There did Zachariah pray to his Lord; he said: “My Lord! Grant me from You, a good offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearing of prayer”.
Then the angels called to him as he stood praying in the sanctuary (mihrâb): “Allah gives you the glad tidings of John (Yahyâ), confirming a Word (Jesus) from Allah, and princely and chaste and a Prophet from among the improved ones (sâlihîn)”.
(Zachariah) said: “My Lord! How can there be a son to me, when old age has already come upon me and my wife is barren”? (Allah) said: “Thus Allah does what He wills”.
(Zachariah) said: “My Lord! Make a sign for me”. (Allah) said: “Your sign is that you shall not speak to people for three days except with signals. And remember (repeat the Name of) your Lord much and glorify (Him) night and day”.
And the angels said: “O Mary! Verily, Allah has chosen you, created you pure, and chosen you over the women of the worlds”.
O Mary! Be Kânitîn to your Lord (stay in prayer a long time before your Lord in reverence) and prostrate yourself, and bow with those who bow down.
This is of the news of the Unseen which We reveal to you; and you were not with them when they cast their pens (to draw) which of them should be guarantor (representative) for Mary; nor were you with them when they disputed one with another.
The angels had said: “O Mary! Verily, Allah gives you the glad tidings of a Word from Him. His name is Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, held in honor in this world and in the Hereafter and one of those who are brought near (to God)”.