Zachariah and John (21:89 – 21:90)

Zachariah and John

[21:89] And Zachariah implored his Lord: “My Lord, do not keep me without an heir, though You are the best inheritor.”
[21:90] We* responded to him and granted him John; we fixed his wife for him. That is because they used to hasten to work righteousness, and implored us in situations of joy, as well as fear. To us, they were reverent.
*21:90 The use of the plural tense throughout the Quran indicates participation of the angels. It is clear from 3:39 and from the Bible that the angels dealt with Zachariah extensively, as they gave him the good news about John. See Appendix 10.

Abraham and Zachariah both wanted children, yet both their wives were unable to conceive until an old age. Inversely, Mary and her fiancé Joseph did not want to conceive and Mary was provided Jesus at a young age.

Everything happens on God’s timing. Sometimes we are in a rush wanting to receive something and sometimes we are hurled responsibility faster than we want. We have to accept what decisions God puts in front of us because He knows we can handle it and He knows what is best for us.

[44:8] There is no other god beside Him. He controls life and death; your Lord and the Lord of your ancestors.

Birth of John in the Bible can be found in Luke 1:8-1:17

The Birth of John

[3:38] That is when Zachariah implored his Lord: “My Lord, grant me such a good child; You are the Hearer of the prayers.” [3:39] The angels called him when he was praying in the sanctuary: “GOD gives you good news of John; a believer in the word of GOD, honorable, moral, and a righteous prophet.” [3:40] He said, “How can I have a boy, when I am so old, and my wife is sterile?” He said, “GOD does whatever He wills.” [3:41] He said, “My Lord, give me a sign.” He said, “Your sign is that you will not speak to the people for three days, except through signals. Commemorate your Lord frequently; and meditate night and day.”

[40:60] Your Lord says, “Implore Me, and I will respond to you. Surely, those who are too arrogant to worship Me will enter Gehenna, forcibly.”

[2:155] We will surely test you through some fear, hunger, and loss of money, lives, and crops. Give good news to the steadfast.* 

21:90 is in the index under humbleness

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