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PROPHET AND INCREASING (BY BLESSING) THE FOOD


These are the miracles given to prophets like Eesa (the table, healing of the blind and leper) as mentioned in Quran Surah 5:110 and 112 and Musa (increasing the water) as well, Quran Surah 2:60 etc. These were the miracles given to Prophets by Allah.

 

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THE STORY OF UMM MA'BAD

The Prophet and Abu Bakr(R) on their way to Al-Madina, continued their journey until they reached the solitary tent belonging to a woman called Umm Mabad Al-Khuzaiyah. She was a gracious lady who sat at her tent-door with a mat spread out for any chance traveler that might pass by that way. Fatigued and thirsty, the Prophet and his companion wanted to refresh themselves with food and some milk. The lady told them that the flock was out in the pasture and the goat standing nearby was almost dry. It was rainless year. The Prophet with her permission touched its udders, reciting over them the Name of Allah and to their great joy, there flowed plenty of milk out of them. The Prophet first offered the milk to the lady of the house, and he shared what was left with other members of the party. Before he left, he milked the goat again, filled the container and gave it to Umm Mabad. After some time her husband arrived with thin goats hardly having any milk in their udders and he was astonished to see milk in the house. His wife told him that a blessed man passed by the way and gave details about his physical appearance and the manner of talking.

 

Abu Mabad(R) immediately realized that the man was the one Quraish were searching for and asked her to give full description of him and she gave a wonderful account of his physique and manners. Abu Mabad, after listening to his wife’s account expressed a sincere wish to accompany the Prophet whenever possible. He reiterated his admiration in verses of a poet that echoed all over Makkah to such an extent that the people therein thought it was a jinn inculcating words in their ears. Asma(R), daughter of Abu Bakr(R) on hearing those lines, got to know that the two companions were heading for Madinah. The short poem opened with thanking Allah for giving them (the Mabad’s) the chance to host the Prophet for awhile. It then gave an account of the bliss that would settle in the heart of the Prophets companion whosoever he was. It closed with an invitation tothe whole mankind to come and see by themselves Umm Mabad, her goat and the container of milk that would all testify to the truthfulness of the Prophet .

 

INCREASING WATER IN TABUK

When they drew near Tabuk, the Prophetsaid: If Allah will, tomorrow you will arrive at the Tabuk spring. You will not get there before daytime. So whoever reaches it should not touch its water; but wait till I come. Muadh said: When we reached the spring there was some water as usual. We found that two men had already arrived before us. The Messenger of Allah asked them: Have you touched its water? They replied, Yes. He said what Allah inspired him to say, then he scooped up a little water of that spring. It was a thin stream where water gathered. He washed his face and hand with it and poured it back into it; consequently plenty of water spouted out of it so people watered. The Messenger of Allah said Muadh! If you were to live long life you will see in here fields full of vegetation. Nowadays Tabuks fields are full of vegetation as the Prophet foretold.

 

These are miracles given to prophets, Jesus (the table) and Moses (increasing the water) as well.

 

INCREASING OF WATER FOR ABLUTION

Narrated `Imran:Once we were traveling with the Prophet () and we carried on traveling till the last part of the night and then we (halted at a place) and slept (deeply). There is nothing sweeter than sleep for a traveler in the last part of the night. So it was only the heat of the sun that made us to wake up and the first to wake up was so and so, then so and so and then so and so (the narrator `Auf said that Abu Raja' had told him their names but he had forgotten them) and the fourth person to wake up was `Umar bin Al- Khattab(R). And whenever the Prophet () used to sleep, nobody would wake up him till he himself used to get up as we did not know what was happening (being revealed) to him in his sleep. So, `Umar(R) got up and saw the condition of the people, and he was a strict man, so he said, "Allahu Akbar" and raised his voice with Takbir, and kept on saying loudly till the Prophet () got up because of it. When he got up, the people informed him about what had happened to them. He said, "There is no harm (or it will not be harmful). Depart!" So they departed from that place, and after covering some distance the Prophet () stopped and asked for some water to perform the ablution. So he performed the ablution and the call for the prayer was pronounced and he led the people in prayer. After he finished from the prayer, he saw a man sitting aloof who had not prayed with the people. He asked, "O so and so! What has prevented you from praying with us?" He replied, "I am Junub and there is no water."

 

The Prophet () said, "Perform Tayammum with (clean) earth and that is sufficient for you." Then the Prophet () proceeded on and the people complained to him of thirst. Thereupon he got down and called a person (the narrator `Auf added that Abu Raja' had named him but he had forgotten) and `Ali, and ordered them to go and bring water. So they went in search of water and met a woman who was sitting on her camel between two bags of water. They asked, "Where can we find water?" She replied, "I was there (at the place of water) this hour yesterday and my people are behind me." They requested her to accompany them. She asked, "Where?" They said, "To Allah's Messenger () ." She said, "Do you mean the man who is called the Sabi, (with a new religion)?" They replied, "Yes, the same person. So come along." They brought her to the Prophet () and narrated the whole story. He said, "Help her to dismount." The Prophet () asked for a pot, then he opened the mouths of the bags and poured some water into the pot. Then he closed the big openings of the bags and opened the small ones and the people were called upon to drink and water their animals. So they all watered their animals and they (too) all quenched their thirst and also gave water to others and last of all the Prophet () gave a pot full of water to the person who was Junub and told him to pour it over his body. The woman was standing and watching all that which they were doing with her water. By Allah, when her water bags were returned the looked like as if they were more full (of water) than they had been before (Miracle of Allah's Messenger ()) Then the Prophet () ordered us to collect something for her; so dates, flour and Sawiq were collected which amounted to a good meal that was put in a piece of cloth. She was helped to ride on her camel and that cloth full of foodstuff was also placed in front of her and then the Prophet () said to her, "We have not taken your water but Allah has given water to us."  Sahih al-Bukhari Vol.1:344

 

See also

Prophet’s Miracles; Prophet’s Mercy; Prophet as role Model;

 

References

http://www.pbuh.us/prophetMuhammad.php?f=Cr_Blessings

 

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