Monday, September 25, 2017

Dispute and Arguments bring about Enmity

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In sessions, forums and dialogue, it is easy to observe people engaged in arguments, debate and disputes that may arouse discord and hostility. This is an evil and incurable characteristic that occupies many people.

Dispute is Part of Man's Nature

The Noble Quran clearly states that man is naturally argumentative, despite the evidence, arguments, proofs, clear signs and varied examples that he sees. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And We have certainly diversified in this Quran for the people from every [kind of] example; but man has ever been, most of anything, [prone to] dispute.} [Quran 18:54]

Two Types of Dispute

Disputes are either disliked or laudable. They can be commendable when they are intended to show the truth, to direct others or to call them to it. This is what Allah The Almighty ordered the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, to adopt. Allah The Almighty Says (what means):

{Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is Most Knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided.} [Quran 16:125]

{And do not argue with the People of the Scripture except in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, "We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is One; and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him."} [Quran 29:46]

In this respect the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "Struggle against disbelievers with your money, souls and tongues."

'Abdullah Ibn 'Abbas, may Allaah be pleased with them, debated with the Khawarij (an extreme sect in Islam) at the time of 'Ali Ibn Abi Talib, may Allaah be pleased with him, in compliance with the latter's order. Ibn 'Abbas, may Allaah be pleased with him and his father, informed and educated them beyond the excuse of ignorance and then renounced them. Consequently, many of them renounced their religious innovations. That was an example of a praiseworthy argument that helps to show the truth with corroborative evidence.

Another kind of dispute, which is the subject of our discussion, depends on falsehood, and it has many forms:

Dispute to Conceal the Truth

Dispute may be used to suppress the light of truth and to distract people from it. Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
{And indeed do the devils inspire their allies [among men] to dispute with you. And if you were to obey them, indeed, you would be associators [of others with Him].} [Quran 6:121]

{They disputed by [using] falsehood to [attempt to] invalidate thereby the truth. So I seized them, and how [terrible] was My Penalty.} [Quran 40:5]

{And among them are those who listen to you, but We have placed over their hearts coverings, lest they understand it, and in their ears deafness. And if they should see every sign, they will not believe in it. Even when they come to you arguing with you, those who disbelieve say, "This is not but legends of the former peoples."} [Quran 6:25]

Arrogance is the motivation behind this sort of dispute – the arrogance that prevents people from accepting the truth and acting upon it. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {Indeed, those who dispute concerning the Signs of Allah without [any] authority having come to them - there is not within their breasts except pride, [the extent of] which they cannot reach. So seek refuge in Allah. Indeed, it is He who is The Hearing, The Seeing.} [Quran 40:56]

This sort of dispute destroys, misleads, blinds and makes those who practice it losers on the Day of Resurrection. Allah The Almighty Says (what means):

{And of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge and follows every rebellious devil. It has been decreed for every devil that whoever turns to him - he will misguide him and will lead him to the punishment of the Blaze.} [Quran 22:3-4]

{And of the people is he who disputes about Allah without knowledge or guidance or an enlightening book [from Him], twisting his neck [in arrogance] to mislead [people] from the way of Allah. For him in the world is disgrace, and We will make him taste on the Day of Resurrection the punishment of the Burning Fire.} [Quran 22:8-9]

Dispute in Showing One's Merit and Belittling Others

This is a great evil that few people manage to avoid. It is the habit of many in their speaking as well as in their sessions and forums. This sort of dispute is aroused by a person's feeling of superiority and intelligence, and his attempts to deprecate the opinions of others. This is a sign of deviation. The Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "No people have gone astray after the guidance they used to follow except because of their engagement in disputes." Then he, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, recited the verse (which means): {They did not present the comparison except for [mere] argument. But, [in fact], they are a people prone to dispute.} [Quran 43:58] [Ibn Maajah, Al-Albaani - Hasan]

Allah The Almighty does not like this kind of people. The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "The most hated person in the sight of Allah is the most quarrelsome one." [Al-Bukhari]

People who build their arguments upon falsehood expose themselves to the wrath of Allah The Exalted. The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "If a person engages in a dispute based on falsehood while he knows that it is falsehood, he incurs the wrath of Allah on himself until he stops." [Abu Dawood, Al-Albani - Saheeh]

