Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Some Unique Miracles of the Prophet (saw)

Some of the Unique Miracles of the Prophet (SAW)
Miracles (al-mu`jizat):
a. Imam al-Bayhaqi reports regarding the miracles of the Prophet (SAW) that: “The Prophet was given the most number of miracles and proofs over all of the Prophets and some of the people of knowledge say that the miracles reached 1000.”[2]
b. Imam al-Suyuti says: “He was given the most number of miracles over all other Prophets and it is said to have reached 1000 whereas others say it reached 3000.”[3] He continues by saying that: “Only [The Prophet] and no other combined all the miracles and excellences given to the Prophets together and he was further distinguished from them. Ibn `Abd al-Salam counted among his unique miracles [SAW] the stone greeting the Prophet as well as the yearning of the palm tree and said that none of the [previous] Prophets were given the like of this. He[4] as well as others also considered amongst [The Prophet’s distinguished miracles] water flowing from [his] fingers as well as the splitting of the moon.”[5]
1. The Stone greeting the Prophet:
From `Ali, Jabir and `A‘ishah (RA) that rocks and mountains would say to Allah’s Messenger (SAW): ‘Peace be upon you, O Messenger of God!’ And `Ali (RA) said: Whenever we went for a walk in the suburbs of Makkah in the early times of his Prophethood, trees and rocks we encountered would say: ‘Peace be upon you, O Messenger of Allah!’[6]
Jabir b. Samurah (RA) reports that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) once said: “Prior to my Prophethood, a rock in Makkah would offer me greetings. I still recognize it.”[7]
2. Cryingof the stem of the Date-palm:
Ibn `Umar (RA) said: The Prophet used to deliver his sermons while standing beside a trunk of a date palm. When he had the pulpit made, he used it instead. The trunk started crying and the Prophet went to it, rubbing his hand over it [to stop its crying].[8]
3. Water flowing through the fingers of the Prophet:
            The Companions were left without water in a place called Zarwa. They were going to do wudu’ but they could not find enough water. Allah’s Messenger (SAW) ordered them to bring a bowl of water. He dipped his hands into the bowl and water began to run from his fingers like a fountain. Anas b. Malik (RA) says that on that day they were three hundred people.[9]
4. Splitting of the Moon: In the noble ayah it states: (The Hour has drawn near and the moon has been cleft asunder).[10]
`Abd Allah narrated that: The moon was cleft asunder while we were in the company of the Prophet, and it became two parts. The Prophet said: “Witness, witness [this miracle].”[11]
Allah knows best.
Peace and blessings be upon the bearer of the best miracles.

[2] See al-Bayhaqi, Dala’il al-Nabuwwah,1:10.
[3] See al-Suyuti, Khasa’is al-Kubra, 2:186.
[4] That is Imam `Izz al-Din Ibn `Abd al-Salam.
[5] See al-Suyuti, Khasa’is al-Kubra, 2:187.
[6] As narrated by Tirmidhi (no. 3630) in his Sunan and al-Hakim in his Mustadrak, 2:607.
[7] See Muslim in his Sahih (no. 2 = Kitab al-Fada’il) and the introduction of the Sunan of al-Darimi.
[8] See Bukhari, Sahih (no. 783), vol.4, book 56 and Ahmad in the Musnad3/65.
[9] Narrated by Bukhari (no. 3576) and Muslim (no. 1856) in their Sahihs.
[10] See Qur’an 54:1.
[11] See Bukhari, Sahih (no. 3630), vol.6, book 60 and Muslim, Sahih (no. 2820).

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