In the land of Palestine 'Imran was a pious and virtuous man one of the people of Israel. He was appointed a priest of a temple. His wife Henna was also a virtuous lady. Both the husband and wife were quite popular amongst the people of Israel. 'Imran was in the linage of Solomon and Henna Phachoben Qabil was also from the descendants of David. lmran had no child and both of them desired a child. Once Henna saw a bird feeding its chick, while she was strolling in her courtyard. She felt ﬁlled with the love of a mother and she prayed to God to grant her a child. After a few days, she felt that she had conceived. She felt extremely grateful to God and in that state of happiness and delight she vowed that she would devout the child for the service of the Temple.
lmran died before she had delivered the baby. After his demise she delivered a baby girl. Upon seeing a girl she got worried that how she would fulfill her covenant with God. Then god told her that He had accepted that girl and because of her, entire family would be blessed and respected. She named the child as Marrium, which in Assyrian, means maidservant. In Gospels she is mentioned as Mary.
God did choose Adam and Noah, the family of Abraham, and the, family of lmran above all people, offspring, one of the other:
And God hears and knows all things. Behold! A woman of '1mran said: ”O my Lord! I do dedicate unto Thee what is in my womb for Thy special service: So accept this of me: For Thou hears and knows all things." When she was delivered, she said: "O my Lord! Behold! I am delivered of a female child!” And God knew best what she brought forth- "And no wise is the male like the female. I have named her Mary, and I commend her and her offspring to Thy protection from the Evil One, the Rejected." Right graciously did her Lord accept her: He made her grow in purity and beauty: To the care of Zechariah was she assigned. Every time that he entered her chamber to see her, he found her supplied with sustenance. He said: ”O Mary! Whence comes this to you?" She said, "From God, for God provides sustenance to whom He pleases without measure. " (S: 3,V: 33-37)
When Mary grew to childhood from infancy the issue of her guardianship and custody came under discussion. Every priest wanted to have the honor of her guardianship but eventually Zechariah; the chief priest of the Temple and husband of her aunt Elisabeth was given this responsibility. He allocated a chamber for her so. that during the daytime she could remain busy in worshipping the Lord God and in the night he took her to her aunt.
Mary used to spend most of her time in praying and performing the duties assigned to her from the Temple. She was so pious and virtuous that she was known for her piety and virtue all over the holy land.
Zechariah occasionally visited the chamber of Mary to see if she needed anything. He used to marvel to see off-seasoned fresh fruits in her chamber. One day he couldn’t desist from asking her as to from where did those fruits come to her. She replied, “It is a bountiful grace of my Lord, He provides sustenance to His creatures as and when He wills.”
From this answer it was not difficult for him to know that she enjoyed a special place in the sight of God. Seeing the off-seasoned fruits, he thought that God, who is blessing his niece, could also bless him with a child. Thinking this he profusely prayed to God for granting him a son. God acceded to his prayer.
Right graciously did her Lord accept her: He made her grow in purity and beauty: To the care of Zechariah was she assigned. Every time that he entered her chamber to see her, he found her supplied with sustenance?" He said: ”O Mary! Whence comes this to you?" She said, ”From God, for God provides sustenance to whom He pleases without measure. ” (S: 3,V: 37)
Mary was living her life with grace, piety and virtue. Zechariah was greatly impressed of her out-standing spiritual strength and devotion.
Behold! The angels said: ”O Mary! God hath chosen thee and purified thee- chosen thee above the women of all nations. ”O Mary! Worship Thy Lord devoutly: Prostrate thyself and bow down before Him, with those who bow down. "
Christ was one of those exalted prophets whose coming into the world was prophesied by many prophets of God.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herods the king, behold, there came wise men from the east of Jerusalem, saying where is he that is born King of Jews? For we have seen a star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herods the king had heard these things, he was troubled and all and Jerusalem with hi. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born? They said unto him, in Bethlehem of in the land of the Judea: for thus it is written by the prophet, and thou Bethlehem in the land of Judah art not the least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come a governor: that shall rule my, people Israel. (Gospel of Matthew, ch 2, 1-6)
The holy Quran also narrates the event of Zechariah and John as the preliminary of the birth of Christ and declares Yahya the forerunner of Christ and one who would testify and baptize him.
While he was standing in prayer in the chamber, the angels called unto him.‘ "God doth give thee glad tidings of Yahya, witnessing the truth of a Word from God (Jesus), and be besides noble, chaste, and a prophet, of the goodly company of the righteous."
(S: 3,V: 39)
Mary the virtuous, righteous and chaste woman of her times remained occupied with her praying and got out of her chamber only when the need was there.
Once when she was meditating in an isolated corner of the Temple, away from the people, she saw the angel of God in humanly form. Upon seeing a man in her privacy, she felt troubled and said, “If you have fear of God, I beseech refuge from you in the name God.”
The angel said, “Don’t be afraid of me, I am not a human but an angel sent to you from God to give you the tiding of a son.”
When Mary heard this, she said bewildered, “How it is possible, because no man has ever touched me, for I am neither married nor have I committed adultery?”
The angel replied, “I am just a messenger from thy Lord. He has instructed me to say so to you and He has also said that your son would be a sign of His power and a mercy from Him and this is His decision. God gives you the tiding of a son who would be His word: his name would be Easa and his title would be Messiah and he would be exalted in his life here and in the hereafter because he would be near to his Lord God. As a sign he would speak to, people in his infancy and would live up to his old age so that he could perform the service of guiding the people and this would happen because God has willed so. God would we him His Book, and teach him wisdom and appoint him apostle and prophet to guide and steer the people of Israel.”
The holy Quran relates this story like this:
Behold! The angels said: "O Mary! God gives thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of the company of those nearest to God. He shall speak to the people in childhood and in maturity And he shall be of the company of the righteous.”
