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3:48 And He will teach him the Book, the wisdom, the Torah, and the Gospel.

Until the end of these verses are all his miracles. Because it was in God’s knowledge that the Christians would exaggerate concerning him, the Lord of the Worlds gave him speech in the cradle in the state of infancy to reject those Christians, so he said, “Surely I am the servant of God” [19:30].

In other words, it is not as the Christians say. Rather, “I am the servant of God, created by Him, and He is my Lord.” It is also a rejection of those who criticized his mother: “O sister of Aaron! Your father was not a man of ugliness” [19:28]. The Lord of the Worlds declared her innocence and, to brighten her eyes, He made those words come to his tongue in the state of infancy.

Here there is an exalted point: Since it was in God’s knowledge that Jesus would be the brightness of Mary’s eyes and the joy of her heart in this world and the afterworld, the Lord of the Worlds placed the burden and pain of Jesus on her at the time of birth. That is in His words, “And the birth pangs took her to the trunk of a date palm” [19:23]. Thus what was rightfully due became incumbent for her. As the counterpart of that suffering and hardship, blessings and ease reached her. Muṣṭafā’s state with his mother was the opposite of this. Since it was in God’s knowledge that his mother would have no portion of him, whether in this world or in the next, He did not place the burden of Muṣṭafā upon her, and at the time of birth no suffering reached her so that no rightful due would become incumbent for her.

Similar to this is the story of Noah and his community and that of Muṣṭafā and his community. It was said to Noah, “Do not let yourself suffer for the community and do not carry a load of their trial, for they will never give you the brightness of the eyes and joy of the heart: None of your community will have faith except those who already have faith” [11:36]. It was in keeping with this address that he supplicated, “My Lord, leave no disbeliever dwelling on the earth” [71:26], and God did that. To Muṣṭafā it was said, “O Master! Carry the burden of suffering for your community and be patient with them: So be patient, as the messengers possessed of resoluteness were patient [46:35]. If you see ugliness from them, pass it by and pardon them: Take to pardoning and command the honorable [7:199], for you will have a brightness of the eyes and joy of the heart from their faith.”

Here a subtle point has been made: It is as if the Lord of the Worlds is saying, “My servant, I lifted up every trial, tribulation, and hardship—illness, hunger, and thirst, the grief of daily provision, the dread of outcome—from the angels. I placed on them the fact that for them I did not make subsistent bliss, everlasting paradise, the promise of vision, and the approval of the Possessor of Majesty, nor did I promise it to them. My servant, I gave you all this trial and I poured on you all this tribulation and affliction because I made everlasting bliss and the subsistent paradise for you and I have given it to you. Such is My apportioning. Where there is a treasure, the road passes through suffering, and where there is a trial, its fruit is healing and bestowal.”

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