As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 19, Maryam or Mary, verses 1-15. These verses recount the story of Prophet Zakariyya and the birth and youth of his son, Yahya, also known as John.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Kâf Hâ’ Yâ’ ‘Ayn Sâd. This is a reminder of blessings that your Lord bestowed on His servant Zakariyya, when he invoked his Lord in secret, saying: “O my Lord! Surely, my bones have weakened and the hair of my head glisten with grey, while I have never been disappointed in my prayer to You, O my Lord! Surely, I fear about my relatives after me, for my wife is barren, grant me an heir from Yourself – who shall represent me and inherit the posterity of Ya’qoob (Jacob), and make him, O my Lord, a desirable person!” 19:[1-6]
We answered his prayer saying: “O Zakariyya! Surely, We give you the good news of a son, his name shall be Yahya (John): a name that We have not given to anyone before him.” He asked: “O my Lord! How shall I have a son when my wife is barren and I have reached an extreme old age?” The answer came: “So shall it be. Your Lord says: ‘It shall not be a difficult task for Me, just as I created you before, when you were nothing at all!” 19:[7-9]
Zakariyya said “O my Lord! Give me a Sign.” The Lord said: “Your sign is that for three nights you shall not be able to speak to the people even being sound in health.” After this Zakariyya came out of the Mihrâb (prayer chamber) and asked his people, through sign language, to glorify Allah in the morning and in the evening. 19:[7-11]
To his son when he became old enough, We said: “O Yahya, hold firmly to the Book.” We granted him wisdom, while he was yet a boy, and also granted him kindness and purity from Us, and he grew up a pious man; dutiful to his parents – he was neither arrogant nor disobedient. Peace be on him the day he was born, the day of his death and the Day he will be raised to life again! 19:[12-15]
This concludes today’s episode of the 17 Verses Podcast. I hope that this selection has helped increase your understanding of the holy Qur’an just a little bit.
Thank you and be well.