Published February 9, 2017 by sidmary

​Today, while listening to Surah Maryam, there was a point when I was truly shaken. Right at the beginning of the Surah, Hz Zakariyya in his old age prays for progeny. He does not ask Allah swt for offspring to love or cherish, or that would support him in old age, or that would carry on his lineage. His wish for an offspring is way beyond personal. He says:
“And I fear my relations after me, and my wife is barren, then bestow me from Yourself any one who may takeover my work’.
He should be my heir and be the heir of the children of Yaqub and O my Lord! Make him acceptable’.”
He prays for a progeny that would spread the word of Allah after him; that would follow in the footseps of the Prophets (Alayehi salaam), and that would enjoin the good, and forbid the wrong. 
Additionally, we see a clear manifestation of the social responsibility that Hz Zakariyya feels, and the love and concern that he has for his people inspite of their transgressions.
No wonder that Allah swt gives him the glad tidings of Hz Yahya.. and says:
‘O Zakaria! We give you glad tiding of a son whose name is Yahya. We have not made anyone of this name before him.’
And that:
‘And peace is on him the day when he was born and the day, when he will die and the day when he will beraised alive.’
And today, with parents worrying and complaining about their children all the time, let ua ponder on what we really want and expect from our progeny. It the minds and the hearts, the visions and the aims of the parents that are reflected in their offspring. 
“رَبَّنَا هَبْ لَنَا مِنْ أَزْوَاجِنَا وَذُرِّيَّاتِنَا قُرَّةَ أَعْيُنٍ وَاجْعَلْنَا لِلْمُتَّقِينَ إِمَاماً” 
‘Our Lord! Grant unto us spouses and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous.’

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