Friday, 2 December, 2022

Miracles of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)

Jubayer Ahmad

Mu’jizah is an Islamic term. The word Mu’jizah literally means ‘something that makes anyone powerless’. According to Islamic terminology, the miracle (extraordinary event) that is presented by prophets in challenge of the deniers of their prophecy to prove the prophets’ truthfulness is called Mu’jizah. Allah (SWT) creates some Mu’jizah (miraculous acts) through His prophets that is impossible to be done by others in order to support His prophets against the deniers of the prophecy to prove the prophethood. There are lots of Mu’jizahs (miracles) that were performed by the last and final prophet, Muhammad (PBUH). Some of them are mentioned below:

Splitting of the Moon: One of the well-known Mu’jizahs (miracles) of the Last Messenger, Muhammad (PBUH), is splitting of the moon. It occurred in Mecca (now Makkah) before the migration of the prophet to Medina upon the demands of the polytheists. One day (in the first few years of prophethood), a group of Polytheists of Mecca including Walid Ibn Mugirah, Abu Jahl, Nadr Ibn Haris challenged the prophethood of Muhammad (PBUH) and asked the prophet to show a Mu’jizah (miracle) so that they could believe that Muhammad (PBUH) is a true prophet. They said, O Muhammad, if you are truly a prophet then split the moon. The Messenger of Allah pointed his index finger towards the moon and the moon become split into two completely separate halves. Abu Jahl said: ‘O Muhammad, make the moon join together again.’ When the prophet pointed his finger again, the moon joined together. Allah (SWT) mentioned this Mu’jizah in the Holy Quran. Allah (SWT) says: “The hour (of judgment) has drawn near, and the moon has split. Yet whenever they see a sign (miracle), they turn away, and say, ‘Continuous magic’.” (Sura Qamar: 1-3). The incident of splitting of the moon is also proved by many authentic Hadiths.  Anas Ibn Malik (RA) narrated that the people of Mecca requested Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) to show them a miracle, and so he showed them the splitting of the moon.’ (Sahih Bukhari). Many of the companions of the prophet including Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud witnessed the incident of splitting of the moon. Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (RA) said, ‘We were along with Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) at Mina, that moon was split into two. One of its parts was behind the mountain and the other one was on this side of the mountain. Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said to us: Bear witness to this.’ (Sahih Muslim).

Mu’jizah in dinner: During the occasion of Prophet’s (Pbuh) marriage to Zaynab bint Jahsh, Umm Sulaym, the mother of Anas (RA) sent a dish of food to the prophet (PBUH). Anas said to the prophet, ‘My mother is sending her kindest regards to you. This is a small and insufficient gift from us for you’. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) ordered Anas to invite some people from the companions of the prophet including Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and Ali. Anas (RA) was amazed by his inviting many people for such little food. However, Anas (RA) invited them. Then the prophet (PBUH) ordered him to invite all who were present at the mosque. Anas (RA) went to the mosque and invited all of the people who were at the mosque. They (the number of the people was about three hundred) came. Finally, everyone filled the prophet’s room and anteroom. Our beloved prophet (PBUH) then ordered Anas (RA) to bring the dish before him. When Anas (RA) brought the dish, the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) placed his blessed hand on that little amount of food and recited a Duwa then told Anas to distribute the food among the people. Anas (RA) distributed the food among all and all of them ate and were fully satisfied. Anas (RA) returned home and informed his mother the matter. His mother Umm Sulaym said, Do not be amazed! If the apostle of Allah had wanted all Medina (presently Madinah) folk to come and eat from that food, all would have eaten and been fully satisfied. (Sahih Muslim).

Brakah in water: When the prophet (PBUH) and his companions arrived Hudaybiyah, they got a well, not a single glass of water remained in it. The people came to the prophet and informed him the matter. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was making ablution (Wudu) from the pitcher. They said, ‘O prophet of Allah! We have no water left for making ablution or drinking other than the pitcher you have!’ Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) put his hand over the pitcher and ordered to discharge the water into the well. They outpoured the water and immediately, water started gushing from the well and all the companions of the prophet had enough water for themselves and for their animals. Such as narrated Jabir (Ra). He said “On the day of Al-Hudaibiya, the people felt thirsty and Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) had a utensil containing water. He performed ablution from it and then the people came towards him. Allah’s Apostle said, ‘What is wrong with you?’ The people said, ‘O Allah’s Messenger (PBUH)! We haven’t got any water to perform ablution with or to drink, except what you have in your utensil.’ So the Prophet (PBUH) put his hand in the utensil and the water started spouting out between his fingers like springs. So we drank and performed ablution.” I said to Jabir, “What was your number on that day?” He replied, “Even if we had been one hundred thousand, that water would have been sufficient for us. Anyhow, we were 1500.’ (Sahih Bukhari).


The writer is Khatib of Baitush Shafiq Mosque and Principal of Baitul Hikmah Academy, Gazipur