Day Twenty first (A Journey with Quran)

Surah Al Imran. Ayats 31 – 40. In the following Ayats two stories unfold. One is the birth of Mariam (Mary: the mother of Jesus), and secondly the birth of Yahya (whom the Christians know as John the Baptist). His father Zakariya petitions Allah for a child. He is granted his wish.

31Say: “If ye do love Allah follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins for Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful.”

32Say: “Obey Allah and His Apostle”; but if they turn back Allah loveth not those who reject Faith.

33Allah did choose Adam and Noah the family of Abraham and the family of Imran above all people.

34Offspring one of the other; and Allah heareth and knoweth all things.

35Behold! a woman of Imran said: “O my Lord! I do dedicate unto thee what is in my womb for Thy special service so accept this of me for Thou hearest and knowest all things.”

36When she was delivered she said: “O my Lord! behold! I am delivered of a female child!” And Allah knew best what she brought forth, “and nowise is the male like the female. I have named her Mary and I commend her and her offspring to Thy protection from the Evil One the Rejected.”

37Right graciously did her Lord accept her: He made her grow in purity and beauty; to the care of Zakariya was she assigned. Every time that he entered (her) chamber to see her he found her supplied with sustenance. He said: “O Mary! whence (comes) this to you?” She said: “From Allah: for Allah provides sustenance to whom He pleases without measure.”

38There did Zakariya pray to his Lord saying: “O my Lord! grant unto me from Thee a progeny that is pure; for Thou art He that heareth prayer!”

39While he was standing in prayer in the chamber the angels called unto him: “Allah doth give thee glad tidings of Yahya witnessing the truth of a Word from Allah and (be besides) noble chaste and a Prophet of the (goodly) company of the righteous.”

40He said: “O my Lord! how shall I have a son seeing I am very old and my wife is barren?” “Thus” was the answer “doth Allah accomplish what He willeth.”

Translation: Abdullah Yusuf

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