019 - Soorah Maryam - (Mary (Mother of Jesus)) - [Makkee]
In the Name of Allâh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
[These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur'ân, and none but Allâh (Alone) knows their meanings.]
[019:002] (This is) a mention of the mercy of your Lord to His slave Zakariyyâ (Zechariah).
[019:003] When he called out to his Lord (Allâh) a call in secret.
[019:004] He said: "My Lord! Indeed my bones have grown feeble, and grey hair has spread on my head, and I have never been unblest in my invocation to You, O my Lord!
[019:005] "And verily, I fear my relatives after me, and my wife is barren. So give me from Yourself an heir.
[019:006] "Who shall inherit me, and inherit (also) the posterity of Ya'qûb (Jacob) (inheritance of the religious knowledge and Prophethood, not of wealth). And make him, my Lord, one with whom You are Well-Pleased!"
[019:007] (Allâh said:) "O Zakariyyâ (Zechariah)! Verily, We give you the glad tidings of a son, whose name will be Yahyâ (John). We have given that name to none before (him)."
[019:008] He said: "My Lord! How can I have a son, when my wife is barren, and I have reached the extreme old age."
[019:009] 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!"
[019:010] [Zakariyyâ (Zechariah)] said: "My Lord! Appoint for me a sign." He said: "Your sign is that you shall not speak to mankind for three nights, though having no bodily defect."
[019:011] Then he came out to his people from Al-Mihrâb (a praying place or a private room) and he told them by signs to glorify Allâh's Praises in the morning and in the afternoon.