Miracles of Prophet Mohammad
The miracles, which were performed by the Prophet Muhammad, by Allah’s leave and inspiration, were either rhetorical or physical.
The former are reflected in the Holy Qur’an which for all time will be preserved safe, without undergoing any change or alteration, against all attempts to destroy it, and from every kind of corruption. Allah took upon Himself to do that and in the Qur’an itself He pledges: “We have, without doubt, sent down the Message [The Qur’an], and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).” [15:9]
The Qur’an, in its style and phraseology, was a challenge to the Arabs who were known for their eloquence and command of the Arabic language. No man could produce ever one verse similar to that of the Qur’an.
The physical miracles, on the other hand, were the supernatural acts which were performed by Muhammad (PBUH) in such a way that nothing of their type had been performed before by any of the preceding messengers.
Former religions were revealed to particular peoples, and they were liable to be superseded by other faiths. Miracles performed at that time were all physical and timely. They left no trace behind; they were something of old that were narrated later; and they are prone to falsification.
The physical miracles of Muhammad (PBUH) were performed on particular occasions, and all of them were supportive of his Mission, aimed at giving calm and comfort to the souls of the believers. They were not basically meant to prove or confirm the Muhammadan Message, and because of this, these miracles had never been used as a challenge to his adversaries, His only challenge was in asking them to produce such a verse that might resemble in style and phraseology any of the Qur’an.
Muhammad’s physical miracles were of the same nature of those performed by Moses, who challenged Pharaoh and his sorcerers and triumphed over them all by making his staff, which was transformed into a serpent, swallow up all the rods of Phoraob’s magicians, And when pharaoh turned back after seeing this miracle, e was punished by Allah by wide-spread death, locust, lice, frogs and blood.
The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would say: “ Each prophet had been given the miracle that suited the prevailing conditions of this people. But my miracle is an inspiration from Allah to me. I pray that I should have more and more followers on the Day of Judgment.”
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