She said: "O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?" He said: ”Even so: God creates, what He wills: When He hath decreed a plan, He but says to it. Be, and it is! Anal, God will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the law and the Gospel, and appoint him an apostle to the Children of Israel, with His message. (S: 3,V: 42-43)
Relate in the Book the story of Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place in the East. She placed a screen to screen herself from them; then We sent her our angle, and he appeared before her as a man m all respects. She said “I seek refuge from thee to God Most Gracious; come not near if thou dost fear God. "Nay, I am only a messenger from thy lord, to announce to thee the gift of a holy son. She said: "How shall I have a son, seeing that no man has touched me, and I am not unchaste?” He said; "So it will be: Thy Lord said, 'that is easy for me and we wish to appoint him as a Sign unto men and a Mercy from Us’- it is as so decreed.” (S:19,V: 16-21)
As a human she was anxious and worried when the time of the birth child neared. She thought that people have no idea and they would condemn her, so she went to Mount Saeer, about nine mile away from Jerusalem, which is now known as Bethlehem. After a few days, there in her pains of labor, she sat down beside the trunk of a date-tree. And, imagining the situations to come, said in a grief, “If I had died before all the happening and people had forgotten about me.”
“It was then that the Angel of God called from beneath the oasis and said, “
And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She cried (in her anguish): ”Ah! Would that I had died before this. Would that I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight!” But a voice cried to her from beneath the palm-tree; ”Grieve not! For thy Lord hath provided a rivulet beneath thee; and shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let fall fresh ripe dates upon thee. So eat and drink and cool thine eyes. And if thou dost see any man, say, ’I have vowed a fast to God Most Gracious, and this day will I enter into not talk with any human being.”
(S: 19,V: 23-26)
Words of Angel did consoled her but the fear to face the people was making her uncomfortable. She could imagine the astonishment of the people and their confusion that how a child could be born of a women without anyone fathering him. The angel told her that she would reach her people and when they would ask about the child, she should tell them by signs that she was fasting and there she wouldn’t talk, and if they have to ask anything, they should ask the baby in her lap. And, that her Lordd God would show them the sign of His power and authority an their hearts would be at peace.
Mary feeling much better, having her baby in her lap, when reached Jerusalem, people gathered around her and said, “How neither your father was a bad person nor was your mother corrupt, then what have you done?”
Mary as was she directed by God through the angel, made the signs that ask this child, as she cannot answer them because she was fasting.
People, in their surprise said “How can we ask an infant such a question?
But the baby articulated and said, “I am the servant of God, God has given me the Book, appointed me a prophet and messed me as, when and wherever I be. God has commanded me to serve Him and give charity and made me to serve my mother and not to disobey her. He has blessed me with peace on the day when I was born, when I would die and when I would be raised again to life.”
In the holy Quran this remarkable event is stated in detail in these words: And remember her who guarded her chastity. We breathed into her of Our spirit, and We made her and her son a sign for all peoples.
(S: 21,v: 91)
And Mary, the daughter of Imran, who guarded her chastity; and We breathed into her body of Our spirit; and she testiﬁed to the truth of the words of her Lord and of His Revelations, and was one of the devout servants.
(S: 68.V: 12)
So she conceived him, and she retired with him to a remote place. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She cried (in her anguish): ”Ah! Would that I had died before this! Would that I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight! ” But (a voice) cried to her from beneath the (palm-tree): "Grieve not! For thy Lord hath provided a rivulet beneath thee; and shake towards thyself the trunk of the Palm tree: It will let fall fresh ripe dates upon thee. So eat and drink and cool thine eyes. And if thou dost see any man, say, ‘I have vowed fast to God Most Gracious, and this day will I enter into not talk with any human being”’ At length she brought the babe to her people, carrying him in her arms. They said.’ "O Mary! Truly an amazing thing hast thou brought! “O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a man of evil, nor thy mother a woman unchaste!"
But she pointed to the babe. They said: "How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?”
He said: "I am indeed a servant of God. He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet,‘ And He hath made me blessed where-so-ever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live; He hath made me kind to my mother, and not overbearing or miserable; So peace is on me the day I was born, the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised up ‘O life again!”
(3: 19,v: 22-33)
When the people of Israel heard an infant talking such words of wisdom, they were wonderstruck and they believed that Mary was indeed a pious and virtues person, noble and free from every evil. Birth of this baby was a sign of God and everyone was talking about the miraculous birth of the child. Righteous people among them took that baby as a blessing for them and the people who had evil thinking declared it a bad omen and the ﬂames of hatred and jealousy ﬁlled their hearts. In such a mixed atmosphere around him, God watched this blessed child growing so that he could revive the dead hearts of the people of Israel and their spirits could rekindle in them and their lives are fruitful.
And, We made the son of Mary and his mother as a Sign: We gave them both shelter on high ground, affording rest and security and furnished with springs. (S: 23,V: 50)
At the time of the birth of Christ many incidents made people to note that blessing, which God had sent on the earth. The night when Christ was born, king of Farris saw a bright new star in the sky. When he asked the royal astronomers about it, they told him that, that star indicated the birth of a great man who was born In Syria. The king sent a delegation to Syria with gifts of perfumes so that they could ﬁnd out about the birth of that blessed child. The delegation after its arrival in Syria made inquiries and asked the Jews to tell them about that of God’s Kingdom. When Jews heard that they told their kin Herods ab0Ut IL Th6 king invited the delegation and asked the purpose of their visit. When he heard what they told, he felt troubled but allowed them to further investigate.
