Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Camel Tracks Post 3


3:42 And (remember) when the angels said: “O Maryam! Verily, Allah has chosen you, and made you pure, and has preferred you above the women of the creation.

3:43 O Maryam! "Be obedient to your Lord and bow with those who bow (in worship).

Before the Injil Sharif was written, there was a period of 400 years in which the people of the Scripture did not have a prophet to speak to them. Allah’s people had reached the bottom of the pit of despair and hopelessness.

It was at this dark moment in the history of the world, Allah did something very unusual. He spoke through the angel Jibrial to a young virgin woman named, Maryam. The angel told her that Allah chose her for a special assignment. But first, Maryam was to reaffirm her calling as a true Muslim. She was told to totally submit herself in obedience to Allah.

3:44 This is of the tidings of things hidden. We reveal it unto you. You were not present with them when they threw their pens (to know) which of them should be the guardian of Maryam, nor were you present with them when they quarreled thereupon.

The Koran lets us look into the activities that took place in heaven among the angels. It appears that all of the angels wanted to be given the assignment to be the guardian angel in charge over Maryam. To settle this issue, the angels cast lots to see who would be given the assignment.

In no other place in the Koran do we read of this much excitement taking place in heaven. Allah was about to do something very special for all the people of the world; something that has never been done before or since.

3:45 (And remember) when the angels said: "O Maryam! Verily, Allâh gives you the glad tidings of a Word from Him, whose name ‘Isa Masih (Jesus Messiah), the son of Maryam, held in honor in this world and in the Hereafter, and one of those brought near to Allâh."

Ayat 45 is the announcement to Maryam that she had been chosen to give birth to the prophet Isa. Muslims around the world have two names for ‘Isa. We call him “’Isa Kalimatullah” (Word of Allah) and “’Isa Ruhullah” (Spirit of Allah). Why do we call Isa by these two names?
The answers are in Surah Al-Imran 3:45 and Surah Ambiyaa 21:91. Allah said that He would put his Word into Maryam. What or who is Allah’s “Word?” To better understand this, read Surah Ambiyaa 21:91 “…and she (Maryam) guarded her chastity, therefore We breathed into her of our Spirit and made her and her son a sign for all people.” Why do we refer to ‘Isa as “’Isa Kalimatullah” and “’Isa Ruhullah?” The Koran makes it clear, ‘Isa is the Word (Kalim) and Spirit (Ruh) of Allah. No other person or prophet carries these titles.

Allah’s “Word” and “Spirit” that was placed inside Maryam became flesh in the form of a baby. He told Maryam to name the baby ‘Isa Masih. Masih means “the anointed or promised one.” 758 years before the birth of ‘Isa, the prophet Isaiah wrote, “…a virgin will conceive and his name will be called, ‘Immanuel’ (Isaiah 7:14). “Immanuel” is a Hebrew word meaning, “Allah with us.”

‘Isa would be honored by all people in this world and forever in heaven and he would be one of those nearest to Allah Himself. The Koran paints a picture of ‘Isa for us. He is Allah’s Kalim, Ruh, promised anointed one, and “a sign for (all) the nations” (Ambiyaa 21:91). When we want to go somewhere that we have never gone before, we look for a sign to guide us. Where will we go if we follow ‘Isa?

3:46 "He will speak to the people in the cradle and in manhood, and he will be one of the righteous."

‘Isa’s birth was to be a message to the entire world and he was to be one of the righteous. How righteous was ‘Isa? Allah told Maryam, in Surah Maryam 19:19, that ‘Isa would be “a faultless son.” The Injil Sharif teaches us that ‘Isa never killed anyone; he did not have a love for money; he never married; he spoke out against corruption among the religious leaders; he prayed every day; he fasted for 40 days and nights in which he did not eat anything at all; and he taught us to love our enemies. If ‘Isa ever committed a sin, then he would have ceased to be Allah’s Kalimatullah or Ruhullah and he could not have gone to heaven to be with Allah. Through ‘Isa, Allah showed the world how “Pakka” Muslims should live their lives. This would be a wonderful world if we all lived our lives like ‘Isa.

3:47 She said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me?" He said: "So (it will be) for Allâh creates what He wills. When He has decreed something, He says to it only: "Be!" and it is.

Maryam was shocked at the news that Allah gave her. She said to Allah, “How can I have a baby when I am not married and no man has ever touched me?” Allah was very patient with Maryam. He answered her, “I am Allah; it is easy for me to do what I wish.”


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