003 - Soorah Aal-'Imraan - (The Family of 'Imraan) - [Madanee]

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[003:038] At that time Zakariyy (Zechariah) invoked his Lord, saying: "O my Lord! Grant me from You, a good offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearer of invocation."


[003:039] Then the angels called him, while he was standing in prayer in Al-Mihrb (a praying place or a private room), (saying): "Allh gives you glad tidings of Yahy (John), confirming (believing in) the Word from Allh [i.e. the creation of 's (Jesus) ['alayhis-salm], the Word from Allh ("Be!" and he was!)], noble, keeping away from sexual relations with women, a Prophet, from among the righteous."


[003:040] He said: "O my Lord! How can I have a son when I am very old, and my wife is barren?" (Allh) said: "Thus Allh does what He wills."


[003:041] He said: "O my Lord! Make a sign for me." (Allh) 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."


[003:042] And (remember) when the angels said: "O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allh has chosen you, purified you (from polytheism and disbelief), and chosen you above the women of the 'lamn (mankind and jinn) (of her lifetime)."


[003:043] "O Maryam (Mary)! Submit yourself with obedience to your Lord (Allh, by worshipping none but Him Alone) and prostrate yourself, and bow down along with Ar-Rk'n (those who bow down)."


[003:044] This is (a part) of the news of the Ghaib (Unseen, i.e. the news of the past nations of which you have no knowledge) which We reveal to you (O Muhammad [sal-Allhu 'alayhi wa sallam]). You were not with them, when they cast lots with their pens as to which of them should be charged with the care of Maryam (Mary); nor were you with them when they disputed.


[003:045] (Remember) when the angels said: "O Maryam (Mary)! Verily, Allh gives you the glad tidings of a Word ["Be!" and he was! i.e. 's (Jesus) the son of Maryam (Mary)] from Him, his name will be the Messiah 's (Jesus), the son of Maryam (Mary), held in honour in this world and in the Hereafter, and will be one of those who are near to Allh."




(V.3:41) See Tafsir Al-Qurtubi.


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