The Qualities of Prophet Zakariyyā عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام in the Quran

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 The Qualities of Prophet Zakariyyā

 عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام in the Quran

Awais Rafiq Attari

(5th year student of Jamia tul Madina, Faizan e Abu Attar, Karachi)

Allah Almighty sent the noble Prophets عَـلَـيْهِمُ السَّلَام to this world to teach humanity about His tawhid and to guide them. The Quran details the outstanding miracles, remarkable accounts, and lofty qualities of the prophets عَـلَـيْهِمُ السَّلَام. Explaining the rank and greatness of His elect servants is the way of Allah Almighty. Inspired by this, we are sharing five qualities of Sayyidunā Zakariyyā عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام mentioned in the Quran. Read about them and increase your knowledge and action.

1. Prompt in Performing Virtuous Deeds

Sayyidunā Zakariyyā عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام was quick to perform good deeds, like all other prophets عَـلَـيْهِمُ السَّلَام. Allah Almighty states:

اِنَّہُمۡ کَانُوۡا یُسٰرِعُوۡنَ فِی الۡخَیۡرٰتِ

Indeed, they (the aforementioned prophets) would hurry to perform good deeds.”[1]

 2. Hopeful and Fearful

Sayyidunā Zakariyyā عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام would call upon Allah out of fear and love. It is stated in the Quran:

وَ یَدۡعُوۡنَنَا رَغَبًا وَّ رَہَبًا ؕ

They call Us with hope and fear.”[2]

3. Humble before Allah

He would bow his heart in humility before Allah. Allah Almighty states:

وَ کَانُوۡا لَنَا خٰشِعِیۡنَ (۹۰)

…are humble in Our Majestic Court.”[3]

4. One whose Supplications are Readily Accepted

His supplications were immediately answered. When he asked for a son, Allah accepted his request. His wife became childbearing, despite having reached old age. Thus, Allah Almighty granted him a son, Sayyidunā Yayā عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام. It is stated in the Quran:

فَاسۡتَجَبۡنَا لَہٗ ۫ وَ وَہَبۡنَا لَہٗ یَحۡیٰی وَ اَصۡلَحۡنَا لَہٗ  زَوۡجَہٗ ؕ

We henceforth accepted his supplication, and bestowed upon him Yahya, and improved the condition of his wife for him ˹from being infertile to fertile˺.”[4]

5. A Chosen Individual

Allah Almighty has included Sayyidunā Zakariyyā عَـلَيْـهِ الـسَّـلَام amongst those prophets عَـلَـيْهِمُ السَّلَام who were granted blessings, guidance, and wisdom. He is from the righteous and those who were granted superiority over the people of his era:

وَ زَکَرِیَّا وَ یَحۡیٰی وَ عِیۡسٰی وَ اِلۡیَاسَ ؕ کُلٌّ  مِّنَ الصّٰلِحِیۡنَ (ۙ۸۵

˹We guided˺ Zakariyyā, and Yaḥyā, ʿĪsā, and Ilyās; they are all worthy of Our proximity.”[5]

For the sake of the noble attributes of the prophets عَـلَـيْهِمُ السَّلَام, may Allah Almighty enable us to perform good deeds and refrain from sin.

اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ خاتَمِ النَّبِیّیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم


[1] Al-Quran, 21:90, Translation from Kanz al-Īmān

[2] Al-Quran, 21:90, Translation from Kanz al-Īmān

[3] Al-Quran, 21:90, Translation from Kanz al-Īmān

[4] Al-Quran, 21:90, Translation from Kanz al-Īmān

[5] Al-Quran, 6:85, Translation from Kanz al-Īmān