The Miracles of the Apostles of Allah
Allah aids and supports his apostles through miracles. A miracle refers to extraordinary or supernatural events and happenings. Generally, the people are shown miracles in a field in which they are excellent. For instance, Hadrat Musa’s people were expert in magic and sorcery. So Allah granted Musa the miracle that his staff turned into a living snake. Hadrat Isa’s people were adept in medicine. So Allah granted him the miracle that he would cure the lepers and the blind by touching them with his hand and they were cured by the command of Allah. Likewise, he revived the dead men by the command of Allah. Similarly, the Arabs were famous for their rhetoric, oratory and linguistic excellence. So Allah the Almighty revealed the Quran in such a grand, chaste and inimitable Arabic that none of their poets and orators could produce a single Surah to match it.
- The Miracle of Hadrat Saleh (Alaihis Salam):
Allah deputed Hadrat Saleh (Alaihis Salam) as His Apostle to the tribe of Thamud. He called them to believe in oneness of Allah and to His worship and obedience. But they defied him. They challenged him to show them some miracle, as a token of his truthfulness, if he was true in his claim to prophethood. Thus Allah Almighty sent them a she- camel as a miracle. A fat and fair she-camel suddenly emerged out of a mountain cliff miraculously. Seeing it, some people embraced the faith but the majority of them were adamant in their disbelief. Hadrat Saleh told them that she was a token from Allah the Almighty and, therefore, she should be let roam about freely unharmed. But the wicked of them, intended to slaughter her. Hadrat Saleh warned them, against doing so lest the calamity of Allah befall them. But they did not heed him and slaughtered her. As a result God’s wrath overtook them and all of them were destroyed. The Quran has portrayed this episode in these words:
وَإِلَى ثَمُودَ أَخَاهُمْ صَالِحاً قَالَ يَا قَوْمِ اعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ مَا لَكُمْ مِنْ إِلَهٍ غَيْرُهُ قَدْ جَاءَتْكُمْ بَيِّنَةٌ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ هَذِهِ
نَاقَةُ اللَّهِ لَكُمْ آيَةً فَذَرُوهَا تَأْكُلْ فِي أَرْضِ اللَّهِ وَلا تَمَسُّوهَا بِسُوءٍ فَيَأْخُذَكُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ (73)
|(الأعراف : 73)
(Translation of meaning) [“And to Thamud We sent their brother Saleh. He told them: O my people worship Allah. There is no god for you except Him. A clear proof from your Creator has come to you. This she-camel of Allah is a token for you. So let her graze in the land of Allah and do no harm to her lest a grievous calamity overtake you” (Al-A’raf: 73)].
- The Miracle of Hadrat Ibrahim (Alaihis Salam):
The people of Hadrat Ibrahim were given to idolatry. One day, Hadrat Ibrahim went to their temple silently and smashed their idols. Then the idolaters said this cannot be done except by Ibrahim, so they decided to punish him. A pit of fire was prepared to throw Ibrahim into it. But Allah miraculously, saved him from burning. This episode is narrated in the holy Quran in this way:
قَالُوا حَرِّقُوهُ وَانصُرُوا آلِهَتَكُمْ إِنْ كُنتُمْ فَاعِلِينَ (68) قُلْنَا يَا نَارُ كُونِي بَرْداً وَسَلاماً عَلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ (69) وَأَرَادُوا بِهِ كَيْداً فَجَعَلْنَاهُمْ الأَخْسَرِينَ (70) (الأنبياء : 68-70)
(Translation of meaning) [“They said burn him and support your gods if you are doing. We said O fire become cool and comfortable for Ibrahim. They conspired against him but We made them the greatest losers” (Al-Anbiya: 68-70)].
- The Miracle of Hadat Musa (Alaihis Salam):
وَمَا تِلْكَ بِيَمِينِكَ يَا مُوسَى (17) قَالَ هِيَ عَصَايَ أَتَوَكَّأُ عَلَيْهَا وَأَهُشُّ بِهَا عَلَى غَنَمِي وَلِيَ فِيهَا مَآرِبُ أُخْرَى (18) قَالَ أَلْقِهَا يَا مُوسَى (19) فَأَلْقَاهَا فَإِذَا هِيَ حَيَّةٌ تَسْعَى (20) (طه : 17-20)
(Translation of meaning) [Allah asked Hadrat Musa] “What is in your right hand O Musa. He said it is my staff which I use as my support and to pluck leaves for my herd and it has other benefits for me. He said throw it away O Musa. So he threw it and lo! It became a serpent moving around” (Taha: 17-20)].
