A barren woman can bring forth a child also, if God will; as John son of Zachariah
(Peace be upon Them)
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verses – 40 & 41 of 200, Section – 4 of 20, (Part – 3)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
40. He said: My Lord! How can I have a son when old age hath overtaken me already and my wife is barren? (The angel) answered: So (it will be), Allah doeth what He will.
41. He said: My Lord! Appoint a token for me. (The angel) said: The token unto thee (shall be) that thou shalt not speak unto mankind three days except by signs. And remember thy Lord much, and praise (Him) in the early hours of night and morning.
40. Qaala Rabbi ‘annaa ya-kuunu lii gulaamunw-wa qad balaga-niyal-kibaru wamra-‘atii ‘aaqir. Qaala kazaali-kAllaahu Yaf-‘alu maa yashaaa’.
41. Qaala Rabbij-‘al-liii ‘Aayah. Qaala ‘Aayatuka ‘allaa tukalli-man-naasa salaasata ‘ayyaamin ‘illaa ramzaa. Wazkur-Rab-baka kasiiranw-wa sabbih bil-‘ashiyyi wal-‘ibkaar.
When glad tidings was given to Prophet Zachariah (peace be upon him) that a righteous son would be born in his house, he (peace be upon him) was much surprised and said, “External motives about the birth of a son do not exist, old age has overtaken me and my wife is barren. How can the son be born”?
God Almighty commanded that He is not needy of the causes. He does what He wills.
When Prophet Zachariah (peace be upon him) relied on it, he begged, “O my Lord! Tell me any token with which I may know that my wife will bring forth a son”. Allah Almighty described, “Token of such glad tidings is that you will not speak with the people for three days except by signs. So whenever you feel this condition and your tongue remembers sincerely your Lord much, then consider it that offspring is near to be born”. Which token was described by Allah Almighty, which had biggest excellence i.e. that was a token as a sign and the worship of Allah Almighty as a prayer. That is to say; on one side that became cause of information (about glad tidings of the son) to Prophet Zachariah (peace be upon him), and on the other side; that became source of God’s prayer and gratitude. Along with it; Allah Almighty urged Zachariah (peace be upon him) to praise (Him) in the early hours of night and morning particularly in those specified days, and remain engaged in mentioning His Purity.