Holy Qur'an: Aal-i-Imraan (3:190)

ﺇِﻥَّ ﻓِﻲ ﺧَﻠْﻖِ اﻟﺴَّﻤَﺎﻭَاﺕِ ﻭَاﻷَْﺭْﺽِ ﻭَاﺧْﺘِﻼَﻑِ اﻟﻠَّﻴْﻞِ ﻭَاﻟﻨَّﻬَﺎﺭِ ﻵَﻳَﺎﺕٍ ﻷُِﻭﻟِﻲ اﻷَْﻟْﺒَﺎﺏِ

Inna fee khalqi alssamawati waalardi waikhtilafi allayli waalnnahari laayatin liolee alalbabi

Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding.


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Starring THE SULEIMAN FAMILY, a family portrait
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ربّنا لاتُزغ قلُوبَنا بعدَ إذ هديتَنا وهب لنا من لدُنك رحمةً إنك أنتَ الوهَّاب [Who say], "Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower.

سورة آل عمران .
Surat- Ali'Imran .
Family of Imran .

Did you know?

When Ali al Akbar (sa) was given permission to go in the battlefield,
Imam Hussain (as) raised his hands to the heavens and supplicated, “O Allah! Bear witness against these folks that a man who looks most like Your Messenger Muhammad in his physique, manners, and eloquence has come out to fight them!
Whenever we missed seeing Your Prophet, we would look at him.
O Allah! Deprive them of the blessings of the earth, create dissension among them, and make them into many parties, and do not let their rulers ever be pleased with them, for they invited us to support us, then they transgressed on us and fought us!”

Then he recited the Qur’anic verse saying, “Allah surely chose Adam, Noah, the family of Abraham and the family of Imran over all people, offspring of one another, and Allah is Hearing, Knowing (Qur’an, 3:34).”

Source : [al-Khawarizmi, Maqtal al-Husayn, Vol. 2, p. 30]

Although birth and reproduction have been ordained to occur in accordance with the principle of cause and effect, or union between male and female, the fruitfulness of any such union rests with God’s will and providence. About this divine will, The Qur'an says:

“God’s alone is the dominion over the heavens and the earth. He creates whatever He wills: He bestows the gift of female offspring on whomever He wills, and the gift of male offspring on whomever He wills; or He gives both male and female [to whomever He wills], and causes to be barren whomever He wills” [42:49-50]

The issue emphasized here is not the presence of absence of causes, but rather the deciding and governing will of God Who has the power to make causes and effects fruitful or to impede them from achieving their natural end or purpose.

God tells believers not to succumb to despair or confusion if they fail to account for causes or effects, because ultimately it is He alone that determines all causes and their effects as He wills, regardless of laws or norms. With this knowledge at hand, the believer is better prepared to confront the upheavals of daily life with greater confidence in God’s providence and omniscience. This faith rekindles his heart and soul with renewed hope. The thought of unaccountable happenings occurring is no longer disturbing or frightening. Once this faith takes root in the believer’s heart, the true believer firmly holds the conviction that God is capable of ordaining happenings and events in isolation of their due causes.

This unwarranted despair is referred to in the Surah of the Family of Imran (Al-Imran [3rd Surah]) wherein God says:

“(Remember) when a woman of [the House of] ‘Imran prayed: 'O my Sustainer! Behold, unto Thee do I vow [the child] that is in, my womb, to be devoted to Thy service. Accept it, then, from me: verily, Thou alone art all-hearing, all-knowing!’ But when she had given birth to the child, she said: 'O my Sustainer! Behold, I have given birth to a female…’” [3:35-6]

The sentence “I have given birth to a female,” spoken by Imran’s wife, indicating her disappointment that the child born was not a male, illustrates the kind of despair which we are cautioned not to let infiltrate our faith in God and His wisdom.

Imran’s wife had pledged to offer her unborn child to the service of God and had, therefore, felt certain that He would give her a son who, in her reckoning, would be better able to serve Him. This was an unfounded belief to which God replies:

“the while God had been fully aware of what she would give birth to, and [fully aware] that no male child [she might have hoped for] could ever have been like this female.” [3:36]

In this verse, God again cautions us not to judge His decrees and plans in terms of our imperfect knowledge and logic. In all divine acts is a purpose that might not be obvious at the time of their actual manifestation. This verse also corrects the misconception that males are superior to females in the service of God or in fulfilling His purpose. Hence came the reminder that “the male is not as the female.” In other words, the daughter Imran’s wife had given birth to was much more worthy than any son she could have wished for. God alone knew what the great significance of the birth of this female child to mankind would be.

- Sheikh El Shaarawy

So by mercy from Allah , [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah . Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him].

Surat ‘Āli `Imrān (Family of Imran) : Ayah 159

yaa Rabb let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower.
—  Surat ‘Āli `Imrān (Family of Imran) v 8