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The Purity of Faith: The Story Of Maryam

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Zahra Chowdhry

on 7 December 2014

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Transcript of The Purity of Faith: The Story Of Maryam

Chapter Objectives
Learn the story of Maryam and admire her great personality.
Understand why Maryam was the greatest women of all times.
Learn the events that led to the birth of Prophet ‘Isa.
Appreciate the great miracle of the birth of ‘Isa for a mother without a husband.
Appreciate the value and the benefits of purity, devotion and worship that were demonstrated by Mayram and her mother.
Learn and memorize ayaat 16-22 of Surat Maryam.
Learn and memorize the Hadeeth about the best women of all times.
Imran (A.S) was a righteous man who served of Allah among the Children of Israel. Since his people were disobedient to Allah, so he and his wife wanted a child who would continue to do Allah's work .
Maryam (A.S) was their daughter. She destined to be the mother of Prophet Isa (A.S). Muslims believe that Isa (A.S)was not crucified, but that he was taken up to the Heavens, and will return before the day of judgement.
Blessed Seed
was a priest for the Children of Isreal in Bayt-ul-Maqdis.
was a very dedicated worshiper of God.
She dedicated her unborn child to serve as an imam, or a priest, to serve God.
Allah blessed their daughter and portrayed how a daughter could be pious and conscience servant of Him as well.
Maryam (A.S) is Born
Hannah was surprised to give birth to a daughter because all the priests at that time were male. However, she was not disappointed because she had strong faith the Allah is the best planner.
Maryam was no ordinary girl, she was chosen amongst all women to be a devout worshiper herself.
As a young woman she used to spend long periods of time in the temple praying to Allah and experiencing miracles.

Mary's Guardian
The priests disputed amongst themselves as to which one of them would be her guardian. They all considered it a privilege to take care of the Imran’s daughter.
A man challenged his authority in both religion and the right to take care of Maryam. Eventually, they decided to throw pens into the Jordan River.
The rule was that the pen that goes against the flow of the river and stays still should win. They repeated the process three times; Zakariyya, a pious prophet would be the guardian of Maryam.

Chosen Woman
and Son
The Chosen Ones
The Birth of Maryam
Allah says in Surat- Al-Imran
The Purity of Faith: The Story Of Maryam
Allah says in Surat Al-Imran:
"Allah did choose Adam and Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of Imran above all people" Offspring, one of the other: and Allah hears and he knows all things." (Surat Al- Imran [33-34]
All the prophets came from the same family tree of Adam, Nuh, Ibraheem and Imram.
All women and men who love and obey Allah and His Messengers are all part of the same spiritual family.
Maryam came from a priestly family from the lineage of Prophet Dawood (A.S).
Isa (A.S)
Yahya (A.S)
Mother of
A relative of
Therefore they are cousins by blood and spiritual brothers as prophets and in their efforts to obay Allad and spread the truth.
Brother and sister in law
(Mother and Father)
(Maryam's son)
(The aunt or sister of Maryam)
(The aunt or sister of Maryam)
Imran &
[Mention, O Muhammad], when the wife of 'Imran said, "My Lord, indeed I have pledged to You what is in my womb, consecrated [for Your service], so accept this from me. Indeed, You are the Hearing, the Knowing."
But when she delivered her, she said, "My Lord, I have delivered a female." And Allah was most knowing of what she delivered, "And the male is not like the female. And I have named her Mary, and I seek refuge for her in You and [for] her descendants from Satan, the expelled [from the mercy of Allah ]."
So her Lord accepted her with good acceptance and caused her to grow in a good manner and put her in the care of Zechariah. Every time Zechariah entered upon her in the prayer chamber, he found with her provision. He said, "O Mary, from where is this [coming] to you?" She said, "It is from Allah . Indeed, Allah provides for whom He wills without account."
Maryam grew up under Allah's special protection.
Her growth was a "blessed growth". She sought support and protection of God alone and no one else.
Historians say that Zakariyya assigned a special private chamber for her and screened it so no one except him could enter. She used to worship Allah day and night..
Common knowledge says that Prophet Zakariyya became very old so he asked Maryam's cousin, Joseph, the carpenter, to take care of her.
Over the years, Maryam became a rare example of devotion and worship unparalleled amongst the Children of Israel. There was not a single person equal to her in her ‘ibadah or worship and prolonged prayers. She was always in the state of itikaf or ritual seclusions in Bayt Al-Maqdis. She used to stand in prayer for long times until her feet were swollen.

