Surah Maryam (Mary) 19 : 7

يَٰزَكَرِيَّآ إِنَّا نُبَشِّرُكَ بِغُلَٰمٍ ٱسْمُهُۥ يَحْيَىٰ لَمْ نَجْعَل لَّهُۥ مِن قَبْلُ سَمِيًّا

Translations

 
 Muhsin Khan
 Pickthall
 Yusuf Ali
Quran Project
[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."

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Explanatory Note

The moment of truth comes: the prayer is answered, bringing with it God’s grace and acceptance. It is the Lord Himself that calls out to His servant from His sublime presence: “Zachariah!” He immediately gives him the good news: “We bring you the happy news of [the birth of] a son.” (Verse 7) He bestows on him further kindness, by choosing for him the name of that son: “Whose name shall be John.” (Verse 7) This is a special name, not previously given to anyone: “Never have We given this name to anyone before him.” (Verse 7)
 
This is but an example of God’s grace as it is given in abundance to His servant whose secret supplication was passionate, and which clearly expressed his fears and hopes. Zachariah’s prayer was motivated by fear that his heirs would not be able to look after the heritage of the true faith properly. He feared that they would not fulfil the trust in a way that earns God’s pleasure. Hence, God bestowed on him what corresponded to his good intention.

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It was revealed before the first migration to Abyssinia. We learn from an authentic hadith that Ja’afar (a companion of the Prophet) recited v. 1-40 of this Surah to the court of the Negus when the Muslims had been summoned.

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