Prophet Zakariyyah [Zachariah (P.B.U.H.)]
PROPHET ZAKARIYYAH [ZACHARIAH (P.B.U.H.)]
What Quran said about him?
Lo! Allah preferred Adam and Noah and the Family of Abraham and the Family of Imran above (all His) creatures. • They were descendants one of another. Allah is Hearer, Knower. • (Remember) when the wife of Imran said: My Lord! I have vowed unto You that which is in my belly as a consecrated (offering). Accept it from me. Lo! You, only You, are the Hearer, the Knower! • And when she was delivered she said: My Lord! Lo! I am delivered of a female - Allah knew best of what she was delivered – the male is not as the female; and lo! I have named her Mary, and lo! I crave your protection for her and for her offspring from Satan the outcast. • And her Lord accepted her with full acceptance and vouchsafed to her a goodly growth; and made Zachariah her guardian. Whenever Zachariah went into the sanctuary where she was, he found that she had food. He said: O Mary! Whence comes unto you this (food)? She answered: It is from Allah. Allah gives without stint to whom He will. • Then Zachariah prayed unto his Lord and said: My Lord! Bestow upon me of Your Bounty goodly offspring. Lo! You are the Hearer of Prayer. • And the angels called to him as he stood praying in the sanctuary: Allah gives you glad tidings of (a son whose name is) John, (who comes) to confirm a word from Allah lordly, chaste, a prophet of the righteous. • He said: My Lord! How can I have a son when age has overtaken me already and my wife is barren? (The angel) answered: So (it will be). Allah does what He will. • He said: My Lord! Appoint a token for me. (The angel) said: The token unto you (shall be) that you shall not speak unto mankind three days except by signs. Remember your Lord much, and praise (Him) in the early hours of night and morning.[Surah Al-Imran (Chapter of the Family of Imran), Verses 33-41]
And We bestowed upon him Isaac and Jacob; each of them We guided; and Noah did We guide aforetime; and of his seed (We guided) David and Solomon and Job and Joseph and Moses and Aaron. Thus do We reward the good. • And Zachariah and John and Jesus and Elias. Each one (of them) was of the righteous. • And Ishmael and Elisha and Jonah and Lot. Each one (of them) did We prefer above (Our) creatures, • With some of their forefathers and their offspring and their brethren; and We chose them and guided them unto a straight path.[Surah Al-An'am (Chapter of Cattle), Verses 84-87]
A mention of the mercy of your Lord unto His servant Zachariah. • When he cried unto his Lord a cry in secret, • Saying: My Lord! Lo! The bones of me wax feeble and my head is shining with grey hair, and I have never been unblest in prayer to You, my Lord. • Lo! I fear my kinsfolk after me, since my wife is barren. Oh, give me from your Presence a successor • Who shall inherit of me and inherit (also) of the house of Jacob. And make him, my Lord, acceptable (unto You). • (It was said unto him): O Zachariah! Lo! We bring you tidings of a son whose name is John; we have given the same name to none before (him). • He said: My Lord! How can I have a son when my wife is barren and I have reached infirm old age? • He said: So (it will be). Your Lord says: It is easy for Me, even as I created you before, when you were naught. • He said: My Lord! Appoint for me some token. He said: your token is that you, with no bodily defect, shall not speak unto mankind three nights. • Then he came forth unto his people from the sanctuary, and signified to them: Glorify your Lord at break of day and fall of night.[Surah Maryam (Chapter of Mary), Verses 2-11]
And Zachariah, when he cried unto his Lord: My Lord! Leave me not childless, though You are the Best of Inheritors. • Then We heard his prayer, and bestowed upon him John, and adjusted his wife (to bear a child) for him. Lo! They used to vie one with the other in good deeds, and they cried unto Us in longing and in fear, and were submissive unto Us.[Surah Al-Anbiya (Chapter of the Prophets), Verses 89-90]