By Syed Ashja Haiderashja1. Sunday, May 16, 2010 7:07:02 PM
MIRACLES ABOUT STONES AND SOIL
1. During the Battle of Badr, Allah's Messenger (PBUH) threw a handful of earth and small stones at the army of the unbelievers, saying, "May their faces be black!" That handful of earth penetrated into the eyes of each unbeliever, as the words "May their faces be black!" was heard by every one of them.
2. During the Battle of Hunayn, as well as Badr, Allah's Messenger (PBUH) again threw a handful of earth at the enemy, saying, "May their faces be black!" By Allah's permission, each one of them was hit with a handful of earth and had to retreat, being preoccupied with the earth in his eyes.
As those extraordinary incidents are beyond the ability of man and of material causes, the Qur'an declares; “When you threw, it was not your act, but Allah's.” (al-Anfal, 8/17). That is, that incident is beyond the power of man. It happened not through the power of man but extraordinarily, through the power of Allah.
By Syed Ashja Haiderashja1. Sunday, May 16, 2010 7:04:08 PM
MIRACLES ABOUT TREES
One of the various miracles of the Messenger of Allah is that trees obey his orders like human beings and go near him by leaving their places.
1. Hazrat Burayda reports: "When we were together with Allah's Messenger on an expedition, a bedouin came and asked for a miracle. Allah's Messenger said, 'Tell that tree that Allah's Messenger summons her.' Then, when the Prophet pointed at a tree, it swayed and brought itself out with its roots, came to the presence of the Prophet saying, 'Peace be on you, O Messenger of Allah!' The bedouin said, 'Now let it go to its place again.' He commanded and it went. Then the bedouin said 'Allow me to prostrate myself before you.' The Messenger replied, 'No one is permitted to do that.'"(Shifa, 1:299)
2. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to lean against the pole called "palm-trunk" when delivering a sermon. When the pulpit of the mosque was built, he started his sermon from the pulpit. The pole began to moan like a camel; the entire congregation heard it. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) went near the pole, put his hand on it, talked to it, consoled it; then it stopped. That miracle of Hazrat Muhammad was reported by many people.
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Its weeping is because of separation from the recitation of the Names of Allah that are uttered in the sermon."
Anas says, "It moaned like a water buffalo and caused the mosque to tremble." Sahl b. Sa'd says, "After this incident, weeping increased among people." Ubayy b. Ka'b says, "It wept so much that it split." According to another report, the Messenger (ASW) said, "Its weeping is because of separation from the recitation of the Names of Allah that are uttered in the sermon."
After that marvelous incident, the Messenger ordered that the pole should be kept under the pulpit. It was put under the pulpit and kept there until the pole was demolished for the restoration of the mosque. Then Ubayy b. Ka'b took it and kept it until it decayed.
As it is seen, trees know the Messenger of Allah and obey him. Human beings should not fall behind trees in terms of obeying him.
The famous scholar Hasan al-Basri would weep whenever he related that marvelous miracle to his students and would say, "A piece of wood demonstrates such love and longing for the Messenger of Allah (PBUH). You need to feel this love more than it does."
Badiuzzaman Said Nursi says "Yes, and loving him can be achieved by love and longing for the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), obedience to his luminous Sunnah and his illustrious Sacred Law.”(Nursi, B.S. Mektubat (Letters))
By Syed Ashja Haiderashja1. Sunday, May 16, 2010 7:00:34 PM
MIRACLES ABOUT WATER
1. Accurate books of tradition, in particular Bukhari, report through an authentic narration from Hazrat Anas: Hazrat Anas says:
"About three hundred of us were together with Allah's Messenger in the place named ‘Zawra'. He ordered us to perform ablution for the afternoon prayer, but we could not find water. He then told us to bring a little water, which we did, and he dipped his auspicious hands into it. I saw water running from his fingers like a fountain. His three hundred men performed ablution with that water and drank from it."
Hazrat Anas relates this incident in the name of three hundred men. Is it possible that those three hundred people should not have confirmed him or that none of them should have repudiated him if they had not agreed with him?
