Speaking from the cradle.

  1. 1, Speaking from the cradle

Surah Ahl-e-Imran          3:46        (Yusuf Ali)

"He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. And he shall be of the righteous."

Isa, son of Mary is the one and only Messenger through whom Allah speaks to the people in his childhood already. Not only does he defend his mother’s chastity publicly as a young boy, but also he confirms his prophet-hood and speaks prophetically of his death and resurrection.


One of the most beautiful chapters in the Holy Qur'an is named after Mary the mother of Isa. No other woman is named, praised, exulted and defended as much as the blessed Mary. However, Mary pointed to her son Isa, she was not the prophet but he was. She was not to speak but he was. He was the servant of Allah, he was righteous, he was a prophet, he was blessed to pray and to give charity. Since he had only a female parent, it says he was not arrogant but humble, although he had supernatural abilities. Even the events of his birth (Christmas), his death (Good Friday) and his resurrection (Easter) are blessed, endorsed with peace as historic signs for the human race. Yes, Isa Al Masih was given the book, the Holy Injiil, which was to be light and guidance for every Muslim believer. Please reflect on all those truth when you read the following six verses in the Qur'an:

 

Surah Maryam 19:28-34                               (Dr. Ghali)

 

28. O sister of Haroon, (Aaron) in no way was your father a woeful person, and in no way was your mother a prostitute."

29. So she pointed to him. They said, "How shall we speak to one who is (still) in the cradle, a young boy?"

30. He said, "Surely I am the bondman of Allah. He has brought me the Book and made me a Prophet.

31. And He has made me blessed wherever I may be and He has enjoined upon me prayer and charity as long as I am alive.

 32. And ever benign to my (female) parent; and He has not made me arrogant, wretched.

33. And peace be upon me, the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I am made to rise again alive." That is Isa (Jesus) son of Maryam, in word of truth, concerning which they are wrangling.

34. That is Isa (Jesus) son of Maryam, in word of truth, concerning which they are wrangling.

 

The Holy Injiil also gives detailed account of the events of Isa’s childhood. At His purification in the Temple, Simon an old prophet of Allah recognized him to be the Messiah, and confirmed he would be the savior of the nations, a sign to be spoken against, a revealer of hidden thoughts and to die a terrible death.  The second Prophetess of Allah, who confirmed Isa at the temple as the “redeemer of Jerusalem” was Anna, an old widow who spent all her life in praying and often fasting:


 Injiil,      Luke 2; 22-40      (NIV)     (Jesus Presented in the Temple)

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 31     which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

(The Boy Jesus at the Temple) 41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”

49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.

51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.


In his childhood, he was 12 years of age, at the Jewish festival in Jerusalem, Isa left his parents to be with the scholars, teachers of the law and the priests. He would listen carefully, ask profound questions and talked to the people there again publically. They all were astonished of his great understanding and answers. The parents were worried why he had left them for so long. Isa Al Masih answered that he had to be in his “Fathers” house, which they did not understand at this point. For the next 18 years he would grow up with Joseph (his stepfather) and Mary, his mother and other brothers and sisters in Nazareth, Galilee. He would be obedient to them, learn carpentry and work at their business, alongside studying the Tawrat of Moses at the local synagogue of the Jewish Community there. Everyone liked him, and he had favor with Allah, and lived a quite life until his time came for public service when he was around 30 years of age.


Seven miracles are mentioned in particular in the Holy Qur'an. They all are unique and unheard from any other prophet. They all come with a deeper spiritual meaning for mankind, if we would only understand and believe? Allah loves humanity, wants to bless all people through his son, and forgive everyone’s sin and heal the sick in the name of his spiritual ‘Son’ Isa Al Masih, Kalimatullah.