Knowing that this sort of dispute is difficult for people to avoid, the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, assured those who abandon it that they would thereby receive a magnificent reward; He, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "I guarantee a palace on the outskirts of Paradise for a man who avoids quarrelling even if he is right." [Abu Dawood, Al-Albani - Hasan]

These people are in grave danger, and their attitude indicates deviation in their hearts. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {It is He who has sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Book; in it are verses [that are] precise - they are the foundation of the Book - and others unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation [from truth], they will follow that of it which is unspecific, seeking discord and seeking an interpretation [suitable to them]. And no one knows its [true] interpretation except Allah. But those firm in knowledge say, "We believe in it. All [of it] is from our Lord." And no one will be reminded except those of understanding.} [Quran 2:7] The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, read this verse and said to one of his wives: "O 'Aa`ishah, when you see those who dispute concerning the Quran, be sure that they are whom Allah intended here; so beware of them." [Ibn Majah, Al-Albani - Saheeh]

Dispute Makes People Lose Out on Good

This sort of dispute causes the loss of good. 'Ubadah Ibn As-Samit, may Allaah be pleased with him, said, "The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, once came out to inform us about the [date of the] Night of Al-Qadr. However, a quarrel took place between two Muslim men. The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: 'I had come out to inform you about [the date of] the Night of Al-Qadr, but due to the quarrel that occurred between so and so, its knowledge was taken away, and maybe this is better for you. Now, look for it in the seventh, the ninth and the fifth [of the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan].'" [Al-Bukhari]

As it leads to the loss of good and mars acts of worship, such disputes were declared impermissible. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {Pilgrimage is [during] well-known months, so whoever had made Pilgrimage obligatory upon himself therein [by entering the state of Ihraam], there is [to be for him] no sexual relations and no disobedience and no disputing during Pilgrimage.} [Quran 2:197]

With regards to fasting, the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "When any one of you is fasting, he must not have sexual relations…" and the wording that is narrated by Sa'eed Ibn Mansoor, may Allaah have mercy upon him, reads: "…He must not dispute."

This form of dispute causes grudges and enmity among people.

Disputing for Usurping the Rights of Others

The most evil form of all is disputing to usurp the rights of others. The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "I am merely a human being, and you [disputants] come to me with your cases. Someone may present his case eloquently and in a more convincing way than another. I give my verdict according to what I hear. So if ever I judge [by error] and give the right of a brother to his other [brother], then he [the latter] should not take it, for I am giving him only a piece of the Fire." [Al-Bukhari]

A person from Hadhramawt and another from Kindah once came to the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam. The one who came from Hadhramawt said, "O Messenger of Allah, this man has appropriated a land which belonged to my father." The one who came from Kindah said, "The land is mine and it is in my possession. I cultivate it and he has no right to it." The Messenger, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said to the Hadhramite: "Do you have any evidence [to support you]?" He replied in the negative. The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "Your case is then to be decided by his oath." The Hadhramite said, "O Messenger of Allah, he is a liar and cares not what he swears and has no regard for anything." The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, remarked: "You have no right to demand anything from him except that [which you stated]." The man from Kindah then set out to take an oath. When he left the Messenger, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "If he has taken an oath on his property to consume it unjustly, he will certainly meet Allah while He is turning away from [i.e., shunning] him." [Al-Bukhari]

The Righteous Predecessors Warned Against Dispute

As disputes that are based on falsehood or not based on evidence result in such previously-mentioned harms, the righteous warned against disputes and advised us to avoid them. The following are some reported citations in this regard.

Prophet Sulayman (Solomon), may Allaah exalt his mention, said to one of his sons, "Avoid dispute, for it is of little benefit, and it stirs enmity among brothers."

Ibn 'Abbas, may Allaah be pleased with him and his father, said, "What a sinful action it is for you to be disputant."

Al-Awza'i, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, "If Allah The Almighty wants evil to befall some people, He keeps them in continuous dispute and makes them stop doing [good deeds]."

Muhammad Ibn Husayn Ibn 'Ali, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, "Dispute erases one's religion and implants enmity among people."

'Abdullah Ibn Al-Hasan Ibn Al-Husayn, may Allaah have mercy upon him, was asked, "What do you think of dispute?" He replied, "It spoils old friendship and severs firm relations. It is at the very least a means of overpowering others in argument, which is the strongest cause for the severance of relations."

