Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Miracles of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

The Miracles of the Noble Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

 

There are many miracles which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) performed related in the Sunnah, or conglomeration of the sayings, deeds, approvals, and descriptions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon).
The Tree Trunk
In Medina Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon)  used to deliver sermons leaning on a tree stump.  When the number of worshippers increased, someone suggested a pulpit be built so he can use it to deliver the sermon.  When the pulpit was built, he abandoned the tree trunk.  Abdullah ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him), one of the companions, gave an eye-witness testimony of what happened. The trunk was heard weeping, the Prophet of Mercy went towards it and comforted it with his hand. [Saheeh Al-Bukhari]
The event is also confirmed through eye-witness testimony transmitted through the ages with an unbroken chain of reliable scholars (hadith mutawatir).
The Flowing of Water
On more than one occasion when people were in dire need of water, the blessing of the Prophet Muhammad saved them. In the sixth year after the he migrated from Mecca to Medina, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) went to Mecca for pilgrimage.  In the long journey through the desert, people ran out of all water, only the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) was left with a vessel with which he performed ablution for prayers.  He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) put his hand in vessel, water began flowing from between his fingers.  Jabir bin Abdullah, who witnessed the miracle, says of the fifteen hundred men, ‘We drank it and made ablution.’ [Saheeh Al-Bukhari.]  This miracle has been transmitted with an unbroken chain of reliable scholars (hadith mutawatir).
The sprouting of water from human fingers is similar to the Moses’ miracle of producing water from a rock.
Blessing of Food
On more than one occasion, the Prophet blessed food by either praying or touching it so all present could get their fill.  This happened at times when food and water shortage afflicted Muslims.[ Saheeh Al-Bukhari.]  These miracles took place in the presence of a large number of people and is, thus, not possible to deny.
Healing the Sick
During the expedition of Khyber, Muhammad healed the painful eyes of Ali ibn Abi Talib (may Allah be pleased with him) in front of a whole army. Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), many years later, became the fourth caliph of Muslims. [ Saheeh Al-Bukhari, Saheeh Muslim]
Prayers Answered
  1. The mother of Abu Hurayra, a close companion of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon), used to speak ill of Islam and its prophet. One day, Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) came weeping to Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) and asked him to pray for his mother to be saved. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) prayed and when Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) returned home he found his mother ready to accept Islam.  She bore the testimony of faith in front of her son and entered Islam. [ Saheeh Muslim]
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  2. Jarir ibn Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) was commissioned by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) to rid the land of an idol worshipped besides God, but he complained he was could not ride a horse well!  The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) prayed for him, ‘O God, make him a strong horseman and make him one is guides and is guided.’  Jarir (may Allah be pleased with him) testifies he never fell off his horse after the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) prayed for him. [ Saheeh Muslim]
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The people were struck with famine during the time of Muhammad.  A man stood up when Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) was delivering the weekly sermon on Friday, and said, ‘O Messenger of God, our wealth has been destroyed and our children are starving.  Pray to God for us.’  Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) raised his hands in prayer.
Those in attendance testify that that the moment he lowered his hands after praying, clouds began to build like mountains!
By the time he stepped down of his pulpit, rain was dripping from his beard!
It rained the whole week till next Friday!
The same man stood up again, complained this time, ‘O Messenger of God, our buildings are destroyed, and our property is drowned, pray to God for us!’
Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon)  raised his hands and prayed, ‘O God, (let it rain) around us, but not on us.’
Those in attendance testify that the clouds withdrew in the direction he pointed, the city of Medina was surrounded by clouds, but there were no clouds over it! [Saheeh Al-Bukhar, Saheeh Muslim]
(4) Here is the beautiful story of Jabir.  He testifies that on one time, the camel he was riding was exhausted because it was used for carrying water.  The camel could hardly walk.  Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) asked him, ‘What’s the matter with your camel?’  On finding out how tired the poor camel was, Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) prayed for the poor animal and from that time, Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him)tells us, the camel was always ahead of others!  Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) asked Jabir, ‘How do you find your camel?’  Jabir responded, ‘It is well, your blessing has reached it!’  Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) bought the camel from Jabir on the spot for a piece of gold, with the condition that Jabir ride it back to the city!  On reaching Medina, Jabir says he brought the camel to Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) the next morning.  Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon) gave him the piece of gold and told him to keep his camel! [ Saheeh Al-Bukhar, Saheeh Muslim]
It is no wonder why those around him who witnessed these great miracles performed in front of crowds were certain of his truthfulness.