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Miracles of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad are a number of supernatural occurrences, which according to Islamic tradition were made by Muhammad during his lifetime. These miracles are shown either in the Qur'an or, in the vast majority of cases, in the hadith (traditions of Muhammad). Muhammad's miracles encompass a broad range, such as the multiplication of food, manifestation of water, hidden knowledge, prophesies, healing, punishment, and power over nature.[1]

According to historian Denis Gril, the Qur'an does not overtly describe Muhammad performing miracles, and the supreme miracle of Muhammad is finally identified with the Qur'an itself.[2] This allegation, that the Quran itself denies Muhammad's miracle-working, is a common argument among Christian apologists.[3] However, several miracles are reported in the Quran and miracles "appear early and often in the hadith"[4] and the hadiths are indispensable in elucidating Muhammad's miracles.[5]


  • List of miracles 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • Further reading 4

List of miracles

  • Quran - considered by Muslims to be Muhammad's greatest miracle[6][7][8] and a miracle for all times, unlike the miracles of other prophets, which were confined to being witnessed in their own lifetimes.[9]
  • Splitting of the moon
  • Isra and Mi'raj (Night Journey)
  • According to Ali ibn Sahl Rabban al-Tabari, Muhammad's success and victory against his enemies was one of his miracles.[10] Similarly, many modern Muslim historians believe Muhammad's greatest miracles were his worldly accomplishments, in a short time span, in various fields (such as the religious, social, proselytising, political, military and literary spheres) and "the transformation of the Arabs from marauding bands of nomads into world conquerors."[11][12]
  • On several occasions he provided food and water supernaturally.[13]
  • He comforted a palm tree that was crying and upset after he stopped leaning on it during his sermons.[13]
  • He caused two trees to move at his command.[13]
  • Prophecies made by him.
  • His migration from Mecca to Medina.[14]
  • He quenched the thirst of thousands of his soldiers during the Battle of Tabouk and enabled them to use water for ablution after causing water to pour forth.[15]
  • He caused a well to swell with water during the event of the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, enabling his followers with him to drink and use the water for ablution.[15]
  • He threw a handful of dust at some of the enemy during the Battle of Badr, causing them to be blinded. This miracle is mentioned in the Quran, Sura Al-Anfal, Verse 17 (8:17).[15]
  • When the Jews of Medina claimed that the hereafter belonged to them alone, a Quranic verse was revealed (2:94) saying "Then wish for death. if you are speaking the truth." Muhammad said they would not be able to wish for death and his statement was proven correct, despite the Jews eagerness to disprove the reality of his Prophethood. This challenge was repeated in another Quranic verse (62:6-7) and again was never met by the Jews.[15][16]
  • He told his companion, Uthman, that a calamity would befall him, which would be followed with his entering paradise; this eventuated during Uthman's Caliphate.[15]
  • He told his companion, Ammar ibn Yasir, that the unjust party would kill him; this eventuated during the First Fitna.[15]
  • He said that God would make peace between two large Muslim groups through his grandson Hasan ibn Ali; this eventuated with the Hasan–Muawiya treaty.[15]
  • He said that a man who was apparently fighting for the Muslim cause would actually be of the people of Hell; this was proven when the man committed suicide in order to remove his suffering following a wound in battle.[15]
  • He said that he would kill one of the enemies of the Muslims, Ubay ibn Khalaf, which he achieved at the Battle of Uhud.[17]
  • Before the Battle of Badr, he showed exactly where each of the enemy chiefs would be killed; they all died in the exact locations stated.[17]
  • He said that a part of his nation would raid by sea; this eventuated with the establishment of Muslim naval power under the Caliphate.[17]
  • He said that his daughter Fatimah would be the first of his family to die after him; which eventuated.[17]
  • He told his wives that the most charitable one among them would be the first to die after him; this eventuated with the death of Zaynab bint Jahsh.[17]
  • He caused Abdullah ibn Masud to convert to Islam after he made a barren ewe, which produced no milk, to produce milk.[17]
  • He spit into Ali's sick eye, during the Battle of Khaybar, and it became healthy.[1]
  • His companions would hear the food before him praising God.[1]
  • He caused it to rain during a drought in Medina.[18]

See also


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  2. ^ Denis Gril, Miracles, Encyclopedia of the Qur'an
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