Ash-Shafi'i, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, "Dispute in religion hardens hearts and causes grudges."

In the past, it was said, "Do not dispute with either a forbearing or a foolish person - the former will overcome you and the latter will harm you."

O Allah, keep us away from dispute and the disputant, and help us to be upright, and do not let our hearts deviate after You have guided us.


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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Justification is the Excuse of the Weak

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Who among us does not make mistakes? Who among us can dare claim that he is infallible? Every human is expected to make mistakes, and this is not in itself a defect, for the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "All the sons of Adam constantly commit sins, but the best of those who constantly commit sins are those who are constantly repentant." [Ibn Majah] The real defect lies in insisting on making the mistake and adhering to falsehood. The mistake becomes even graver when its doer endeavors to justify it in order to make himself and those around him believe that he did not make a mistake at all.

The Definition of Justification

Justification, in the false sense, is the process of fabricating excuses for one's behavior, thoughts or views, in order to replace the real motives and reasons. It is the process of concealing the reality and truth with a justification that one would accept and approve of, without any reaction or feeling any guilt.

The Evil End of Justification

Justification is an incurable disease that leads to a tragic end, which results in bitter consequences for the doer, as his continuous justification distracts him from correcting himself and reflecting on his defects. Accordingly, he always thinks that he is doing well. If a slave of Allah The Almighty reaches this state, it becomes difficult to reform him and he loses his self-harmony because he is living in a state of internal psychological warfare in which he is both the executioner and the victim. The one who suffers from this disease is a curse on himself and others, as he is extreme in enmity and frequently argues with others. At this point, he is the most detested of creatures in the sight of Allah The Almighty. In this respect the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said: "The most hated person in the sight of Allah is the extremely quarrelsome person." [Al-Bukhari]

The Quran Vilifies such People

Such people have existed throughout history. The Quran relates to us the stories of some of them; for instance, Allah The Almighty Says (what means); {And among them is he who says: "Permit me [to remain at home] and do not put me to Fitnah." Unquestionably, into Fitnah they have fallen. And indeed, Hell will encompass the disbelievers.} [Quran 9:49] Commenting on this verse, Al-Qurtubi, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said,

Muhammad ibn Is'haq, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said: "The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said to Al-Jadd ibn Qays, when he wanted to set out for the Battle of Tabook: "O Jadd, would you like to fight the yellow people [the Romans], so that you could take female captives and servants from them?" Al-Jadd replied, "My people know that I am besotted by women, and I fear that if I see the women of the yellow people, I would fall into Fitnah. So, do not put me in Fitnah but permit me to remain behind, and I will support you with my money." Thereupon, the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, turned away from him, and said: "I permit you." Just look at this man, who, when knowing the hardship of traveling to Tabook and the difficulty of confronting and fighting the Romans, wanted to justify his situation and protect himself! He therefore invented a fabricated excuse which was his infatuation by women and his fear that he may be tempted upon seeing them and would then be forced to leave the Muslim army because he would not have the self-restraint to keep himself from them.

Shaykh-ul-Islam Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah, may Allaah have mercy upon him, commented on this incident, saying, "Since enjoining good, forbidding evil, and Jihad are some of the tests and trials that subject a person to Fitnah, some people began justifying their abandonment of these obligations by seeking safety from Fitnah. Allah The Almighty Says (what means) with regard to the hypocrites: {And among them is he who says: "Permit me [to remain at home] and do not put me to Fitnah." Unquestionably, into Fitnah they have fallen. And indeed, Hell will encompass the disbelievers.} [Quran 9:49]"

Similarly, another group of people justified their abandonment of Jihad by saying that they could not set out for Jihad in the heat. Therefore, Allah The Almighty Says about them (what means): {And [they] said: "Do not go forth in the heat." Say: "The fire of Hell is more intensive in heat" - if they would but understand.} [Quran 9:81] Sayyid Qutb, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said in this regard, "It is therefore either fighting in the cause of Allah in the heat for a limited period, or being cast into Hell for a duration that no one knows the length of but Allah."

Does a Believer Justify Himself?