The delegates of Farris came to Jerusalem and when they saw the little Christ, according to their customs, they prostrated before him and presented to him various fragrances and aromas as token of their respect. They stayed there for a few days. During their stay, one of them saw in a dream that Herods would become an enemy of the young child, therefore they decided to go to Farris directly without seeing the king and told the mother that Herods’ intentions are not fair about the child, so it would be better if she could go away with the child. Mary came to Egypt with the child and stayed there with her distant relatives and from there she went to Nazareth. When Christ was thirteen years of age she returned with him to Jerusalem.
People of Israel had adopted idolatrous beliefs and rituals of worshipping God. Telling lies, deceits, jealousy and other evil acts had practically become the norm of their life and they took pride in them rather than to feel ashamed of that.
They were not reluctant to slay the apostles and prophets of God. Rabbis; the Jew priests, in order to receive gratifications from the people had corrupted the Law of Moses and altered it to such an extent that the forbidden thing appeared to be fair and fair were made to look like the forbidden. They had distorted the original shape of the Laws of God.
When their rebellion and transgreSSi0n exceeded the limits God blessed Mary with Jesus.
We gave Moses the Book and followed him up with a succession of apostles; We gave Jesus the son of Mary Clear Signs and strengthened him with the holy spirit. Is it that whenever there comes to you an apostle with what ye yourselves desire not, ye are puffed up with pride? Some ye called impostors, and others ye slay! They say, "Our hearts are the wrappings, which preserve God ‘s Word: we need no more. " Nay, God ’s curse is on them for their blasphemy: Little is it they believe.
(S: 2,v: 87-88)
“I have come to you, to attest the Law which was before me. And to make lawful to you part of what was before forbidden ‘to you; I have come to you with a Sign from your Lord. So fear God, and obey me. "It is God Who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him. This is a Way that is straight.”
When Jesus found Unbelief on their part He said: "Who will be my helpers to the work of God. " Said the disciples: ”We are God ’s helpers: We believe in God, and do thou bear witness that we are Muslims.
(S: 3,V: 50-52)
A small group of his followers were sincere and devoted to him but they were simple hearted and poor people. They in their simplicity submitted to Christ:
“God is All-Powerful and one of its proofs is your holy being among us. God certainly has the power to send down from the heaven a table laid with food, so that we could concentrate upon that what you want us to learn from you after becoming free of the cumbersome efforts of earning livelihood.
Christ advised them saying, “Indeed God has Power to do anything but just for the sake of our convenience we should not test Him.”
His disciples said, “We do not intend to test the Lord but we want to have a gift from God and moreover, it would further strengthen our faith and certitude and we would be more conﬁdent in testifying you.”
When Christ saw them ﬁrmly insisting upon their stand, he prayed to God, “O God, grant them a table set with Viands, which may not be a sign of Thy wrath for them but a solemn festival for all of us and make it a symbol from Thee and provide us sustenance through it, Indeed You are the best Sustainer of our needs.”
God sent His Revelation upon Christ saying, “Your prayer is acceded to and if, after seeing this clear sign, anyone disobeyed God, they would be punished with such a punishment which had never been given to anyone in this world before.”
Behold! The disciples, said: "O Jesus the son of Mary! Can thy Lord send down to us a table set with viands from heaven?" Said Jesus: ”Fear God, if ye have faith.”
They said: "We only wish to eat thereof and satisfy our hearts, and to know, that thou hast indeed told us the truth; and that we ourselves may be witnesses to the miracle.”
Said Jesus the son of Mary: ”O God, our Lord! Send us from heaven a table set with viands, that there may be for us for the first and the last of us - a solemn festival and a sign from thee; and provide for our sustenance, for Thou art the Best Sustainer of our needs. ”
God said‘. ”I will send it down unto you: But if any of you after that resists faith, I will punish him with a penalty such as I have not inﬂicted on any one among all the peoples.” (S: 5.V: 112-115)
God granted them what they had asked for. People saw angels descending form the heaven with the table spread. Christ prostrated in token of his gratitude. Fried ﬁsh, bread and fruit were there to eat for them; Christ invited them to eat. They wanted him to begin but he said, “It is not for me, it has been sent on your demand. ”‘Seeing that he was not eating, they felt perturbed. Christ noticing their hesitation said, “Ok, call indigent, needy, poor, disabled and diseased, it is their right to eat this.”
Thousands of people ate of that food but there was no shortage in that food. Legend says that the poor who had that food became prosperous, the blind recovered to sight and the diseased got well after having that food. At night the table spread returned to heaven. Those who could not have that food felt bad and said that it were their bad luck that they could not have that food. God sent the food the next day as well and then it continued for forty days. The same one food had different tastes for different people and it tasted like ones most favorite dish whosoever ate of it.
In the beginning the food coming down from the heaven was prohibited for the rich and wealthy people but on their demand Christ permitted them as well and told them not to keep of it for the next day but people ignored that instruction and the coming of food from the heavens stopped and as punishment, those who had contravened were made to look like pigs and monkeys.
Christ rehearsed the words of (incl before the people of Israel and educated them to have faith in oneness of God, to believe in all the prophets and Books of God. in the Day of Judgment, resurrection, to have good moral character. to avoid evils, not to be attracted by the world and to love their fellow beings and the creatures of God. He taught them to following the straight path using the verses of Torah and the Gospel. But, centuries old tradition of rebelliousness turned them on to oppose Christ and his companions.
When the down trodden people of the society turned towards their savior with sincerity and devotion, the influential and strong people disgraced, desecrated and tried to humiliate Christ and those who followed him. Christ did not marry nor he made any house. He used to E0 from town to town, city to city to preach the words of God. He did not mind to sleep on the bare ground. People came to him f0f quenching their spiritual thirst and to have cure for their diseases.
People gathered around him wherever did he go expressed their reverence and love for him.
His ever-increasing popularity made his opponents even more jealous of him and the priests, scholars and chiefs started conspiring and plotting against the prophet of God. They were so keen to get rid of him that finally they decided to complain to the king against him and get him hanged.
