LESSON # 353 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
Birth Of John (peace be upon him)
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter – 3)
Verse – 40 & 41 of 200, Section –4 (Part – 3)
41. He said: My Lord! Appoint a token for me. (The angel) said: The token unto thee (shall be) that thou shalt not speak unto mankind three days except by signs. And remember thy Lord much, and praise (Him) in the early hours of night and morning.
40. Qaala Rabbi ‘annaa ya-kuunu lii gulaamunw-wa qad balaga-niyal-kibaru wamra-‘atii ‘aaqir. Qaala kazaali-kallaahu yaf-‘alu maa yashaaa’.
41. Qaala Rabbij-‘al-liii ‘Aayah. Qaala ‘Aayatuka ‘allaa tukalli-man-naasa salaasata ‘ayyaamin ‘illaa ramzaa. Wazkur-Rab-baka kasiiranw-wa sabbih bil-‘ashiyyi wal-‘ibkaar.
When glad tidings was given to Prophet Zachariah (peace be upon him) that a righteous son would be born in his house, he (peace be upon him) was much surprised and said, “External motives about the birth of a son do not exist, old age has overtaken me and my wife is barren. How can the son be born”?
Allah Almighty commanded that He is not needy of the causes. He does what He wills.
When Prophet Zachariah (peace be upon him) relied on it, he requested, “O my Lord! Tell me any token with which I may know that my wife will bring forth a son”. Allah Almighty described, “Token of this glad tiding is that you will not speak with the people for three days except by signs. So whenever you feel this condition and your tongue remembers sincerely your Lord much, then understand it that offspring is near to be born”. Which token was told by Allah Almighty, that had biggest excellence i.e. that was a token as a token and worship of Allah Almighty as worship. That is to say: on one side that became cause of information (about glad tiding of the son) to Prophet Zachariah (peace be upon him), and on the other side that became source of Allah’s prayer and gratitude. Along with it Allah Almighty urged Zachariah (peace be upon him) to praise (Him) in the early hours of night and morning in these days, and remain engaged in mentioning His Purity.
Transliteration in Roman Script & English Translation of Holy Qur’an written by Marmaduke; Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore and Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated by Muhammad Sharif)