In the previous examples there were some cases which might not be stated by those who form the cream of Muslim society. However, reality proves that even some truthful believers might be afflicted by justification, as Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And We have certainly diversified in this Quran for the people from every [kind of] example; but man has ever been, most of anything, [prone to] dispute.} [Quran 18:54] Some scholars of Tafseer (Quranic exegesis) commented on this verse by mentioning what was narrated in Saheeh Muslim, that 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, may Allaah be pleased with him, narrated that the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, came one night to him and his wife Fatimah, may Allaah be pleased with her, and said: "Do you not observe [late-night Tahajjud] prayer?" 'Ali, may Allaah be pleased with him, replied, "O Messenger of Allah, indeed our souls are in the Hands of Allah and when He wants to awaken us, He does so." The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, set off when he said this to him. He was slapping his hand on his thigh while going while saying (what means): {but man has ever been, most of anything, [prone to] dispute}. Ibn 'Aashoor, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said, what the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, meant here was that it would have been more appropriate for 'Ali, may Allaah be pleased with him, to praise Allah The Almighty and thank the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, for waking him up to pray Tahajjud, be keen on repeating this act, be pleased with the rebuke of the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, and not counter these words with others in order to justify his sleeping! This is the cause of the Prophet's astonishment at the words of 'Ali, may Allaah be pleased with him.

Some Causes of Justification

The main obstacle in justification is the absence of frankness with one's self, as we fail to talk to ourselves about our own reality. This is because, from a very early age, we were taught to elevate ourselves to high moral levels and sublime traits that are often difficult to attain. Therefore, we try to conceal our reality in a framework of lies about oneself that were set by the methods of our early upbringing. [Qiraa'ah fi mushkilat at-tufoolah]

Justification might also be due to arrogance that has affected the heart, and this results in making it difficult to apologize or appearing to be in a state of weakness according to the thoughts of such an arrogant person. Love and inclination to this worldly life is another cause of justification, and perhaps this reason specifically is what leads many people to do what Allah The Almighty has prohibited, and people then justify their actions with false excuses. For instance, the person who consumes Riba (interest), claims that he is compelled to do so; however, if one looks at his case, he would not find him compelled at all. He might not even be in any kind of a need. There are many similar violations of the Sharee'ah nowadays, and those who commit such violations try to justify them.

Is There Treatment?

Undoubtedly, truthfulness with one's self is the clear and easy way in order not to indulge in the confusion that comes about due to justification. Reckoning one's self for negligence and acknowledging its mistakes protects it from a foul final stage of life and leads us to not accumulate our mistakes. In fact, being truthful with one's self is one of the highest and hardest degrees of truthfulness.

Let us contemplate the story of the great Companion, Ka'b ibn Malik, may Allaah be pleased with him, when Allah The Almighty saved him by virtue of his truthfulness. He sat before the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, and said, "O Messenger of Allah, if I had been in front of anyone other than you of the people of the worldly life, I would have thought of an excuse to avoid his dissatisfaction. But by Allah, I had no excuse." Consequently, Allah The Almighty accepted his repentance, excused him and turned to him. On the other hand, those who lie and invent weak and false excuses, are exposed by Allah The Almighty.

One of the most important means of treatment is the reading of the biographies of the people who fell into this malady. When justification dominated the Children of Isra'eel, they used trickery and various methods to violate the ruling of Allah The Almighty and caught fish on the Sabbath. Consequently, Allah The Almighty transformed them into apes and pigs. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And you had already known about those who transgressed among you concerning the Sabbath, and We said to them: "Be apes, despised."} [Quran 2:65] When one contemplates this punishment for the one who dares to violate the limits that Allah The Almighty has set, undoubtedly, he will think many times before doing such an act when knowing its evil end.

We supplicate to Allah The Almighty to guide us to the best manners and to ward off from us the worst of manners, as He is the most Gracious and Noble.


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

How to deal and heal when a friend breaks up with you

Question

My friend and I used to be so close and shared secrets, and we were like sisters. We helped each other and stayed together through thick and thin. All of a sudden, we started fighting all the time, without any concrete reason. At first, we would remember all the good things we have gone through together and would go back to be friends, but now everything is so bad, and we either fight or talk a little, like strangers; we are not even able to support each other.
I want her to become my friend like before; she was so close and supported me.

I suffer from OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and depression, and it is so hard on me. I stopped taking my medicine because she made me feel better and that there really is good in the world, but now my depression has increased, and I cry almost all the time because I cannot leave her like that; she is a good sister.

