VERSES
98
PAGES
305-312

Source: Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi - Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Quran

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19:2

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[This is] a mention of the mercy of your Lord to His servant Zechariah

19:3

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When he called to his Lord a private supplication.

19:4

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He said, "My Lord, indeed my bones have weakened, and my head has filled with white, and never have I been in my supplication to You, my Lord, unhappy.

19:5

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And indeed, I fear the successors after me, and my wife has been barren, so give me from Yourself an heir

19:6

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Who will inherit me and inherit from the family of Jacob. And make him, my Lord, pleasing [to You]."

19:7

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[He was told], "O Zechariah, indeed We give you good tidings of a boy whose name will be John. We have not assigned to any before [this] name."

19:8

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He said, "My Lord, how will I have a boy when my wife has been barren and I have reached extreme old age?"

19:9

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[An angel] said, "Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, 'It is easy for Me, for I created you before, while you were nothing.' "

19:10

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[Zechariah] said, "My Lord, make for me a sign." He said, "Your sign is that you will not speak to the people for three nights, [being] sound."

19:11

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So he came out to his people from the prayer chamber and signaled to them to exalt [ Allah ] in the morning and afternoon.

19:12

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[ Allah ] said, "O John, take the Scripture with determination." And We gave him judgement [while yet] a boy

19:13

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And affection from Us and purity, and he was fearing of Allah

19:14

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And dutiful to his parents, and he was not a disobedient tyrant.

19:15

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And peace be upon him the day he was born and the day he dies and the day he is raised alive.

19:16

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And mention, [O Muhammad], in the Book [the story of] Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place toward the east.

19:17

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And she took, in seclusion from them, a screen. Then We sent to her Our Angel, and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man.

19:18

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She said, "Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, [so leave me], if you should be fearing of Allah ."

19:19

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He said, "I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy."

19:20

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She said, "How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?"

19:21

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He said, "Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, 'It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.' "

19:22

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So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place.

19:23

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And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, "Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten."

19:24

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But he called her from below her, "Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream.

19:25

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And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.

19:26

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So eat and drink and be contented. And if you see from among humanity anyone, say, 'Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to [any] man.' "

19:27

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Then she brought him to her people, carrying him. They said, "O Mary, you have certainly done a thing unprecedented.

19:28

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O sister of Aaron, your father was not a man of evil, nor was your mother unchaste."

19:29

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So she pointed to him. They said, "How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?"

19:30

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[Jesus] said, "Indeed, I am the servant of Allah . He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet.

19:31

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And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah as long as I remain alive

19:32

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And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant.

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