They said to him, “This man is a threat not only for us but for your rule and government as well. If you did not, taking some action immediately, stop him, we fear that the religion of our forefathers and your rule will come to an end. This man has attracted multitudes of people around him by demonstrating various feats and now wants to become the king of Judea. He has inﬂuenced the minds of common people and is altering the religion. If this menace is not rooted out now, this country will slip out of your hands.”
After heated discussion Pilate ordered to arrest Christ and produce him in his court. Chiefs, priests and leaders were very happy on this success and they congratulated one another and decided to wait for an appropriate time to ﬁnd him alone so that they could remain safe from the rage of people.
Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council and said, what do we? For this man doth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation. And one of them named Caiaphas being the high priest that same year, said unto them, you know nothing at all. Nor consider that it ii expedient for us, that one man should die for the people and mg, the whole nation perishes not.
(The Gospel Of St. John Ch: I1, 47-50)
After two days, the feast of the Passover was due. Christ sensing the conspiracies of Jews, gathered his disciple and said to them, “Antagonistic activities of chiefs, priests and rabbis are not hidden from you all, the time of hard trial is approaching, now who will stand to it and will sacriﬁce for the sake of God?”
His disciples, after hearing this, replied to him all in their earnest sincerity, “We all love our Lord, God and will remain faithful to you, come what may and pray to God to give us strength to be steadfast in our promise to you and to our God.”
After hearing this from his disciples, Christ waited to see what happens next and what God does.
"And they plotted against him (Christ) and God also plotted against Jews and God is the best of plotters.
(S: 3,V: 54)
Finally the chiefs, priests and rabbis besieged the house where Christ was staying. In those moments of distress God consoled him:
Behold! God said: ”O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee of the falsehoods of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who reject faith, to the Day of Resurrection: Then shall ye all return unto me, and I will judge between you of the matters wherein ye dispute. (S: 3,V: 55)
That they said in boast, "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of God but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no certain knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not: Nay, God raised him up unto Himself; and God is Exalted in Power, Wise.
(S: 4, V: 157-158)
Purpose of appointing an apostle or a prophet to guide and teach, welfare and happy living here and the hereafter. They do not claim that they have to do anything for the good of people at their own. They openly say that all they do is from God. They present the Word of God before the people logically and rationally. Every apostle and prophet of God carries out that duty that has been assigned to him after God selects him. They perform miracles so that power of God may become a testimony for the people. Power, Sovereignty, and Lordship of God operates behind every miracle they perform for the people.
O Messenger, Proclaim the message, which hath been sent to thee from thy Lord. If thou, didst not, thou wouldst not have fulfilled and proclaimed His mission. And, God will defend thee from men who mean mischief for God guides not those who reject Faith.
(s; 5,v: 67)
God granted miracle to His prophets to support and to strengthen them. They very clearly announced that they were only to warn and inform and sent to pass on the message of God to the people. No apostle or prophet ever claimed to be in control of the affairs of the universe or they could do anything at their own. They told that whatsoever they do, they do it using the God gifted powers as and when God wills so.
Miracles of controlling the jinns, winds, and knowing the language of animals were granted to David and Solomon. Nine open signs were given to Moses. His staff and the ‘glowing white hand’ were two of those nine signs. Likewise, drowning of Pharaoh in the Red Sea and safety of the people of Israel was also a great sign of God. Sky-high ﬂames were made harmless for Abraham, and the she-camel was a sign of God for the people of Salih. People of Hud and Noah challenged the wrath of God so they prophesied the inﬂictions, which came true. Christ was also given various signs. The holy Quran delves upon those miracles in detail.
Holy Prophet of Islam; Mohammad (PBUH) was given the lasting sign in the form of the holy Quran, his throwing of dust towards infidels of Makka and descent of an army of angels at Badr and making the moon to divide into two halves were the signs to establish that God has every power to do what He might will.
Faithless people in order to tease the prophets of God demanded miracles from them.
The inﬁdels say: ”We shall not believe in thee, until thou cause a spring to gush forth for us from the earth, or until thou have a garden of date’ trees and vines, and cause rivers to gush forth in their midst, carrying abundant water,‘ or thou cause the sky to fall in pieces, as thou say will happen, against us," or thou bring God and the angels before us face to face.‘ 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: "Glory to my Lord! Am I aught but a man, an apostle?”
(S: 17,V: 90-93)
Even if We opened out to them a gate from heaven, and they were to continue all day ascending therein, they would only ‘say: ’'Our eyes have been intoxicated: Nay, we have been bewitched by sorcery."
(S: 15,V: 14-15)
Of them there are some who pretend to listen to thee; but We have thrown veils on their hearts, So they understand it not, and deafness in their ears; if they saw every one of the signs, not they will believe in them.
(S: 6,V: 25)
A prophet or an apostle of God is granted miracles befitting the needs of his times. For instance:
In the era of Abraham chemistry and astronomy were highly valued. Shamas; the sun god, was their largest god because it had both light and ﬁre, which according to them were responsible for the survival of life in the universe. And, they worshipped the fire considering it its representative on the earth. And they cast him in to ﬁre, or in other words, they handed him over to their gods but God turned that ﬁrm cool and comfortable for him and it could not harm him in any manner.
In the times of Moses the sorcery and magic were popular amongst the people and they excelled in transforming things into altogether different forms and to match their expertise God gave Moses the miracles of the Staff and the Glowing Hand. And, that was the reason, when Moses demonstrated his powers in the Royal Court of Pharaoh they immediately realized that that power was not ordinary human-power and they, then and there acknowledged the supremacy of Moses despite that they had to face the rage of Pharaoh.
