Channel: Fatima Barkatulla
Smilla Al hamdu lillah wa salatu salam ala Rasulillah
Dear sisters dear brothers are Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
And welcome to this Twitter spaces session which is all about women in the Quran.
So, yesterday we looked at the topic of
ah, what was the topic yesterday we looked at one of the great women that is mentioned in the Quran or her story is mentioned the Quran and that's the mother of Musa Ali Salaam.
And today Inshallah, we're going to be looking at the story of Madame Alia Salaam and her mother, the mother of Maryam Alia salaam, who was also a great woman, who was basically her name was Hannah. And
so the story of Maria Maria Hassan's mother. That's Mary in you know, in English, Mary, the mother of Jesus, Jesus Christ, peace be upon him, he said a Salam.
Her mother, Mary's mother was a pious woman. She was married to Enron, and they were a prominent family in Bani Israel. And people respected them a lot. But they had no children.
And later on in life, Miriam's mother, Hannah, she became pregnant. And she was so overjoyed and the whole community were overjoyed.
They were looking forward to the birth of this child.
But just before Meriam Alayhis Salam was born just before this baby was born.
You know, Maryam Ania, Sam's father passed away, he passed away, and Brian passed away. And so obviously, this was a tragedy. And so, Maria Maria, Sam's mother was left with
the daunting task of knowing that she's going to have a baby, and her husband has passed away.
And she swore an oath, she swore an oath that whatever is in her womb, other words, her baby, that she would dedicate that baby to God to Allah. And
you know, that that's what that's what it means the word Mahabharata in the Quran, you know, she You swore an oath that she would leave this baby free for Allah's worship alone. And that's what people used to do, you know,
but it was usually boys that they did that with, right, not girls.
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So yes, as I was saying, Madame le salaams mother, Hannah, she was, she promised that what was in her
womb would be free for Allah. And she made a very beautiful day out she said, in well, this is when she was born when when Maria Maria Hassan was then born, her mother was very surprised, you know, like, because she had assumed or expected to have a son. And it's because sons are the ones that you know, you would dedicate to the, to the masjid or to the place of worship. And of course, they lived in Jerusalem, they lived Subhanallah in, you know, national AXA and muscle AXA or beta the MCC this. It was, you know, the Sacred House, the sacred place of worship,
of many of the prophets of the past. And so, there was a big place of worship there. And she wanted to dedicate my her child to that place of worship. But when she gave birth to a daughter, she was surprised you know, that, how will she dedicate this child to the, to the, to the masjid.
But she, she made a dua immediately, and she said, you know, in Neo evil have become a Riata Hamina shape on the regime.
She said I I seek refuge for her sake in you and for for her progeny from shaitan.
And that's a beautiful dua that we as mothers can make as well. You know, mothers and fathers can make that door off with their children in need or either her become a good realtor. I mean, the shape on the regime
is what she said.
And you know Zakariya who was a relative of this, he was an uncle of
mme the baby Meriam. He was entrusted he was somebody who worked for the masjid or he worked in the masjid and he was dedicated to the masjid as well. So it just so happened that you know, they had somebody who was a Muharram to Maria Maria salaam who was in the masjid so they thought okay, he can look after her he can make sure that she is safe and looked after. And she can be dedicated to the masjid. So Zachary made a very special room for Maryam and Emma haram, which is like a space for worship. You know, the word of Maha Rob It's, it denotes like struggle and, you know, working hard against your, against your desires to really focus and worship Allah Subhana Allah and so many many
Salam used to dwell in that place in the masjid Inshallah, we're going to listen to some ayat of Quran
related to this, so that you know, we can
ponder over these verses. Before we hear that I had about the story of my family. So now I want you to listen to this idea in which Allah Subhana Allah tells us how money was a role model for all times a role model for all times, and this is inserted the Hareem
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So Allah Subhana Allah says in the rain, I am number 11 and 12 that Allah gives you an example sets forth an example for the believers, a role model for the believers, the wife of Pharaoh, and we covered the wife of Pharaoh in two or three sessions ago, her name was asiyah, who made dua, my lord, build me a house in paradise near you, and deliver me from Pharaoh and his evil doing and save me from the wrongdoing people. So she was a believer, amongst disbelievers in the house of the greatest tyrant who'd ever lived, who was torturing her for being a believer and persecuting her for that. And she made this dua, that she preferred to be a believer and to die, and be close to Allah
over, you know, pretending to be a disbeliever or being a disbeliever. And, and living the easy life. And then Allah gives. So in this ayah, he gave the example of the wife of Pharaoh as a role model for the believers, male and female. And then in the next ayah, Allah subhana, Allah gives the example of Maryam. And he says, and
there is also the example of Maryam, that marry the daughter of Imran who guarded her chastity. So we breathed into her womb through our angel, and that's Jubilee in a salon. And she testified to the words of her LORD and His scriptures, and was one of the sincerely devout
middle carnitine. And carnitine means, you know, from the carnitine means from the people who were devoted to Allah. But it also means a kanita is also somebody who a woman who stands in prayer for a long time, people who stand in prayer for long periods of time. And you know, that's a reminder to us in our times. And you know, in this Ramadan as well, you know, that that's something that is a characteristic of
the best people who ever lived. And Maria Medina Salam was the greatest woman who ever lived. Some of the scholars even went so far as to say that she was a female Prophet, right?
