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How long was the Virgin Maryam pregnant?

 How long was the Virgin Maryam pregnant?
Answered by Shaykh Uthamin (rahimahullaah)
Translated by Rasheed Barbee
The questioner asks, O noble Shaykh, concerning the virgin Maryam. When she became pregnant was her pregnancy like the normal pregnancy, nine months, or how long was it?
Before answering this question I would like to mention that these types of questions in which the answers may be void of benefit, it is not befitting for the person to busy himself with questions like this. Man has responsibilities towards Allah the Mighty and Majestic. And concerning his worship of Allah he has responsibilities to Allah the Exalted, as it relates to the Aqeedah, statements and actions. Therefore it is incumbent upon him to be concern with that as opposed to these affairs that are from the unessential matters of knowledge. Thus it is not befitting for the person to busy himself with that which has no benefit for him while leaving off that which will benefit him.
It is not befitting that he asks about the color of the dog belonging to the people of the cave[1]. It is not befitting that he asks about the name of the man Allah caused to die for one hundred years then He raised him to life[2]. It is not befitting that he asks about the nationality of those who abandoned their homes while they were thousands in numbers[3]. It is not befitting that he asks about those from the children of Israel that Allah the Glorified and Exalted ordered to strike the dead body with part of the sacrificed cow[4].
It is not befitting that he asks about issues such as these; those affairs in which being ignorant of them will not bring about any harm. If there was benefit in knowing them Allah the Mighty and Majestic would have clarified them to His slaves.
Similarly is this question conveyed by the questioner: ‘Was the pregnancy of Maryam, may Allah be pleased with her, a pregnancy like normal women, or was it different?’ We say, it is known, that which concerns us about this, is her pregnancy may Allah be pleased with her, was not by way of a man like other women; rather Allah explains the details in Soorah Maryam.
He said:
Relate in the Book (the story of) Maryam, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East.
She placed a screen (to screen herself) from them; then We sent to her Our angel, and he appeared before her as a man in all respects.
She said: "I seek refuge from you with (Allah) Most Gracious: (come not near) if you fear Allah."
He said: "Nay, I am only a Messenger from your Lord, (to announce) to you the gift of a righteous son."
She said: "How can I have a son, when no man has touched me, nor am I unchaste?"
He said: "So (it will be), your Lord said: 'That is easy for Me (Allah): And (We wish) to appoint him as a sign to mankind and a mercy from Us (Allah), and it is a matter (already) decreed, (by Allah).' "{Soorah Maryam (19):16-21}
And Allah explains in another verse that this was by way of blowing inside of her, a soul. Allah the Exalted said:
And Maryam the daughter of Imran who guarded her chastity; and We breathed into (the sleeve of her shirt or her garment) through Our Ruh [i.e. Jibrael (Gabriel)],    (Soorah 66:12)
Thus she became pregnant with a son, and Allah the Exalted mentions the rest of the story.
Therefore that which concerns us is how this pregnancy came into existence. As for how long he stayed in her womb, was the duration long or short? This does not concern us. And this is why Allah the Exalted did not clarify this for us in His book.
Translated by Rasheed Barbee

السؤال: المستمع عبد الله فهمي عبد الرحيم من جمهورية مصر العربية يعمل بالمدينة المنورة يسأل يا فضيلة الشيخ عن مريم العذراء هل عندما حملت كان حملها كالحمل العادي تسعة أشهر أم ماذا؟
الشيخ: قبل الإجابة على هذا السؤال أود أن أقول إن مثل هذه الأسئلة التي قد يكون الجواب عليها عديم الفائدة لا ينبغي للإنسان أن يشغل نفسه بها فالإنسان لديه مسؤوليات لله عز وجل ولعباد الله لديه مسؤوليات لله تعالى عقيدة وقولاً وعملاً فعليه أن يهتم بذلك دون مثل هذه الأمور التي من فضول العلم فلا ينبغي للإنسان أن يتشاغل بما ليس له فيه فائدة ويدع ما له فيه فائدة لا ينبغي أن يسأل عن لون كلب أصحاب الكهف ولا ينبغي أن يسأل عن اسم الذي أماته الله مائة عام ثم بعثه ولا ينبغي أن يسأله عن قومية الذين خرجوا من ديارهم وهم ألوف ولا ينبغي أن يسأل عن البعض الذي أمر الله سبحانه وتعالى أن يضرب به القتيل من بني إسرائيل وما أشبه ذلك من الأمور التي الجهل بها لا يضر ولو كان العلم بها نافعاً لبينه الله عز وجل لعباده ومن ضمن ذلك هذا السؤال الذي أورده السائل هل كان حمل مريم رضي الله عنها الحمل المعتاد عند النساء أم كان له صفة أخرى نقول من المعلوم أن الذي يهمنا من ذلك أن حملها رضي الله عنها لم يكن بواسطة رجل كغيرها من النساء وإنما بين الله تعالى ذلك مفصلاً في سورة مريم فقال (وَاذْكُرْ فِي الْكِتَابِ مَرْيَمَ إِذِ انْتَبَذَتْ مِنْ أَهْلِهَا مَكَاناً شَرْقِيّاً) (فَاتَّخَذَتْ مِنْ دُونِهِمْ حِجَاباً فَأَرْسَلْنَا إِلَيْهَا رُوحَنَا فَتَمَثَّلَ لَهَا بَشَراً سَوِيّاً) (قَالَتْ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِالرَّحْمَنِ مِنْكَ إِنْ كُنْتَ تَقِيّاً) (قَالَ إِنَّمَا أَنَا رَسُولُ رَبِّكِ لِأَهَبَ لَكِ غُلاماً زَكِيّاً) (قَالَتْ أَنَّى يَكُونُ لِي غُلامٌ وَلَمْ يَمْسَسْنِي بَشَرٌ وَلَمْ أَكُ بَغِيّاً) (قَالَ كَذَلِكِ قَالَ رَبُّكِ هُوَ عَلَيَّ هَيِّنٌ وَلِنَجْعَلَهُ آيَةً لِلنَّاسِ وَرَحْمَةً مِنَّا وَكَانَ أَمْراً مَقْضِيّاً فَحَمَلَتْهُ) وقد بين الله عز وجل في آية أخرى أن ذلك بواسطة نفخه من روحه فقال عز وجل (وَمَرْيَمَ ابْنَتَ عِمْرَانَ الَّتِي أَحْصَنَتْ فَرْجَهَا فَنَفَخْنَا فِيهِ مِنْ رُوحِنَا) وحلمت الولد وذكر الله تعالى آخر القصة فالذي يهمنا كيف نشأ هذا الحمل أما كم بقي في بطنها هل كانت مدة كثيرة أو قليلة فإن هذا لا يعنينا ولذلك لم يبينه الله تعالى لنا في كتابه لنا.

[1] Reference to Soorah 18:18
[2] Reference to Soorah 2:259
[3] Reference to Soorah 2:243
[4] Reference to Soorah 2:73

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