Apart from the greatest miracle given to him,
the QurâÄn, the Prophet performed many physical miracles witnessed by
his contemporaries numbering in hundreds, and in some cases thousands.
The miracle reports have reached us by a reliable and strong methods of
transmission unmatched in world history â the hadith. It is as if the
miracles were performed in front of our eyes. These miracles were
witnessed by thousands of believers and skeptics, following which
portions of the QurâÄn were revealed mentioning the supernatural events.
QurâÄn made some miracles eternal by etching them in the conscious of
the believers. The ancient detractors would simply remain silent when
these verses were recited. Through these events, the believers grew
more certain of the truth of Prophet Muhammad and the QurâÄn.
Prophet Muhammad, through prayer or invoking blessings from God, was
seen bringing milk to the udders of dry sheep, transforming camels
virtually too weary to walk into the fastest and most energetic of the
bunch, transforming a stick of wood into a sword for soldier whose sword
had broken [Ukashah ibn Mihsan at the Battle of Badr] and feeding and
watering the masses from miniscule quantities. Scores of hungry poor
were fed from a bowl of milk which appeared sufficient for only one. An
entire army numbering more than a thousand were fed from a measure of
flour and pot of meat so small as to be thought sufficient for only ten
persons at the âBattle of the Trench,â after which the flour and the
meat seemed undiminished. So much was left over that a gift of food was
made to the neighbour of the house in which the meal was prepared.
Another army of 1,400, headed for the Battle of Tabuk, was fed from a
few handfuls of mixed foodstuffs, over which the Prophet invoked
blessings and the increase was sufficient to fill not only the stomachs
of the army, but their depleted saddlebags as well.
spirits [Jinn] were exorcised, the broken leg of Abdullah ibn Ateeq and
the war-wounded leg of Salama ibn Aqwa were healed on the spot [each on
separate occasions], the bleeding wound of al-Harith ibn Aws cauterized
and healed instantly, the poisonous sting of Abu Bakrâs foot quieted
and the vision of a blind man restored. On a separate occasion, Qatadah
ibn an-Nuâman was wounded, in the Battle of Badr, so severely that his
eye prolapsed into his cheek. His companions wanted to cut off the
remaining attachments, but the Prophet supplicated over the eye,
replaced it and from that day on Qatadah could not tell which was the
injured eye and which was not.
called to wrestle Rukanah, an unbeaten champion, the Prophet won
miraculously. Merely touching Rukanah on the shoulder, he fell down,
defeated. In rematch, the miracle was repeated. A third challenge
brought the same result.
asked to call for rain, he did and rain fell. When requested to feed
the people his supplications brought sustenance, from where, the people
did not know. When interceding as a healer, wounds and injuries
short, the prayers and supplications of the Prophet brought relief and
blessings to the believers and yet, whether being stoned on Taâif,
starved at Makkah, beaten in front of the Kaâbah, or humiliated amidst
his tribe and loved ones, the Prophetâs example appears to have been one
of facing personal trials, of which there was an abundance, by relying
upon internal patience to calling for divine intervention.
Splitting of the Moon: A Miracle
âThe Hour has come near, and the moon has split [in two]. And if they see a sign
[i.e., miracle], they turn away and say, âPassing magic.âQurâÄn 54:1-2
the time of the Prophet, the pagans of Makkah had asked Prophet
Muhammad for a miracle. In response, the Prophet split the moon, one
part remaining over the mountain and the other part disappearing behind
it [the mountain]. However, the pagans said, âMuhammad has enchanted us,
but he cannot bewitch the world; so let us wait for people to come from
the neighbouring parts of the land and hear what they have to say.â
skeptic might ask, do we have any independent historical evidence to
suggest the moon was ever split? After all, people around the world
should have seen this marvellous event and recorded it. The answer to
this question is twofold.
people around the world could not have seen it as it would have been
daytime, late night, or early morning many parts of the world. The
following table will give the reader some idea of corresponding world
times to 9:00 pm Makkah time:
Rio de Janeiro
it is not likely that a large number of people in lands close by would
be observing the moon at the exact same time. They had no reason to.
