Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Habit of Zachariah

Quran Chapter 19  11 & 12a (Pt-16, Stg-4) (L-1931) درس قرآن

Habit of Zachariah

Chapter Maryam (Mary) – 19

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.
(I seek refuge in God from Satan the outcast)


(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

فَخَرَجَ عَلَىٰ قَوْمِهِۦ مِنَ ٱلْمِحْرَابِ فَأَوْحَىٰٓ إِلَيْهِمْ أَن سَبِّحُوا۟ بُكْرَةً وَعَشِيًّا 11

يَٰيَحْيَىٰ خُذِٱلْكِتَٰبَ بِقُوَّةٍ وَءَاتَيْنَٰهُ ٱلْحُكْمَ صَبِيًّا 12


11.  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.


12a.  (And it was said unto his son): O John! Hold fast the Scripture.

11.  Fa-kharaja  ‘alaa  qawmihii  minal-mihraabi  fa-‘awhaaa  ‘ilayhim  ‘an sabbiHuu  bukratanw-wa  ‘ashiyyaa.


12a.  Yaa-Yahyaa  khuzil-Kitaaba  bi-quwwah.




At last that moment reached and the token appeared. It was habit of Zachariah (peace be upon him) that he used to preach and advise the people. According to custom; he came out for the same purpose but could not speak. He (peace be upon him) was not sick but quite healthy. He (peace be upon him) understood that mercy of Allah Almighty has been descended.


It has been mentioned in this verse that when Zachariah (peace be upon him) came out before the people from the sanctuary, he signified and said: Be thankful to Allah Almighty for His bounties in the morning and in the evening, that is to say, you should repeat with tongue “Sub-haanAllaah” (Good God, Heavens be praised). In short, tongue of Zachariah (peace be upon him) could not work, but he continued telling the people with signals that which was possible to explain.


Ultimately, after completion of the period of pregnancy, John (peace be upon him) was born and brought up among the righteous people. When he became able to use his sense properly, at that time he became a virtuous young man. Allah Almighty appointed him as a Prophet and he began to do the work of his father Zachariah (peace be upon them) i.e. preaching and advising the people. An Angel brought a Message from Allah Almighty that: O John! Your father has become old and feeble. Allah Almighty has bestowed you power and physical strength. You are a young man. You should use your entire strength for acting upon the commandments mentioned in the Scripture of God (Torah) and persuading the people also to follow the same. Now this work is not in your father’s control. Now you should take over this responsibility with determination and courage at the place of your father.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).