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Prophet Zakariyah (Zechariah)

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

bodily defect."

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).

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Reply JHR
8:37 PM on September 21, 2011 
Written by Al-Imam ibn Kathir
Translated by Muhammad Mustapha Geme?ah, Al-Azhar
Stories of the Prophets
Al-Imam ibn Kathir
1. Prophet Adam
2. Prophet Idris (Enoch)
3. Prophet Nuh (Noah)
4. Prophet Hud
5. Prophet Salih
6. Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham)
7. Prophet Isma'il (Ishmael)
8. Prophet Ishaq (Isaac)
9. Prophet Yaqub (Jacob)
10. Prophet Lot (Lot)
11. Prophet Shuaib
12. Prophet Yusuf (Joseph)
13. Prophet Ayoub (Job)
14 . Prophet Dhul-Kifl
15. Prophet Yunus (Jonah)
16. Prophet Musa (Moses) & Harun (Aaron)
17. Prophet Hizqeel (Ezekiel)
18. Prophet Elyas (Elisha)
19. Prophet Shammil (Samuel)
20. Prophet Dawud (David)
21. Prophet Sulaiman (Soloman)
22. Prophet Shia (Isaiah)
23. Prophet Aramaya (Jeremiah)
24. Prophet Daniel
25. Prophet Uzair (Ezra)
26. Prophet Zakariyah (Zechariah)
27. Prophet Yahya (John)
28. Prophet Isa (Jesus)
29. Prophet Muhammad