Ḥaḍrat ‘Īsā, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ – Part 1 (Maryam, عَلَيْها ٱلسَّلَامُ)

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Wednesday 23rd December 2020.

Let’s talk about Ḥaḍrat Maryam, عَلَيْها ٱلسَّلَامُ, today.

As we approach this festive holiday period known as Christmas, it is of paramount importance that we ourselves, and our children, know the Islamic teachings regarding Ḥaḍrat Maryam, عَلَيْها ٱلسَّلَامُ, and Ḥaḍrat ‘Īsā, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ.

Let’s start today with Ḥaḍrat Maryam, عَلَيْها ٱلسَّلَامُ. Her father was called ‘Imrān and her mother was called Ḥannah. Her mother Ḥannah promised the child to be born, to Almighty Allāh. Ḥannah thought she would give birth to a baby boy. However, she gave birth to a girl, who was named Maryam. As Maryam grew up, Ḥannah fulfilled her promise, and dedicated her beloved daughter to the service of Almighty Allāh.

Ḥaḍrat Maryam’s uncle (aunt’s husband) was Ḥaḍrat Zakarīyā, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ, who was a Prophet. He looked after Ḥaḍrat Maryam, عَلَيْها ٱلسَّلَامُ, when she stayed in Masjid al-‘Aqṣā, in Jerusalem. During her stay, Ḥaḍrat Zakarīyā, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ, noticed an amazing miracle. Whenever he went to see Ḥaḍrat Maryam, عَلَيْها ٱلسَّلَامُ, she had food and drink. When he asked her where she got it from, Ḥaḍrat Maryam, عَلَيْها ٱلسَّلَامُ, replied, ‘directly from Almighty Allāh’, سُبْحَانَ الله.

Ḥaḍrat Zakarīyā, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ, did not have any children of his own. Encouraged by these miracles, he supplicated with utmost conviction to Almighty Allāh, who bestowed Ḥaḍrat Zakarīyā, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ, and his wife in their old age with a baby son, whom they named Yahyā. When he grew up, Ḥaḍrat Yahya, عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ, was also given prophethood.

We will continue with part 2 tomorrow (Thursday) اِنْ شَاءَ الَّلهُ. A humble request to all readers to spend quality time with their children this evening and go through the above in detail. If need be, prepare a quiz at the end testing your children, so that they memorize the above.

Almighty Allāh grant us all the ability to understand the correct teachings of our beautiful religion, Āmeen.

جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
Request for Du’ās
وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala


Supplementary Resources

Sayyidunā ‘Īsā ‘alayhis salām – A Prophet of Islām – Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Saleem Dhorāt Ḥafizahullāh

‘Īsā ‘alayhis salām – His Blessed Mission in Light of the Glorious Qur’ān – Mawlānā Muḥammad ‘Īsā ‘Abdullāh (a revert from Catholicism)

A Glimpse at the Life of Sayyidunā ‘Īsā ‘alayhis salām – Ḥaḍrat Mawlānā Muḥammad Saleem Dhorāt Ḥafizahullāh

Story of Jesus (‘Īsā) and Mary as Told in the Qur’an – Mufti ‘Abdur-Raḥmān ibn Yūsuf