The Necessity for sending the Messengers (Part 3)
The necessity of miracles for prophets
This deep-rooted and comprehensive influence and importance of the prophets, and the love and belief of people in them cause some ambitious persons to take advantage of them, seeking to become influential and obtain their desires by claiming prophet hood.
So, if someone claims prophet hood and people gather round him, one cannot believe in him without some investigation. For it is possible that he falsely proclaims prop method, as many people have done up to the present day, and thus collects a following. In order to find out if someone is a genuine prophet, this latter must bring some evidence with him so that people can be sure of him and accept his claim. Thus the real prophets can be distinguished from the false. This evidence that distinguishes the true prophets from the false is known as miracles, and God gave miracles to His prophets and messengers so that people could be saved from mistakes and the dangers of those who seek to deceive them, and so that the face of truth may never be hidden from people. So far we have seen that messengers must bring miracles so that people can know. That they bear a message from God, and that what they say is true, and so that they may be completely obedient to them and follow their teachings with faith and conviction.
What are miracles?
Mircles (mu'jizah) are what the prophets did according to the Will of God in order to affirm the prophet hood they claimed, and which others are unable to copy.
Miracles are only a proof of prophet hood.
A group of those who sought excuses for their lack of faith demanded various things as miracles, not through a desire to have the prophet hood confirmed, but in order to oppose the prophets they even asked for things that were logically impossible. However, because the prophets brought enough miracles they did not accede to these demands and told these people that the position of a prophet is to guide, to bring good tidings and to warn. This is why miracles are according to the Will of God and in situations where they are necessary, as is mentioned in the Qur'an with reference to such people: Say: The signs are only with Allah, and I am only A plain warmer. (XKJX 50)
It was not for any Messenger to bring a sign, save By Allah's leave. (XL, 73)
Reference: Roots of Religion
Written by: Dar Rahe Haq Institute Writing Board
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