Hazrat Yahya 'alayhisalam: John the Baptist

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  1. nik61

    nik61 New Member

    Assalamu alaikum

    Are you sure Hazrat Yahya 'alayhissalam was ONLY a Nabi and NOT a Rasul? Please clarify the matter for me, since here in Malaysia we were taught that Hazrat Yahya 'alayhissalam was a NABI AND a RASUL.

    Allahu subhanahu wa ta'ala a'lam.
  2. citizen

    citizen New Member

  3. :s1:

    I'm not sure if this is the correct section of the forum but I'd like to know
    more about Hazrat Yahya 'alayhisalam from an Islamic perspectice. I know that he was a great Nabi (not a Rasul though) and that he was also
    the cousin of Hazrat 'Isa :as: and the son of Hazrat Zakariyyah :as:. He was
    also martyred on the orders of King Herod and the instigation of the Jews and
    his blessed head is said to be kept in a mosque in Damascus (or is it Egypt?).
    (Oscar Wilde also wrote a fantastic one-act play about this story which you can read
    at the link below:

    http://etext.virginia.edu/subjects/salome/salomeframe.html )

    I'd appreciate any other information about Hazrat Yahya :as: from Islamic
    sources too.

    The Qur'an mentions him at length here:
    19.1] Kaf Ha Ya Ain Suad.
    [19.2] A mention of the mercy of your Lord to His servant Zakariya.
    [19.3] When he called upon his Lord in a low voice,
    [19.4] He said: My Lord! surely my bones are weakened and my head flares with hoariness, and, my Lord! I have never been unsuccessful in my prayer to Thee:
    [19.5] And surely I fear my cousins after me, and my wife is barren, therefore grant me from Thyself an heir,
    [19.6] Who should inherit me and inherit from the children of Yaqoub, and make him, my Lord, one in whom Thou art well pleased.
    [19.7] O Zakariya! surely We give you good news of a boy whose name shall be Yahya: We have not made before anyone his equal.
    [19.8] He said: O my Lord! when shall I have a son, and my wife is barren, and I myself have reached indeed the extreme degree of old age?
    [19.9] He said: So shall it be, your Lord says: It is easy to Me, and indeed I created you before, when you were nothing.
    [19.10] He said: My Lord! give me a sign. He said: Your sign is that you will not be able to speak to the people three nights while in sound health.
    [19.11] So he went forth to his people from his place of worship, then he made known to them that they should glorify (Allah) morning and evening.
    [19.12] O Yahya! take hold of the Book with strength, and We granted him wisdom while yet a child
    [19.13] And tenderness from Us and purity, and he was one who guarded (against evil),
    [19.14] And dutiful to his parents, and he was not insolent, disobedient.
    [19.15] And peace on him on the day he was born, and on the day he dies, and on the day he is raised to life. (Sura Maryam -Shakir's translation)
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2006

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