Christ was sent in the era when the art of medicines and medical sciences were at their peak. Physical sciences were valued the most because of the inﬂuence of lithe Greek philosophies. God, to counter these two things, on one hand, gave Jesus the Gospel and, on the other, he was blessed with such miracles, which could be a proof of his divine knowledge and they could not refute or rebut him.
And God will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel, and appoint him an apostle to the Children of Israel, message: I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord, in that I make for you out of clay, as it were, the ﬁgure of a bird by God’s leave: And I heal those born blind, and the lepers, and I quicken the dead and I declare to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if ye did believe; I have come to you, to attest the Law, which was before me. And to make lawful to you part of what was before forbidden to you; I have come to you with a Sign rom your Lord. So fear God, and obey me. 'It is God Who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him. This is a Way that is straight. "
(S: 3,V: 48-51)
Then will God say: ”O Jesus the son of Mary! Recount My favor to thee and to thy mother. Behold! I strengthened thee with the Holy Spirit, so that thou didst speak to the people in childhood and in maturity. Behold.’ I taught thee the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel and behold.’ Thou makest out of clay, as it were, the ﬁgure of a bird, by My leave, and thou breathest into it and it becometh a bird by My leave, and thou healest those born blind, and the lepers, by My leave. And behold! Thou bringest forth the dead by My leave. And behold! I did restrain the Children of Israel from violence to thee when thou didst show them the clear Signs, and the unbelievers among them said: This is nothing but evident magic.
(S: 5,V: 110)
And, when they (Jews) see a Sign, they turn it to mockery, and say, "This is nothing but evident sorcery! ” (S: 37,V: 6)
Four of the miracles performed by Jesus Christ have been mentioned in the holy Quran.
1. He restored the dead to life by the God’s leave.
2. Born blinds and lepers were cured.
3. He could breathe life by God’s leave in a bird formed of clay.
4. He could also tell who ate what and what did he spend and what had he stocked in his house.
When Christ demonstrated miracles to prove that he was an apostle of God, his followers requested him to him to make a bat. He molded clay into the form of a bat and blew over it with his breath and it became live and ﬂew away.
Bat amongst the ﬂying animals, is the most perfect and bizarre thing It is the only mammal that ﬂies. It has no feathers, it gives suck to its babies, has teeth unlike birds, it even laughs.
Medical sciences were at their best in his times. Doctors and physicians were expert in handling all types of diseases but they had no curative treatment for leprosy, baldness and blindness. Patients, who could not even walk, were brought to Jesus Christ and Jesus just visited them and they all were cured 'of their diseases merely because of his august presence.
lbn-e-Abbas stated that Christ restored four persons to life after they were dead. One of them was Lazarus. He was faithful to Christ, when he fell ill; his sister sent for Christ, who lived at a distance of three days journey. When Christ reached his house, he was dead and buried three days back. Christ told his sister to take him to his grave, where he prayed to God and God restored Lazarus to life and he married, had children and lived till his old age.
Once a dead was being carried for its burial. An old woman, the mother of the dead son, upon seeing the Christ, pleaded and beseeched him for the life of her only son. He prayed to God and God restored him to life. Similarly a girl, who had died, was also restored to life.
Once people demanded to restore Sam son of Noah, who had died thousands of years ago. Christ asked them if they could tell him where Sam was buried, he would ask God to give him life. People took him to Sam’s grave and he prayed to God. Sam got 1 the grave and upon realizing that he was alive, he betook it as the Day of Judgment and got so horriﬁed that half of is air turned white‘ because of the fright. Christ consoled him and he had faith in him and requested to save him from the pain of death. Christ blessed him with his prayer and he again died.
Jesus Christ is one of those exalted men of God who partake in God’s system of Administration. Christ said, “But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
(Gospel of St. John Ch: 4, 14)
When this is saying of the Christ is deliberated upon we are led to this conclusion that in the kingdom of God, water is the main component. All the ingredients of universe, elements and all the phases of creative process are based upon water. It is water that supplies life to each and every particle of the universe. Water and soil have been mentioned repeatedly in all the holy Books including the holy Quran.
And in the earth are tracts diverse though neighboring, and gardens of vines and fields sown with corn, and palm trees growing out of single roots or otherwise: watered with the same water, yet some of them We make more excellent than others to eat. Behold, verily in these things there are signs for those who understand!
(S: 13,V: 4)
It is He Who doth show you the lightning, by way both of fear heavy with and of hope: It is He Who doth raise up the clouds, fertilizing rain. Nay, thunder repeats His praises, and so do the angels, with awe: He ﬂings the loud-voiced thunderbolts, and therewith He strikes whomsoever He will yet these are the men who dare to dispute about God, with the strength of His power supreme! (S: 13, V: 12-13)
He sends down water from the skies, and the channels flow, each according to its measure, but the torrent bears away to foam that mounts up to the surface. Even so, from that ore, which they heat in the fire, to make ornaments or utensils therewith, there is a scum likewise. Thus doth, God by parables show forth Truth and Vanity. For the scum disappears like forth cast out; while that which is good for mankind remains on the earth Thus, God doth set forth parables.
(S: 13, V: 17)
And We send the fecundating winds, then cause the rain to descend from the sky, therewith providing you with in abundance, though ye are not the guardians of its stores. (S: 15, V: 22)
It is He who sends down ram from the sky: from it ye drink, and out of it grows the vegetation on which ye feed your cattle. (S: 16, V: 10)
And from the fruit of the date palm and the vine, ye get out wholesome drink and food: behold, in this also is a sign for those who are wise.
(S: 16, V: 67)
We send down water from the sky according to due measure, and We cause it to soak in the soil; and We certainly are able to drain it off with ease. With it We grow for you gardens of date-palms and vines: in them have ye abundant fruits: and of them ye eat and have enjoyment, also a tree springing out of Mount Sinai, which produces oil, and relish for those who use it for food.
