I really wish you guys read The Qur’an more. Truly.
I was reading over the story of Maryam (Mary) and there’s background to her birth that is profoundly striking, actually.
Maryam’s mother, is Hannah (Anne) and she’s older, meaning it’s not likely she’d have kids, so she prays to God:
“‘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!’” [3:35]
So she promises to make her child dedicated to God, but it’s the next ayah which is really important here:
But when she had given birth to the child, she said: “O my Sustainer! Behold, I have given birth to a female” - 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 - “and I have named her Mary. And, verily, I seek Thy protection for her and her offspring against Satan, the accursed.”
The implication is that she’s expecting a male child. God obviously knows that it will be a daughter, and when you look at this, it’s just… It’s beautiful.
Hannah is very sincere, she’s noted to be a great person, and she thinks that in order to serve God best, she has to have a son. God doesn’t agree with that assessment, obviously.
I read things like this and I just sit back in awe. You guys talk about representation in media (it’s super important, don’t get me wrong) but then you ignore stuff like this in The Qur'an. A big part of it is that you guys just don’t read it, unfortunately, but when you really break it down, look at God’s Wisdom.
It’s such a beautiful story, Hannah is praying for a child, thinking that a boy will best serve God, and God is enshrining the glory of having a daughter. God describes the birth of a daughter as a “glad-tiding” (15:58) as a means of cursing those who are upset when they have a daughter, but here, we have a much more powerful example of how God’s Wisdom transcends our limited perception of what is best, even in the most sincere and dedicated of people to God.
People always ask me what makes The Qur'an so special, and truly, it’s things like this. SubhanAllah.
Yes, death and life, fame and ignominy, pain and pleasure, wealth and poverty - all these come to good and bad alike, but they are not in themselves either right or wrong: neither then are they inherent good or evil.