Her parents were known for their decency. She was under the care of her uncle, who was the most righteous man of her time. She grew up to be a chaste woman who was reputed for her modesty. Her only occupation was to serve the religion of Allah. Until now, she represents purity and dignity. She is known to be from the four best women in all of mankind. She has been defended in the Quran, and Muslims testify to her innocence.
Yet she was tested in the very honor that set her apart from everybody else.
Allah had this matter decreed for her. She would have to face the accusing eyes of her people, and she would have to face it alone. It was one of the most difficult moments in her life, but she had no human companionship to seek solace and comfort in. Secluding herself until she could, she knew that she would eventually have to go back. The thought of the blemish that would stain her reputation made her wish for death.
قَالَتْ يَا لَيْتَنِي مِتُّ قَبْلَ هَٰذَا وَكُنتُ نَسْيًا مَّنسِيًّا
She said, “Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten.” (Surah Maryam)
She wanted to be forgotten, erased, wiped out of the minds of people so that she would not have to go through the agony of false accusation.
Her sacrifice was for Allah, thus He did not abandon her. He provided an angel’s company, fresh water and dates, and simple instructions for the confrontation with her family and friends. She had reinforcements from the Divine source of love, mercy and protection.
فَكُلِي وَاشْرَبِي وَقَرِّي عَيْنًا
“So eat, and drink, and cool your eyes…” (Surah Maryam)
Where do we stand in comparison?
The most powerful lesson for us in her story is the obedience she so diligently stuck to. She was a sincere, dutiful servant of Allah and He put her through a test. She passed because of her patience, submission, and trust in Allah’s Will and Decree.
Her test was great, her sacrifice was great, and her reward will also be great.
I ask Allah to teach us submission, and to drag us by our forelocks to His obedience and piety.
-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)