Surah al-Anbiya' (The Prophets ) 21 : 90

فَٱسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُۥ وَوَهَبْنَا لَهُۥ يَحْيَىٰ وَأَصْلَحْنَا لَهُۥ زَوْجَهُۥٓ ۚ إِنَّهُمْ كَانُوا۟ يُسَٰرِعُونَ فِى ٱلْخَيْرَٰتِ وَيَدْعُونَنَا رَغَبًا وَرَهَبًا ۖ وَكَانُوا۟ لَنَا خَٰشِعِينَ

Translations

 
 Muhsin Khan
 Pickthall
 Yusuf Ali
Quran Project
So We responded to him, and We gave to him John, and amended for him his wife. Indeed, they used to hasten to good deeds and supplicate Us in hope and fear, and they were to Us humbly submissive.

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Explanatory Note

The answer to this prayer was swift and direct at the same time. “So We responded to him and gave him John, having cured his wife for him.” She was barren, unable to bear children. The sūrah overlooks all details to give us the ultimate result of God’s response to Zachariah’s prayer. “They all would vie with one another in doing good works.” Hence, God gave an immediate response to that prayer. They “would call on Us in yearning and awe.” They yearned to earn God’s pleasure and were in awe of incurring His displeasure. Their hearts were alive, always hopeful. “They were always humble before Us,” showing no arrogance. It was Zachariah’s and his wife’s good characteristics that deserved that God should bless them with a goodly son, John. Thus, the whole family was blessed, fully deserving of God’s grace.

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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]

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