MARYAM : AN EXEMPLARY MUSLIM
The Nature of Her Society
According to historical sources, Allah honored Maryam, who lived approximately
two millennia ago, with the birth of Prophet 'Isa (as). She was one of
the chosen women on Earth as well as in the Hereafter. Born in Roman-occupied
Palestine, she was a Jewess and lived in the Jewish community.
Idolatry was Rome's state religion. The Jews, once a nation preferred
by Allah "over all other beings" (Surat al-Baqara:
47), had altered His religion, adopted false beliefs, rebelled against
Allah's commands, and were no longer grateful for His gifts to them. Some
of them even murdered the Prophets sent to them by the grace of Allah,
because the Jews did not like the commands that these exalted men conveyed.
The Qur'an reveals their transgressions:
We made a covenant with the tribe of Israel and sent
Messengers to them. Each time a Messenger came to them with something
their lower selves did not desire, they denied some and they murdered
others. (Surat al-Ma'ida: 70)
Maryam was born at a chaotic time, when the Jews' only hope was their
expected Messiah (savior). Unknown to her, Allah had already determined
to choose and raise her for this holy duty. She was central to the Israelites'
expectations, for she would give birth to Prophet 'Isa (as), whom He compliments
in the following terms: "His name is the Messiah,
'Isa, son of Maryam, of high esteem in this world and the Hereafter, and
one of those brought near. He will speak to people in the cradle and when
fully grown, and will be one of the believers" (Surah Al 'Imran:
Allah chose Maryam to represent morality and true religion among her
people, who had left the true religion and embraced superstitions and
idle speculation. Allah reveals many aspects of her life, among them her
birth and family, the birth of Prophet 'Isa (as), her superior character,
and how she resisted her society's slanders and accusations.
Allah Exalts 'Imran's Family
Allah reveals that "Allah chose Adam and Nuh, and
the family of Ibrahim and the family of 'Imran, over all other beings-descendants
one of the other..." (Surah Al 'Imran: 33-34). In other words,
'Imran's family descended from the Prophets Adam (as), Nuh (as), and Ibrahim
(as), and they were exalted people. One of these chosen people was Maryam,
whose family sincerely believed in Allah, respected the limits that He
has established for humanity, and always sought and trusted Him.
When `Imran's wife, a sincere believer, found out that she was pregnant
with Maryam, she immediately prayed to Allah. She praised Him and promised
that she would dedicate her child to Him. When she gave birth to a girl,
she named her Maryam, which means to abide, in other words someone
who incessantly worships Allah. Allah reveals her prayer in the following
Remember when the wife of 'Imran said: "My Lord, I
have vowed to You whatever is in my womb, to be devoted [to Your service].
Please accept it from me. You are the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing."
When she gave birth, she said: "My Lord! I have given birth to a girl"-and
Allah knew very well what she had given birth to, male and female are
not the same-"and I have named her Maryam and placed her and her children
in Your safekeeping from Satan, the accursed." (Surah Al 'Imran: 35-36)
The Arabic word muharreren, translated here
as devoted [to Your service], means "preoccupied only
with the Hereafter and having no interest in the world, in the service
of Allah's temple, worshipping in great devotion, one whose worship is
not tainted by worldly aims."1
True freedom can be attained only by serving Allah, surrendering to Him,
and freeing oneself from all service to any other beings or values. This
is what 'Imran's wife prayed for when dedicating Maryam to Allah, for
she wished her daughter to be someone who served only Allah and who did
not seek her people's or society's acceptance.
Right after Maryam's birth, her mother turned toward Allah, sought His
good pleasure, and asked Him to protect Maryam, as well as her children,
from Satan's evil. Allah accepted this wholehearted prayer "and
made her [Maryam] grow in health and beauty" (Surah Al 'Imran:
37). In other words, Maryam received the best upbringing and the most
Maryam's mother's wholehearted faith in Allah, acceptance of only Allah
as her mentor, constant turning toward Him, and her genuine surrender
to Him are very important examples upon which all believers should reflect.
