Prophet Yahya (John peace be upon him) was a prophet of Bani Israel (the Children of Israel). He watched his own father, Prophet Zakariah (peace be upon him), teach the people of Bani Israel from his childhood.
Prophet John was a very kind and gentle person, and he grew up to be a pious and God-fearing young man. When he became older, Prophet John continued his father’s work. He conveyed the Message of God to the people of Bani Israel with respect and compassion.
He taught them how Allah (God) is the one true Creator of the universe. As he continued, he steadily got more and more followers. Naturally, there were also opponents of his task, and one of them eventually murdered him in cold blood.
Prophet John’s story has many timeless lessons. Here are just 3 of the many things I learned from his life:
Always Take the High Road
The first lesson I learned from Prophet John is that even when people were rude to him, he didn’t lose his temper. He was still nice to them, which is not easy. What this taught me is that even when people are rude to me, I should still be civil with them.
Stick to Your Guns
Another thing that I learned is that we should stick to what we believe in, no matter what. Prophet John knew that people would want to kill him, but he didn’t stop believing in God or spreading His Message.
Well, our situation may not be that extreme, but we are definitely facing other pressures. We should always remember how important it is to hang onto what we believe in.
Remember Your Priorities
Prophet John’s story reminds me that we should always try to be good Muslims. It’s important to keep in mind that just as Allah has given us life, He will also take it. He could take our souls back at any time, even right at this very moment.
Therefore, we should always remember to worship Allah as much as we can, while we still have the chance.
[Allah said], ‘O Yahya (John), take the Scripture with determination.’ And We gave him wisdom even as a child. And tenderness from Us, and purity, and he was devout. And [he was] dutiful to his parents, and he was not overbearing or rebellious. Peace be upon him the day he was born, the day he dies, and the day he is raised up to life (again).(Quran 19:12-15)