(S: 23,V: 18-20)
Sees! thou not that God makes the clouds move gently, then joins them together, then makes them into a heap? Then wilt thou see rain issue forth from their midst. And He sends down from the Sky mountain masses of clouds wherein is hail: He strikes therewith whom He pleases and He turns it away from whom he pleases, the vivid ﬂash of His lightning well-nigh blinds the sight.
(S: 24, V: 43)
Who has created the heavens and the earth, and who sends you down rain from the sky? Yea, with it We cause to grow well-planted orchards fall of beauty of delight: is not your power to cause the growth of the trees In them. Can there be another god besides God. Nay, they are a people who swerve from justice.
(S: 27,V: 60)
Among His Signs is this, that He sends the Winds, as heralds of Glad Tidings, giving you a taste of His Grace and Mercy, that the ships may sail majestically by His Command and that ye may seek of His Bounty: in order that ye may be grateful W 9 did indeed send, before thee, apostles to their respective peoples, and they came to them with Clear Signs: then, to those who transgressed, We meted out Retribution.‘ and it was due from Us to aid those who believed It is God Who sends the Winds, and they raise the Clouds: then does He spread them in the sky as He wills, and break them into fragments, until thou see rain-drops issue from the midst thereof‘ then when He has made them reach such of his servants as He wills behold, they do rejoice! Even though, before they received the rain - just before this - they were dumb with despair!
(S: 30,V: 46-49)
And do they not see that We do drive rain to parched soil bare of herbage, and produce therewith crops, providing food for their cattle and themselves? Have they not the vision? (S: 32,V: 27)
Seest thou not that God sends down rain from the sky? With it We then bring out produce of various colors. And in the mountains are tracts white and red, of various shades of color, and black intense in hue. And so amongst men and crawling creatures and cattle, are they of various colors. (S: 35,V: 27)
Seest thou not that God sends down rain from the sky, and leads it through springs in the earth? Then He causes to grow, therewith, produce of various colors.‘ then it withers; thou will see it grow yellow; then He makes it dry up and crumble away. Truly, in this, is a Message of remembrance to men of understanding. (S: 39, V: 21)
He has let free the two bodies of ﬂowing water, meeting together; Between them is a Barrier, which they do not transgress: (S: 55,V: 19)
"He will send rain to you in abundance; Give you increase in Wealth and sons; and bestow you gardens and bestow on you rivers of ﬂowing water. (S: 71,V: 11-12)
And made therein mountains standing ﬁrm, lofty in stature; and provided for you water sweet and wholesome? (S: 77,V: 27)
And do We not send down from the clouds water in abundance, That We may produce therewith corn and vegetables, And gardens of luxurious growth? (S: 78,V: 14-16)
He draws out there from its moisture and its pasture. (S: 79,V: 31)
Then let man look at his food, and how We provide it: For that We pour forth water in abundance, And We split the earth in fragments, And produce therein corn, And Grapes and nutritious plants, And Olives and Dates, And enclosed Gardens, dense with lofty trees, And fruits and fodder, for use and convenience to you and your cattle. (S: 80,V: 24-32)
He created the heavens without any pillars that ye can see; He set on the earth mountains standing ﬁrm, lest it should shake with you; and He scattered through it beasts of all kinds. We send down rain from the sky, and produce on the earth every kind of noble creature, in pairs. (S: 31,V: 10)
Christ said, “I am blessed with the Love of God so u abundantly that I have become a spring of life.
There are millions of galaxies in the universe and all these l galaxies are the Light of God.
God is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though ﬁre scarce touched it.‘ Light upon Light! God doth guide whom He wills to His Light God doth set forth Parables for men: and God doth know all things. (S: 24,V: 35)
The entire body of Spiritual Knowledge has been divided into three main chapters. One of these three chapters is related to with the acts and deeds of individual life and comprises of creative formulae concerning formation of life. Second chapter deals with the creative formulae of species and the third one deals with the introduction of the Lord Creator God Almighty.
Man or any individual of a species or the species, as a whole, is constrained to live its life in two alternating phases of sleep and wakefulness, or simply, day and night; as does the Quran terms them.
When all the verses where the words Lail (Night) and Nehar (Day) are mentioned, are deliberated upon, we are led to conclude that these two, in actual effect, are the senses that keep on alternating. When the senses are molded into the pattern of night, these become dreams and when these are molded into the pattern of the day, they become the wakefulness.
God says, “And We cause the night to enter into the day and the day is taken out of the night.” And, “We peel off the night from over the day and the day is peeled off the night.” It means that the human senses keep on alternating into the night and day, or to say, these alternate Diurnal and Nocturnal senses. When the senses are in the day, they become limited and when these enter the night, or become Nocturnal, the limiting conﬁnement is removed.
When we mention of the mystical knowledge or the knowledge pertaining to the Unseen, we refer to the Nocturnal Senses.
“We promised Moses with thirty nights and completed it in forty.”
It is noteworthy that Moses stayed at Mount of Sinai for forty days and forty nights. It did not happen that he came down the mount during the day and went up there again in the night. Then, why has God mentioned only nights? It means that Moses remained in his Nocturnal Senses for forty days and forty nights.
“Blessed is He who took His servant to the Temple of Solomon from the Sacred Mosque in the night.”
This also means the same thing that God blessed the Holy Prophet (PBUH) with His august company and Unseen was revealed upon him while he was in his Nocturnal Senses. Every knowledge whether it is learnt or is gifted one, is based upon thinking and deliberations. The more the sphere of search and research enlarges, the newer philosophies and doctrines keep on emerging. This very process is involved in the development of sciences of the present era. A scholar reaches a conclusion because of his deliberations. Following his ﬁndings, his successor scholars keep delving deeper and deeper into that knowledge. The more a mind accepts the explanations, the more it is versed with the knowledge.
