The Simple Miracles of Islam

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And they did not produce this amazing system of Islamic "prayers" just for "Muslims" — those who may have been born in Muslim homes. But they produced it for all of humanity that may turn to God and to Islam. For, God is everyone's God and the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is God's mercy to all the worlds.

Don't Know What to Say

Folks, frankly I don't know what to say. If all this does not strike you as miraculous, then there is nothing that I can do about it. For my part, I am speechless with awe and wonder.

And this is the same wonder, raised to the power of I don't know what, that I used to feel when I stared for hours at any of the other wonders of the world. For example:

  • The cascading waters of the Niagara Falls at the border between the United States and Canada.
  • The solid white marble of the Taj Mahal at Agra shrouded in a blue-white sheet of liquid moon.
  • Humming birds in America and the Caribbean flitting in and out of the open mouths of colorful flowers.
  • Humayun's tomb at Delhi at dusk when there was only the Asoka hotel anywhere close to it.
  • The endless deserts and sand dunes with their razor-sharp edges in Arabia.
  • The Twin Towers at New York before some monsters so cruelly brought them down.
  • The Empire State building in the same city that simply goes by the name of The City and that neither sleeps nor tires nor sits down to rest or take a siesta.
  • The Pyramids under Egypt's blazing sun and rocky landscape.
  • The river Nile in all her ancient glory as she winds her way through Egypt.
  • A calm blue Pacific routinely lapping the Hawaiian islands or an angry, stormy green Atlantic trying to tear down the shores in America and the Caribbean.
  • Formation after formation of pelicans dive-bombing with pinpoint accuracy in the emerald-blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea at shoals of fish below, which only their eyes could see or only their radars could detect.
  • Or just a single leaf in a tree; a blade of grass in a lush lawn in some part of the world; a solitary flower in a wilderness; a drop of water in a glass; a mere grain of sand on a beach; and a strand of hair on the head of any human child.

What Else To Say But Subhanallah?

These things, and a million other things like them, fill my heart with wonder, awe and amazement, every time I behold them. Perhaps not unlike the poet Wordsworth, whose heart danced every time he saw the daffodils sway in the breeze.

It is that same feeling, compounded a billion-fold, that I get when I gaze at the wonders of the Qur'an — at all those miracles that lie scattered all through the pages and passages of Allah's book.

The things I have listed above, and a million more things like them, never ceased to amaze me all through my life. I was awe struck at how absolutely tantalizing they were then and continue to be now — so incredibly amazing, you can only call them "miracles," wrought some of them directly by the divine finger and others more indirectly through the intermediacy of mortal human hands. And now it is that same sense of wonderment and awe that floods over me when I observe these other miracles in the Qur'an.

I used to say Subhanallah then. I say Subhanallah now. What else can I say? And, frankly, what else can anyone say?

But Before I Go

But before I take leave of this glorious subject, let me give you one or two or three more examples of the miracles of the Qur'an, specifically as they relate to your daily Salaat.

1. Question:

What should we say when we are in Rukoo'?

Answer from the Qur'an:

How about Fasabbih bismi rabbikal 'azeem? Please check to find your own translation. I don't know how to translate Sabbih.

2. Question:

What should we say when we are doing Sajdah or Sujood?

Answer from the Qur'an:

How about Sabbihisma rabbikal a'alaa? Please check to find your own translation for this one too, because I still don't know how to translate Sabbih.

3. Question:

What else can we say during different stages and activities of the Salaah? For example, when we formally enter the Salaah? Or when we begin to move into Rukoo'? Or when we get in and out of Sajdah?

In other words, where does our TakbeerAllahu Akbar! — that is such an important punctuation mark all through our Salaah and which is such an important utterance throughout Muslim life, come from?

Answers from the Qur'an:

How about Wa Rabbaka fa-kabbir? Standard translation: "And thy Lord do thou magnify!" But does this translation in any way exclude, or does it actually indicate and suggest, "Say Allahu Akbar"?

And Wa-kabbirhu takbeeraa! Standard translation: " ... yea, magnify Him for His greatness and glory." Again, does this translation exclude, or does it actually indicate and suggest, "Say Allahu Akbar"?

While We Are at It

But while we are at it, why not take in some more examples of the amazing ongoing and ever-living miracle of the deep, firm and unshakable rootedness of the Salaah in the Qur'an? So here are some more instances:

1. Question:

Every Muslim knows — or should know — and every non-Muslim who wants to talk about Islam and Muslims in an informed, responsible, courteous, polite, civilized and non-hostile manner should know, that the most important part of the Salaat is the reading of the Qur'an.

And of that, the most important is the recitation of Surah Fatihah: in every Rak'ah — one complete unit of Salaat. So much so that no Surah Al-Fatihah, no Salaah!

So, where does Al-Fatihah come from?

Answer from the Qur'an:

Why, it comes directly from the pages of the Qur'an. It is a Surah, chapter, of the Qur'an. The first one in fact, and it is the first thing anyone who opens the Qur'an at the beginning will run into.

2. Question:

What about the readings after Surah Fatihah? Where do they come from?

Answer from the Qur'an:

They also come from the Qur'an — just like Surah Fatihah. Every single word and syllable of them. Directly out of the pages of the Qur'an.

3. Question:

Why do we read A'oozu billahi minash shaitaanir rajeem before we start reading the Qur'an in the Salaah?

Answer from the Qur'an:

Because Allah in the Qur'an told us to do so: Fa idhaa qara'tal Qur'ana fasta'iz billahi minash shaitanir rajeem (16:98). Paraphrase: Whenever you read the Qur'an, ask Allah to protect you from the accursed Satan.

4. Question:

But we also read Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem. Where do we get that from?

Answer from the Qur'an:

Once again, the answer is: "Directly from the pages of the Qur'an, where else? It is part of the 30th Aayah of Surah An-Namal, Surah 27 that is."

And of course, like everything else, we also get it from the daily practice of the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. Because, everything the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, taught, he also practiced.

History has no parallel to this miraculous feat, which is a full and most amazing miracle all by itself: the fact that the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, also practiced everything he preached.

Another Miracle in the Qur'an: Doing Some Serious Math

And now let us do some serious math and discover yet another miracle of Islam, Muslim, the Qur'an and the Salaah: how God Almighty fulfils his covenant of protecting, safeguarding and preserving the Qur'an.

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