Zakariyya (as) made du’a with full conviction, but was still amazed when it was answered. Why? What does this teach you?
Zakariyya (as) was amazed because he(as) asked for a son, even though he(as) was old, and his(as) wife was barren. It seemed like a near impossibility. However, he (as) made the du’a despite this, and that teaches us that when we ask for something from Allah we should have full conviction in His ability to grant it to us, because nothing is out of His power, and we must never doubt His “Qudra”. Of course Allah SWT is able to overcome laws that He himself has created.
We also learn that we should not hesitate to ask Him for anything (good). Also, that He SWT should be the first One we turn to for everything, and if we get what we are asking for, even if it is through someone else, we should remember that it is actually from Him, and should be grateful to Him.
The ayah that follows this says that Zackariyah AS never said ‘no’ to any calling of Allah. He was a devout servant of Allah. But being a devout servant of Allah does not guarantee that all your duas will be answered for the duniya. We should never become complacent in our ibadat thinking we are guaranteed jannah or Allah HAS to answer our duas.
This shows his gratefulness to Allah. If we expect things to happen, and they happen, we may not be thankful. But if things happen in the unexpected, human nature is to immediately turn to gratitude.
When he made the dua, he made it with full conviction, but he also laid out the facts straight – that he was old and that his wife was barren. He as a human could think, that it is not possible from a logical perspective yet for Allah all is always possible. If he did not think Allah could not answer it, he would have not even asked for it – so that shows his conviction. His surprise shows his shukr and love for Allah SWT.
In these Ayahs one encounters a beautiful connection of Zakarriyya(as) with His Rabb. He is Allah conscious (ie has taqwa).SubhanAllah, knowing that nothing is impossible for Allah (swt)he makes dua for something that superficially seems impossible i.e. having a child when he is old and his wife is barren. When Allah swt gives him the glad tidings of a son he seems to be amazed out of gratitude and love for Allah swt and indirectly glorifies Him.
This lesson taught me that I should make dua for all good things with conviction. Moreover, I should also make dua for things that I feel are impossible to happen because nothing is impossible for our Rabb. All He has to say is kun(be),and it will happen. I should also never lose hope if my duas are not answered but keep on making them knowing that if duas are not accepted it could be because of my heedlessness, or it could be a test and have hope that if they are not accepted here inshaAllah they will be accepted in akhira.
A Student of the Quran