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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 5

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The Islamic Bulletin

Issue 5

A miracle is a divine act which defies and transcends universal

norms and laws, which God grants to His messengers and apostles

in order to convince people of the truth of their message. Knowing

that His messengers would inevitably be challenged to perform

such miracles, God bestowed upon them this power.

Thus was Abraham (AS) able to withstand burning by the fire; Jesus

(AS) restored sight to the blind and raised the dead; and Moses (AS)

parted the Red Sea. The Holy Quran is the living miracle bestowed

by God upon the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and it was revealed to him

through the Holy Spirit (Gabriel).

Today, approximately 1412 years have passed, and nobody has

been able to change a single letter or produce its imitation as it

is said in the Quran (See Sura Higr, 15:9), and the statement of

the Prophet (pbuh):

“Before me, every prophet was given a miracle and they prac-

ticed it during their lifetime: i.e., Jesus used to cure the sick

and make the dead alive, etc., Moses was given the stick, etc.,

and I have been given the permanent miracle of the Quran till

The Hour is established, so I hope that my followers will be

more in number than all the other apostles’ as my miracle will

last till the Day of Resurrection, and it is a Glorious Book; when

anyone reads it, even if he is a pagan, etc., he is convinced that

it was not written by any human being or any created thing

(angels, etc.,) but it is from the Creator of the Heavens and

the Earth.” (Bukhari)

Actually the scholars who allege that Muhammad (pbuh) was the

author of the Quran claim something which is humanly impossible.

Could any person of the sixth century C.E. utter such scientific

truths as the Quran contains? Could he describe the evolution

of the embryo inside the uterus so accurately as we find it in

modern science?

Secondly, is it logical to believe that Muhammad (pbuh), who up

to the age of forty was marked only for his honesty and integrity,

began all of a sudden the authorship of a book matchless in literary

merit and the equivalent of which the whole legion of the Arab

poets and orators of highest caliber could not produce?

And lastly, is it justified to say that Muhammad (pbuh) who was

known as Al-Ameen (The trustworthy) in his society and who is

still admired by the non-Muslim scholars for his honesty and in-

tegrity, came forth with a false claim and on that falsehood could

train thousands of men of character, integrity, and honesty, who

were able to establish the best human society on the surface of

the earth? Surely, any sincere and unbiased searcher of truth will

come to believe that the Quran is the revealed Book of God.

The exact object of each Messenger’s miracle was a challenge

to the particular traits of each of the groups of people to whom

they were sent. A miracle would be futile if it did not achieve its

desired effect on its witnesses. For it to have full impact, it should

relate to an area of knowledge in which its intended audience is

well versed.

For example, if the people for whom a Messenger has been sent

excel in medicine, the miracle should also concern these fields.

Only in this way can a miracle fulfill its purpose. This rule has been

observed in all the divine miracles performed by the Messengers

and Prophets of God.

Divine miracles are also designed to provide people with the

capacity to perceive them as signs of His power over all things

in the Universe. This was shown by the miracles in which God

protected Abraham from the burning fire, and caused Moses the

infant to be rescued from drowning in the Nile.

In both these miracles, the laws of nature were suspended, through

the will of God. Abraham’s miracle was designed to challenge the

idolaters who by burning him alive sought revenge against him

after he had insulted their idols.

But one might ask, why would God leave His servant Abraham to

go through this horrifying experience? Had God helped Abraham

to escape this, the idolaters would have had reason to continue

believing in the superiority of their idols, over the power of God.

Also, they would have persisted in believing that Abraham was in-

capable of escaping their idols wrath. Abraham’s ordeal by fire was

necessary to demonstrate to the idolaters the falsity of their idols.

Any heavenly assistance to Abraham before actually being forced

into the fire would have deprived the miracle of its full impact.

The idolaters would have then been able to attribute their idols’

inability to destroy Abraham, to such an intervention. Thus, when

Abraham was hurled into the fire, God caused its nature to burn

to be suspended, enabling Abraham to stand within the flames

unharmed as a challenge to the idolaters.

The purpose behind this miracle was not to save Abraham from

his fate, because if this had been God’s wish, He would not have

enabled the idolaters to capture him. He actually wanted them

to watch Abraham standing in the burning fire unharmed, in

defiance of their idols.

This proved that the idols were incapable of inflicting harm on

the apostle who had insulted them. Only in this way could the

idolaters be convinced of the falsehood of their idols and of the

truth of Abraham’s God. Of this miracle God says in the Quran:

“We said: O fire, be coolness and peace for Abraham.” (Surah

Al-Anbiya’ 21:69)

There is a great similarity between Abraham’s miracle and that of

the rescue of Moses from the Nile. In this miracle, Moses’ mother

was inspired by God to abandon him on the river so that he would

be spared certain death by the Pharaoh.

To abandon a helpless infant to a turbulent river prey to all its

hazards was the last thing a mother could possibly ever do. She

could have chosen to hide the child or flee with him out of Egypt.

Instead Moses’ mother was inspired to choose this option despite

the obvious hazards.

To be continued in our next issue

The Muslim World celebrated its New Year on the first of

Moharram 1412, which happened to fall on July 12, 1991.

More importantly, however, it is a time to give thanks to

God for blessing us with our health and our families. It is

also extremely important at this time to realize that since

a year from our lives has just passed, we are a step closer

to our graves. We must prepare ourselves for the hereafter.

In 622 A.D. the Prophet was ordered by God to migrate

to Yathrib, a city north of Makkah. He followed the Di-

vine Command and left his followers for that city which is

henceforth was known as ‘The City of the Prophet’ (Madinat

al-nabi) or simply Madinah. This event was so momentous

that the Islamic calendar begins with this migration (hijrah).

The literal meaning of Moharram is sacred, prohibited, and

unlawful. The month is considered among the four sacred

months in the Holy Quran. The Quran states in Surah Al-Taw-

bah (Repentance) about the 4 sacred months, the following:

“The number of months in the sight of God is twelve

(in a year) - So ordained by Him the day He created the

heavens and the earth; of them four are sacred: that is

the straight usage. So wrong not yourselves therein...”

(Quran 9:36)

The four months referred in this Ayah were explained by

Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to be: Zul-Qi’dah, Zul-Hijjah,

Moharram, and Rajab. During these sacred months Muslims

are to observe their sacredness. The Quran demanded that

Muslims are not to start the fight, not to kill animals, not to

hunt birds, and not to get involved in trivial things.

The Editors, along with the Directors of the Islamic Center

of San Francisco, wish you a happy and prosperous year.

Q: 1. Does eating or drinking nullify one’s Wudhu


Q: 2. Is it OK to turn one’s face around during

Salah (Prayer)?

Q: 3. If you were performing prayer (Salah) and

saw that your younger brother is about to touch a

hot steaming iron, what should you do?

Q: 4. Mention the names of some of the Sahabah

(Prophet’s companions) who traveled with him on

his first migration.

a) Uthman ibn Affan b) Az-Zubair ibn Al-Aw-

wan c) Mus’ab ibn Umair

Q: 5. Mention some of the names of the Holy

Prophet’s children.

A: No, eating or drinking does not nullify one’s Wudhu.

A: No, it is not OK to turn one’s face around during Salah.

A: Leave Salah, move the younger brother away from

danger, and then complete the Salah (Prayer).

A: These are a few of the Sahabahs (The Prophet’s com-

panions) who traveled with the Holy Prophet on the first


A: These are the names of few of the Holy Prophet’s chil-


a) Al-Qassem d) Rukayah g) Fatimah

b) At-Tayyeb e) Zainab

c) At-Taher

f) Um Kolthoum


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