I always pray to God that we will return like before, and I ask for His forgiveness. Please, help me, and tell me whether things could return like they used to be.

Answer

May Allah make it easy for you and give you a happy life in this world and in the Hereafter. Having a good friend is one of the great pleasures of this world, so it is a difficult thing to lose a friend, especially when there is no clear reason for that. However, I would like to take the matter a step back; it is important that you understand the purpose of life and know Allah with His beautiful Names and Attributes. He created us to worship Him alone, and He made this life nothing but a test to see who among us are the best in actions. We are tested in this life on our personal level and through other people in our life. Also, Allah is the Most Wise, the Most Merciful; nothing happens except by the Wisdom, Mercy, and Knowledge of Allah. Therefore, we should always be grateful to Him for the fact that He gave us this life and honored us to be believers and worship Him alone. The worship of Allah includes proper belief, fulfilling religious obligations and staying away from what is haram. Also, dealing with people in the best way is part of our religion.
Your situation consists of two aspects; yourself, and the relationship with your friend. Here are some points of advice:

1- Work on your faith in order to increase it; and that is done by learning more about matters of belief; reflecting upon the Names and Attributes of Allah; reading the Quran while reflecting upon it on a daily basis; making sure that your prayers are done with devotion and concentration; never leaving the athkar (remembrance of Allah) at all times, especially in the morning and the evening, from the sayings of the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam; give charity; and constantly ask Allah for forgiveness.

2- As for the friendship, you need to understand that nothing stays the same in this life. People come and go, and you have to move on. Do not seek your strength from others, but rather from Allah, the Almighty. Humans cannot offer you anything, because they simply do not own anything. Therefore, when a human being becomes your reason for happiness and sadness, you need to turn to Allah and revive your faith by relying on Allah alone.

3- So the solution is not going to come from your friend, but, rather, from Allah, the Most High, and if you want what is from Allah, then turn to Him, ask Him, and enjoy the life of being grateful and dutiful to Him.

4- The Quran is a cure for all our ailments, so read it daily, while pondering over the meanings, and by the will of Allah, you will not need your medicine. Of course, there is nothing wrong with taking medicine, but since you said that when your friendship was strong, you were not taking medicine, you should realize that the effect from reading the Quran will be even stronger.

5- Try to see what the root causes for severing the ties of friendship are, and if your friend is willing to discuss them, then that is a good sign, and if she is not, then move on.

6- Sins are causes for the severing of ties of friendship; there are hadiths which carry this meaning: "If two people loved each other for the sake of Allah and then split, it is because of a sin committed by one of them." [Ahmad]

Given that the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, stated this fact, we can clearly say that sins are the reason for such problems in relationships.
So repent to Allah from all sins, since this all is a sign from Allah.

These are some points of advice. They might be unorganized, but I hope that they will prove helpful.


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Ruling on a woman in Ihraam wearing Niqaab

 Question 

There is a woman in the state of Ihraam who is weak-sighted and cannot cover her face because she does not see very well. She also does not want to uncover her face. Can she wear a Niqaab?

 

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, is His Slave and Messenger.

The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said, "A woman in the state of Ihraam does not wear Niqab or gloves." [Al-Bukhari] But it is permissible for her to let her head-covering garment drape from her head down over her face when non-Mahram (i.e., marriageable) men pass by her.

If she covers her face with a Niqab for an excuse such as weak-sightedness, then she is liable to a Fidyah (expiation or ransom) because of committing a violation of Ihram. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And whoever among you is ill or has an ailment of the head [making shaving necessary must offer] a ransom of fasting [three days] or charity or sacrifice.} [Quran 2:196]

Thus, she has the option to do either of three things: fast for three days, or feed six needy people half a Saa' (double handful) for each, or slaughter a sheep and distribute the meat to the poor people living in the Sacred Sanctuary.

Allah Knows best.

