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    John the Baptist

    Arabic Yahya ibn Zakariyya. Son of Zakariyya and Elizabeth . Cousin of Jesus. Born as a blessing from God when his parents were old and barren. As in the Bible, the Quran records God's promise of a son to Zakariyya in response to his prayer for an heir. When Zakariyya asked for a sign, God deprived Zakariyya of speech for three days. The Quran states that John served as a witness to the truth of Jesus' teaching. Described as wise, noble, chaste, a prophet, righteous, devout, and kind to his parents.

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