Allah was very pleased with Maryam's worship and devotion. Upon orders from Allah, the angels come down to deliver a special message to Maryam:
And [mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds.

O Mary, be devoutly obedient to your Lord and prostrate and bow with those who bow [in prayer]."
In these verses Allah mentions that the angels gave glad tidings to Maryam that Allah had chosen her from among all women of all nations. He would bestow upon her a unique miracle! She would have a son with no father, and indeed he would be a prophet. He would speak from his cradle in his childhood and call the people to Allah in his youth.
[And mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary - distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah ].

He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous."
The Holy Spirit of Jibreel Meets Maryam
The Angel Jibreel is described in Al-Qur’an as Ar-Rooh-ul-Qudus, or the Holy Spirit. He appeared to Maryam one day in her chamber in the shape of a man. She became extremely worried, she sought refuge and protection from Allah and told the man to NOT come near her.
Indeed it was an angel, not a man, who had come to convey to her a message from Allah.

Surah Maryam 16-22
16. And mention, [O Muhammad], in the Book [the story of] Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place toward the east.
17. And she took, in seclusion from them, a screen. Then We sent to her Our Angel, and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man.
18. She said, "Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, [so leave me], if you should be fearing of Allah ."
19. He said, "I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy."
20. She said, "How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?"
21. He said, "Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, 'It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.'
22. So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place.
The Immaculate Conception

By Allah's power Maryam conceived her son Isa miraculously without a husband. Despite all challenges she submitted to the will of Allah. When she felt the pains of birth she stopped at a isolated place.
And [mention] the one who guarded her chastity, so We blew into her [garment] through Our angel [Gabriel], and We made her and her son a sign for the worlds.
Historians say that Angel Jibreel breathed onto Maryam. That caused her to become pregnant and conceive her blessed baby. Since she was a human so she suffered the pangs of an expectant mother with no one to help her. She couldn't ask for help as no one would believe she was pregnant without a husband. She suffered emotionally and physically. The pangs of childbirth were hard on her and then the gossip of the people in her area hurt her, as they started to accuse her of committing fornication.
Hadeeth Shareef
Ibn Abbas narrated that the Rasoolullah said, "The best four women in Jannah are Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, Fatimah bint Muhammad, Maryam bint Imran and Asia bint Muzahim, the wife of Pharoah."
Who was:
A. Imran
B. Hannah
C. Maryam
A. Father of Maryam. He was an Imam for the Children of Israel in Bayt Ul- Maqdis.

B. Mother of Maryam. She was a very dedicated worshipper of Allah.

C. Maryam was the mother of Prophet Isa. Her life was devoted to worshiping Allah.
What was the name of Maryam's mother and father?
Hannah and Imran
What did Maryam's mother promise to Allah while she was pregnant? And how did Allah respond?
She dedicated her unborn child to serve as an imam to serve Allah in Bayt Ul-Maqdis. Allah gave her a blessed and miraculous daughter and portrayed how a daughter could be a pious servant of him as well.
Who took care of Maryam while she was growing up? And how did he take his responsibility?
Zakariyya (A.S) took care of Maryam. As many priests disputed to become the guardian, they decided to cast lots of pen to decide who would take the responsibility. They drew lots by throwing pens in to the river and who's pen that goes against the flow of the river will get the responsibility. Only Zakariyya's pen went against the flow and he got the responsibility.
What was her reaction at first when Angel Jibreel appeared to her?
She was very scared and asked refuge and protection from Allah. She told him not to come near her.
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