Surah al-Anbiya' (The Prophets ) 21 : 89
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(to) his Lord
(are) [the] Best
(of) the inheritors
1. Lessons/Guidance/Reflections/Gems[ edit ]
Along the same lines of its brief accounts of different prophets, the sūrah gives a quick reference to Zachariah and his son John, highlighting how God responded to Zachariah and answered his prayers.
The story of John’s birth is given in detail in Sūrahs 19 and 3, Maryam and the House of `Imrān. Here it is given very briefly to fit with the rest of the sūrah. It begins with Zachariah’s prayer, ‘My Lord, do not leave me alone,’ without a successor to take care of the temple. Zachariah was in charge of the temple where the Israelites offered their worship, before the birth of Jesus. However, Zachariah does not forget that the ultimate custodian of faith and property is God Himself: “You are the best of inheritors.” He only needs a successor who will attend well to the faith and to his family. People are the medium to fulfil God’s will on earth.
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7. Period of Revelation[ edit ]
According to Ibn Attiyah and Qurtubi there is consensus on this Surah being a Makki Surah -
"Both the subject matter and the style of the Surah indicate that it was sent down in the third stage of the life of the Prophet at Makkah" [Ref: Mawdudi]