 

Fatwa answered by: The Fatwa Center at Islamweb


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Miracles of the Prophets of Islam

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Allah The Almighty supported His Prophets with miracles, which are extraordinary events that are usually of the same nature that the people of that particular prophet excelled at. For instance, the people of Prophet Moosa, may Allaah exalt his mention, excelled at magic, so the miracle of Prophet Moosa, may Allaah exalt his mention, was that he threw his staff and it turned to a serpent. Likewise, the people of Prophet 'Eesa, may Allaah exalt his mention, excelled at medicine, so Prophet 'Eesa, may Allaah exalt his mention, cured the blind and the leper, and gave life to the dead by the permission of Allah The Almighty. The Arabs excelled at poetry and rhetoric and therefore Allah The Almighty sent them the Quran and it was a miracle that they were not even able to compose one Soorah (Chapter) like it.

Below are some of the miracles of the Prophets, may Allaah exalt their mention:
 
The miracle of Salih, may Allaah exalt his mention
 
Allah The Almighty sent Prophet Saalih, may Allaah exalt his mention, to his people to call them to worship Allah The Almighty alone, and not to associate any partners with Him. They asked him to bring them proof of what he was saying, so Allah The Almighty supported him with the miracle of the she-camel. He made a unique she-camel emerge from between the mountain rocks. Some of them believed him, but the majority of them disbelieved and intended to kill the she-camel. Prophet Salih, may Allaah exalt his mention, warned them saying (what means): {And to the Thamud [We sent] their brother Salih. He said, "O my people, worship Allah; you have no deity other than Him. There has come to you clear evidence from your Lord. This is the she-camel of Allah [sent] to you as a sign. So leave her to eat within Allah's land and do not touch her with harm, lest there seize you a painful punishment.} [Quran 7:73]
 
The miracle of Ibraheem (Abraham), may Allaah exalt his mention
 
Ibraheem, may Allaah exalt his mention, rejected the practices of his people. They worshipped idols that could neither harm nor benefit them. One day, he destroyed the idols without anyone seeing him. When his people came to know that it was Ibraheem, may Allaah exalt his mention, who had done that, they prepared a huge fire and threw him into it. However, the fire did not burn Ibraheem, may Allaah exalt his mention, and did not affect him at all, as Allah The Almighty ordered it not to burn him. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {They said, "Burn him and support your gods - if you are to act. "Allah Said, "O fire, be coolness and safety upon Abraham." And they intended for him harm, but We Made them the greatest losers.} [Quran 21:68-70]
 
The miracle of Moosa (Moses), may Allaah exalt his mention
 
Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And what is that in your right hand, O Moses?"He said, "It is my staff; I lean upon it, and I bring down leaves for my sheep and I have therein other uses." [Allah] said, "Throw it down, O Moses." So he threw it down, and thereupon it was a snake, moving swiftly.} [Quran 20:17-20] The staff was one of the miracles given to Prophet Moosa, may Allaah exalt his mention. By that staff, he defeated the magicians of Pharaoh, extracted water from rock and turned the sea into land by the permission of Allah The Almighty so that He would save the believers and punish the disbelievers.
 
The miracles of 'Eesa, may Allaah exalt his mention
 
The miracle of Prophet 'Eesa, may Allaah exalt his mention, was that he cured the blind and the leper, and gave life to the dead by the permission of Allah The Almighty. He would design the form of a bird from clay, breathe into itand it became a bird by the permission of Allah The Almighty. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], 'Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah. And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead - by permission of Allah. And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.} [Quran 3:49]
 
Another miracle of Prophet 'Eesa, may Allaah exalt his mention, was the table that was sent down from heaven with food. His people wanted him to ask Allah The Almighty to send down a table spread with food so that their faith would increase. They urged him to supplicate His Lord to do so, and he warned them, but they insisted, so Allah The Almighty sent down the table so that it would be a miracle of Prophet 'Eesa, may Allaah exalt his mention. Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {[And remember] when the disciples said, "O Jesus, Son of Mary, can your Lord send down to us a table [spread with food] from the heaven? [Jesus] said," Fear Allah, if you should be believers."They said, "We wish to eat from it and let our hearts be reassured and know that you have been truthful to us and be among its witnesses."Said Jesus, the son of Mary, "O Allah, our Lord, send down to us a table [spread with food] from the heaven to be for us a festival for the first of us and the last of us and a sign from You. And provide for us, and You are the best of providers. "Allah said, "Indeed, I will send it down to you, but whoever disbelieves afterwards from among you - then indeed will I punish him with a punishment by which I have not punished anyone among the Worlds."} [Quran 5: 112-115]

 


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