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And affection
and purity
and he was

Wa hanaanam mil ladunnaa wa zakaatanw wa kaana taqiyyaa

Sahih International:

And affection from Us and purity, and he was fearing of Allah

1 A. J. Arberry

and a tenderness from Us, and purity; and he was godfearing,

2 Abdul Haleem

tenderness from Us, and purity. He was devout,

3 Abdul Majid Daryabadi

And tenderness from Our presence and purity, and he was God-fearing.

4 Abdullah Yusuf Ali

And piety (for all creatures) as from Us, and purity; He was devout,

5 Abul Ala Maududi

and We also endowed him with tenderness and purity, and he was exceedingly pious

6 Ahmed Ali

And compassion from Us, and goodness. So he was devout,

7 Ahmed Raza Khan

And compassion from Ourselves, and chastity; and he was extremely pious.

8 Ali Quli Qarai

and a compassion and purity from Us. He was Godwary

9 Ali Ünal

And (the gift of) compassion from Our Presence, and purity. He was very pious and righteous,

10 Amatul Rahman Omar

And tenderheartedness and purity by Our (special) grace. He was one who carefully guarded against evil.

11 English Literal

And compassion/kindness from at Us, and purification/correction and he was fearing and obeying.

12 Faridul Haque

And compassion from Ourselves, and chastity; and he was extremely pious.

13 Hamid S. Aziz

(And it was said to his son) " O John! Hold fast the Book", and We gave him Wisdom even as a boy,

14 Hilali & Khan

And (made him) sympathetic to men as a mercy (or a grant) from Us, and pure from sins [i.e. Yahya (John)] and he was righteous,

15 Maulana Mohammad Ali

O John, take hold of the Book with strength. And We granted him wisdom when a child,

16 Mohammad Habib Shakir

And tenderness from Us and purity, and he was one who guarded (against evil),

17 Mohammed Marmaduke William Pickthall

And compassion from Our presence, and purity; and he was devout,

18 Muhammad Sarwar

We gave him compassion and purity. He was a pious human being,

19 Qaribullah & Darwish

and tenderness from Us and purity, and he was cautious;

20 Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri

And Hananan from Us, and Zakatan, and he was pious,

21 Wahiduddin Khan

and tenderness [of heart] and purity. He was pious,

22 Talal Itani

And tenderness from Us, and innocence. He was devout.

23 Tafsir jalalayn

and compassion, a mercy for mankind, from Us, from Our presence, and purity, a charity for them, and he was God-fearing -- it is related that he never committed a sin, nor contemplated [committing] one;

24 Tafseer Ibn Kathir

وَحَنَانًا مِّن لَّدُنَّا

And (made him) Hananan from Us,

Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn Abbas said,
وَحَنَانًا مِّن لَّدُنَّا
(And Hananan from Us),

"This means mercy from Us."

Ikrimah, Qatadah and Ad-Dahhak all said the same.

Ad-Dahhak added,

"Mercy that no one would be able to give except Us."

Qatadah added,

"With it, Allah had mercy upon Zakariyya."

Mujahid said,
وَحَنَانًا مِّن لَّدُنَّا
(And Hananan from Us),

"This was gentleness from His Lord upon him."

The apparent meaning is that Allah's statement Hananan (affection, compassion) is directly related to His statement,
وَاتَيْنَاهُ الْحُكْمَ صَبِيًّا
(and We gave him wisdom while yet a child),

meaning, "We gave him wisdom, compassion and purity."

This means that he was a compassionate man, who was righteous.
Hanan means the love for affection and tenderness (towards others).

Concerning Allah's statement,


and Zakatan,

This is related to His statement,
(And Hananan).

The word Zakah means purity from filth, wickedness and sins.

Qatadah said,

"The word Zakah means the righteous deed."

Ad-Dahhak and Ibn Jurayj both said,

"The righteous deed is the pure (Zakah) deed."

Al-`Awfi reported that Ibn Abbas said,
(and Zakatan),

"This means that he was a blessing."

وَكَانَ تَقِيًّا

and he was pious.

meaning that he was pure and had no inclination to do sins.

Allah said;

وَبَرًّا بِوَالِدَيْهِ وَلَمْ يَكُن جَبَّارًا عَصِيًّا