What Is a Miracle in Islam ?
The miracle in Islam is something extraordinary at the hands of a prophet that is of the same type that the people of this prophet excelled in, and others are unable to do the same. The miracles were numerous and varied to suit people.
The people of the Prophet Jesus in Islam were famous for medicine and mastered it, so the miracle that his Lord supported him with and performed at his hands was to revive the dead and heal the lepers and the blind.
As well as lowering a table from the sky as they requested of him, and likewise he used to make statues of clay and then blow into them so that they become a bird, and speaking to them in its cradle are all miracles in Islam, and none of them was able to come up with the like of it.
What Miracles Do Muslims Believe In?
Coming below are examples of miracles in the Quran that happened to our glorious prophets. Allah SWT told us these stories in the Holy Quran without any distortion or exaggeration.
Prophet Mousa’s Miracle
As for the Prophet Moses, his miracle was to turn the stick into a very large snake, and he inserted his hand into his pocket, and it came out white, as a sign for his people, because they were famous for witchcraft and deceiving the eyes of people.
Allah SWT said:
“Now put thy hand into thy bosom, and it will come forth white without stain (or harm): (these are) among the nine Signs (thou wilt take) to Pharaoh and his people: for they are a people rebellious in transgression.”
Prophet Salih’s Miracle
As for the Prophet Salih, his miracle was the she-camel that emerges from the rock. It was said in the Quran:
“And to [the people of] Thamud [We sent] Salih, their brother. He said, ‘O my people, worship Allah! You have no other god besides Him. There has certainly come to you a manifest proof from your Lord. This she-camel of Allah is a sign for you.
Let her alone to graze [freely] in Allah’s land, and do not cause her any harm, for then you shall be seized by a painful punishment.”
(Surah al A’raf)
Prophet Ibrahim’s Miracle
As for the miracle of Prophet Ibrahim, it is that he came out of the fire safely when his people threw him into it to burn him because he destroyed their idols, called them to believe in God Almighty, and left idolatry. It was said in the Quran:
“O fire! Be you coolness and safety for Ibrahim”
(Surah al Anbiya)
Prophet Soliman’s Miracle
As for the miracles of Prophet Solomon, his knowledge and understanding of the language of animals and birds; Hoopoe and ants, harnessing the wind, jinn and humans are his soldiers. And Allah Almighty gave him a kingdom that he did not give to anyone after him and other miracles.
Allah SWT said:
“And [mention] David and Solomon, when they judged concerning the field – when the sheep of a people overran it [at night], and We were witness to their judgment. So We made Solomon understand it, and to each of them, We gave judgment and knowledge.
And We subjected, along with David, the mountains glorifying, and [also] the birds. And We were doing [that]. And We taught him the manufacture of coats of armor to protect you in your wars. So will you then be grateful?”
(Surah al Anbiya)
Prophet Jesus’s Miracle
Unlike the previous Prophets who performed miracles, Jesus was born of a virgin mother, and Allah SWT characterizes him and his mother, Mary, as such:
“…and We made her (Mary) and her son (Jesus) a sign for the worlds.”
(Surah al Anbiya)
Nonetheless, in the Quran, Jesus is depicted as possessing numerous miracles that earlier prophets did not have. Allah SWT declares:
“And We gave unto Jesus, son of Mary, clear miracles”
One of the marvels recounted in the Quran, but not in the Bible, is that Jesus spoke out while still in the cradle to defend his mother Mary from any allegations people could have leveled against her since she had a kid without a father.
When asked about the unusual occurrence that occurred after her delivery, Mary just pointed to Jesus, and he miraculously spoke, exactly as Allah SWT had promised her during the announcement.
“He shall speak to people while still in the cradle, and in manhood, and he shall be from the righteous.”
Allah SWT tells in the fifth chapter of the Quran, “Al Ma’ida” or “The Table Laden with Food” – named after this miracle of Jesus – how the followers of Jesus begged that he ask Allah to actually send a table laden with food and that it be a special day of celebration for them in the future.
“When the disciples said: O Jesus, son of Mary! Is your Lord able to send down for us a table spread with food from heaven? He said: Observe your duty to God if ye are true believers. They said: We desire to eat of it and our hearts be at rest, and that We may know that you have spoken truth to us and that We may be witnesses thereof.
Jesus, son of Mary, said: ‘O God, our Lord, send down for us a table laden with food out of heaven, that shall be for us a recurring festival, the first and last of us, and a miracle from You. And provide us with our sustenance, for You are the best of providers!”
In the Quran, Allah SWT recounts a miracle granted to none other than Jesus. No one can deny the magnitude of this miracle. In the Quran, Allah SWT references Jesus saying:
“I create for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird with Allah’s permission.”
The Quran, like the New Testament, describes Jesus healing the blind and lepers.
“I also heal the blind and the leper.”
This, like the birth of a bird, was an outstanding natural miracle, one that should have convinced the Jews of Jesus’ prophethood without a doubt.
“…and I bring to life the dead, by the permission of God.”
The daughter of Jairus (Matthew 9:18, 23; Mark 5:22, 35; Luke 8:40, 49), the widow’s son at Nain (Luke 7:11), and Lazarus are three examples in the New Testament when Jesus brought the dead back to life with God’s permission (John 11:43).
Prophet Muhammad’s Miracle
As for the Prophet Muhammad, his miracles were various and numerous, the most important of which is the inimitable and eloquent nature of the Holy Quran, and his distinction from previous messengers in that the Holy Quran is an immortal miracle in the Messenger and will remain on the Day of Resurrection.
It was said in the Quran:
“It is for Us to collect it and to promulgate it: But when We have promulgated it, follow thou its recital (as promulgated): Nay more, it is for Us to explain it (and make it clear):”
So they didn’t totally get it, and they didn’t comprehend it, so they didn’t understand it. They understood that his remarks had never been said before, and they were profoundly astonished by them.
Some of them believed in it and some of them disbelieved. And Allah Almighty has ensured that it will be preserved until the Day of Resurrection, saying:
“We have, without doubt, sent down the Message; and We will assuredly guard it (from corruption).”
Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) miracles also include:
- his hearing of the people of the graves.
- the miracle of the splitting of the moon.
- his addressing the dead of Uhud.
- the yearning of the palm tree trunk when he left it.
- the shaking of the mountain of Uhud when he stood on it one day.
- the water diversifying from between his fingers.
- the illumination of Medina for his coming and its darkness for his death.
- the rain falling immediately after asking for it.
- The Night Journey of Isra and Mi’raj.
The Quran is the only book that has all the prophets’ miracles in one authentic place. If you want to learn more about Islam’s miracles over the years, start learning the Quran now!