Thus, the staff of Hadrat Musa was a miracle for him. With it, he defeated the magicians, who had assembled to browbeat him. When, he struck with it a spring gushed out of a cliff. When he struck it at sea water, it split into two making a safe passage for the Bani Israil and drowning the army of the Pharaoh which had entered it.
- The Miracle of Hadrat Isa (Alaihis Salam):
The miracle of Hadrat Isa was, that he cured the lepers and restored eyesight to the blind. He made images of birds out of clay and as soon as he blew into them they became the real living birds. The Quran narrates this in this way:
وَرَسُولاً إِلَى بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ أَنِّي قَدْ جِئْتُكُمْ بِآيَةٍ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ أَنِّي أَخْلُقُ لَكُمْ مِنْ الطِّينِ كَهَيْئَةِ الطَّيْرِ فَأَنفُخُ فِيهِ فَيَكُونُ طَيْراً بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَأُبْرِئُ الأَكْمَهَ وَالأَبْرَصَ وَأُحْيِ الْمَوْتَى بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَأُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِمَا تَأْكُلُونَ وَمَا تَدَّخِرُونَ فِي بُيُوتِكُمْ إِنَّ فِي ذَلِكَ لآيَةً لَكُمْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ مُؤْمِنينَ (49) (آل عمران : 49)
(Translation of meaning) [“When he came to Bani Israil as a messenger [he told them] I have come to you with a token from your Creator. I make bird-like images for you with clay and then I blow into them so they become living birds by the permission of Allah. And I cure the blind and the leper and I revive the dead by the permission of Allah. Verily, there is a token for you in this, if you were to believe” (Al Imran: 49)].
Another miracle of Hadrat Isa was the descent of a table of food from the heavens. His people had demanded it as a reinforcement of their belief. When the people insisted on it, he dissuaded him from it but they did not relent. So he prayed to the Lord and lo! A fully set table of foods descended to them from the heavens. It is narrated thus in the Quran:
إِذْ قَالَ الْحَوَارِيُّونَ يَا عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ هَلْ يَسْتَطِيعُ رَبُّكَ أَنْ يُنَزِّلَ عَلَيْنَا مَائِدَةً مِنْ السَّمَاءِ قَالَ اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنْ كُنتُمْ مُؤْمِنِينَ (112) قَالُوا نُرِيدُ أَنْ نَأْكُلَ مِنْهَا وَتَطْمَئِنَّ قُلُوبُنَا وَنَعْلَمَ أَنْ قَدْ صَدَقْتَنَا وَنَكُونَ عَلَيْهَا مِنْ الشَّاهِدِينَ (113) قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا أَنزِلْ عَلَيْنَا مَائِدَةً مِنْ السَّمَاءِ تَكُونُ لَنَا عِيداً لأَوَّلِنَا وَآخِرِنَا وَآيَةً مِنْكَ وَارْزُقْنَا وَأَنْتَ خَيرُ الرَّازِقِينَ (114) قَالَ اللَّهُ إِنِّي مُنَزِّلُهَا عَلَيْكُمْ فَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بَعْدُ مِنْكُمْ فَإِنِّي أُعَذِّبُهُ عَذَاباً لا أُعَذِّبُهُ أَحَداً مِنْ الْعَالَمِينَ (115) (المائدة : 112-115)
(Translation of meaning) [“[Remember the time] when the Hawaris said to Isa the Son of Maryam: Can your Lord send us a table of food from the heavens? He said fear Allah if you are believers. They said, we want to eat from it so that our hearts become contented and so that we could know that you kept your words with us and we should become witness to that. Then Isa the Son of Maryam prayed: O my Lord send to us a table from the heavens so it could be a feast for our first and last and a token from you; and feed us and you are the best of feeders. The Lord said: I shall send it to you but if anyone of you disbelieves after it I shall punish him like I punish no one else of the inhabitants of the world” (Al-Maedah: 112-115)].