Every science has two aspects: its apparent form and its intrinsic values; or to say, every science could be exempliﬁed as a leaf having two pages.
Mystical knowledge or the three departments of Spiritual sciences, too, are no exception to this. If we take them as three leaves, thus, we have six pages in all. The first page is the Reﬂection of the Beatific Vision; the second page has the inscriptions of the Secrets Plan and expediencies of God. Third page is reserved for the explanations of the Secret Plan; fourth page has the cosmic features, ﬁfth one is the record of the Commands and the sixth one has the details of the acts and deeds.
The knowledge pertaining to the entire cosmos, Beatiﬁc Visions of the Preserved Scriptura, High Throne, the realm of Souls, Heavens, Intermediary Phase, the Material World, Purgatory, Resurrection, Day of Judgment, Hell and Paradise, Eternity and Inﬁnity have been preserved in these three leaves or the six pages. When God bestows the knowledge of these three leaves on a person, he becomes a special person according to God’s Dictum. The people responsible for carrying out the duties of God’s System of Administration include prophets and people other than prophets.
His Divine Grace Qalander Baba Auliya has told one of the many incidents related with Tajuddin Baba Auliya Nagpuri; a person like the one known as Khizar, was given certain Administrative Duties in the Kingdom of God.
Once Tajuddin Baba, in his typical state of absorption, was staring with half opened eyes‘ at a leave that had fallen from the tree, under which he was sitting. When Hayat Khan, one of his admirers, who had a penchant to observe him sitting in that state of engrossed absorption, invited Maharaja Ragho Rao to see that leaf, which was moving like a living thing under the inﬂuence of his gaze. That leave had all the features of an insect and was creeping towards the tree trunk. Then, they saw another leaf transforming into an insect, which followed the first one and then yet another leaf joined the march.
When Tajuddin Baba emerged out of his trance and was asked about that happening, which they had seen, he said, “All the parts of life are joining together in the tree. Parts of life like sighting, hearing, understanding and moving etc, can be sighted when one peeps in the tree. It’s every leaf has a mouth, limbs, and legs just like the real ones but it can only be seen by the people when the leaf encounters a life. And, when a leaf embraces with my life, it transforms into a living insect. Try to understand that one can embrace by sighting as well. Remember life makes life and life absorbs in life.”
Formula of cloning has been expounded in these words of Tajuddin Baba, “When a leaf embraces my life, it transforms into a living insect.” According to Qalander Baba’s statement he had stated these words in 1916AD and scientists made its discovery in 1993AD.
Research-wise the scientiﬁc knowledge can be broadly divided into Physics, Psychology and Parapsychology or Metaphysics.
Physic deals with matter, Psychology is the study of Conscious and Parapsychology is related to with the Unconscious. Now even the scientists have come to know that a material body, no matter how small it is, has a covering of lights upon it. They have termed the Reflection of this covering as Aura.
Everything existing has a covering upon it, which is weaved of single or compound waves of lights. Death means that the light covering (Astral body) dissociates itself from the material body. Noor the cosmic lights or simply the light feeds this astral body.
Scientists are still trying to locate the actual source of cosmic lights. When we acquire knowledge about something, inventions are made. What this Astral body or the covering‘ lights are? After equipping with its complete knowledge and with God’s granted powers, the astral body can be made to resume its control over the physical body.
God had granted the very knowledge to Christ. When a form is made from the material elements, it provides a basis for the lights. Christ covered a sparrow or a bat, molded from clay, or a dead body, with the covering of lights and, as soon as, by the leave of God, this covering was ﬁlled with Noor, the dead would become alive.
When man or any creature dies, according to the laws of nature, the compound netting of light does not provide it with the shower of Noor, which result in the death of that thing. God had given Christ the knowledge and power to breathe soul in a dead body to restore it to life and when a bird made of water and clay was encased in a covering of compound lights, the life ran in that bird and it ﬂew.
"And God will teach him the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel, And appoint him an apostle to the Children of Israel, with this message: I have come to you, with a Sign from your Lord, in that I make for you out of clay, as it were, the ﬁgure of a bird and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by God’s leave: Ami I heal those born blind, and the lepers, and I quicken the dead by God ’s leave; and I declare to you what ye eat, and what ye store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if ye did believe; I have come to you, to attest the Law, which was before me And to make lawful to you part of what was (Before) forbidden to you; I have come to you with a Sign from your Lord. So I 'ar God, and obey me. It is Allah Who is my Lord and your Lord; then worship Him. This is a Way that is straight.”
(S: 3,V: 48-5)
People versed with their Inners and knowing the Administrative System of God tells that every creature in this world has two bodies: the Physical body and the body made of lights and Noor.
In the compound waves, which are weaved like the warp and weft of a fabric, light keeps on ﬂowing and the very same ﬂowing light is responsible for the stimuli produced and generated in entire body. The stimuli generated by these lights are the life of the material bodies. When the flow of lights is not transferred to the limbs and parts of the body, death takes over. Four Nooric Falls that originate from the Extolled Veil, Grand Veil, Great Veil and the High Throne, continuously descend to maintain the ﬂow of Noor and lights in a body.
How can ye reject the faith in God seeing that ye were without life, and He gave you life; then will He cause you to die, and will again bring you to life; and again to Him will ye return. (S: 2,V: 28)
It is God Who causes the seed-grain and the date - stone to split and sprout. He caused the living to issue from the dead, and He is the one to cause the dead to issue from the living. That is God then, how are ye deluded away from the truth? (S: 6, V: 95)
Every being is formed from a male and a female, which according to the creative laws are dual in their natures and thus every body has two sides. Both these two sides have cells, which are responsible for the sex and the sexual emotions. When the cells of a male infuse in the female cells, a creative process is switched on and a creature comes into being. By mentioning the miracle of Christ, God has related the formula of creation. Life of man is dominated by the soul. The physical body made of clay stays as long as the soul is there in it, when the soul departs the body of dust remains no longer. When God breathed His soul into the mould of Adam, the senses became operative in him.