2. As narrated in accurate books, in particular Bukhari and Muslim, Jabir b. Abdullah al-Ansari says:
"We, fifteen hundred people, had become thirsty during the battle of Hudaybiya. Allah's Messenger performed ablution from a leather water bag called qirba and then dipped his hand into it. I saw that water was running out of the bag like a fountain. Fifteen hundred people drank from it and filled their water bags."
Once Salim b. Abil-Ja'd asked Jabir, "How many of you were there?" He said, "Water would have sufficed even if there had been a hundred thousand, but we were fifteen hundred."
Since that decisive miracle was witnessed by fifteen hundred Companions of the Prophet, its informants in effect number fifteen hundred, for human nature has a tendency to reject lies. As for the Companions of the Prophet (PBUH), who sacrificed their tribes and persons, their fathers and mothers, their lives and all that they possessed for the sake of truth and veracity, they could not have remained silent in the face of a lie, especially in the light of the warning given by the narration, "Whoever knowingly tells a lie concerning me should prepare for his seat in hellfire." Since they remained silent concerning that report they accepted it, joined Jabir, and confirmed his words.
3. Imam Malik relates in his book, 'Muwatta', through Mu'adh b. Jabal: "During the battle of Tabuk, we found a spring that was barely running in the thickness of a thin piece of string. Allah's Messenger ordered, 'Collect a little water.' They put a little water into his palms. Allah's Messenger washed his face and his hands with the water, which he then put in the spring. Suddenly the outlet of the spring widened and water began to well out, which sufficed the whole army."
Another informant, Imam Ibn Ishaq, reports: "The fountain ran with a noise under the earth like that of thunder. Allah's Messenger said to Mu'adh, 'You will see, if your lifetime suffices, that this miraculous water will transform these places into gardens.' And so it did."
4. Accurate books, including those of brilliant authorities in the science of narration such as Ibn Jabir at-Tabari, relate through an authentic narration from Abu Qatada:
"We were going for help, as the commanders had been martyred in the famous battle of Muta. I had a water bag with me. Allah's Messenger commanded, 'Keep your water bag carefully; there will be great need for it.' Soon after, thirst prevailed. We were seventy-two people. Allah's Messenger said, 'Bring me your water bag.' I did, he took the bag and brought its brim to his lips. I do not know whether he blew into it or not. Then seventy-two men came and drank out of the bag and filled their bags. When I had it back, it was full to the brim just as it had been before."
5. Accurate books of narration, including above all Bukhari and Muslim, narrate through Imran b. Husain: Imran says:
"In a battle, we, together with Allah's Messenger, ran out of water. He said to me and Ali, 'There is a woman in such and such a place, riding her beast that is laden with two water bags. Go and fetch her.' Ali and I went to find her in exactly the same place as described, and brought her to the Prophet. He ordered, 'Pour a little water into a vessel,' which we did, and he prayed for blessing. He then commanded that: “everyone should come to fill their water bags.” All the people came, drank, and filled their bags. Afterwards he ordered: “Collect something for the woman”, and they filled her skirt."
Imran says, "I imagined that the two water bags were constantly filling. Allah's Messenger told the woman, 'You can go now. We did not take water from you; rather Allah gave us from His treasure.'"
6. Narration scholars, primarily Ibn Huzayma in his Sahih, report from Umar:
"We ran out of water during the battle of Tabuk. Some of us had to slaughter their camels to drink what was inside. Abu Bakr as-Siddiq requested that Allah's Messenger should pray. Allah's Messenger raised his hands, and hardly had he lowered them when the clouds gathered and heavy rain began to fall. After we had filled our vessels, the clouds withdrew immediately. In fact, it was only our area that received the rain; it did not fall outside of it." Thus, no chance was involved in the incident; it was purely a miracle of Muhammad (PBUH).
By Syed Ashja Haiderashja1. Monday, May 3, 2010 6:39:26 PM
2. MIRACLES ABOUT BARAKAH (BLESSING, ABUNDANCE)
Those miracles took place before the eyes many sahabas. Therefore, it is impossible to deny them.
