قَالَ رَبِّ ٱجۡعَل لِّىٓ ءَايَةً ۚ قَالَ ءَايَتُكَ أَلَّا تُكَلِّمَ ٱلنَّاسَ ثَلَٰثَ لَيَالٍ سَوِيًّا
(Zakariya) said: "O my Lord! give me a Sign." "Thy Sign," was the answer, "Shall be that thou shalt speak to no man for three nights, although thou art not dumb."<br/>
He said, 'Lord, appoint for me some sign', namely, some indication of my wife's becoming pregnant. Said He, 'Your sign, for this, is that you shall not speak to people, that is, that you [should] refrain from speaking to them, but not [from speaking] the remembrance of God, exalted be He, for three nights, that is, together with the days thereof, as [stated] in [soorat] aal 'Imraan, 'for three days' [Q. 3:41], while [you are] in sound health' (sawiyyan, a circumstantial qualifier referring to the subject of the verb tukallima, 'you shall [not] speak') in other words, despite there being no defect [in you].