Allah Commissions Prophet Zakariyya (as) with Educating
The page of the Qur'an containing Surah Maryam:
Allah gave Prophet Zakariyya (as) sincere faith and exalted him, and
guided him to the righteous path. Allah compliments him and points out
his devotion, his proper fear and respect of Him, and his superior character:
And Zakariyya, Yahya, 'Isa, and Ilyas. All of them
were among the believers. And Isma'il, al-Yasa', Yunus, and Lut. All
of them We favored over all beings. And some of their forebears, descendants,
and brothers; We chose them and guided them to a straight path. (Surat
al An'am: 85-87)
The Qur'an reveals that Allah made Prophet Zakariyya (as) responsible
for educating Maryam. He fulfilled this trust, witnessed the many miracles
in her life, and noticed that she was favored over all other people. He
saw how Allah's grace supported her and met all of her needs. For example:
And Zakariyya became her guardian. Every time Zakariyya
visited her in the sanctuary, he found food with her. He asked: "Maryam,
how did you come by this?" She said: "It is from Allah. Allah provides
for whoever He wills without any reckoning." (Surah Al 'Imran: 37)
Maryam's answer to his question testifies to Allah's grace and providence.
Allah Preferred Maryam over All Other Women
Maryam was a most devout Muslim who genuinely dedicated herself to our
Lord, praised His name, and turned toward Him in prayer constantly throughout
her life. Just as Allah chose 'Imran's family above all others, He chose
Maryam and ensured that she would be educated in the best manner, purified
from all wickedness, and preferred above all other women. Allah relates
And when the angels said: "Maryam, Allah has chosen
you and purified you. He has chosen you over all other women. Maryam,
obey your Lord and prostrate and bow with those who bow." (Surah Al
Maryam's Exemplary Chastity
Maryam, like the rest of her family, was known among her people for her
devotion to Allah as well as her religiosity, chastity, and sincerity.
Allah speaks of her as someone obedient to Him.
And Maryam, the daughter of 'Imran, who guarded her
chastity-We breathed Our Spirit into her. She confirmed the Words of
her Lord and His Book, and was one of the obedient. (Surat at-Tahrim:
… and she who guarded her chastity. We breathed into
her some of Our Spirit and made her and her son a Sign for all the worlds.
(Surat al-Anbiya': 91)
Giovanni Bellini's "Madonna with Saints"
painting, 1505. It is on display in the St. Zaccaria church in
Venice. This altar painting, oil on wood, measures 402 x 273 cm.
It was later on transferred onto canvas.
Maryam Meets Jibril
Maryam experienced many miracles throughout her life. One of these was
her meeting with Jibril. Once, when she left her family and society and
went toward the east, she met Jibril, who appeared to her in the form
of a well-built man:
Mention Maryam in the Book, how she withdrew from her
people to an eastern place and concealed herself from them. Then We
sent Our Spirit to her, and it took on for her the form of a handsome,
well-built man. (Surah Maryam: 16-17)
Not knowing who this man was, she sought refuge with Allah and told him
that she held Allah in the utmost fear and respect:
"She said: 'I seek refuge from you with the All-Merciful, [leave me] if
you have fear [and respect] of Allah'" (Surah Maryam: 18). Her
words clearly demonstrate her complete trust in Allah, as well as the
importance she placed upon chastity and devotion to Allah. Her words not
only expressed all of this, but also called upon this unknown man to have
fear and respect of Allah.
Jibril introduced himself with the following words: "I
am only your Lord's messenger [an angel] so that He can give you a pure
boy" (Surah Maryam: 19). As the Qur'an recounts:
When the angels said: "Maryam, your Lord gives you
good news of a Word from Him. His name is the Messiah, 'Isa, son of
Maryam, of high esteem in this world and the Hereafter, and one of those
brought near." (Surah Al 'Imran: 45)
Lorenzo Lotto's painting, "Madonna and Child
with St.s Peter, Christine, Liberale, and Jerome," 1505-06, depicts
Maryam and the saints. It is on display in the Church of Santa
Cristina, Treviso, Italy.This oil painting on wood measures 177
x 162 cm.
Maryam replied: "How can I have a boy when no man
has touched me and I am not an unchaste woman?" (Surah Maryam:
20), thereby indicating her chastity. Jibril told her that:
He [Jibril] said: "It will be so." Allah creates whatever
He wills. When He decides on something, He just says to it, "Be!" and
it is. (Surah Al 'Imran: 47)
He said: "It will be so." Your Lord says: "That is
easy for Me. It is so that We can make him a Sign for humanity and a
mercy from Us. It is a matter already decreed." So she conceived him
and withdrew with him to a distant place. (Surah Maryam: 21-22)
By Allah's will, Maryam became pregnant with Prophet 'Isa (as) and yet
remained a virgin. Her pregnancy was independent of this world's usual
cause-and-effect relationship. The circumstances of his conception were
among the features of Prophet 'Isa's (as) miracles.
