By Kamil Mufti
Jesus in the Qur'an holds one of the highest status amongst the Prophets.
Unlike other Prophets who performed miracles, Jesus himself was a miracle, as he was born of a virgin mother, and God describes him and his mother Mary as such:
Nonetheless, in the Qur'an, Jesus is described as having many miracles not bestowed upon other prophets. God says:
The following is a brief description of the miracles performed by Jesus mentioned in the Qur'an.
In the fifth chapter of the Qur'an: "The Table Laden with Food" – named after this miracle of Jesus, God narrates how the disciples of Jesus requested him to ask God to send down a table laden with food, and for it to be a special day of commemoration for them in the future.
Since the occasion was to be " says:," it is likely the Last Supper, also called the Lord's Supper, Breaking of Bread, Eucharist, or Communion. The Eucharist has always been at the center of Christian worship.
"Eucharist is a Christian sacrament commemorating the action of Jesus at his Last Supper with his disciples… The letters of Paul and the Acts of the Apostles make it clear that early Christianity believed that this institution included a mandate to continue the celebration… The Eucharist has formed a central rite of Christian worship."
One of the miracles mentioned in the Qur'an, although not mentioned in the Bible, is the fact that Jesus, while still in the cradle, spoke out to protect his mother Mary from any accusations people may have placed on her due to having a child without a father.
When she was approached about this strange incident after her childbirth, Mary merely pointed to Jesus, and he miraculously spoke, just as God had promised her upon annunciation.
Jesus said to the people:
God mentions a miracle given to none other in the Qur'an but Jesus, one which is quite parallel to how God himself created Adam. This miracle was one which none can argue its greatness. God mentions in the Qur'an that Jesus says:
This miracle is not found in the New Testament, but it is found in the non-canonical ‘Infancy Gospel of Thomas’:
"When this boy, Jesus, was five years old, he was playing at the ford of a rushing stream… he then made soft clay and shaped it into twelve sparrows… but Jesus simply clapped his hands and shouted to the sparrows: "Be off, fly away, and remember me, you who are now alive!" And the sparrows took off and flew away noisily." (Infancy Gospel of Thomas: )
Similar to the New Testament, the Qur'an also mentions Jesus to a have healed the blind and lepers.
The Jews during the time of Jesus were quite advanced in the science of medicine and were quite proud of their achievements. For this reason, miracles of this nature were given by God to Jesus, ones which the Jews could well understand that no force in nature could perform its like.
This, like the creation of a bird, was a miracle of incomparable nature, one which should have caused the Jews to believe in the prophethood of Jesus without doubt.
In the New Testament, we read three cases where Jesus brought the dead back to life by God’s permission - the daughter of Jairus (Matthew ; Mark ; Luke ), the widow's son at Nain (Luke ), and Lazarus (John ).
Jesus was given the miracle of knowing what people had just eaten, as well as what they had in store for the coming days. God says.
Similar to other prophets, Jesus performed miracles to convince skeptics of his truthfulness, not to demonstrate his divinity. The Quran says:
These miracles were performed only by the Will of God, had he not willed them to occur, they could never come to be. God explicitly states this in the Qur'an, saying that they were:
AlthoughMuslims cannot confirm it, the Bible, through certain narrations, states that Jesus at times failed to perform miracles. Once when Jesus tried to heal a blind man, he was not healed after the first attempt, and Jesus had to try a second time. (Mark )
The fact remains that indeed it was not through his own will that Jesus or any other prophet performed miracles. Rather, they were performed only by Will of God Almighty - a fact also explicitly stated in the Bible: