Surah Aal-Imran, Verse 40.
ﻗَﺎﻝَ ﺭَﺏِّ ﺃَﻧَّﻰٰ ﻳَﻜُﻮﻥُ ﻟِﻲ ﻏُﻼَﻡٌ ﻭَﻗَﺪْ ﺑَﻠَﻐَﻨِﻲَ اﻟْﻜِﺒَﺮُ ﻭَاﻣْﺮَﺃَﺗِﻲ ﻋَﺎﻗِﺮٌ ۖ ﻗَﺎﻝَ ﻛَﺬَٰﻟِﻚَ اﻟﻠَّﻪُ ﻳَﻔْﻌَﻞُ ﻣَﺎ ﻳَﺸَﺎءُ
“He said: “O my Lord! How shall I have son, seeing I am very old, and my wife is barren?” “Thus,” was the answer, “Doth Allah accomplish what He willeth.”
The Prophet Zakariyya (Alaihi salam) was the old man who was charged with taking care of Maryam (Alayha salam) since she was born. He took care of her till she had grown & every time he entered into her chambers to check up on her, he saw that she already had supplies of food & he would be amazed. So he asked her at some point “where does she get this food from?” & her reply was that it was from Allah, & He provide for whom He wills without measure.
Seeing a manifestation of the blessings of Allah, He took the opportunity to ask Allah for something he has always wanted too, A child!
He had barely just finished when Allah sent an angel to give the good news of a child that he will beget, Yahya which Allah describes as noble, chaste & a prophet! Imagine the enormity of the blessings.
Yet in the above Ayah he questions the possibility of having a child, because He is old & his wife, barren. And then Allah reassures him that He is well capable of doing anything He wills.
This is an Amazing lesson for us for sometimes we also hesitate to make certain requests from Allah, fearing to sound ridiculous we tell ourselves “this is far from possible!” & then we don’t even ask anymore. Or after asking we start to question whether or not it is even feasible to get what we have asked for and that weakens our conviction to continue asking and patiently wait for the answer to our prayers!
Certainly Allah does what He wills! But He also knows what is best and this doesn’t mean that everything we ask for would be best for us to get. But for every time we ask, He listens, He responds, He gives, Everytime! It just doesn’t have to be exactly the way you want it, but He will give you in the way that is best..just like Zakariyya (Alaihi salam) didn’t ask for a prophet but Allah gave him the very best thing, a prophet as a son!
So keep making dua with patience & conviction & know that Allah responds to every one of them and gives you at the best time, in the best way and the best thing!
May Allah (subhanahu wata aaila) make us of those who ponder upon His verses and reap it’s benefit, aameen.
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