Allah reveals "So she conceived him and withdrew
with him to a distant place" (Surah Maryam: 22). In this distant
place to which she retreated, Allah supported her with His grace and protection
and met all of her material and psychological needs during her pregnancy.
No doubt, Maryam withdrew from her society for many reasons. For example,
Allah removed her from her people's criticism, for they could not understand
her miraculous situation. This also enabled her to spend this period in
a state of contentment and peace. Later on, by another miracle, Allah
revealed her miraculous circumstances, refuted all of the accusations
and slanders directed toward her, and restored her impeccable reputation.
Prophet `Isa's (as) Birth and Allah's Support of
Allah fully supported Maryam throughout her pregnancy. It is very difficult
for a woman to give birth, a potentially life-threatening experience,
all alone, without medical equipment or a midwife's assistance. Nevertheless,
Maryam overcame all of these difficulties by placing her complete trust
in Allah. Allah helped her with revelations while she was struggling toward
a date tree in the full throes of labor pains. Allah told her not to grieve,
that He had placed a stream at her feet, and that she should shake the
date tree in order to get freshly ripe dates to eat. He also told her
to drink and to delight her eyes. As a result, she gave birth in the best
possible circumstances. Allah reveals her situation:
The pains of labor drove her to the trunk of a date-palm.
She exclaimed: "Oh, if only I had died before this time and was something
discarded and forgotten!" A voice called out to her from under her:
"Do not grieve. Your Lord has placed a small stream at your feet. Shake
the trunk of the palm toward you, and fresh, ripe dates will drop down
to you. Eat and drink, and delight your eyes. If you should see anyone
at all, just say: 'I have made a vow of abstinence to the All-Merciful,
and [so] today I will not speak to any human being.'" (Surah Maryam:
Allah's grace and protection was clearly visible in this situation. In
fact, His advice to her has been confirmed by modern science. We now analyze
this advice in some detail.
Do Not Grieve
As stated earlier, Maryam withdrew from her society so that she could
be in a psychologically peaceful environment and away from the hurtful
behavior of people who could not comprehend her miraculous situation.
One of Giovanni Bellini's masterworks,
"Frari Triptych," 1488, is displayed in the Church of Frari, Venice,
Allah told her not to grieve and bestowed His grace and protection upon
her. No doubt, there was much wisdom in this advice, just as there was
in Maryam's withdrawal to a distant place. Muslims must not surrender
to sadness; rather, they are to trust in Allah and feel the peace of mind
that comes with knowing that Allah will always help them.
This attitude, which is required of all believers, has been confirmed
by modern medicine, for doctors tell women, both during their pregnancy
and while they are giving birth, to maintain a positive attitude and avoid
any sadness and stress. His advice to delight her eyes means
not to surrender to sadness and to enjoy the news of Allah's gift.
Allah advised Maryam to eat freshly ripened dates. Today, such dates
are considered to be food and medicine. Scientists now know that dates
contain more than ten substances considered essential for the human body's
well-being and continuing health.
Dates contain plenty of the easily digested and absorbed sugars that
give the human body its energy for heat and movement. More importantly,
these sugars are of the fructose type and not of the glucose type, which
quickly raises the blood-sugar levels. Dates provide energy, help muscle
tissues and nerve cells develop, and are especially beneficial for people
weakened by illness or those suffering from exhaustion, because of their
high caloric value. For example, 100 grams of dates contain 1.5 grams
of protein and 50 grams of carbohydrates. In addition, their caloric value
is 225 kcal. Fresh dates have a 60-65 percent sugar content and a 2 percent
Modern medical findings suggest that dates benefit women who are almost
ready to give birth. Doctors now advise pregnant women to take fructose-containing
foods on their due dates, for such foods provide energy used by the weakened
body to revitalize itself, have a trigger effect on the milk hormones
and thus help the woman's body produce milk, and also increase the volume
of that milk.
This information reveals some of the
wisdom inherent in Allah's advice to Maryam. Another matter worth reflecting
upon is the little stream created by Allah and His advice for her to eat
and drink. Now, scientists inform us that people can survive on dates
and water for years, because they contain all of the necessary essentials
for human life.2 In fact, one renowned expert on
the subject, V. H. W. Dowson, suggests that one glass of milk and one
date per day provides a person's daily nutritional requirements.3
Any blessing you have is from Allah. Then
when harm touches you, you cry to Him for help.
