Striving for Excellence in Taqwa & Character

The Best Women (2 of 4)

In a hadith related by Bukhari, the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) gave the example of a Muslim like a date palm-tree. How beneficial is such a tree in the desert of Arabia; its fruit, leaves, trunk and shade.  This tree made an appearance in the story of Mariam when she gave birth to her son. Here, Mariam was told to eat from this tree specifically even though in Palestine other trees and fruits were available.

Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “The best women of mankind are four: Mariam daughter of `Imraan, Assiya the wife of Pharaoh, Khadija daughter of Khuwailid, and Fatima the daughter of the Messenger of Allaah” [Bukhari & Muslim]

Mariam, the daughter of `Imraan

She was purified and chosen by Allah to be the mother of a great Prophet; Isaa (Jesus) peace be upon him. She was an obedient and a dedicated worshiper of Allah, the Exalted.

Allah’s favours on her were apparent long before her becoming the mother of Prophet Isaa (peace be upon him). The angels openly addressed her and brought her fruits which were out of season and she was humbly grateful.  Like the date palm-tree her goodness reached beyond her own self and touched her guardian, a Prophet, Zakariyya (peace be upon him). You see, Prophet Zakariayya was inspired to supplicate to Allah and his call was answered with a son, Yahya (John), peace be upon them both.

كُلَّمَا دَخَلَ عَلَيْهَا زَكَرِيَّا الْمِحْرَابَ وَجَدَ عِندَهَا رِزْقاً قَالَ يَا مَرْيَمُ أَنَّى لَكِ هَـذَا قَالَتْ هُوَ مِنْ عِندِ اللّهِ إنَّ اللّهَ يَرْزُقُ مَن يَشَاء بِغَيْرِ حِسَابٍ . هُنَالِكَ دَعَا زَكَرِيَّا رَبَّهُ قَالَ رَبِّ هَبْ لِي مِن لَّدُنْكَ ذُرِّيَّةً طَيِّبَةً إِنَّكَ سَمِيعُ الدُّعَاء. فَنَادَتْهُ الْمَلآئِكَةُ وَهُوَ قَائِمٌ يُصَلِّي فِي الْمِحْرَابِ أَنَّ اللّهَ يُبَشِّرُكَ بِيَحْيَـى مُصَدِّقًا بِكَلِمَةٍ مِّنَ اللّهِ وَسَيِّدًا وَحَصُورًا وَنَبِيًّا مِّنَ الصَّالِحِينَ  

{Whenever Zakariyya went to her in the sanctuary, he found that she had provision with her. “Mariam,” he said, “how does this come to you?” “It is from Allah,” she answered. Truly, Allah provides whomsoever He will without reckoning. Thereupon Zakariyya supplicated to his Lord, saying: “Lord, give me from You a good offspring. You hear all prayers.” And the angels called out to him when he was standing in the sanctuary worshipping, saying: “Allah gives you glad tidings of Yahya, who shall confirm a Word from Allah. He shall be a master and chaste, a Prophet and from the righteous”} Al-Imraan 3:37-39

Action point

  • ·         Do your goals include others? Not for others, I mean incorporate others? Do they encourage, inspire or motivate another person or people to do better?

A sister set her Ramadan goal to pray regularly. She took the extra step and decided to always pray with at least one more person. That way she is committed, motivates someone else to pray on time and they both gain the reward of praying in congregation.

I am pleased to report that she’s doing really well and I am proud of her. Masha’allah Tabarakallah.  

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