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17. Understanding Islam

6.7. The Miracle working Christ

We have seen the uniqueness of Christ in many different ways in Islam. One of these is the many miracles attributed to him:

“Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah. And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead ‒ by permission of Allah. And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers.” (Qur’an 3:49)

Despite the phrase “by permission of Allah,” this verse still ascribes to Christ miracles no other prophet of Islam has performed, including creation. Compare this to what the Qur’an says about Mohammed:

The unbelievers say, ʽWhy has a sign not been sent down upon him from his Lord?’ Thou art ONLY a warner, and a guide to every people.” (Qur’an 13:7)

Muslim scholars recognise that “despite his being the last and greatest of God’s apostles, he was not empowered to perform miracles similar to those with which the earlier prophets are said to have reinforced their verbal messages. His only miracle was and is the Qur’an itself.” (Mohammed Asad, Message of the Qur’an).

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