(Surat an-Nahl, 53)
Dates contain various vitamins (e.g., A, beta-carotene, B1, B2, B3, and
B6) and minerals, (e.g., sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, fiber,
iron, sulphur, phosphorus, and chlorine) and are also rich in fiber, fats,
and proteins. Some of the ensuing benefits are as follows:
A date's nutritional value is based on the balance between its minerals.
During the prolonged period of morning sickness and the altering physiognomy,
a shortage of potassium occurs and needs to be supplemented.
This fruit's high potassium content is certainly welcome here, as its
role in preserving the body's water levels.
Iron controls the red blood cells' synthesis of hemoglobin,
which prevents anemia during pregnancy and also regulates the blood's
RBC balance, which is so crucial for the baby's development. Due to its
high iron content, one-and-a-half dates can meet the body's total iron
requirement and thus prevent all complaints caused by a lack of iron.
Calcium and phosphorus are very important elements
in developing and balancing the skeleton and the bone structures. Dates
protect the body from anemia and weak bones, and thus reduce the risk
of such illnesses with their high nutritional value and high phosphorus,
calcium, and iron content.
Scientists point out that dates can reduce stress and
tension levels. Research done at Berkeley University revealed that dates
are rich in vitamin B1 (the "nerve vitamin") and magnesium (essential
for muscle functions), both of which are essential for a strong nervous
system. Magnesium is also very important for the kidneys, and
two or three dates per day are enough to meet all of the human body's
Dates also contain folic acid (vitamin B9), which is
essential for pregnant women, due to its important role in forming new
blood cells, producing amino acids, and developing new cells. As a result,
a pregnant woman needs double the usual daily amount of folic acid. If
the body's folic acid levels fall below the required amount, bigger but
less functional red blood cells are formed and anemia occurs.
Allah's advice to Maryam to eat dates
could be an indication to their beneficial vitamins and minerals.
Folic acid, which is crucial to developing the cell's genetic makeup
and division, is the only substance that must be doubled during pregnancy.
Dates are very rich in folic acid.
During pregnancy, a woman's daily vitamin A requirement
increases to 800 ug. Dates are very rich in the foremost vitamin A: beta-carotene.5
Most other fruits are protein-poor, but dates have good
Oxytocin is used in modern medicine to accelerate
labor and is often referred as "rapid birth." It also increases the level
of milk production following birth.7
Our Prophet (saas) pointed out the benefits of dates
in the following hadith: A family that has dates will not be hungry.8
This is a piece of very good advice.
All of our current information on dates reveals Allah's infinite wisdom
and grace upon Maryam, who, inspired by Allah, satisfied all of her nutritional
needs by eating dates and thereby eased her child's birth. (Allah knows
Allah Creates a Stream
Allah told Maryam that He had placed a stream by her feet to eat, drink,
and delight her eyes.
Water, like dates, eases labor pains and regulates muscle tension. In
fact, some modern birth clinics have pools in which the delivery takes
Blood loss during birth causes the body's
blood sugar levels to drop. Dates, which have a sugar content in
excess of 50 percent, are very nutritional and provide more than
enough of the body's requirements.
Water, which is necessary for life and one's physical
well-being, plays an important role in regulating the body's temperature,
transporting nutritional elements and oxygen, and removing waste matter
from the body's cells. It also ensures the healthy movement of joints,
skin moisture and elasticity, the digestive system, and protects tissues
and organs. Water is becoming more widely used in therapy by the day.
Contact with water stimulates the immune system, increases anti-stress
hormone production, reduces pain, and stimulates blood circulation and
Water is important during pregnancy for several reasons. At that time,
water intake is especially necessary because the volume of blood increases
and because of the developing baby's needs. Women who choose to breast-feed
need plenty of water to produce the necessary amount of milk. Considering
that 87 percent of this milk is water, we can see how important this production
Water also maintains the electrolyte balances in the blood of the mother
and the child. Hormones released during pregnancy alter the way various
body fluids are used. Toward the end of the woman's pregnancy, blood volume
increases 150 percent, and the loss of water through breathing is much
greater. The amnion fluid, in which the baby grows, is renewed every three
hours. However, it can decrease, as in the case of dehydration caused
by insufficient water intake.
