Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)

19. Sūrat Maryam 1

In the Name of Allah,
the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

1 Kāf, Hā, Yā, ‘Ayn, Ṣād.
2 [This is] an account 2 of your Lord’s mercy
on His servant, Zechariah,
3 when he called out to his Lord with a secret cry.
4 He said, ‘My Lord!
Indeed my bones have become feeble,
and my head has turned white with age,
yet never have I,
my Lord, been disappointed in supplicating You!
5 Indeed I fear my kinsmen,
after me,
and my wife is barren.
So grant me from Yourself an heir
6 who may inherit from me
and inherit from the House of Jacob,
and make him, my Lord, pleasing [to You]!’
7 ‘O Zechariah!
Indeed We give you the good news of a son,
whose name is “John.”
Never before have We made anyone his namesake.’
8 He said, ‘My Lord!
How shall I have a son,

1 The sūrah takes its name from the story of Mary (‘a) told in verses 16-34.

2 Or ‘a mention,’ ‘a reminder,’ or ‘a recollection.’

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Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation, Islamic College for Advance Studies Press (ICAS), London (Distributed by The Centre for Translation of the Holy Qur’ān, Qom, Iran), Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 30 Sep. 2023: