Friday, 1 July 2016

The Taqwa of Maryam Alayhas Salaam

Hazrat Maryam (‘Alaihas Salaam) was a young and lovely woman, pure and chaste, who had secluded herself from her people. Whilst in seclusion, Hazrat Jibra`eel (‘Alaihis Salaam)appeared before her in the form of a most handsome young man.
Allah Ta’ala narrates the incident as follows :
“…Then We sent to her our Ruh (Hazrat Jibra`eel A.S.),
and he appeared before her in the form of a man in all respects.”
According to some Tafseer, Jibra`eel (‘Alaihis Salaam), who appeared before her in such a handsome form, could have been a test for her. (She did not know, at the time, that he was an angel).
As piety would direct, her immediate reaction was :
“…Verily! I seek refuge with the Most Beneficent (Allah) from you, if you do fear Allah.”
[Surah Maryam 19 : 17/18]
Hazrat Maryam (‘Alaihas Salaam) was also a human being, with the disposition, nature and sentiments of a young woman.
However, due to her piety, nobility and chastity, she sought protection in Allah and said : ‘…if you do fear Allah… then do not come near to me’. In other words, she did not want to engage in anything Haraam because it would displease Allah Ta’ala.
Hazrat Maryam (‘Alaihas Salaam) has set an exemplary pattern for our women.

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