Dehydration during pregnancy also can cause premature labor. Some hormones
released in such situations imitate the hormones that trigger labor pains.
Cases in which premature birth is a significant risk are treated by giving
fluids through the veins, a procedure that highlights the importance of
water intake. Such premature tensions are often cured by this fluid therapy.
Water also forms the human body's
transport system. Via the bloodstream, it carries food and oxygen to the
embryo and helps prevent some common infections that can cause miscarriage
or premature labor and birth. Sufficient water intake reduces the risks
of such infections.10 Doctors inform their patients
that their water requirement increases by 50 percent during pregnancy.
If the water intake is insufficient, the body reduces the quantity of
some fluids, which, in turn, causes various complaints.11
Modern science shows once more the wisdom in Allah's creation of the
stream for Maryam and His advice to eat dates and drink water. All of
this is evidence of Allah's infinite knowledge.
Maryam Shakes the Date Tree
Allah tells Maryam to shake the date tree toward her
when she was headed toward it in her labor pains. (Surah Maryam: 25)
Doctors say that pulling something toward oneself during
labor can have a positive effect on the muscles. In order to ease labor
pains and help bring about a safe delivery, women are advised to do certain
exercises that reduce pressure in the body and, therefore, the risk of
complications during delivery. They are also thought to quicken the process
of giving birth.12
Doctors suggest that in the second stage of labor, the woman's head should
be slightly raised to take advantage of gravity. Thus, hospital delivery
rooms have beds with suitably placed handles and footrests that enable
pregnant women to give birth in the most comfortable position.
Other practitioners advise their patients to squat
or sit on specially adapted birth chairs. Before recent technological
developments, some birth rooms featured a rope hanging from the ceiling,
which the expectant mother was to use to try and pull herself up, thus
helping the birth process. All of these methods are theoretically and
logically helpful.13 Perhaps this is why Allah told
Maryam to pull and shake the date tree. (Allah knows best.)
Maryam Returns to Her Community
When Maryam returned with Prophet 'Isa (as), her people could not comprehend
Allah's miracle. Thus, they accused her of indecency and slandered her,
even though they knew that she, being a member of 'Imran's family, was
devout, held Allah in great fear and respect, had an immaculate character,
and always protected her modesty. Allah reveals some of these slanders:
She brought him to her people, carrying him. They exclaimed:
"Maryam! You have done an unthinkable thing! Sister of Harun, your father
was not an evil man nor was your mother an unchaste woman!" (Surah Maryam:
No doubt, this was a trial for Maryam, for she had to face such accusations
despite being a chaste woman who held Allah in the greatest respect and
awe. These people ignored her impeccable character and honorable conduct,
despite her own reputation and that of her family, and so, as always,
she turned toward Allah, and trusted in Him, knowing that He would defend
her in the best possible way.
Maryam's Vows of Silence
Gentile da Fabriano's painting in the gothic
style, depicts Maryam (1423). The altarpiece was commissioned by
the Strozzi family for the Church of Santa Trinita in Florence.
Allah, Who always answered her prayers with generosity and compassion,
gave her inner peace during this trial. Knowing that Allah would exonerate
her completely, Allah inspired her to make a vow:
"If you should see anyone at all, just say: 'I have made a vow of abstinence
to the All-Merciful, and today I will not speak to any human being'"
(Surah Maryam: 26). This is what she told her people.
After this, she only pointed to Prophet 'Isa (as), about whom Allah said
through Jibril: "He will speak to people in the
cradle and when fully grown, and will be one of the believers"
(Surah Al 'Imran: 46), when people confronted and slandered her.
Allah showed her people a great miracle by enabling Prophet 'Isa (as)
to speak while he was still a baby in the cradle. Through his words, Allah
exonerated his mother Maryam and also introduced Prophet 'Isa (as) as
one of His Prophets sent to the Israelites:
She pointed toward him. They asked: "How can a baby
in the cradle speak?" He ['Isa] said: "I am the servant of Allah. He
has given me the Book and made me a Prophet. He has made me blessed
wherever I am, directed me to perform prayer and give alms [zakat] as
long as I live, and to show devotion to my mother. He has not made me
insolent or arrogant. Peace be upon me the day I was born and the day
I die, and the day I am raised up again alive." That is 'Isa, son of
Maryam, the Word of Truth about which they are in doubt. (Surah Maryam:
This miracle amazed Maryam's people. By saying: "…
and she who guarded her chastity. We breathed into her some of Our Spirit
and made her and her son a Sign for all the worlds" (Surat al-Anbiya':
91), Allah made both of them superior to all other people. Maryam's superior
character, honor, and purity were revealed through this speech, and those
who had slandered her were defeated.