That's not the majority opinion. But there were some scholars who said that because she met the angel, and of course, she was inspired by the angel right?
And directly by a lot. So anyway,
Madame alayhis, Salam. Here, Allah has given her as an example as a role model for the for the believers, male and female. And what made her great was,
was her Ibadah and her devotion in her own right. So even in this if you see, alas, panthella doesn't call her the mother of Jesus. Right?
So she wasn't only great in relation to the fact that she was the mother of a Sally Sinha. Although that was a great task that She fulfilled right, giving birth to Sally Salaam and bringing him to the people. She was great in her own right. And that's why Allah subhanaw taala singles her out in this aisle. And he mentions her without mentioning he certainly said I'm in this aisle, because she got it her chastity. So she was very careful about herself. And her chastity. And because she
she testified and she believed in the words of Allah and the Scriptures. And she was sincerely devout, and she used to spend long periods of time standing in prayer. And we said that you know, as a career, and a Salam was her guardian in the masjid Michelle OXA of that time.
And so she had a space in the masjid and now we're gonna go to sort of Medea and in surah Maryam and this is the surah that is named after Mary Maria Maria Salaam.
We are going to look at some of the verses about Maryam Annie center
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Okay, so we've, this takes us to a part of her story. So after she's,
you know she's devoted to the masjid. She has this space in the masjid. One. One of the things that Zecharia Ali Salam used to notice was that when he came to visit Maryam Alia salaam, one of the miracles or Kurama two that Allah had bestowed on Maria Malaya Sonam, was that she, she would have food, you know, without anyone giving it to her, she would have
the food that was usually available, or the fruits that were usually available in the winter, she would have them in the summer. And the fruits that were available in the summer, she would have them in the winter. And Zakaria came and he would ask her, you know, how, where did you get this wrong?
And she would say, this is from Allah. And Allah gives to whomever he wills without any, you know, his app without any count without counting.
And this was a reminder to Zack Korea and a Santa, you know, that in his own life, you know, he was suffering or he was going through something that was very difficult for him. And that was that he was an elderly man and he had no children.
And so he had been wishing for a child for a long time. And when Maryam and she was a young girl here, she's not she, when she had a certain a certain age, she was only a teenager. So he or she must have been even younger. And, but look how clever she was. Mashallah, and how insightful when she said this to Zakariya. It served as a reminder to Zakaria and Zakaria Ali salaam immediately thought, well, yes, you know what she said, It's true that Allah can give to whomsoever He wills without his app without any count without counting, without any kind of reckoning. So he was inspired by Maria to make dua, and he made dua to Allah, that he would give him a child. And then
Allah subhanaw taala gave Zachary Ali salaam, his son yeah, here. So you see, she was such an inspiring person that she even inspired the Prophet. ZAKARIA Ali Sana.
