The Merciful Hand

Curing the Incurable

 Abiyaz Bin Hamal had eczema on his face that had made him look ugly. One day Holy Prophet (PBUH) made him to sit before him and ran his hand upon his face. The eczema disappeared, as it was never there before.

Yazeed Bin Qanata Tai was bald. Holy Prophet (PBUH) ran his hand over his head and very soon he had so thick hair on his head that called Balab, which literary means one with too much hair.

Wiping Madness

Once a woman took her son to Holy Prophet (PBUH) and submitted that the boy was suffering from insanity. Holy Prophet (PBUH) made the boy to sit before him and ran his hand over the chest of the boy. After a while the boy vomited some black mucus and was relieved of that sickness after that. 

Eyeball Mended

In the Battle of Uhad, when the ranks of Muslims were crushed and disarrayed, enemies were swarming around Holy Prophet (PBUH). The companions who defended Holy Prophet (PBUH), risking their own lives included Abu Dajjana, Saad Bin Abi Waqas and Qatawah Bin Nauman Ansari. During that scuffle an arrow hit an eye of Qatawah Bin Nauman, his eyeball dropped out of its socket and was dangling on his face. Holy Prophet (PBUH) placed the eyeball in its socket and applied a bandage on it. Not only that it was cured but the sight of that eye also improved.

Azan in holy Shrine

On his way back from the Hanain Expedition, Holy Prophet (PBUH) halted as usual when it was time to pray. Muezzin invited the Muslims to prayer saying Azan. Abu Makhdura was there with his friends. After listening to Azan (The call to Prayer), the youth imitated Azan to mock and have fun. Holy Prophet (PBUH) made summoned all of them and told them to say Azan turn by turn. Abu Mukhdura had a pleasant voice. Holy Prophet (PBUH) made him to sit before him and ran his hand over his forehead, his face, his chest and belly up to his navel point and prayed for him saying, “God may bless you and be kind to you. Go and say Azan in the holy shrine of Ka’aba.”

Elixir Soil

Once Holy Prophet (PBUH) was passing through the limits of the Banu Haris Tribe when a man suffering front fever said, “O Prophet of God, fever has become an epidemic.” Holy Prophet (PBUH) told him to take some soil from a place called Suaib and scrub that soil over the body saying this prayer. Not only the people suffering from fever were benefited but that soil also helped in curing other skin diseases like leucoderma.

Milking Goat

During his migration journey towards Medina, Holy Prophet (PBUH) was passing near the tent of Aatka Bint Khalid, a woman of Banu Khazaah. She was known as Um-e-Mauba and was famous for her hospitality for the passing by travelers. Holy Prophet (PBUH) saw a lean goat tied to the peg of the tent. Upon inquiry she said, “This goat is so weak and sick that it couldn’t go with the herd because of its weakness it is left behind.”

Holy Prophet (PBUH) inquired, “Does it provide you milk.'” she replied in negative. Holy Prophet (PBUH) asked for a pan and started milking the goat. In a short while he was holding a pan full of goat milk. Holy Prophet (PBUH) made the woman to drink that milk, then he served his companions with it and finally he drank from that pan. 

Reliving sheep

Jaber Bin Abdullah had a goat and some flour. He slaughtered the goat; his wife cooked the meat and prepared Sureed; a dish prepared by mixing bread pieces into the meat broth. Jaber presented the dish to Holy Prophet (PBUH). He told Jaber to gather his mates and send them in turn by turn. Jaber did as was told and sent his mate turn by turn to the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Everyone ate that dish to his fullest satisfaction, Holy Prophet (PBUH) was telling every one to have the meat but the bones were not to be crushed or chewed. When everyone after having enjoyed the treat left, Holy Prophet (PBUH) gathered the bones of the goat, covered them with a cloth and placing his hand upon that pile of the bones said something. And, the living goat got up from under the cloth. Holy Prophet (PBUH) told Jaber to take his goat. Jaber could do only one thing, he rejoiced.


His Divine Grace Qalander Baba Auliya, in his remarkable book on the Laws of Spiritual and Science; Loh-o-Oalum (The Pen and the Scripturum) has stated:

I am writing this book on behest of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), this order was conveyed to me in the Owasian Style.

Explaining the science of Miracle, Wonder-working and Sorcery he writes:

Tajalli: the Beatific Vision descends and turns into Noor; the Luminescence and the Noor descends and becomes the light or the manifestation. The same manifestation is the Object which is the manifested form of the Beatific Vision and the Luminescence (Noor). The beatific vision, in other words, descends to become the luminescence and the luminescence descends to become the object or the manifestation. This manifestation is created from the beatific vision and the luminescence and expires to return in the same luminescence and the beatific vision.

And, if Allah would desire, that non-existing would once again be made existing. Percipient (Aarif) exercises his influence in the knowledge of the object ensuring an effect upon the object.

Conductive influence (Tasurruf) is of three types.

1) Miracle

2) Wonder-working

3) Sorcery

It is necessary to understand here, the difference between these three.

