Why prophet Mohamed was refused miracles
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Q1, Why Allah (SWT) categorically denied granting any physical miracle to our beloved prophet Muhammad (PUBH). If I remember correctly there is a verse in the Holy Quraan in this regard which translates as .. O Muhammad (PBUH) you will not be given any miracle, and if you still wish for one, then climb on a ladder to the heaven and get one miracle from there if you are capable to do so. Thats one of the very strong statements in the Holy Quraan. Please provide the full translation and reference for this verse.
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Why Prophet Mohamed was refused miracles?
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Your Statement: I congratulate you for taking such a heavy task, of conveying concept of Islam in the light of Quraan, on your shoulder and performing it so diligently that sometimes I feel I am beginning to envy you. May Allah (SWT) bless you in abundance (here and in hereafter) according to the best of the deeds that you have done, and guide all of us in the direction which leads directly to Him so that we can please Him. Ameen.
May Allah Subhanah reward you with the best of this world and the Hereafter for your kind comments of encouragement for our humble efforts in the propagation of the Truth. We humbly hope, beg, and pray the Merciful Lord accept our humble and weak efforts, forgive us our shortcomings, and save you, us, and all the believers from the torment of the Hell Fire. Ameen.
Beloved brother, before we answer your specific question regarding miracles, we must understand the concept and significance of the Miracles shown by Allah Subhanah.
The first thing we must understand that it is only the Prophets of Allah who can come to mankind and declare that they have been appointed the Messengers of Allah! No other man, no imam, no wali, no wasi, no imam, no dai, no leader can come to mankind and declare that he has been specifically chosen by Allah to be their guide and leader!
It is the Sunnah of Allah, that He always sends a Prophet amongst their own people who speak the language of the people they are sent to; and who live a period of life as normal righteous human beings amongst them; and then suddenly Allah reveals to them that they have been chosen as His Messengers to the people! It is not as if that the Prophets know that they will become Prophets one day, and prepare themselves for the post and position. Allah Subhanah decides who and when to choose one amongst the people, and commands him to go to his people and declare that he has been chosen as a Prophet! No matter where and who the Prophet was, his call was always the same: to worship the One Allah Alone, and obey and follow the Prophet. They declare that whoever accepts their invitation will be honored with Paradise by Allah Subhanah; and whoever rejects their invitation and denies their Message, will be cursed and punished by Allah Subhanah.
The righteous people of the nation recognize that their Prophets by:
- Their righteous character,
- Their truthful and righteous life that they have lived amongst the people,
- Their Message and their invitation to the Truth,
- realizing that the Prophet seeks no reward for himself or for his family, nor is he seeking any wealth or power for himself for the service he renders.
The righteous and truthful people of the society have no problems in recognizing the Prophets of Allah, and are almost always the foremost in accepting their invitation.
But the people who are arrogant, and the evil oppressive leaders of the society, and the people who realize that their power-hold will become weak if they accept the leadership of the Prophet, and the proud and conceited people of the society, almost always oppose and deny the Prophet and His Mission.
And to prove to such obstinate, evil, and arrogant people of society; and to complete the hujjat or argument to such evil deniers of Truth, Allah Subhanah bestows His Prophets with His Signs of Miraclesso that they may recognize that the person claiming to be a Prophet is indeed appointed by the Merciful Lord Himself.
The duty and mission of the Prophets of Allah is not to come and perform these Miracles, but their duty is to declare the Message of Truth from their Lord and Creator. The truthful and righteous people of society recognize the Prophets through their character and the Message of the Truth, without the need of any miracles.
The obstinate and arrogant disbelievers, who witness the Miracles at the hands of the Prophets and continue to disbelieve in their appointment, are ultimately subdued or destroyed by Allah Subhanah.
Your statement: Why Allah (SWT) categorically denied granting any physical miracle to our beloved prophet Muhammad (PUBH). If I remember correctly there is a verse in the Holy Quraan in this regard which translates as .. O Muhammad (PBUH) you will not be given any miracle, and if you still wish for one, then climb on a ladder to the heaven and get one miracle from there if you are capable to do so. Thats one of the very strong statements in the Holy Quraan. Please provide the full translation and reference for this verse.
