Ad’iyyah Invoked By Nabi Zakariya (‘A)

Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, answered the Du’a of Hannah. Bibi Maryam (‘a) came under the care of Hadrat Zakariya (‘a). The Qur’an reveals that every time Hadrat Zakariya (‘a) entered the chamber of Bibi Maryam (‘a) he found she was already supplied with food. Wanting to know where was the food coming from, Bibi Maryam (‘a) told him she was receiving food directly from Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

Hadrat Zakariya’s wife was barren. They did not have any offspring and he was longing for a child who could continue with the priestly duties in his family. Hadrat Zakariya (‘a) self.

Qur’an reveals the special Du’a he made. It was this:

رَبِّ هَبْ لي مِنْ لَّدُنْكَ ذُرِّيَّةً طَيِّبَةً إِنَّكَ سَميعُ الدُّعاءِ

“O my Rabb! Bestow upon me from Yourself a goodly offspring. Without any doubt, You are the Hearer of Du’a.” (3:38).1

رَبِّ إِنِّي وَهَنَ الْعَظْمُ مِنِّي وَاشْتَعَلَ الرَّأْسُ شَيْبًا وَلَمْ أَكُنْ بِدُعَائِكَ رَبِّ شَقِيًّا

O my Rabb! Behold, my bones are weakened and my head is shining with grey hair, and I have never been unblessed in my Du’a to You, O my Rabb.” (19:4).

وَإِنِّي خِفْتُ الْمَوَالِيَ مِنْ وَرَائِي وَكَانَتِ امْرَأَتِي عَاقِرًا فَهَبْ لِي مِنْ لَدُنْكَ وَلِيًّا

“Behold! I am afraid of my kindred after me, since my wife is barren. Therefore, O Allah bestow upon me, form Your Presence a successor” (19:5).

يَرِثُنِي وَيَرِثُ مِنْ آلِ يَعْقُوبَ ۖ وَاجْعَلْهُ رَبِّ رَضِيًّا

“who shall inherit of me and inherit of the house of Yaqub. And make him acceptable (unto You).” (19:6).2

رَبِّ لا تَذَرْني فَرْداً وَأَنْتَ خَيْرُ الوارِثينَ

“O my Rabb! Do not leave me childless, though You are the Best of Inheritors.” (21:89).

  • 1. This and also the next Du’a are the two wonderful Du’as he made asking Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala for a righteous offspring. These wonderful Du’a to ask from Allah who is the Sustainer, the Provider of the universe, for any deeply held desire (in these Du’as for offspring) to be fulfilled. InshaAllah, He will fulfill it.
  • 2. What a wonderful plea to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala. This Du’a of Hadrat Zakariya (‘a) was amply fulfilled as Allah sent angels to him, while he was still in his mihrab, to give him the good news of a boy [Hadrat Yahya (‘a)] that Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala would grant him.