14 Nov Jesus’ (pbuh) Miracles by the will of Allah: Part 3
The children of Israel , while Isa (peace be upon him) was in a graveyard, asked him to bring a dead man back to life. By the Will of Allah , it happened exactly as they demanded. When the man saw himself back on the earth, he asked Isa (peace be upon him) to take his life as nothing could be compared to the beauties he witnessed. The prophet preayed to Allah, and the man died once again.
On another occasion, Isa (peace be upon him) saw a woman crying on a grave. Her daughter recently passed away and due to her incredible love for her, the woman swore she would not leave . Isa (peace be upon him) told her he would bring her back to life , only if the woman promises she would become his faithful follower. The girl then was brought out of her grave. She said that once she heard the first calling, Allah recreated her physical form. At his second command, an angel appeared over her head. Finally, her soul returned to her. As her soul returned to her body, the girl’s hair turned white from the horror that it might be the judgment day. She asked Isa ( peace be upon him ) to return her to her grave.
The children of Israel were still skeptical . After a long series of miracles they asked him what they have stored in their homes. The prophet responded with incredible accuracy , yet they still didn’t believe. In order to test his abilities , they proceeded in bringing him the sick , disabled and those with much worse illnesses and by the Will of Allah, he cured each one of them.
Isa (peace be upon him) told them that he was sent to confirm their previous scripture and to make permissible what was previously forbidden.
Isa (peace be upon him) , was so devoted to preaching he would sacrifice his own necessities like food and sleeping just to make sure he conveyed the message one more time. From the handsome , young man he was , often he could be seen appearing very thirsty and hungry.
He was so humble he never slept with a covering and has only been wearing wool for his entire lifetime.
Most of his followers were part of the poor and weak of his people. Besides preaching the oneness of Allah and the Gospels, he delivered many other messages like the coming of a later messenger named Ahmad ( Muhammad ) .
He moved to Al-Nasirah where he gained a firm amount of followers who affirmed their belief and embraced Islam .
(Having preached his message in this way for a long time,) Jesus perceived their willful persistence on unbelief (and open hostility), and called out: “Who will be my helpers (on this way) to God?” The disciples answered: “We are the helpers of God(’s cause). We believe in God, and (we call you to) bear witness that we are Muslims (submitted to Him exclusively). ( Holy Quran, Al- Imran 52 )
However , many of the children of Israel were still in complete denial .
O you who believe! Be helpers of God(’s cause and the Messenger), even as Jesus son of Mary said to his disciples: “Who will be my helpers (on this way) to God?” The disciples said: “We are the helpers (in the cause) of God. ” And so it happened that some of the Children of Israel believed (in him and his Message), and others disbelieved (thus becoming two groups). So We strengthened those who believed against their enemies, and they became the uppermost. ( Holy Quran , As-Saff 14)
- The dinner table
In total, there were twelve disciples, some believing without the need of miracles and some who presented Isa ( peace be upon him ) with challenges and insisted on proof . Isa ( peace be upon him ) however, warned them that belief in Allah should have nothing to do with miracles and even if they would be granted what they ask for , they would still not believe. When they stated that they only wish to see a miracle just to further strengthen their faith , the prophet invoked Allah for a feast from heaven to be sent.
And once the disciples said: “Jesus, son of Mary, is your Lord able to send down on us a table (of food) from heaven?” (Jesus) answered: “Fear God (as He should be feared, and so desist from making such demands lest He punish you) if you are (truly) believers. ”
They said: “We desire to eat thereof and that our hearts might be set at rest (with certainty of God’s being our Lord and of your being His Messenger), and so that we might know that you speak the truth to us, and so that we might be among the witnesses (to the meaning and truth of what is demonstrated to us). ”
Jesus, son of Mary, said (in entreaty to his Lord): “O God, our Lord! Send down on us a table (of food) from heaven, that shall be an ever-recurring (religious) festival for us – for the first and the last of us – and a sign from You; and provide us sustenance, for You are the Best to be sought as provider with the ultimate rank of providing. ”
God said: “I send it down on you. Then if any of you should henceforth disbelieve, surely I inflict on him a punishment that I never inflict on anyone in the worlds. ” ( Holy Quran , Al-Ma’idah 112-115 )
Meat, olives ,fruits , bread and seafood were brought down by angels in their human forms. Since the disciples were afraid to eat, Isa ( peace be upon him ) brought all the poor and needy to the table and so the disciples began to eat as well. As they ate, the food continued to increase in quantity .
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad ( peace and blessings be upon him ) said that the people who will receive the most severe punishment will be the people of Fir’aun and Al- Ma’ida , those who disbelieved in the miracles granted to Isa ( peace be upon him ).