Miracles performed by the Prophet PBUH: Allah has sent down 124,000 messengers to guide humanity to the righteous path. From these messengers, many were given miracles that defined their divine connection to the people of their time.
These miracles were extraordinary events that would leave the observers in awe and convinced them that the messengers of Allah are indeed not ordinary people. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the last of the messengers of Allah to humanity.
With him, the religion of Allah got perfected and after perfection, there was no need for any further messengers to be sent. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) faced immense difficulties in his journey of spreading Islam, thus Allah granted him several miracles.
What Miracles Were Performed by Prophet Muhammad?
The early days of the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) journey of spreading Islam in Makkah led to immense persecution of the early Muslims by the tribe of Quraish. This included the Muslims being severely beaten physically, left in the heat of the desert with no means of escape, and many such inhumane acts of violence. It is during this time the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was also made subject to mental persecution.
The above led to Allah granting the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the ability to perform miracles to convince the locals of Makkah that he is indeed a messenger sent by the divine. We will now discuss some of the many miracles of the Prophet (PBUH) that he performed in his journey as the last messenger of Allah to humanity.
1 – The Splitting of the Moon
During the time the spread of Islam was in its early stage. At this time the locals of Makkah said to the Prophet, “If you truly are a Prophet that has been appointed by Allah, then split the moon in half. Let it be in such a way that one half will appear over the Mount Abu Qubais and the other half will be seen over Mount Quayqian.”
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) then said, “If I do it, will you become Muslims?” To which the non-believers agreed. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was granted this miracle by Allah and he split the moon in half. The non-believers were stunned at what they saw as they didn’t expect this to occur. They instantly denied what they had seen and called the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) a magician.
The Quran also mentions this event in Surah al Qamar. The Surah al Qamar is a Surah dedicated to the moon as Qamar translates to ‘moon’ in Arabic. Its opening verses say:
It is said that the same event will occur when the Day of Judgement approaches.
2 – Isra and Mairaj
On the night of the 27th Rajab in the year 621 AD, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) traveled on a spiritual journey called Mairaj. He rode on a horse-like creature called Buraq that is said to travel at the speed of light. He first visited Jerusalem, which was the first Qibla for the Muslims. From there he rose to the heavens.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) visited the different levels of the heavens and met with many Prophets that had come before him. He then ascended to the highest level of the heavens and met Allah. He was shown heaven and hell by the angels of Allah.
It is said that during this journey the Prophet (PBUH) was given the gift of the five daily prayers by Allah. Initially, the daily prayers were fifty in number but were then reduced to five. Allah promised forgiveness for all sins but shirk. The last two verses of Surah al Baqarah were also revealed at this time.
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The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was then taken back to Jerusalem and then to Makkah. It is said that the bed of the Prophet (PBUH) was still warm when he returned from the journey signifying the nature of this divine miracle of Allah. The Quran says:
3 – The Miracle at Hudaibiyah
The Treaty of Hudaibiyah took place in the year 628. It was an agreement between the Muslims and the non-believers of Makkah who denied the Muslims entry into the city to perform Umrah. Under the treaty, the Muslims wouldn’t perform Umrah this year but would be allowed to enter for the next 10 years. The Muslims agreed to come next year and the Meccans agreed to vacate the city for 3 days for the Muslims to perform Umrah.
On the day of the Treaty, the people had a shortage of water. They said they only had a small pot. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) placed his hand into the pot and water started flowing from his fingertips as it does from a spring. The people were in awe of what they had seen and a narrator claimed that the water was so abundant that it would’ve sufficed even if there were a hundred thousand people.
4 – The Holy Quran
The revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is in itself a miracle. Allah sent down the Quran verse by verse over 23 years. The Quran is a perfect book sent down by Allah as His final message to mankind. It is preserved in its original state to this day and Allah Himself promised to guard the Quran against any extrapolation. The Quran will stay in the same state as it is today, till the end of time.
Allah says in the Quran :
5- Barakah in wedding food
The following narration states how the food for a few people was miraculously increased for a large number of people.
6 – The tree trunk crying
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) usually delivered sermon on a tree trunk. However, later when it was replaced by a pulpit he heard the tree trunk crying. Holy Prophet (PBUH) then bent down to embrace the trunk.
7 – Communicating with Jinns
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) could communicate with the Jinn. He also taught them surahs of the Holy Quran.
8 – Healing the sick
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was able to cure the sick and ill. Once Hazrat Ali RA had an eye infection, the Prophet (PBUH) put his saliva on Hazrat Ali RA eyes and said an invocation and he was completely healed.
9 – Suraqa’s Camel
The Prophet (PBUH) and Hazrat Abu Bakr RA were on their way to Medina when they were being followed by an assassin named Suraqa. Upon seeing the assassin the Prophet (PBUH) cast a glance at Suraqa and his horse’s feet became stuck in the sand. Suraqa managed to get the feet of the horse but when he tried to follow the Prophet (PBUH), his horse’s legs got stuck again. On realizing that he cannot move he went back.
10 – The Water Miracle
Once the Prophet (PBUH) was with his companions, at a place called Zawra. It was time for afternoon prayer but the companions could not find any water to make wudu. The Prophet (PBUH) ordered them to look for little water, when they did, he put his hands into it and water started flowing from his hands like a fountain. All three hundred people who were there made wudu and used it for other needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Did Allah only grant Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the ability to perform miracles?
Ans. Allah SWT has gifted miracles to many Prophets, This includes Prophet Musa (AAS) ability to change his stick into a snake and his radiant hand as mentioned in the Holy Quran. Moreover, Prophet Isa’s (AAS) miraculous ability to be born without a father and speak when he was in a cradle. Likewise, many other Prophets in Islam were gifted with miracles during their lives.
Q. Why are Prophets granted miracles?
Ans. Allah SWT granted miracles to Prophets to help them in spreading the word of Allah or for the good of the people of their time.
Q. What are the miracles of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)?
Ans. He had many miracles, some of which include the splitting of the moon, the crying tree, Mairaj, the Quran, and many others.
Q. Which other Prophets were granted miracles?
Ans. Prophet Ibrahim AS, Prophet Musa AS, and Prophet Isa AS were among the many prophets to perform miracles
Q. Does Quran mention miracles?
Ans. Yes, the Quran mentioned the miracles of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as well as of other prophets before him.