“Every time Zakariyya entered her room, he found her supplied with provision. He asked, ‘Oh Maryam, from where is this [coming] to you?” She said, “It is from Allah . Indeed, Allah provides for whom He wills without account.” (Surah Aal-Imran 3:37)
The story of Hanna, her daughter Maryam (Mary) and her son Eesa (Jesus) is central to Surah Aal-Imran, as they are the family of Imran. These stories are so full of lessons, I had a difficult time choosing just one verse.
In this segment of the story, Maryam (Alayhissalam) is living her life in the worship of Allah, under the care of the Prophet Zakariyya (Alayhissalam). Zakariyya is surprised to find off-season fruits in her room whenever he entered it. This was a miracle (Karamat) which Allah bestowed on Maryam.
In this story, Maryam reminds Zakariyya, and teaches us, an important lesson that Rizq (sustenance) is from Allah, and He can provide for us miraculously without any limits. In this age of materialism, this is something we often forget.
Taking this lesson to heart, Zakariyya prays for a son despite being of an old age, and Allah grants it to him. Let us too take a lesson from this, and ask Allah to assist us in obtaining whatever we seek, and never lose hope in his Mercy.
If we work hard, put our trust in Him and ask of Him, then we too can experience Rizq being provided in miraculous ways in our lives. I know many people who can testify to this, including myself.
–Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar