Story of messenger of ALLAH Zakriya A.S father of Yahyah A.S

Story of Prophet Zakariyah/
Zechariah and Yahya/John (pbut)
Ibn Kathir
The years had taken their toll on
the Prophet Zakariyah (pbuh). He
was now old and bent with age,
in his nineties. Despite his
feebleness, he went to the
temple daily to deliver his
sermons.
Zakariyah was not a rich man,
but he was always ready to help
those in need. His one
disappointment in life was that
he had no children, for his wife
was barren. This worried him,
for he feared there was no one
after him to carry out his work.
The people needed a strong
leader, for it they were left on
their own, they would move
away from Allah’s teachings and
change the Holy Laws to suit
themselves.
During one of his visits to the
temple, he went to check on
Mary, who was living in a
secluded room of the temple. He
was surprised to find fresh out
of season fruit in her room.
Besides him, no one had entry to
her room. When he inquired, she
told him that the fruit was from
Allah. She found it every morning.
But why was he so surprised,
she asked him. Did he not know
that Allah provides without
measure for whom He wills?
This noble girl had opened this
eyes to a startling idea. Could he
not ask his Lord to bless him
with a child in his old age? Even
if his wife was past childbearing
age, nothing was impossible for
his Gracious Lord!
Allah the Almighty revealed: ‘Kaf,
Ha, Ya, Ain, Sad, (These letters are
one of the miracles of the Quran,
and none but Allah Alone knows
their meanings). This is a
mention of the Mercy of your
Lord to His slave Zakariyah. When
he called out his Lord (Allah) – a
call in secret, saying: “My Lord!
Indeed my bones have grown
feeble, and gray hair has spread
on my head, and I have never
been unblest in my invocation to
You, O my Lord! And Verily! I fear
my relatives after me, since my
wife is barren. So give me from
Yourself an heir, – who shall
inherit me, and inherit also the
posterity of Jacob (inheritance of
the religious knowledge and
Prophethood, not the wealth,
etc.) And make him, my Lord, one
with whom You are Well-
pleased!”
Allah said: “O Zakariyah! Verily,
We give you the glad tidings of a
son. His name will be Yahya
(John). We have given that name
to none before him.”
He said: “My Lord! How can I
have a son, when my wife is
barren, and I have reached the
extreme old age.”
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.”
Zakariyah said: “My Lord! Appoint
for me a sign.”
He said: “Your sign is that you
shall not speak unto mankind for
three nights, though having no
bodily defect.”
Then he came out to his people
from Al Mihrab (a praying place
or a private room, etc.), he told
them by signs to glorify Allah’s
Praises in the morning and in the
afternoon.
It was said to his son: “O John!
Hold fast to the Scripture (The
Torah).” And We gave him
wisdom while yet a child, and
made him sympathetic to men as
a mercy or a grant from Us, and
pure from sins (John) and he
was righteous, and dutiful
towards his parents, and he was
neither an arrogant nor
disobedient (to Allah or to his
parents). And Salamun (peace) on
him the day he was born, the day
he dies, and the day he will be
raised up to life again! (Ch
19:1-15 Quran)
Almighty Allah also said: At that
time Zakariyah invoked his Lord,
saying: “O my Lord! Grant me
from You, a good offspring. You
are indeed the All-Hearer of
invocation.”
Then the angels called him, while
he was standing in prayer in Al-
Mihrab ( a praying place or a
private room), saying: “Allah
gives you glad tidings of John
confirming (believing in) the
Word from Allah (“Be!” – and he
was! (i.e. the creation of Isa
(Jesus), son of Mariam (Mary),
noble keeping away from sexual
relations with women, a Prophet,
from among the righteous.”
He said: “O my Lord! How can I
have a son when I am very old,
and my wife is barren?”
Allah said: “Thus Allah does what
He wills.” He said: “O my Lord!
Make a sign for me.” Allah 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.” (Ch 3:38-41
Quran).
John (pbuh) was born a stranger
to the world of children who
used to amuse themselves, as he
was serious all the time. Most
children took delight in torturing
animals whereas, he was
merciful to them. He fed the
animals from his food until there
was nothing left for him, and he