1. During the feast on the occasion of the Prophet's marriage to Zaynab, Anas's mother, Umm Sulaym, prepared a dish by frying two handfuls of dates and sent it with Anas to the Prophet. Allah's Messenger (PBUH) told him, "Go and invite so and so (naming some people), and also invite whoever you encounter on your way." Anas invited those named and those he met. About three hundred Companions came and filled the Prophet's (PBUH) room and the anteroom. Then the Prophet (PBUH) said:
"Make circles of ten." He placed his blessed hand on that little amount of food, uttered supplications, and said, “Help yourselves”. All of them ate, being fully satisfied. Afterwards the Prophet (PBUH) said to Anas:
“Remove the food.” Anas later related, "I could not tell if there was more of it when I set it down, or when I removed it."
2. One of the famous sahabas, Abu Ayyub al-Ansari relates that when Allah's Messenger honored his home, he had made a meal for two, which would suffice the Prophet (PBUH) and Abu Bakr. However, the Prophet (PBUH) told him, "Invite thirty men from among the distinguished ones of the Ansar." Thirty men came and ate. He then said, “Invite sixty men,” They also came and ate. He said again, “Invite seventy more.” I invited them; they came and ate. When they finished eating, there was still food left in the bowls. All who came there embraced Islam, and took the oath of allegiance after witnessing that miracle. There were one hundred and eighty men who ate that food which was for two people.(Shifa 1;294)
3. Hazrat Umar and Abu Hurayra narrate: During a battle, the army was very hungry. They referred themselves to Allah's Messenger (PBUH). He told them, "Gather whatever food is left in your bags." Everyone brought a few dates. The largest amount someone brought was four handfuls of dates. They put them on a rug. Salama related, "I estimated the amount of the whole thing as the size of a goat lying down." Allah's Messenger prayed and then he announced, "Everyone may bring his dish." They rushed forward, and no one in the whole army remained with an empty dish. After all the dishes had been filled, there was even some left over. One of the Companions later said, "I realized from the way that abundance was obtained that if the whole world had come, the food would have sufficed them all."
4. According to an authentic narration from Abu Talha said: the Prophet (PBUH) fed seventy to eighty men with a small amount of rye bread that Anas had brought under his arm. He ordered, "Break the bread into small pieces." and prayed for abundance. Because there was not enough room, people came in groups of ten and ate it, leaving all full and satisfied.
5. Sound books state definitely that Jabir related under an oath: "During the battle of Khandaq, about a thousand people ate from four handfuls of rye bread and a young cooked goat; yet food was still left over."Hazrat Jabir says: “The food had been cooked in my dwelling, and after the one thousand people had left, the pot was still boiling with meat in it, and bread was being made from the dough; the Prophet had wetted that dough and that pot with his blessed mouth, supplicating for abundance." Since that miracle of abundance was announced by Jabir with an oath while those thousand men were present, it can be regarded as having been related by one thousand men.
6. It is related by highly trusted and reliable researchers such as the author of Shifa ash-Sharif, Ibn Abi Shayba and Tabarani that Hazrat Abu Hurayra said:
Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) ordered me: "Invite those over one hundred poor Muhajirs who are using the hall of the Masjid as their home." I searched and summoned them all. A plate full of food was placed in front of them, so, we ate as much as we wished. As we rose, the plate was as full as it had been when first placed before us. The finger marks on the food were the only signs of our eating.
This incident is related by Abu Hurayra not on his own, but in the name of the People of the Suffa and relying on their approval. Hence, the incident is as definite as if all the People of the Suffa had related it. Otherwise, is it ever possible that those men of truth and perfection would have remained silent and not contradicted it, had the narration been untrue?
7. According to an authentic narration, Hazrat Ali says: Allah's Messenger (PBUH) once gathered Bani Abdulmuttalib. They were about forty, including some who would eat a young camel and drink a gallon of milk in one meal. Yet, for them, he had prepared only a handful of food; all ate and were satisfied, and the food remained just as it had been before. Later he brought milk in a wooden cup that would have been sufficient for only three or four people. They all drank and were full.
