066 - Soorah at-Tahreem - (The Prohibition) - [Madanee]
[066:008] O you who believe! Turn to Allâh with sincere repentance! It may be that your Lord will expiate from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise) – the Day that Allâh will not disgrace the Prophet (Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam]) and those who believe with him. Their Light will run forward before them and (with their Records – Books of deeds) in their right hands. They will say: "Our Lord! Keep perfect our Light for us [and do not put it off till we cross over the Sirât (a slippery bridge over the Hell) safely] and grant us forgiveness. Verily, You are Able to do all things."
[066:009] O Prophet (Muhammad [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam])! Strive hard against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be severe against them; their abode will be Hell, – and worst indeed is that destination.
[066:010] Allâh sets forth an example for those who disbelieve: the wife of Nûh (Noah) and the wife of Lût (Lot). They were under two of our righteous slaves, but they both betrayed them (their husbands by rejecting their doctrine). So, they [Nûh (Noah) and Lût (Lot) ['alayhis-salâm]] availed them (their respective wives) not against Allâh and it was said: "Enter the Fire along with those who enter!"
[066:011] And Allâh has set forth an example for those who believe: the wife of Fir'aun (Pharaoh), when she said: "My Lord! Build for me a home with You in Paradise, and save me from Fir'aun (Pharaoh) and his work, and save me from the people who are Zâlimûn (polytheists, wrong doers and disbelievers in Allâh).
[066:012] And Maryam (Mary), the daughter of 'Imrân who guarded her chastity. And We breathed into (the sleeve of her shirt or her garment) through Our Rûh [i.e. Jibrâîl (Gabriel)], and she testified to the truth of the Words of her Lord [i.e. believed in the Words of Allâh: "Be!" – and he was; that is 'Îsâ (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary) as a Messenger of Allâh], and (also believed in) His Scriptures, and she was of the Qanitûn (i.e. obedient to Allâh).
(V.66:8) (a) See (V.57:12).
b) See the footnote of (V.4:106).
c) See the footnote of (V.5:74).
d) See the footnote of (V.68:42).
(V.66:9) See the footnote of (V.8:39).
(V.66:12) "And (remember) she who guarded her chastity [Virgin Maryam (Mary)], We breathed into (the sleeves of) her (shirt or garment) through Our Rûh [Jibrâîl (Gabriel)],* and We made her and her son ['Isâ (Jesus)] a sign for Al-'Alamîn (mankind and jinn)." (V.21:91)
* It is said that Jibrâîl (Gabriel) had merely breathed in the sleeve of Maryam's (Mary) shirt, and thus she conceived.
(V.66:12) The Statement of Allâh [Subhânahu wa Ta'âla]:
"And Allâh has set forth an example for those who believe: the wife of Fir'aun... (up to) ... and she was of the Qânitûn (i.e., obedient to Allâh)." (V.66:11, 12)
Narrated Abu Mûsâ [radhi-yAllâhu 'anhu]: Allâh's Messenger [sal-Allâhu 'alayhi wa sallam] said, "Many amongst men reached (the level of) perfection but none amongst the women reached this level except Asiyah, Pharaoh's wife, and Maryam (Mary), the daughter of 'Imrân. And no doubt, the superiority of 'Aishah to other women is like the superiority of Tharid (i.e. a meat and bread dish) to other meals." [Sahih Al-Bukhari, 4/3411 (O.P.623)]