A Prostitute asked for Prophet Yahya’s Head (peace be upon him)
Islamic Historians said ‘Imraan, the father of Maryam, was married to a woman who was called Hannah, and Zakariyyah (peace be upon him) was married to a woman called Eeshaa’. ‘Imraan and Hannah produced Maryam (peace be upon him) and Zakariyah and Eeshaa’ produced Yahya (peace be upon him). Therefore, ‘Eesa and Yahya (peace be upon them) are maternal cousins according to the historians. The story of how Allaah blessed Zakariya with Yahya is of great lessons for us.
Allaah says: “So her Lord (Allaah) accepted her [Maryam] with goodly acceptance. He made her grow in a good manner and put her under the care of Zakariya. Every time he entered al-mihrab [a praying place or private room] to (visit) her, he found her supplied with sustenance. He said, ‘O Maryam! From where have you got this?’ She said, ‘This is from Allaah.’ Verily, Allaah provides sustenance to whom He wills, without limit.
At that time Zakariya invoked his Lord, saying: ‘O my Lord! Grant me from You a good offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearer of invocation.’
Then the angels called him, while he was standing in prayer in al-mihrab, (saying): ‘Allaah gives you glad tidings of Yahya, confirming (believing in) the Word from Allaah [i.e., the creation of ‘Eesaa], noble, keeping away from sexual relations with women, a Prophet, from among the righteous.’ Q3:37-39]
Allaah says: (This is) a mention of the mercy of your Lord to His slave Zakariya.
When he called out to his Lord (Allaah) – a call in secret,
Saying, ‘My Lord! Indeed my bones have grown feeble, and grey hair has spread on my head, and I have never been unblest in my invocation to You, O my Lord!
And verily! I fear my relatives after me, since my wife is barren. So give me from Yourself an heir,-
Who shall inherit me, and inherit (also) the posterity of Ya’qoob [inheritance of religious knowledge and Prophethood]. And make him, my Lord, one with whom You are well-pleased!’
(Allaah said): ‘O Zakariya! Verily, We give you the glad tidings of a son. His name will be Yahya. We have given that name to none before (him). Q19:2-9
Allaah says “And (remember) Zakariya, when he cried to his Lord: ‘O my Lord! Leave me not single (childless), though You are the Best of the inheritors.’
So We answered his call, and We bestowed upon him Yahya, and cured his wife (to bear a child) for him. Verily, they used to hasten on to do good deeds, and they used to call on Us with hope and fear, and used to humble themselves before Us.” Q21:89-90
“And We gave him wisdom while yet a child” Q19:12
“And (made him) sympathetic to men” “and pure from sins” “and he was righteous” Q19:13
“And dutiful towards his parents” “and he was neither arrogant nor disobedient” Q19:14
“And Salaam (peace) be on him the day he was born, and the day he dies, and the day he will be raised up to life (again)!” Q19:15
“… noble, keeping away from sexual relations with women, a Prophet, from among the righteous” Q3:39
At-Tabari and Ibn Katheer mentioned some traditions which include these: It was narrated on the authority of ‘Urwah ibn Az-Zubayr that he said, “Yahya ibn Zakariyya was killed for the sake of a prostitute who said to her master, ‘I will never be pleased with you until you cut off Yahya’s head and bring it to me.’ He therefore did so and brought his head in a washtub for her.” [Ibn Abu Shaybah in Al-Musannaf]. ‘Urwah ibn Az-Zubayr also said, “Yahya ibn Zakariyya was killed for the sake of a prostitute who was an ex-slave girl.” [Al-Haakim: Mawqoof (disconnected chain) and Saheeh (authentic) (Ath-Thahabi agreed on this)]
A prostitute asked for Prophet’s head and succeed, please who are you and me not to be tested?!
Oh believers! Hardship/misfortune or affluence as a result of obedience to Allaah is a trial. Therefore, bearing it with patience makes one pass and reacting angrily makes one fail. Hardship/Misfortune or affluence as a result disobedience to Allaah is a punishment or misguidance. As well, hardship/misfortune or affluence not connected with obedience or disobedience is a trial to good ones and a punishment or misguidance to wrongdoers.
So, during the times of trials and suffering one should always think positively of Allaah, in all the situations, for whatever comes from Allaah is for your good and He is The Protector of the pious and Oft-Forgiving and The Most Merciful. It is said, “Nothing happens except by the will of Allaah.”
May Allaah grant us understanding. We seek refuge with Allaah from trials and tribulations, both visible and hidden. We ask You (to enable us) to do good deeds and avoid evil deeds, and to love the poor, and (we ask You) to forgive us, have mercy on us and accept our repentance without subjecting us to trial.