And you know, when I read that, I thought to myself, subhanAllah you never know You know, when you when you mentioned something good to people, when you when you remind somebody of something, and we should never be afraid, you know, as women, we shouldn't be afraid of reminding people of Allah reminding people about Islam and joining the good forbidding the evil. When we do that, you don't know what's going on in somebody's life, that your words might inspire them in a way that you never even thought right when Maria Maria Salem mentioned this, she was talking about food. In reality, you know, she was it was about food that you know that Allah had given her this risk
without hisab and she was making a point related to that, really. But for Zachary only salami had another meaning, you know, and so you never know, when you mentioned something good. When you utter good words, and you enjoy the good and you forbid the evil or you remind people of Allah, you never know how it's going to how they're going to apply it to their own personal problems and their own personal situation. So in these iPads that we just covered, this is after that period, and Maria Medina Salam went away. And Allah says and mentioned in the book,
The Story of Miriam when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East
screening herself off from them. Then We sent to her Our Angel Jibreel and he appeared before her as a Basha and Sophia which means like a man in the form of a man who's very handsome who's very like, symmetrical right that's what so yeah, denotes perfectly formed. So there's Mariama like salon she's in she's in seclusion, and
an angel in the shape of a man comes in front of her she doesn't know it's an angel. She thinks it's a man. And she's not used to being around men. You know, she's, it's not it's not something that she does. She's always in seclusion in the in the masjid and she's with, if any, if she meets anyone it's as a carrier and her family members
Lisa lamb so here she's you know thinking why is this man here and then we're all alone and what are his intentions you know she doesn't know what his intentions are. So immediately
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so she says immediately to him, she's pilot, She appealed, I seek refuge in a rock man in the most compassionate from you. So leave me alone if you are God fearing. Okay? So she immediately you know kind of remembers Allah and she reminds him of Allah because obviously she thinks it's a human being.
And she says, I seek refuge in Allah from you. If you have any fear of Allah, you should go away from him, like shouldn't be in a place where you know, in seclusion where I am. And
So, the scholars say that at this point, the angel then revealed Himself in His original form, Jubilee landing salaam, he was in the shape of a man, but then he revealed himself in the shape in His original form, as an angel, and he said,
I am only a messenger from your Lord sent to bless you with a with a pure son llaman Zakia a pure son. So he's telling her I'm here. I'm just a messenger from Allah to tell you that you're going to have a son.
And then she says, while it's Anya Connolly woolum. She says, How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me? Nor am I unchaste?
Right, she's saying I'm not a loose woman. I'm not somebody who's had any relations and I no man has ever touched me. How can I have a son?
So he says, this is you know, what your Lord has said?
And so it will be your Lord has your Lord says it is easy for me. And so will we make him a sign for humanity and a mercy from Us? It is a matter already decreed. In other words, he's telling her you're already pregnant.
Can you imagine he's telling how you're you are already pregnant. And he had obviously blown into blowing the soul into they say into your sleeve. Right. And
subhanAllah you know, my family has Salam she was pregnant. And
remember that she was a teenager at this time. You know, the scholars say she was about 16 years old. So she's a very young woman, young girl. And she's pregnant. And she's a very innocent person. You know, imagine if you've lived in seclusion all these years. And you've lived a life of a bother and devotion and that's what you love doing. And that's what your life is all about.
And now she is pregnant. And she knows that this is going to be the biggest test that she could ever imagine. Because in her community and in her society, as as is the case in wall you know, religious societies.
A woman who comes who doesn't have a husband and she is pregnant is going to have a lot of difficulty. She's going to be accused of all sorts of things. And nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to money MLS and she's the opposite of that right? And yet she knows that she's going to be
You know, subject to all sorts of edge accusations
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And subhanAllah you know yesterday we talked about the mother of Musa alayhis salam. And we said that how? Look how Allah subhanaw taala shows that he understands the deepest feelings and the deepest pains of his servants, right like male and female. And he really understands the the pain of mothers, you know, the difficulty that a mother goes through, there's something there that the Quran really highlights, you know, again and again. And here, again, ALLAH SubhanA, Allah says, so she conceived him and withdrew with him to a remote place.
So she went away from people, you know, because obviously, she didn't want people to realize that she's pregnant.
Then the pains of labor drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. And she cried, alas, I wish I had died before this and was a thing for long forgotten.
So here, Maria Maria Salam, not only is she going through labor alone, right, so this is the contrast between the story you know, in, in the Quran, and then the Christian tradition where, you know, the idea of Joseph and Maryam, you know, is there and going to this in and that kind of thing, you know, Islamic story in the Quran, there is no Joseph, right?