It is a miracle of abundance as definite as the valor and loyalty of Hazrat Ali!
8. According to an authentic narration, on the occasion of the marriage of Hazrat Ali to Fatima az-Zahra (RA), Allah's Messenger (PBUH) ordered Bilal, "Make bread made from a few handfuls of flour; also slaughter a young camel."
Bilal relates: "I brought the food, and he put his hand over it for blessing. Later the Companions arrived in groups, ate, and left. From the remaining food, he sent a full bowl to each of his wives, saying that they should eat and feed from it whoever is nearby."
Such a blessed abundance was indeed necessary for such a blessed marriage!
9. It is reported that Allah's Messenger (PBUH) once ordered Hazrat Umar, "Give food and grain to the four hundred horsemen of the Ahmasi tribe for their journey." Umar replied, "O Messenger of Allah, all the provision put together is not more than the size of a young camel sitting down." The Prophet (PBUH) said, "Give it to them." Out of a half load of dates, Umar gave them an amount enough for four hundred men. After he had given that amount to them, as he later related: “Everything was the same as before, without any decrease”.
This miracle of abundance took place in relation to four hundred men, especially to Umar; those are the people supporting the narration, and their silence is but a confirmation of the report.
10. Bukhari included, accurate books relate, through an authentic narration, that once Abu Hurayra was hungry, so he followed Allah's Messenger (PBUH) into his home. There they saw that a cup of milk had been brought as a gift. Allah's Messenger (PBUH) said to him, "Call all the People of the Suffa." Abu Hurayra relates: "I said to myself, 'I could drink that whole container of milk myself!,' as I was most in need of it. However, since it was the order of the Prophet, I fetched the People of the Suffa, who were more than a hundred." The Prophet told me: “Make them drink it” I gave the cup to each, one by one, and each drank until satisfied. In the end, the Prophet told me, “You and I are left; now you drink.” As I drank, the Prophet kept telling me “drink more”, until I said, 'I swear by the Glorious One Who has sent you with the truth that I am too full to drink any more.' Then the Prophet drank the rest, invoking the name of Allah and thanking Him. "Let it be blessed for him a hundred thousand times!"
This manifest miracle of abundance, as pure, indubitable and sweet as milk itself, is related by all the six accurate books of tradition, above all by Imam Bukhari, who committed to memory five hundred thousand narrations. Is it at all possible that such a truthful person as Abu Hurayra, who devoted all his life to the narrations of the Prophet (PBUH) and to the religion, and who heard and himself transmitted the prophetic narration; "Whoever knowingly tells a lie concerning me should prepare for his seat in hellfire,"(Bukhari, 1:38.) should have related an unfounded incident? Or would not any error in his saying be rejected by the People of Suffa, and harm the accuracy of all the other traditions he had memorized? Allah forbid!
O Allah: for the sake of blessings You have bestowed upon Your Most Noble Messenger, bestow the blessings of abundance upon the favors and nourishments with which You have provided us!
It is well known that once assembled together, weak things become strong. Once fine threads are twisted, they become a strong rope; once strong ropes are wound together, no one can break them. We presented only one miracle from among fifteen different kinds that related to the blessings of abundance; we have seen only one part out of fifteen parts of that part. Each of the examples mentioned is a proof on its own with enough strength to prove prophethood. Once considered altogether, it is impossible to reject them or to deny them.
Certainly, those miracles concerning the blessings of abundance illustrate that Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is such an honored servant, and such a beloved envoy, of the Merciful and Munificent One Who provides his sustenance and creates the sustenance of all beings, that He changes His own custom for his sake and sends for him in case of need such banquets from the Unseen as He created out of nothing.
As is known, the Arabian peninsula is a place of scarcity of water and agriculture; its people, therefore; its people, therefore, and especially the Companions in the earliest age of Islam, were exposed to scarcity of food, in addition to lack of water that would arise quite frequently. Because of these prevailing conditions, the miracles of great importance were concerned with food and water. Rather than being direct miracles or evidences for the claim of prophethood, these wonders were responses to due needs as a Divine kindness, a gift, and a banquet provided by the Most Compassionate One.