Section 1

Allah - beginning with the name of - the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

[Maryam 19:1] Kaf-Ha-Ya-A’in-Sad. (* Alphabets of the Arabic language - Allah and to whomever He reveals know their precise meanings.)

[Maryam 19:2] This is the remembrance of the mercy of your Lord upon His bondman Zakaria.

[Maryam 19:3] When he softly prayed to his Lord.

[Maryam 19:4] He submitted, "O my Lord - my bones have become weak and old age shines forth from my head, and O my Lord, I have never been disappointed in my prayer to you."

[Maryam 19:5] "And I fear my relatives after me and my wife is barren therefore bestow upon me from Yourself one who will take up my work."

[Maryam 19:6] "He being my successor and the heir of the Descendants of Yaqub (Jacob); and my Lord, make him a cherished * one." (* Make him a Prophet among the Descendants of Israel.)

[Maryam 19:7] "O Zakaria! We give you the glad tidings of a son whose name is Yahya (John) - before him, We have not created anyone of this name."

[Maryam 19:8] He submitted, "My Lord - how can I have a son whereas my wife is barren and I have reached infirmity due to old age?"

[Maryam 19:9] He (the angel) said, "So it is; your Lord says, ‘This is easy for Me - in fact I created you before this, at a time when you did not exist.’ "

[Maryam 19:10] He said, "My Lord, give me a sign"; He said, "Your token is that you will not speak to people for three nights, although in proper health."

[Maryam 19:11] He therefore emerged upon his people from the mosque, and told them through gestures, "Keep proclaiming the Purity (of your Lord) morning and evening."