LESSON # 355
The Tidings of Hidden Things
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verses – 44 of 200, Section – 5 of 20, (Part – 3)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
44. This is of the tidings of things hidden. We reveal it unto thee (Muhammad), “Thou wast not present with them when they threw their pens (to know) which of them should be the guardian of Mary, nor wast thou present with them when they quarreled (thereupon).
44. Zaalika min ‘ambaaa-‘il gaybi nuuhiihi ‘ilayk. Wa Maa kunta ladayhim ‘iz yulquuna ‘aqlaamahum- ‘ayyuhum yakfulu Maryam. Wa maa kunta ladayhim ‘iz yakh-tasimuun.
In this verse, God Almighty has described in corroboration of the claim of Prophet-hood in respect of the Messenger of Islam, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him). “We have taught him, these entire past events which Last Prophet (grace, glory, blessing and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him) has been causing to hear the people. The Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him) has absolutely not invented them himself. Its proof is that, the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him) is apparently altogether illiterate. He (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him) never attended company of any person who believed in anyone of the previous inspired Scriptures of God Almighty, so that he would have known from them these occurrences. Moreover, suppose! If he would have remained with them, then you may know that those people had also not the correct knowledge. They had fallen in whims worshiping. They had changed the correct incidents in Celestial Scriptures i.e. Torah and Gospel etc. So, it is clear that these entire facts, for instance; to vow the mother of Mary, birth of Mary, acceptance of supplication by Allah Almighty, fostering and security of Mary, supplication of Prophet Zachariah (peace be upon him), birth of John, glad tidings regarding Jesus Christ (peace be upon them) etc. How these entire facts might have been known by the Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) without the source of the Revelation from God Almighty”?
After adducing the above-mentioned proof in favor of Messenger-hood of Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him), Allah Almighty has started again the description in respect of Mary (peace be upon her).
Mary (peace be upon her) was accepted in a vow. Then she was sent for the duty of the Temple of Jerusalem. Now there was a problem regarding her goodly growth. It was settled that lot should be drawn for her looking after. The form of lot was proposed that the entire attendants of the Temple of Jerusalem should leave their own pens (with which they used to write Torah) in to the flowing water. Whose pen turns towards the direction of coming water, he would be guardian of Mary. Therefore, it was done so. The pen of Prophet Zachariah (peace be upon him) did not flow towards the direction of flowing water but it changed its direction and returned. So responsibility regarding bringing up of Mary was given to him (peace be upon them). Zachariah (peace be upon him) was really a well learned and one versed in religious matters, and he (peace be upon him) was also maternal uncle of Mary (peace be upon them). Consequently, the Right reached the Rightful with the Will of God Almighty.
God Almighty recognized again that Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) was not present at that time when the attendants of the Temple of Jerusalem were leaving their pens into the water for taking decision regarding patronage of Mary (peace be upon her). But in spite of it, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) accrued this knowledge through God’s Revelation. Even after this proof of Allah Almighty, those people who deny the Messenger-hood of Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him), they went astray, they have lost the Straight Path. Severe threat is for them. It is clear evident from this verse that Holy Qur’an is not the collection of some stories and tales. It is the Scripture for Guidance and which incidents and facts have been written in It, those are for manifesting of its purpose.