The Aayah you are referring to is from Surah Anaam, which was revealed in the Makkan period when the atrocities and oppression of the disbelieving Quraish was at its peak towards the Messenger of Allah (saws), for the Message he brought, and towards the helpless believers! They used to challenge his (saws) appointment to Prophethood, and called him a liar, a sooth-sayer, a magician, possessed of Jinn, etc. They would come to the Prophet (saws) and challenge him to bring all kinds of ridiculous Miracles to prove that he is indeed who he (saws) claims!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 109: They (the disbelievers) swear their strongest oaths by Allah that if a (special) Sign came to them, by it they would believe. Say (O Prophet to them): "Certainly (all) Signs are in the power of Allah. But what will make you realize that even if a (special) Sign comes they will not believe!
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verses 89-93:
89 And We have explained to man in this Qur'an every kind of similitude: yet the greater part of men refuse (to receive it) except with ingratitude!
90 They (the disbelievers) say: "We shall not believe in thee (the Prophet (saws)) until thou cause springs to gush forth for us from the earth;
91 Or (until) thou have a garden of date trees, and vines, and cause rivers to gush forth in their midst carrying abundant water;
92 Or thou cause the sky to fall in pieces as thou sayest (will happen) against us; or thou bring Allah and the Angels before (us): face to face;
93 Or thou have a house adorned with gold, or thou mount a ladder right into the skies. No! We shall not even believe in thy mounting until thou send down to us a book that we could read." Say (to them O Prophet (saws)): "Glory to my Lord! Am I aught but a man, and a Messenger?"
When the Prophet (saws) felt that these staunch unbelievers did not accept his Message in spite of his continous preaching, he (saws), as their sincere well-wisher, cherished a wish that Allah Subhanah might send such a clear Sign and Miracle that they should have no alternative left with them but to accept the Message of Truth.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verses 33-35:
33 We know indeed the grief which their words do cause thee (O Prophet): it is not thee they reject: it is the Signs of Allah which the wicked condemn.
34 Rejected were the Messengers before thee: with patience and constancy they bore their rejection and their wrongs, until Our aid did reach them: there is none that can alter the Words (and Decrees) of Allah. Already hast thou received some account of those Messengers.
35 However, if you find it hard to bear their aversion, then seek out, if you can, an opening into the earth; or set up a ladder to the sky so that you may bring them a Sign! Had Allah Willed, He would have gathered them all on guidance; so be not thou amongst those who are swayed by ignorance (and impatience)!
In the above verse, although stern in its tone, is teaching, guidance, and education for the Messenger of Allah (saws) by Allah Subhanah. The Messenger of Allah (saws) in his ardent desire to guide the disbelievers away from their impending doom of the Hell Fire, hoped and wished that maybe, just maybe, if he met their ridiculous demands to show manifest Miracles; they would accept the Guidance of Truth and save themselves from the everlasting Fire of Hell! But Allah Subhanah, in His Perfect and Absolute Knowledge and Wisdom, knows that no matter what Signs come to these disbelievers, they would never ever accept the Message of Truth. Allah Says in the same Aayah, that if He so willed, He would have gathered all of them on Guidance; but that is not the Way of Allah Subhanah towards mankind! He has given man intelligence and the power of reasoning, and given them a Free Will for a limited period of one lifetime; and sent His Messengers with His Message of Truth so that He may test who amongst them, of their own intelligence and free will recognize and accept the Truth, and who amongst them reject and deny it; and that is precisely the Test Allah Subhanah has ordained for mankind!
Allah Subhanah admonishes the Prophet (saws) not to show impatience at the obduracy of the disbelievers, but to continue performing his mission as guided by Allah Subhanah, for this Great and Heavy Mission, which is to last until the end of time, is not one that Allah Subhanah Wills to be completed through the ridiculous and absurd demands of Miracles by the disbelievers. His Plan in establishing the Mission is different from what the disbelievers are demanding! And to make the Prophets heart content and understand that no matter what he (saws) said and did, the disbelievers would not believe; Allah Subhanah tells the Prophet (saws) that if he cannot be patient, and cannot endure the harsh treatment and heart-ache caused to him by the disbelievers and their rejection of the Truth, he may try himself to dig an opening into the crust of the earth, or set up a ladder into the skies and bring them the Miracle that they have demandedfor the fulfilling of the ridiculous demands of the disbelievers is not in the Supreme and Unfailing Scheme of Allah Subhanah!
Although it may seem on the outset that Allah Subhanah is stern with His beloved Messenger (saws) in the Aayah; one who understands the intricacies and the beauty of Arabic poetry and Quranic language will easily comprehend that the real heat of the Aayah falls on the arrogant and egotistical disbelievers of the Quraish! In reality, they are the ones being severely admonished in the Aayah by Allah Subhanah for their relentless disbelief and non-acceptance of the Message!
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Your Brother in Islam,