|Posted by JHR on September 21, 2011 at 8:30 PM|
Description of Zakariyah
The years had taken their toll on the Prophet Zakariyah (pbuh). He was now old and bent with
age, in his nineties. Despite his feebleness, he went to the temple daily to deliver his sermons.
Zakariyah was not a rich man, but he was always ready to help those in need. His one
disappointment in life was that he had no children, for his wife was barren. This worried him, for
he feared there was no one after him to carry out his work. The people needed a strong leader, for
it they were left on their own, they would move away from Allah's teachings and change the Holy
Laws to suit themselves.
Zakariyah Talks to Mary
During one of his visits to the temple, he went to check on Mary, who was living in a secluded
room of the temple. He was surprised to find fresh out of season fruit in her room. Besides him,
no one had entry to her room. When he inquired, she told him that the fruit was from Allah. She
found it every morning. But why was he so surprised, she asked him. Did he not know that Allah
provides without measure for whom He wills?
This noble girl had opened this eyes to a startling idea. Could he not ask his Lord to bless him
with a child in his old age? Even if his wife was past childbearing age, nothing was impossible for
his Gracious Lord!
Zakariyah Asks for a Son - Quranic
Allah the Almighty revealed:
'Kaf, Ha, Ya, Ain, Sad, (These letters are one of the miracles of the Quran, and none but Allah
Alone knows their meanings). This is a mention of the Mercy of your Lord to His slave
Zakariyah. When he called out his Lord (Allah) - a call in secret, saying: "My Lord! Indeed my
bones have grown feeble, and gray hair has spread on my head, and I have never been unblest in
my invocation to You, O my Lord! And Verily! I fear my relatives after me, since my wife is
barren. So give me from Yourself an heir, - who shall inherit me, and inherit also the posterity of
Jacob (inheritance of the religious knowledge and Prophethood, not the wealth, etc.) And make
him, my Lord, one with whom You are Well-pleased!"
Allah said: "O Zakariyah! Verily, We give you the glad tidings of a son. His name will be Yahya
(John). We have given that name to none before him."
He said: "My Lord! How can I have a son, when my wife is barren, and I have reached the
extreme old age."
He said: "So (it will be). Your Lord says, It is easy for Me. Certainly I have created you before,
when you had been nothing."
Zakariyah said: "My Lord! Appoint for me a sign."
He said: "Your sign is that you shall not speak unto mankind for three nights, though having no
Then he came out to his people from Al Mihrab (a praying place or a private room, etc.), he told
them by signs to glorify Allah's Praises in the morning and in the afternoon.
It was said to his son: "O John! Hold fast to the Scripture (The Torah)." And We gave him
wisdom while yet a child, and made him sympathetic to men as a mercy or a grant from Us, and
pure from sins (John) and he was righteous, and dutiful towards his parents, and he was neither
an arrogant nor disobedient (to Allah or to his parents). And Salamun (peace) on him the day he
was born, the day he dies, and the day he will be raised up to life again! (Ch 19:1-15 Quran)
Almighty Allah also said:
"At that time Zakariyah invoked his Lord, saying: "O my Lord! Grant me from You, a good
offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearer of invocation."
Then the angels called him, while he was standing in prayer in Al- Mihrab ( a praying place or a
private room), saying: "Allah gives you glad tidings of John confirming (believing in) the Word
from Allah ("Be!" - and he was! (i.e. the creation of Isa (Jesus), son of Mariam (Mary), noble
keeping away from sexual relations with women, a Prophet, from among the righteous."
He said: "O my Lord! How can I have a son when I am very old, and my wife is barren?"
Allah said: "Thus Allah does what He wills." He said: "O my Lord! Make a sign for me." Allah
said: "Your sign is that you shall not speak to mankind for three days except with signals. And
remember your Lord much (by praising Him again and again), and glorify Him in the afternoon
and in the morning." (Ch 3:38-41 Quran).