Even if someone did, it does not necessarily mean people believed him
and kept a written record of it, especially when many civilisations at
that time did not preserve their own history in writing.
we actually have an independent, and quite amazing, historical
corroboration of the event from an Indian king of that time.
is a state of India. The state stretches for 360 miles along the
Malabar Coast on the southwestern side of the Indian peninsula. King
Chakrawati Farmas of Malabar was a Chera king, Cheraman perumal of
Kodungallure. He is recorded to have seen the moon split. The incident
is documented in a manuscript kept at the India Office Library, London,
reference number: Arabic, 2807, 152-173.
group of Muslim merchantâs passing by Malabar on their way to China
spoke to the king about how God had supported the Arabian prophet with
the miracle of the splitting of the moon. The shocked king said he had
seen it with his own eyes as well, deputised his son, and left for
Arabia to meet the Prophet in person.
Malabari king met the Prophet, and bore the two testimonies of faith,
learned the basics of faith, but passed away on his way back and was
buried in the port city of Zafar, Yemen.
is said that the contingent, led by a Muslim, Malik bin Dinar,
continued to Kodungallure, the Chera capital, and built the first, and
Indiaâs oldest, mosque in the area in 629 C.E. which exists today. The
news of his accepting Islam reached Kerala where people accepted Islam.
The people of Lakshadweep and the Moplas [Mapillais] from the Calicut
province of Kerala are converts from those days. The king was also
considered a âcompanionâ â a term used for a person who met the Prophet
and died as a Muslim â his name registered in the mega-compendiums
chronicling the Prophetâs companions. Abu Saâid al-Khudri, a companion
of Prophet Muhammad, states: âThe Indian king gifted the Prophet with a
jar of ginger. The companions ate it piece by piece. I took a bite as
well.âA pre-renovation picture of the Cheraman Juma Masjid, Indiaâs oldest mosque dating back to 629 C.E.
Moon Split â Visible TodayA rocky streak [gap] is clearly shown across the moon surface
Zaghloul El-Naggar, professor of earth science and geology, recalls,
â[firstly] the Indian and Chinese calendars have recorded the incident
of the splitting of the moonâŠ. While I was giving a lecture at the
Faculty of Medicine at Cardiff University, in Wales, a Muslim asked me a
question about the verses....about the splitting of the moon, and
whether it is considered as one of the scientific signs which are
mentioned in the QurâÄn and whether there is any scientific evidence
discovered to explain this incident. My answer was that this incident is
considered one of the most tangible miracles, which took place to
support the Prophet when he was challenged by the polytheists and
disbelievers of Quraysh, showing them this miracle to prove that he is a
Messenger of God. Anyway, miracles take place as unusual incidents that
break all regular laws of nature. Therefore, conventional science is
unable to explain how miracles take place, and if they were not
mentioned in the QurâÄn and in the Sunnah of the Prophet we would not
have been obliged to believe in themâŠWhen I finished my speech, a
British man from the audienceâŠasked to add something to my answer.
said: âIt is these verses, at the beginning of sĆ«rah al-Qamar that made
me embrace Islam in the late seventies.â This occurred while he was
doing extensive research in comparative religion, and one of the Muslims
gave him a copy of translation of the meanings of the QurâÄn. When he
opened this copy for the first time, he came across Surat al-Qamar, and
he read the verses at the beginning of the sĆ«rah, and could not believe
that the moon had split into two distinct parts and they were rejoined,
so he closed the copy of the translation and kept it aside.â
1978, the British man was destined by Godâs Will to watch a program on
BBC, where the host was talking with three American space scientists and
accusing the USA of over spending and wasting millions of dollars on
space projects while millions of people were in a state of poverty here
on Earth. The scientist responded, âWe were studying the moon surface to
examine the extent of similarities with the Earthâs surface...we were
astonished to find a belt of melted rocks that cuts across the surface
and deep into the core of the moon. This information was promptly given
to our geologists, where they were shocked by their findings and stated
that this phenomenon could never happen unless the moon at one time was
split and brought back together and the surface rocky belt is the
resulting collision at the moment of this occurrence.â
went on to say, âWhen I heard this, I jumped off my chair , and said
this is a miracle which took place fourteen hundred years ago to support
Muhammad and the QurâÄn narrates it in such a detailed way. After this
long period and during the age of science and technology, God employs
people (non-Muslims) who spent all this money for nothing but to prove
that this miracle had actually happened. Then, I said to myself, this
must be the true religion, and I went back to the translation of the
meanings of the QurâÄn, reading it eagerly. It was these verses at the
opening of sĆ«rah al-Qamar that lie behind myâŠ[conversion] to Islam.â