In an age where definitions of motherhood have become flexible, Mary stands tall as a model of godly motherhood. She was not a womb-for-hire, surrogate mother, who God used, paid off, and sent away. Even though many women were loved and blessed by God in the Scriptures, Mary, in particular, was highly favoured by God. (Lk 1:28,30).
Leaving Punjab and North India towards 1705, the tenth guru Gobind Singh stayed at Nanded in the Deccan. He toured the area extensively, and the banks of the Godavari river in modern day Nanded district of Maharshtra are dotted with a number of shrines associated with his stay.
One such shrine is the gurudwara at Hira Ghat, about 9 kilometers upstream from the main shrine at Nanded. Aurangzeb had died, and Bahadur Shah Zafar was the new Mughal emperor in Delhi, and he held Guru Gobind Singh in high esteem.
“Do they not look at the camels, how they are made?” (The Quran 88.17)
The camel is one of the unique creations of God. It serves as a sign for those who disbelieve Him. Besides giving us milk, meat, wool and hide, as other animals do, a camel is endowed with some unique characteristics, hence its title, ‘Ship of the Desert’. Camels can go for about twenty-five days in winter and about five days in summer without water. They can travel, carrying their master, for 400 kilometers at a stretch, without receiving so much as a drop of water.