Imran was a learned and pious man, a descendant of the prophet David and brother-in-law to the prophet Zachriah Imran was one of the elders of his people and was held in great respect by them. He was often consulted on difficult matters and his advice always showed great wisdom. Now, Imran and his wife longed for children and they had none. They frequently prayed to God for a child, and lmran’s wife promised that if they had a child she would consecrate it to the service of the temple.
Imran’s wife became pregnant and with great joy and longing she awaited the birth of her child. When her time came, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl whom she named Mary:
What guidance do we get from the life of the Prophet
Abdullah goes to your school. He is your friend but he is in another class. He does not come to school everyday. You assume that he must be ill. At dinner time, you drop in on him to see how he is. You find him sitting in the living room reading something. He seems all right, but when you ask him how he is, he bursts into tears. He tells you that another boy in his class is making his life miserable – calling him names, making snide remarks, hiding his things and hitting him. He is so upset that he stayed away from school. Can you help Abdullah? Decide what advice you would give him in the light of the Prophet’s noble teachings.
Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “The best among you are the best in good moral character.” (Al-Bukhaaree)
Perfecting our character, however, requires a great effort and a strong determination. It requires rigorous self-discipline, struggle, exercise and a good education. What is good character? How can we acquire it? The best and the simplest way to answer these questions is to look at the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) as a role model. He is the perfect example of good character. The Quran says, “You have indeed in the Messenger of Allah an excellent example for whoever hopes for Allah and the Last Day and remembers Allah much.” (Quran, 33:21)
One night, at his Lord’s behest, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) left Makkah for Madinah along with Abu Bakr, on camel back, so as to escape to being murdered by certain Makkans who resented the success of his message. To throw the attackers off the scent, they left Ali Ibn Abi Talib lying in the Prophet’s bed. Once out of Makkah, they sheltered in the nearby cave of Thawr. On their third day there, Abu Bakr trembled at the approach of a search party. But the Prophet (pbuh) consoled Abu Bakr by saying that Allah was with them. Their pursuers soon having gone away, they looked out of the cave and were amazed to see a newly spun spiders web across the entrance and a newly built pigeon’s nest to one side of it.
Over the years, God sent many prophets to the Children of Israel in order to guide them back to the right path and remind them of His favours. But as is the nature of the people, they eventually forgot the teachings of their prophets and became distracted by the affairs of the world so that they cared little about religion. Many prophets followed David and Solomon, and one of them was Zachariah.
God had endowed Zachariah with great knowledge and wisdom, and had commanded him to urge his people to follow the right path and to worship God alone. Most of the people were merely concerned with amassing money; only a few remained good and righteous. Zachariah started preaching the message of God. It was his habit to preach during the day and to spend his nights in prayer.
Good moral character is the most excellent of all virtues. In fact, it reveals the essential nature of people. Once Allah’s Messenger (pbuh), said, “The most excellent believers in faith are those who have good moral character.” (Al Tabaraanee)
Allah has distinguished His Messenger Muhammad (pbuh) by blessing him with certain miracles and exceptional virtues. Yet He has not praised him of any of his special qualities to the same extent as He has praised him for his great moral character. Allah says,
“And indeed, you are of a splendid moral character.”