Yahya bin Ya`mar recited it, (
آز ََْ ََر ََِْر َآَذ
)"He has reminded of your Lord's mercy to Hisservant Zakariyya.''The word
has been recited withelongation and also shortened. Both recitations are well-known. He was a great Prophet from the Prophets of theChildren of Israel. In
Al-Bukhari, it is recorded
that the Prophet said about Zakariyya
that He was acarpenter who used to eat from what he earned with hisown hand through carpentry.Concerning Allah's statement,
َِ ءاَِ َُر ىَدَ ْذِإ
When he called his Lord
a call in secret.He only made his supplication secretly because itis more beloved to Allah.This is similar to what Qatadah said concerning this
َ ءاَِ َُر ىَدَ ْذِإِ
(When he called out his Lord
a call in secret),"Verily, Allah knows the pious heart and he hearsthe hidden voice.''
ِﻡ َُْْا ََهَو ِإ بَر َلَ ...
He said: "My Lord! Indeed my bones have grownfeeble...''meaning, "I have become weak and feeble instrength.''
...ًَْ ُسْأا َََْاَو ...
and gray hair has
on my head,means the gray hair has burned into the blackhair. The intent is to inform of weakness and oldage, and its external and internal traces.