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22. Prophet Zakariya (AS)

He was an appointed prophet of Allah to the Israelites. Allah also honoured him the guardianship of Mariam, Mother of Isa (as). Although bent with age and having a barren wife he prayed to Allah for a son who may inherit his qualities and teach his people the path of Allah.

Allah granted his wish by giving him a faithfull believing Son and named him Yahya.

Mariam (Mother of Isa) grows up in the care of Zakariya

[3:37] Right graciously did her Lord accept her: He made her grow in purity and beauty; to the care of Zakariya was she assigned. Every time that he entered (her) chamber to see her, he found her supplied with sustenance. He said: "O Maryam! Whence (comes) this to you?" She said: "From Allah: for Allah provides sustenance to whom He pleases, without measure."

Upon noticing that the sustenance coming directly from Allah-as a miracle to Maryam, Zakariya got inspired and decided to pray to Allah to grant him a son in old age !

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[19:1] Kaf, Ha, Ya, 'Ain, Sad.

[19:2] (This is) a recital of the Mercy of thy Lord to His servant Zakariya.

[19:3] Behold! he cried to his Lord in secret,

[19:4] Praying: "O my Lord! infirm indeed are my bones, and the hair of my head does glisten with grey: but never am I unblest, O my Lord, in my prayer to Thee!

[19:5] "Now I fear (what) my relatives (and colleagues) (will do) after me: but my wife is barren: so give me an heir as from Thyself,

[19:6] "(One that) will (truly) represent me, and represent the posterity of Ya'qub; and make him, O my Lord! one with whom Thou art well pleased!"

[19:7] (His prayer was answered): "O Zakariya We give thee good news of a son: his name shall be Yahya: on none by that name have We conferred distinction before."

[19:8] He said: "O my Lord! how shall I have a son, when my wife is barren and I have grown quite decrepit from old age?"

[19:9] He said: "So (it will be): thy Lord saith, 'That is easy for Me: I did indeed create thee before, when thou hadst been nothing!'"

[19:10] (Zakariya) said: "O my Lord! give me a Sign." "Thy Sign," was the answer, "Shall be that thou shalt speak to no man for three nights, although thou art not dumb."

[19:11] So Zakariya came out to his people from his chamber: he told them by signs to celebrate Allah's praises in the morning and in the evening.

[21:90] So We listened to him: and We granted him Yahya: We cured his wife's (barrenness) for him. These (three) were ever quick in emulation in good works; they used to call on Us with love and reverence, and humble themselves before Us.