Did Muhammad Perform any Miracles?
By. Ali Sina
It is no secret that
faith blinds and the believer cannot see anything wrong with the
object of his or her belief. This is the reason why while
Muslims can see the errors of Christians Jews or Hindus, they
are unable to see the absurdities in their own Faith..
Muslims love Muhammad to
the extent that they want to dress like him, speak the same
language that he spoke, behave the way he behaved and eat the
food that he ate. This is not an indication of the greatness of
Muhammad but the unconditional, fanatical and blind faith of his
believers. Followers of all cults eulogize and adulate their
leader as a divine being. This is no indication that their
leaders were really superior beings. Humans need heroes and
fabricate them. Often when these heroes die they assume a
mythological status much bigger than life. That is when their
human nature and defects are hidden form the eyes of their
Muslims have not seen
Muhammad. They rely entirely on second hand stories about their
prophet. Those stories idolize him beyond human reason. Many of
those Hadithes are forged, exaggerated by ruffians and are
baseless. See for examples the following Hadith that says
Muhammad split the moon.
Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 208
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
The people of Mecca asked Allah's Apostle to show them a
miracle. So he showed them the moon split in two halves between
which they saw the Hiram' mountain.
Bukhari Volume 4, Book 56, Number 830 ,831,
Or this one that
claims he made water out of nothing.
Bukhari Volume 1, Book 4, Number 170
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
I saw Allah's Apostle when the 'Asr prayer was due and the
people searched for water to perform ablution but they could not
find it. Later on (a pot full of) water for ablution was brought
to Allah's Apostle . He put his hand in that pot and ordered the
people to perform ablution from it. I saw the water springing
out from underneath his fingers till all of them performed the
ablution (it was one of the miracles of the Prophet).
the bread. Sahih
Bukhari Volume 5, Book 59, Number 428
course when challenged by skeptics, Muhammad repeatedly denied
being able to perform any miracle. He admitted that although
other prophets before him were given the power of performing
miracles, his only miracle is Quran.
Bukhari Volume 9, Book 92, Number 379
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, "There was no prophet among the prophets
but was given miracles because of which people had security or
had belief, but what I was given was the Divine Inspiration
which Allah revealed to me. So I hope that my followers will be
more than those of any other prophet on the Day of
There are many
verses in Quran that reaffirm this last Hadith, proving that
Muhammad never performed any miracle and found it useless. In
the following verse Muhammad is acknowledging that other
prophets before him came with miracles or clear signs but still
people rejected them, highlighting the futility of miracles as
the proof of his revelation.
They (also) said: "Allah took our promise not to believe
in an messenger unless He showed us a sacrifice consumed by
Fire (From heaven)." Say: "There came to you
messengers before me, with clear Signs and even with what ye
ask for: why then did ye slay them, if ye speak the
you are truthful?
All along, the unbelievers asked Muhammad
to perform a miracle so that they could believe. All they got in
They say: "We shall not believe in thee, until thou cause a
spring to gush forth for us from the earth,
And he would reply:
Say: "Glory to my Lord! Am I aught but a man,- a
People doubted Muhammad because they saw
nothing extraordinary or miraculous in him.
And naught prevented mankind from believing when the guidance
came unto them save that they said: Hath Allah sent a mortal
as (His) messenger?
And they say: "What sort of a messenger is this, who eats
food, and walks through the streets? Why has not an angel been
sent down to him to give admonition with him?
"Or (Why) has not a treasure been bestowed on him, or why
has he (not) a garden for enjoyment?" The wicked say:
"Ye follow none other than a man bewitched."
But Muhammad kept telling them that he is
just an ordinary man not an angel, meaning people should not
expect miracles from him!
Say: Had there been in the earth angels walking about as
settlers, We would certainly have sent down to them from the
heaven an angel as a messenger.
The common sense dictates that no one would
deny and call a man who performs such mighty miracles like
splitting the moon, as believed by all the Muslims a mad man or
possessed. But the people who knew him actually called him by
They say: "O thou to whom the Message is being revealed!
truly thou art mad (or possessed)!.
No one would demand him miracles if he had
already performed one
Why do you not bring to us the angels if you are of the
But Muhammad responded
We send not the angels down except for just cause: if they
came (to the ungodly), behold! no respite would they have!
The Quraishites kept asking for a
sign or a miracle to believe and Muhammad kept saying that he is
only a warner.
“And the Unbelievers say:
"Why is not a sign sent down to him from his Lord?"
But thou art truly a warner, and to every people a guide.”
There are many more ayat that tell the same
story. People asking miracles and him saying I am just a man,
just like you, only a warner. A clear proof that Muhammad never
performed any miracles is in this verse where it says that
people rejected even other messengers who came with miracles and
clear signs, meaning miracles are not helpful.
Then if they reject
thee, so were rejected messengers before thee, who came with
Clear Signs, Books of dark prophecies, and the Book of
In the above verses Muhammad is denying
any supernatural power. If he could perform the miracles
attributed to him in those Ahadith, what is the meaning of these
verses? In the following verse he clearly rejects miracles as
the proof of prophethood comparing them to witchcrafts.
Their hearts toying
as with trifles. The wrong-doers conceal their private counsels,
(saying), "Is this (one) more than a man like yourselves?
Will ye go to witchcraft with your eyes open?"
He was right!
What is the use of miracles anyway? Miracles may be a proof for
those who witness them, but mean nothing to others. Muhammad was
right in emphasizing that the real miracle is his message or the
Quran, because that is what really counts. Although this is a
valid principle, Quran is no miracle at all. It is a book full
of errors and inconsistencies.
I do not see
Muhammad as a superior human being for two reasons.
Many of Ahadith and verses from Quran, if right, reveal
him as an angry, ruthless, unforgiving, deceitful, and impious
man. Acts like looting merchant caravans, killing those who
decide to have their own faith and not follow him, cursing his
enemies, treating women as second class citizens and calling
them deficient in intelligence, assassinating cowardly his
opponents like a common gangster, and many more acts like these
are not precisely spiritual characteristics that I seek in a man
I would like to follow and emulate. His deeds are far from the
deeds of an "honored messenger" as he claimed to
be in Q.
Today's modern Muslims, especially those whose standard
of ethics is colored by western/humanistic precepts of right and
wrong try to distance themselves from those hadithes that depict
Muhammad as a ruthless immoral and unethical gangster. They deny
the validity of those hadithes and all what shows Muhammad in a
negative light. However, if those hadithes and verses are
forged, then the whole validity of Islam crumbles and there is
no reason for anyone to believe in a mythological figure whose
real life and words is not known.