Basically, here, Maria Mani Salam is all alone, she's all alone.
she gives birth, when she's going through labor. And she's obviously like, leaning against a tree, right? We're in the shade of a tree, and
in the middle of her labor paints, and you know, labor is, as women will say, and as myself as a woman who's been through labor four times, that will tell you that, although having a baby is a wonderful thing,
going through labor is one of the hardest things, you know, that you'll ever do. And there are moments during labor where you think you're going to die. You know, I'm not trying to scare any sisters out there who, you know, young sisters, but I think, you know, obviously, you don't die. And Inshallah, you know, most people don't, they have Hamdulillah, you know, Allah that has made that difficult period,
only for a short time, and then you come out of it, and you completely forget about it, right.
But when you're in the middle of it, it's very, very difficult. So very, very difficult. And I can't imagine what it would be like to go through it alone,
with the burden of knowing that
not only is there no father, not only is there no family support there with you, but that and you know, let alone a nurse or a midwife, you know,
but that you will now be going back with this baby.
And you will be accused of all sorts of things, you know, the worst things that for a believing woman, to be accused of SubhanAllah. So you can imagine with all of the psychological things as well on Maria Maria has sometimes mind. She says, you know, she says, All woe is me, I wish I had died before this and was a thing long forgotten.
And this is a statement really that, you know,
I think actually the Lionheart as well, she made a similar statement,
probably inspired by this.
When, you know, she went through certain difficult periods in her life where she felt that she'd made some mistakes, and she wished that you know, she hadn't made those mistakes. And inshallah we will
mention, I shall tell Anna in a future session, because she's also a woman who's mentioned or who's referred to in the Quran.
And so she's basically saying, I'd rather die than be accused of these terrible things. I'd rather die than you
No, and this is the state of
believing woman, you know, believing woman doesn't want any kind of stain on her reputation. And she doesn't want to be accused of anything. And Islam takes that kind of accusation very, very seriously. And that's why, you know, if a person ever accuses a believing woman of, you know, promiscuity, they have to
bring forth witnesses, and if they don't, they are punished. They're punished for even saying, even if even if it's true, even if it would have been true if a person accuses a believing woman of you know, promiscuity or of committing Zina
and they don't have witnesses that person right is lashed.
So you can't just take the reputation of a believing woman lightly
so anyway here My name is salaam she's in this very dire situation Subhan Allah
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so then a voice comes from under her Do not grieve Your Lord has provided a stream your feet
and shake the tree of this, that shape the trunk of this palm tree towards you, it will drop fresh, ripe dates upon you. So, you know, there's a difference of opinion regarding whose voice this was? Whether it was the voice of an angel, or if it was the voice of Eastside ASAM. Right.
But, you know, we know that Italia Sam could speak from his cradle, right?
But anyway, regardless, there is a voice who says to her, Don't grieve, your Lord has provided a stream at your feet. So Allah has given her fresh water, right? And then it says, and shake the or shake the trunk of this palm tree towards you, it will drop fresh, ripe dates upon you. So even though she's in this very difficult situation, she's being asked to take some action. She's been asked to do something, you know, and, you know, some of the scholars, they they comment on this, and they say, Well, you know, shaking or pushing a palm tree doesn't actually cause it to move, right? Because it's so, so solid so hard. And yet, in this, if she's being asked to,
at least try to, you know, these take some action. And it's only when she would take that action that fresh, ripe dates will fall on her. And it's not really because of what she does that they will fall on her. It's just that Allah Subhana Allah, Allah is giving her the message, that and giving us the message. That when you want to achieve something, or when you want your state to change or your situation to change, you have to take some action.
Even if that action seems ineffective, you have to take some action, you can't just sit back and expect things to come to you. Right.
So then, so Masha Allah, my name is Sam has dates. She has fresh water. And this is why some of the you know, some scholars and people say that, you know, dates and water are very good for mothers. They're good things for for mothers to have, especially like when they're going to bet breastfeed because dates are very, like concentrated in terms of nutrition and natural sugars, right. And that's what you need really for to produce milk. So
and for energy, of course,
So they encourage mothers to have dates and water.