Sorcery is that knowledge which is induced in a person for a specific purpose by the evil spirits of the limbo or the demonolater jinns.

Example of such a case is also found in times of the Holy prophet (PBUH).

A lad, named Saaf Ibn-e-Sayyad, used to live in an orchard situated in the vicinity of Medina. Demonolaters, on getting a chance, took him into their possession and aroused his sixth sense. He used to lie down covering himself in a sheet and would close his eyes and kept on watching and hearing the activities of the angels which he narrated for the people. When the Holy prophet (PBUH) heard about him, he urged Omar (RA) to accompany him to see Ibn-e-Sayyad.

He was playing on a red mound near Medina when they reached there Holy Prophet (PBUH) asked him, tell who am I?

He paused, thought and finally said, “You are messenger of the Illiterates but you proclaim to be the messenger of Allah”

Holy Prophet (PBUH) commented, “Your knowledge is imperfect and you have fallen prey to doubt, anyhow tell what is there in my heart?”

He replied. “Dukh” (one who does not believe) i.e. you think that I’ll not believe.

Holy Prophet (PBUH) told him, then, your knowledge is limited, you won’t be able to progress. You also do not know why it is so Hazrat Omar said, “I may be granted permission to chop off his head.” Holy prophet (PBUH) replied, “O, Omar if he is Dajjal you won’t be able to get him and if he is not, his killing would be futile, leave him”.

In the unseen world words and their meanings mean nothing. Everything whether is it a fantasy, a thought, an idea or a feeling it has from and figure. If the sixth sense of someone is actively functioning, ability of clairvoyance is produced in him. The word for prophet in Hebrew means, one who sees that unseen and the word for messenger means the messenger of the unseen. For this reason Ibn-e-Sayyad failed to determine prophetic status of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). What he could observe was a messenger of the unseen, since his acquaintance with the unseen realm was limited and confined to himself or to the extent of those jinns who were his instructors and friends.

He could observe the activities of the angels and this was the maximum what his art could do. When he tried to understand the status of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) he declared him a messenger of the Unseen as he was not blessed with the gnosis of the Deity. His necromancy could help him to know only that Mohammad (PBUH) had born in an illiterate nation and he had performed his miracles before an illiterate nation, so under this impression he concluded that he was the Messenger of the illiterates.

When Holy Prophet (PBUH) found him confined in the limits of Sorcery he asked him to tell that what was there in heart. Replying to this question he said, ‘Dukh’. Upon this the Holy Prophet (PBUH) concluded that he won’t ever have the cognition of the Reality, he commented that he wouldn’t be able to progress.

Thus like lbn-e-Sayyad no sorcerer can enjoy the true cognition of God.

This is the main difference between the Sorcery and the Prophetic Knowledge that the former remains confined within the limits of necromancy, whereas the Prophetic Knowledge takes a man beyond the limits of prophesying and enables him to reach the divine goal of the Cognition of God.

When something supernatural is made to happen by a prophet under the influence of his Prophetic Knowledge, it is called Miracle and something is made to occur by a saint following the Prophetic Knowledge, it is called the Wonder-working. Effects of the Miracle and the Wonder-working are permanent, that is, they remain enforced unless abolished or removed by their producer. Whereas, the actions conducted under sorcery are not permanent and their impact is automatically lost with the change of the environments or atmosphere. Anything that is made to happen because of Sorcery is known as Magic.

God is the Savior

On its return from an expedition Muslim Army camped it a place with few tree clumps. It was a very warm noon. Holy Prophet (PBUH) and his Companions lied down in the shades of the trees. Holy Prophet (PBUH) hung his sword on a tree branch and lied there in the shade to rest. The companions thinking to afford him a chance to rest left him alone. A Bedouin looking for an opportunity attempted – to avail this chance. He stealthily approached the tree, took out the sword of Holy Prophet (PBUH) from its sheath and advanced to attack. Hearing the footfall, Holy Prophet (PBUH) opened his eyes and seeing the Bedouin with sword in his hand sat up. The Bedouin asked, “O Mohammad! Who is going to save you from me?” Holy Prophet (PBUH) said in a very calm manner. “Allah!”

Impact of this one worded reply was such that the sword fell down from the hand of the Bedouin two nights using poetic verses said, “It is amazing to see the jinns putting litters on their camels and rushing towards Makka impatiently only to have guidance.” Swad grew restless and couldn’t sleep for the rest of the night. Early in the morning he arranged a horse and set off for Makka to meet with the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Holy Prophet (PBUH) upon seeing Swad said, Welcome, Swad Bin Qarab. I know what has brought you here.” Swad believed what jinn had told him and he embraced Islam.

This incident tells us that the world of jinns is not very different than that of the world of man. Jinns also use camels as man does. Jinns also seek guidance as man does. Jinn also embrace Islam by virtue of ability granted to them from God as the human beings do. Jinns too, consider it the greatest honor to sacrifice their lives for the sake of their beloved Prophet just as Muslims consider and have love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

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