Place of Miracles in the Development of Humankind

Just as prophets exalted men spiritually in belief and worshipping God through their guidance, so did the Quran make those prophets masters and foremen in regard to mankind’s material progress.

Thus, it is the hand of miracle that first gave man the gift of the ship, which was a miracle of Hazrat Nooh (Noah) and the clock, a miracle of Hazrat Yousuph (Joseph).

It is a subtle indication to this truth that most craftsmen take a prophet as the patron of their craft. For example, seamen take Hazrat Nooh (PBUH), watchmakers take Hazrat Yousuph (PBUH), tailors take Hazrat Idris (Enoch) (PBUH)…

Then, the verses of the miracles of the prophets, which are the most brilliant verses of the Quran, are not historical stories, but comprise numerous meanings of guidance. Yes, through mentioning the prophets’ miracles, it traces the final limit of man’s science and industry. It points the finger at his furthest aims. It specifies his final goals. And by striking the hand of encouragement on man’s back, it urges him forward towards that aim.

For example, the verse,

“And to Solomon (We made) the Wind (obedient): its early morning (stride) was a month’s (journey), and its evening (stride) was a month’s (journey)” (Saba 34/12)

which describes one of Hazrat Sulaiman’s (PBUH) miracles, the subjugating of the air, says: “Solomon traversed the distance of two months in one day by flying through the air.”

Thus, it is suggesting in it that the road is open for man to cover such a distance in the air. O man! Since the road is open to you, reach this level and draw close to it! And in meaning Almighty God is saying through the tongue of this verse:

“O man! I mounted one of my servants on the air because he gave up the desires of his soul. If you too give up the soul’s laziness and benefit thoroughly from certain of my laws in the cosmos, you too may mount it.”

And this verse explains a miracle of Hazrat Musa (Moses):

And remember Moses prayed for water for his people; We said: “Strike the rock with thy staff.” Then gushed forth therefrom twelve springs. Each group knew its own place for water. So eat and drink of the sustenance provided by Allah, and do no evil nor mischief on the (face of the) earth.” (al-Baqara, 2/60).

That verse indicates that the treasuries of Mercy concealed under the earth may be profited from with simple tools. In places hard as rock even, the water of life may be attracted with a staff. Thus, through this meaning the verse says to man: “You may find the subtlest effulgence of Mercy, the water of life, with a staff. Then, come on, work and find it!” And in meaning Almighty God says through the verse’s allusive tongue:

“O man! Since I gave to the hand of one of my servants who trusted in Me such a staff that it draws the water of life from wherever he wishes, if you too rely of the laws of My Mercy, you may obtain an implement resembling it or close to it. So, come on and do so!” Thus, one of the most important contributions to man’s progress is the creation of an implement that causes water to gush forth from most of the places it is struck. This verse traces farther goals and limits, and ends beyond that.

And for instance, a verse that concerns a miracle of Hazrat Eesa (Jesus) is as follows:

“And (appoint him) a Messenger 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 Allah’s leave; and I heal those born blind, and the lepers and I quicken the dead by Allah’s leave; and I declare to you what you eat, and what you store in your houses. Surely therein is a Sign for you if you did believe.” (Aal-e-Imran 3/49).

Just as the Quran explicitly urges man to follow Jesus’ (PBUH) high ethics, so too it allusively encourages him towards the elevated art and divine medicine of which he was the master. Thus, this verse indicates it:

“Remedies may be found for even the most chronic illnesses. Then, O man! and O calamity-afflicted sons of Adam! Don’t despair! Whatever the illness, its cure is possible. Search for it and you will find it. It is even possible to give a temporary tinge of life to death.”

And in meaning Almighty God is saying through the figurative tongue of this verse: “O man! I gave two gifts to one of My servants who abandoned the world for Me. One was the remedy for spiritual ills, and the other the cure for physical sicknesses. Thus, dead hearts were raised to life through the light of guidance. And sick people who were as though dead found health through his breath and cure. You too may find the cure for every ill in the pharmacy of My wisdom. Work and find it! If you seek, you will certainly find.” Thus, that verse traces the limit that is far ahead of man’s present progress concerning medicine. And it hints at it, and urges him towards it.

And for instance:

And He taught Adam the names of all things; then He placed them before the angels and said: “Tell Me the names of these if you are right” (al-Baqara, 2/ 31).

Hazrat Adam’s (PBUH) greatest miracle in the question of the supreme vicegerency was the teaching of the Divine Names. Thus, like the miracles of the other Prophets each allude to a particular human wonder, the miracle of Hazrat Adam, who was the father of all the prophets and the opening of the office of prophethood, indicates almost explicitly to the final points of all human attainment and progress, and their final goals. Through the tongue of allusion, Almighty God (May His glory be exalted) is saying in meaning with that verse:

“O Sons of Adam! Since as a proof of their superiority over the angels in the question of the vicegerency, I taught your forefather all the names, you too, since you are his sons and the inheritors of his abilities, should learn all the names and show your worthiness before all creatures in the degree of the Supreme Trust. For the way is open to you to rise to exalted rank like the highest positions over all creatures in the universe, and for vast creatures like the earth to be subjected to you. Come on, step forward, adhere to each of the names, and rise!

However, your forefather was deceived one time by Satan, and temporarily fell to the earth from a position like Paradise. Beware! In your progress, do not follow Satan and make it the means of falling into the misguidance of ‘nature’ from the heavens of divine wisdom. Continuously raising your head and studying carefully My most beautiful names, make your sciences and your progress steps by which to ascend to those heavens.

Then you may rise to my dominical names, which are the realities and sources of your sciences and attainments, and you may look to your Sustainer with your hearts through the telescope of the names (Nursi, B. S. Sözler (Words). Sözler Neşriyat, İstanbul, 2000, p.248) An article about https://www.essayclick.net interpretation of languages

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