We did create man from a quintessence of clay. (S: 23.V: 12)
He Who has made everything which He has created most good: He began the creation of man with (nothing more than) clay and made his progeny from a quintessence of the nature of a ﬂuid despised: But He fashioned him in due proportion, and breathed into him something of His spirit. And, He gave you the faculties of hearing and sight and feeling and understanding.‘ little thanks do ye give! (S: 32,V: 7-9)
Just ask their opinion: are they the more difficult to create, or the other beings We have created? Them have We created out of a sticky clay! (S: 37,V: 11)
Behold, thy Lord said to the angels: ”I am about to create man from clay: When I have fashioned him in due proportion and breathed into him of My spirit, fall ye down in obeisance unto him." (S; 38,V: 71-72)
He created man from sounding clay like unto pottery. (S: 55,v; 14)
And God has produced you from the earth growing gradually. (S: 7l,V: 17)
The similitude of Jesus before God is as that of Adam; ,He created him from dust, then said to him: "Be". And he was. (S: 3,V: 59)
Behold! We said to the angels: ”Bow down unto Adam": They bowed down except Iblees: He said, "Shall I bow down to one whom Thou didst create from clay?” (S: 17,V: 61)
His companion said to him in the course of the argument with him: "Dost thou deny Him Who created thee out of dust, then out of a sperm-drop, then fashioned thee into a man? (S: 18,V: 37)
O mankind! If ye have a doubt about the Resurrection, consider that We created you out of dust, then out of sperm, then out of a leech-like clot, then out of a morsel of flesh, partly formed and partly unformed, in order that We may manifest our power to you; and We cause whom We will to rest in the wombs for an appointed term, theno We bring you out as babes, then foster you that ye may reac your age of full strength; and some of you are called to die, and some are sent back to the feeblest old age, so that they know nothing after having known much, and further, thou see the earth barren and lifeless, but when We pour down rain on it, it is stirred to life, it swells, and it puts forth every kind of beautiful growth in pairs. (S: 22,V: 5)
And God did create you from dust; then from a sperm-drop; then He made you in pairs. And no female conceives, or lays down her load, but with His knowledge. Nor is a man long—lived granted length of days, nor is a part cut off from his life, but is in a Decree ordained All this is easy to God. (S: 35,V: 11)
It is He Who has created you from dust then from a sperm- drop then from a leech-like clot,‘ then does he get you out into the light as a child: then lets you grow and reach your age of full strength; then lets you become old, though of you there are some who die before; and lets you reach a Term appointed,‘ in order that ye may learn wisdom. It is He Who gives Life and Death,‘ and when He decides upon an affair, He says to it, ”Be", and it is. (S: 40,V: 67-68)
We created man from sounding clay, from mud molded into shape; And the Jinn race, We had created before, from the ﬁre of a scorching wind. Behold! Thy Lord said to the angels." "I am about to create man, from sounding clay from mud molded into shape; When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and shape; When I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him of My spirit, fall ye down in obeisance unto him." So the angels prostrated themselves, all of them together: Not so Iblees: he refused to be among those who prostrated themselves. God said: "O Iblees.’ What is your reason for not being among those who prostrated themselves?” Iblees said: ”I am not one to prostrate myself to man, whom Thou didst create from sounding clay, from mud molded into shape. " (S: 15,V: 26-33)
It is He Who has created man rom water: then has He established relationships of lineage and marriage.‘ for thy Lord has power over all things.
(S: 25,V: 54)
Man We did create from a quintessence of clay; Then We placed him as (a drop of) sperm in a place of rest, ﬁrmly ﬁxed; Then We made the sperm into a clot of congealed blood; then of that clot We made a fetus lump; then we made out of that lump bones and clothed the bones with ﬂesh; then we developed out of it another creature. So blessed be God, the best to create! (S: 23,V: 12-14)
And God did create you from dust; then rom a sperm-drop; then He made you in pairs.
(S: 35,V: 11)
It is He Who has created you from dust then from a sperm- drop, then from a leech-like clot; then does he get you out into the light as a child: then lets you grow and reach your age of full strength; then lets you become old, though of you there are some who die before; and lets you reach a Term appointed; in order that ye may learn wisdom.
(S: 40,V: 67)
Verily, We created Man from a drop of mingled sperm, in order to try him: So We gave him the Hearing and Sight. (S: 76,V: 2)
Say.‘ "It is He Who has created you and made you grow, and made for you the faculties of hearing, seeing, feeling and understanding: little thanks it is ye give. (S: 67,V: 23)
They ask thee concerning the Soul? Say: "The Spirit cometh by command of my Lord: of knowledge it is only a little that is communicated to you, O men! " (S: 17,V: 85)
It is clear from all these statements that the knowledge concerning the soul has been given to man though it is small in quantity. Now the small portion of the Knowledge mentioned here is the Knowledge of God and the knowledge of God is inﬁnite and a portion of inﬁnite is also an infinite, that is, the knowledge about the soul that God has given to man is small as compared to the knowledge of God but it does not mean that God has not at all taught this knowledge to man.
Soul is the Edict of the Lord and the edict of the Lord is that when He wills a thing, He commands it to be and there it is. And the same thing is being said to Christ that you make bird from clay and breathe soul into it by my leave it becomes the animal living. It means that when Christ made an effigy of a bird from water and clay and blew upon it, it ﬂew as a living bird and the lepers would be cured and the dead was restored to life and the blinds started seeing.
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