam: Her modesty.  She not only withdrew herself into seclusion, but she was one, Subhan'Allah, who feared Allah and guarded herself with utmost care. After I reading this, I thought, "Can any Muslimah claim the chastity of Maryam?" Verily, in Maryam we have a good example. [(The angel) said: "I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son."]
She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?"
And once again, we are reminded of Maryam's chastity. Subhan'Allah, any place where Maryam is mentioned, her chastity is also always mentioned. And how confident she was of her chastity!
He said: "So (it will be), your Lord said: 'That is easy for Me (Allah): And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed, (by Allah).' "
So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place (i.e. Bethlehem valley about 4-6 miles from Jerusalem).
And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a date-palm. She said: "Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!"
Then [the babe 'Iesa (Jesus) or Jibrael (Gabriel)] cried unto her from below her, saying: "Grieve not! Your Lord has provided a water stream under you;
"And shake the trunk of date-palm towards you, it will let fall fresh ripe-dates upon you."
"So eat and drink and be glad, and if you see any human being, say: 'Verily! I have vowed a fast unto the Most Beneficent (Allah) so I shall not speak to any human being this day.'"

Subhan'Allah, can anyone read these verses without tears coming to their eyes? Subhan'Allah! These verses testify to Allah's kindness, His mercy, His guidance, and the peace He puts into the hearts of those whom He has rightly guided. And in these verses, we can trace through the blessings that Allah (swt) bestowed upon Maryam, Insha'Allah.

Firstly, we know that Maryam was among the blessed, among the pure, and among the women of purity that Allah chose to fulfill His Plan. This is the first blessing.

Secondly, we see how Maryam was blessed with the light of Iman. And through the strength of her Iman, she was among those who were chaste and pure. She possessed taqwa, fear of Allah, as we see in verse 19.

Thirdly, she received the good news of a blessed son, `Isa (as). And hence, the faculty for a miracle, being a woman who was untouched, Subhan'Allah.

Fourthly, Subhan'Allah, Allah's peaceful words quoshed her concerns of being one untouched, or being among the unchaste. He revealed to her that it was "easy for Him" and it was a matter that was ordained. Subhan'Allah, can any other words bring so much peace?

Fifthly, Subhan'Allah.. Allah specifically says, "And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a date-palm. She said: 'Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!'"  Subhan'Allah! Allah *knew* the pain she was going through. He was not unaware of it! That in itself is a blessing! That He knows what hurts us, what grieves us, what tortures us, and what can relieve us, Subhan'Allah... And the next blessing is drawn from His response...

Sixthly, Allah responds by saying, "Grieve not! Your Lord has provided a water stream under you;" And goes on further to provide her with dates to further nourish herself.  Subhan'Allah, He provided for all of her needs. Not only reassuring her heart with the coolness of His words, but providing her with food and drink that she might nourish herself and her babe.

Subhan'Allah, is this not proof enough of the mercy and kindness of Allah?
And then, in addition to that, she is reassured yet again by His words, "So eat and drink and be glad..." and in some translations of this Ayah, it is said, "Eat and drink and cool thine eye..."
Subhan'Allah, can any other words bring so much peace? And the surah continues:
Then she brought him (the baby) to her people, carrying him. They said: "O Mary! Indeed you have brought a thing Fariya (an unheardmighty thing).
"O sister (i.e. the like) of Harun (Aaron) [not the brother of Musa (Moses), but he was another pious man at the time of Maryam (Mary)]! Your father was not a man who used to commit adultery, nor your mother was an unchaste woman."
Then she pointed to him. They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?"

And we can see yet another blessing that was bestowed upon Maryam: imagine being confronted by your people who wrongly accused you of an act of indecency, Subhan'Allah! What would you be able to say? And yet, Allah provided her with guidance, instructred her to keep silent, and Subhan'Allah, `Isa (as) was given the ability to speak from the cradle, instead! Quite simply, things were made easier for her, Subhan'Allah.
"He ['Iesa (Jesus)] said: Verily! I am a slave of Allah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet;"
"And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined on me Salat (prayer), and Zakat, as long as I live."
"And dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant, unblest."
"And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!"
Such is 'Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). (it is) a statement of truth, about which they doubt (or dispute).

And Subhan'Allah, yet another blessing bestowed upon Maryam---a blessed and dutiful son. He was not made to be a burden upon his mother. We can see from this just *one instance* of Allah's grace, His blessings, His power, and His guidance, that truly, there is a wisdom in all that He ordains. And such are the people who possess Taqwa, who put their trust in their Rabb, and who live in His cause, Subhan'Allah. And indeed, Allah makes the task easy for them, He guides them, and continues to shower them with His blessings; as it says in Surah Muhammad, v. 7:
O you who believe! If you help (in the cause of) Allah, He will help you, and make your foothold firm.

And in this story there is a lesson for all of us, each and everyone of us. The importance of drawing ourselves all the closer to Allah, protecting our chastity and preserving it, fearing Allah and maintaining our Iman, and putting our full trust in Him and being obedient towards Him. This is just one story we can draw so much wisdom from. And may He guide us upon Sirat Al-Mustaqeem, Ameen! And for the sisters, Subhan'Allah, not only do we have the example of Rasulullah's (saw) wives to look up to, but we have the example of all the other women that Allah blessed. And Maryam is one of them.

Can we not, fi sabeelillah, preserve ourselves, strengthen ourselves, fear Him, and obey Him the way Maryam did? And verily, in everything there is a sign that He is the One. AllahuAkbar.