Zecharia was a prophet, a priest in the Jerusalem temple and the father John the Baptist’s father. The Gospel of Luke states that one morning, as Zechariah was praying in the Temple, the angel Gabriel appeared at the right side of the altar and told Zechariah that his prayer for a son would be answered.
Zechariah’s wife Elizabeth would give birth and they were to name the baby John. Further, Gabriel promised that John would be a great man who would lead many to the Lord and would be a prophet announcing the Messiah.
Zechariah has returned today with Imam Ahmed Al-Hassan (pbuh).