just ate fruit or leaves of trees.
John loved reading since
childhood. When he grew up,
Allah the Exalted called upon him:
“O John! Hold fast to the
Scripture (The Torah).” And We
gave him wisdom while yet a
child. (Ch 19:12 Quran).
Allah guided him to read the
Book of Jurisprudence closely;
thus, he became the wisest and
most knowledgeable man of that
time. Therefore, Allah the
Almighty endowed him with the
faculties of passing judgments
on people’s affairs, interpreting
the secrets of religion, guiding
people to the right path, and
warning them against the wrong
one.
John reached maturity. His
compassion for his parents, as
well as for all people and all
creatures, increased greatly. He
called people to repent their sins.
There are quite a number of
traditions told about John. Ibn
Asaker related that one time his
parents were looking for him
and found him at the Jordan
River. When they met him, they
wept sorely, seeing his great
devotion to Allah, Great and
Majestic.
Ibn Wahb said that, according to
Malik, grass was the food of John
Ibn Zakariyah, and he wept
sorely in fear of Allah. A chain of
narrators reported that Idris Al
Khawlawi said: “Shall I not tell
you he who had the best food? It
is John Ibn Zakariyah, who joined
the beasts at dinner, fearing to
mix with men.”
Ibn Mubarak stated that Wahb
Ibn Al-Ward narrated that
Zakariayah did not see his son
for three days. He found him
weeping inside a grave which he
had dug and in which he
resided. “My son, I have been
searching for you, and you are
dwelling in this grave weeping!”
“O father, did you not tell me that
between Paradise and Hell is only
a span, and it will not be crossed
except by tears of weepers?” He
said to him: “Weep then, my son.”
Then they wept together.
Other narrations say that John
(pbuh) said: “The dwellers of
Paradise are sleepless out of the
sweetness of Allah’s bounty; that
is why the faithful must be
sleepless because of Allah’s love
in their hearts. How far between
the two luxuries, how far
between them?”
They say John wept so much that
tears marked his cheeks. He
found comfort in the open and
never cared about food. He ate
leaves, herbs, and sometimes
locusts. He slept anywhere in the
mountains or in holes in the
ground. He sometimes would
find a lion or a bear as he
entered a cave, but being deeply
absorbed in praising Allah, he
never heeded them. The beasts
easily recognized John as the
prophet who cared for all the
creatures, so they would leave
the cave, bowing their heads.
John sometimes fed those
beasts, out of mercy, from his
food and was satisfied with
prayers as food for his soul. He
would spend the night crying
and praising Allah for His
blessings.
When John called people to
worship Allah, he made them cry
out of love and submission,
arresting their hearts with the
truthfulness of his words.
A conflict took place between
John and the authorities at that
time. A tyrant king, Herod
Antipas, the ruler of Palestine,
was in love with Salome, his
brother’s daughter. He was
planning to marry his beautiful
niece. The marriage was
encouraged by her mother and
by some of the learned men of
Zion, either out of fear or to gain
favor with the ruler.
On hearing the ruler’s plan, John
pronounced that such a
marriage would be incestuous.
He would not approve it under
any circumstance, as it was
against the Law of the Torah.
John’s pronouncement spread
like wildfire. Salome was angry,
for it was her ambition to rule
the kingdom with her uncle. She
plotted to achieve her aim.
Dressing attractively, she sang
and danced before her uncle. Her
arousing Herod’s lust. Embracing
her, he offered to fulfill whatever
she desired. At once she told hi:
“I would love to have the head of
John, because he has defiled
your honor and mine throughout
the land. If you grant me this
wish, I shall be very happy and
will offer myself to you.”
Bewitched by her charm, he
submitted to her monstrous
request. John was executed and
his head was brought to Salome.
The cruel woman gloated with
delight. But the death of Allah’s
beloved prophet was avenged.
Not only she, but all the children
of Israel were severely punished
by invading armies which
destroyed their kingdom.

Tomb of Yahyah A.S in Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria

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