Okay, so now she has been provided with something now Allah Subhana Allah says to her
so eat and drink
and put your heart at ease
but if you see any person if you see any people so in other words from Bani Israel say I have vowed silence to the most compassionate to our right man. So I'm not talking to anyone today. I'm fasting basically says in those days the fasting one of the types of fasting that they used to do was fasting from speech. Can you imagine us doing that in our times? Fasting from speech? That would be good. I think we need a bit of that, don't we?
But yeah, one of the ways of fasting in the shadows before us in the laws before us
was fasting from speech. So my name is Salaam is told to make to tell people not verbally but to indicate to them that she's fasting and that she's not going to be speaking to anyone. Right? So in a way Ally's protecting her from having to explain herself
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okay, so, so now she comes to the people, and she's, you know,
she's indicating. So Allah says, then she returned to her people carrying him. So she's carrying the this baby.
They said in shock. Oh, Mary, you have certainly done a horrible thing. You can just imagine the types of things she was accused of right.
And then they said, Oh, sister of her own. Your father was not an indecent man. Nor was your mum unchaste. Nor was your mother and chased. You know, that's what people usually do, right? When you if you do something bad. Or if you if you're accused of something bad people that say,
you know, your parents weren't bad people. They were good people, right?
Because usually, people see the actions of children as reflections of the actions of the parents or the upbringing of the parents. So at the same time, you know,
your family isn't this type of family where you would have a child out of wedlock, basically, that's what they're saying.
And your mother wasn't a woman who was unchaste.
And so you can just imagine how much this mush must have hurt Maria Maria Salam, right to hear these terrible things being said about her.
And she just pointed to him. So she pointed to the baby.
they exclaimed, how can we talk to someone who is an infant in the cradle? Right. So she's saying to me, she's basically saying to them,
talk to the baby, talk to the baby about it, not me, right. And so they're saying, Well, how can we talk to a child who's in its cradle? But then Allah subhanaw taala caused Issei salaam to be able to speak in his cradle. Subhanallah it's one of the miracles of Jesus of Isa Ali Salaam.
And he said, Jesus declared I
I'm truly a servant of Allah. He has destined me to be given the Scripture
and to be a prophet.
He has made me a blessing wherever I go, and begged me to establish prayer and give the zaka Give the two arms tax as long as I live.
And to be kind to my mother, he and he has not made me arrogant or defiant.
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And he says wa salam, O Allah, ye Peace be upon me the day I was born, the day I die, and the day I will be raised back to life.
And of course, as bootleggers, Muslims, we believe that the day he said, dice hasn't come yet, right? Because he said, a Salam was raised up to the heavens, and he will return and he will live and he will die a natural death here on Earth. And then, you know,
that will be his actual death.
And then Allah says, that is Jesus, son of Mary. And this is a word of truth about which they dispute it. And this is a sub No, Maria.
You know, and basically a less saying that his story is a story about which people dispute they don't know the truth about him, right.
And this is one of the beautiful things about the Quran that the Quran came to clarify, didn't it for the Christians and for the Jews as well, what the reality and the truth regarding a Saudi Salam was and the reality and the truth regarding Mary, because even, you know, up to today, there are people who
consider Mary to be a saint, they treat how almost divine right and or as divine,
they call to her and pray to her right. And there are people who still consider her to have been, you know,
an immoral woman Subhanallah so here in the Quran, Allah Subhana Allah clears her name, and tells us the reality of her story and the story of Isa and his sunnah. And you know, the name of Mario Molina Salam is mentioned more in the Quran, then the name of Isa Ali salaam, as mentioned, you can see that ALLAH SubhanA, Allah held this woman in great regard, and that she was a true worshipper of Allah. And she carried out whatever Allah subhanaw taala had
put on her shoulders, right? She accepted the role that Allah Subhana Allah gave her and she carried that out. And we can only imagine, you know what she went through even afterwards, you know, as you say, Sam grew up. And of course, he was rejected, and he was
opposed by his people, right? Imagine everything that she went through, witnessing all of that, right.
So inshallah we've come to the end of today's session, we were just touching on one of the women mentioned in the Quran as a role model for men and women. And she is Mary Maryam, Allah has Salah, the mother of Jesus.
And she's the daughter of Ramadan.
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