By saying: "And We made the son of Maryam and his
mother a Sign and gave them shelter on a mountainside where there was
a meadow and a flowing spring" (Surat al-Mu'minun: 50), He reveals
that Prophet 'Isa (as) and Maryam continued to live under His grace after
Those who Slandered Maryam
These miracles showed the Israelites that Allah had made Maryam and Prophet
'Isa (as) superior to other people. In fact, Allah reveals that those
who continued to slander Maryam would be punished severely:
And on account of their unbelief, their utterance of
a monstrous slander against Maryam, and their saying: "We killed the
Messiah, 'Isa, son of Maryam, Messenger of Allah." They did not kill
him and they did not crucify him, but it was made to seem so to them.
Those who argue about him are in doubt about it. They have no real knowledge
of it, just conjecture. But they certainly did not kill him. (Surat
Maryam's Superior Character
Maryam is a role model for all Muslim women because she maintained her
impeccable character throughout her life. Allah raised her like a lovely
plant, to use the Qur'an's expression, and gave her a very important
responsibility. Allah chose her, just as He chose 'Imran's family, made
her one person in this lineage of the most devout and faithful people,
and had her raised by these virtuous people.
He then gave her the character of a chosen and superior Prophet by entrusting
her education to Prophet Zakariyya (as). When she reached this level of
maturity, Allah began to show her His miracles, and she clearly saw His
grace, protection, and mercy upon herself. One example of this support
and grace was that she found food on the altar whenever she worshipped
Him. Later on, Allah introduced her to Jibril, who told her about Allah's
grace on her with his own words.
Maryam demonstrated her genuine devotion and loyalty to Allah through
her impeccable virtue and behavior. She also expressed her profound and
genuine devotion to Him through her determination, devotion, and unconditional
surrender to His will.
Being alone in moments of great difficulty was a great trial for her,
because she had no one to help, support, or guide her. Usually, lonely
people surrender to helplessness and sadness. But Maryam did not, for
she placed all of her hope and trust only in Allah.
Cima da Conegliano's painting, 1509-10. It
is on display in the Church of the Carmini, Venice, Italy.
She constantly sought His help and knew that she only needed to obey
Him and follow His guidance. She never gave in to hopelessness and depression,
no matter how difficult the trial, because she had surrendered wholeheartedly
to Allah in the knowledge that He would turn all adversities into good
and end the hardship in the best manner. And with every difficulty, Allah
gave her a solution, supported her with His grace and help, and turned
all hardships into goodness and beauty.
Her inexperience was also an important aspect of her trial. She became
pregnant and delivered her child all alone. Totally alone and ignorant
of what to do, she resisted pessimism and displayed her great strength,
willpower, and determination. In addition, she had the peace of mind characteristic
of those who know that Allah supports them with the most perfect gifts.
Thus He eased her burden and helped her to succeed.
Another sign of Maryam's superior character was the patience she showed
while fulfilling her difficult responsibilities. Her unbelieving people
tried her patience by failing to grasp her superior and honorable position,
viewing her according to their own misguided knowledge, and accusing her
of things that she had not done. Here, too, she showed her patience and
complete faith in Allah. She did not compromise her strength, willpower,
and integrity, knowing full well that Allah controls everything and thus
would exonerate her.
Another noticeable character trait was her total lack of interest in
winning her people's acceptance. She had surrendered to Allah with a pure
faith, and was therefore unaffected by their accusations and comments.
Given her faith and devotion, all she strove to do was to behave in the
way that would earn Allah's good pleasure. As a result, Allah rewarded
her with His grace.
There are two ways of conveying one's good character to others: through
words and through moral behavior. The second way is far more effective
and valuable, for it is the genuine way and cannot be imitated. One's
life and behavior can reflect one's belief only if it is genuinely alive
in one's heart.
Maryam displayed this superior morality and became a role model and a
living invitation to religion through her faith, behavior, and character.
Her genuine call is answered in the best possible way, Allah willing.
The believers' faith continues to deepen as they follow Maryam's example
and try to emulate her character.