dialogue in childhood
Maryam was ordered by the Lord not to speak, thus she declined to answer
the people, but as the Lord intended, the child replied in her stead.
The incident concerning I`sa’s speech has been mentioned in the Quran
"Then she pointed to him. They said, "How can we talk to one
who is a child in the cradle?" He (Jesus) said, "Verily, I am a worshipper
of Allah, He has given me the book and made me a prophet. He has made me
blessed wherever I may be and enjoined upon me prayer and zakaat as long
as I live. And made me obedient to my mother and has not made me arrogant
and unblessed. And peace be upon me the day I was born, the day I shall
die and the day I shall be resurrected alive."
This verse enlightens the reader as to Jesus’ speech in childhood and what
he said exactly. He claimed to be given four attributes and qualifications
There is also a Hadith presenting evidence upon Jesus’ speech in childhood,
narrated by Imam Bukhari in his Sahih -al-Bukhari, on the authority of
Abu Hurayrahh, that the prophet Muhammad
"None spoke in the cradle, but three : (the first was) Jesus,
(the second was) a man from Bani Israel called Zuraij. While he was offering
his prayers, his mother came and called him. He said (to himself), "Shall
I answer her or keep on praying?" (He went on praying and did not answer
her.) His mother said, :O Allah! Do not let him die till he sees the faces
of prostitutes." So while he was in his hermitage, a lady came and sought
to seduce him, but he refused. So she went to a shepherd and presented
herself to him to commit illegal sexual intercourse with her and then later
she gave birth to a child and claimed that it belonged to Zuraij. The people,
therefore, came to him and dismantled his hermitage and expelled him out
of it and abused him. Zuraij performed the ablution and offered prayer
and then came to the child and said, "O child! Who is your father?" The
child replied, "The shepherd." (After hearing this) the people said, "We
shall rebuild your hermitage of gold." But he said, "No of nothing, but
Abdullah, the first words he spoke, were a declaration of himself
as a slave of Allah and recognition of Allah as Lord."
Nabiyya, the responsibility of prophethood had been imposed upon
Mubaraka, which means blessed. Mujahid, a great exegesis, says it
means Naffa`a, a beneficial person and some of Jesus’ benefits are
that he cured the blind and the leper. Sufyan (61) says it means that he
will ordain the good and forbid the bad, guide the misled, help the oppressed
and comfort the grieved. Sawri(61) and Mujahid(103) have also stated it
to mean a preacher of good. Dhahhak(105) says it means one who will fulfill
the people’s needs.
The fourth attribute is Barran-bi-walidati, "obedient to my mother,"
as Jesus was born from a mother only, without the requirement of a father,
thus only his mother has been mentioned concerning this attribute, says
Ibn Abbas(d.68/646) as recorded by Imam Qurtubi.
(The third to speak in childhood was : )A lady from Bani Israel
was nursing her child at her breast when a handsome rider passed by her.
She said, " O Allah! Make my child like him!" On that the child left her
breast and facing the rider said, " O Allah! Do not make me like him!"
The child then started to suck her breast again.
After a while the people passed by with a lady slave and she (i.e.
the child’s mother) said, "O Allah! Do not make my child like this (slave
girl)!" On that the child left her breast and said, "O Allah! Make me like
her." When she asked why, the child
replied, "The rider is one of the tyrants, while this slave girl
is falsely accused of theft and illegal sexual intercourse."
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