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Surah Maryam Ayat 2 in Arabic Text

ذِكْرُ رَحْمَتِ رَبِّكَ عَبْدَهُۥ زَكَرِيَّآ
Zikru rahmati Rabbika ‘abdahoo Zakariyya

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 2

Sahih International
[This is] a mention of the mercy of your Lord to His servant Zechariah

Yusuf Ali
(This is) a recital of the Mercy of thy Lord to His servant Zakariya.

Abul Ala Maududi
This is an account of the mercy of your Lord to His servant Zechariah

Muhsin Khan
(This is) a mention of the mercy of your Lord to His slave Zakariya (Zachariah).

Pickthall
A mention of the mercy of thy Lord unto His servant Zachariah.

Dr. Ghali
(This is) the mention of your Lord’s mercy to His bondman Zakariyya (Zechariah)

Abdel Haleem
This is an account of your Lord’s grace towards His servant, Zachariah,

Quran 19 Verse 2 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Maryam ayat 2, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(19:2) This is an account[1] of the mercy of your Lord to His servant Zechariah[2]


1. For comparison please see the story of Zachariah as given in (Ayats 34-57 of Surah Aal-Imran) and the E.Ns thereof.

2. In order to understand the position held by Zachariah, a descendant of Prophet Aaron, one should be acquainted with the system of priesthood among the children of Israel.

After the conquest of Palestine, the entire land was divided among the 12 tribes of the descendants of Prophet Jacob as inheritance, and the 13th tribe, the Levites, was entrusted with religious services and duties. Even among the Levites, the house that was separated to sanctify the most holy things, to burn incense before the Lord, to minister unto him, and to bless in his name forever was the house of Prophet Aaron. The other Levites were not allowed to enter the Temple. Their duty was to wait on the sons of Aaron for the service of the house of the Lord, in the courts, and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and to offer all burnt sacrifices unto the Lord in the Sabbaths, in the new moon, and on the set festivals. The descendants of Aaron were divided into 24 families, who came to serve the house of the Lord by turns. One of these families was of Abiah whose chief was Zachariah. Thus it was Zachariah’s duty to go into the house on his family’s turn and burn incense before the Lord. (For details, see 1 Chronicles, chapters 23, 24).

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Maryam verse 1 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Maryam ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 6.

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