Every religion in the world has some concept of miracles in it. Islam is no exception. In spite of the fact that Islam is propagated in the media as the most rational of system of beliefs and practices, there is definitely a notion of miracle in the system. The most significant element of Islam is the holy Qur’an. All Muslims believe that the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet of Islam through the Archangel Jibreel. The holy Qur’an, that actually exists as a book in our times, came to mankind as a spoken word. As the Prophet received WAHY, he would recite the revealed words to his people.

Apart from the WAHY being a miracle of the Prophet of Islam, if we read the ,,,, itself there are a number of events described within the Qur’an which are basically miraculous events.

Let us, at this point, define what a miracle is. Arabic lexicography and philology plays a very significant role in defining and understanding the Islamic principles. That is why there is such great significance attached to the 99 names of Allah (Asmaa-e-Husna). Each name actually signifies a particular attribute of Allah by which His Majesty of Creation and Being is made manifest to His creations.

The word for miracle in Arabic is ‘Ijaaz or M’u’jizaa. These words are derived from the root ‘I-J-Z. The basic meaning of this term is being in a state of helplessness. There are numerous verses in the Qur’an where this word has been used in the meaning of ALLAH IS NOT HELPLESS. For miracles that were given by Allah to the various prophets, the Qur’an has used the word bayyinaat, for example in Q.10:13 and in many other verses. Examples of these that have been mentioned in the Qur’an are given below:

1. The stick that was carried by prophet Moosa, would turn into a serpent and then back into a stick.

2. The hoopoe bringing the news of the Queen of Saba to Prophet Sulayman.

3. One of the men of prophet Sulayman bringing the throne of the queen of Saba to him in the blinking of an eye.

4. The miraculous saving of prophet Isma’eel from the slaughter.

5. The prophet Yunus stays inside a huge fish for forty nights and then returns alive.

6. The destruction of an army of elephants by a flock of birds.

7. The she-camel of prophet Saleh as a sign of Allah

8. The flood of prophet Nooh.

9. The death of prophet Uzair and then his coming alive after a hundred years.

10. The story of the yellow cow of the Banu Israel.

11. The returning of prophet Y’aqoob’s eye-sight by way of the shirt of prophet Yusuf.