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20. For Readers of the Qur'an

1) Christ Heals the Blind

The Qur'an testifies twice that the Son of Mary opened the eyes of the blind without an operation, giving them intact sight by his creating and healing word. Christ himself made clear that, "I heal the blind" (Sura Al 'Imran 3:40). By this testimony, he declared that he did not open the eyes of one blind only but of many, again and again. In Sura al-Ma'ida 5,110 we read about the Son of Mary, that Allah testified to him after his ascension to heaven, "You have healed the blind". By this conclusive declaration, Allah confirmed that the healing of many blind by Christ during his time on earth was actually performed. These two testimonies raise Christ's healings of the blind above all suspicions.

Whereas the Qur'an does not describe the details of Christ's different healings, we add from the Gospel testimonies of eyewitnesses, which practically show Christ's mercy for the blind. In the Gospel, we read 15 times how the Son of Mary opened the eyes of the blind: Matthew 9:27-31; 11:4-6; 12:22-23; 15:30-31; 20:29-34; 21:14; Mark 8:22-26; 10:46-52; Luke 4:6-21; 7:21-23; 14:12-14; 18:35-43; John 9:1-41; 10:20-21; 11:37 … etc.

Reports from the Gospel, on how Christ Healed the Blind:

Mark 8:22-25 -- 22 And they came to Bethsaida. And they brought a blind man to Him, and asked Him to touch him. 23 And taking the blind man by the hand, He brought him out of the village; and after spitting on his eyes, and laying His hands upon him, He asked him, "Do you see anything?" 24 And he looked up and said, "I see men, for I am seeing them like trees, walking about." 25 Then again He laid His hands upon his eyes; and he looked intently and was restored, and began to see everything clearly.

Matthew 9:27-30 -- 27 And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, and saying, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!" 28 And after He had come into the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, "Be it done to you according to your faith." 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, "See here, let no one know about this!"

Matthew 12:22-23 -- 22 Then there was brought to Him a demon-possessed man who was blind and dumb, and He healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw. 23 And all the multitudes were amazed, and began to say, "Is this man not the Son of David?"

Matthew 15:29-31 -- 29 And departing from there, Jesus went along by the Sea of Galilee, and having gone up to the mountain, He was sitting there. 30 And great multitudes came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, dumb, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them, 31 so that the multitude marveled as they saw the dumb speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified God.

Mark 10:46-52 -- 46 And they came to Jericho. And as He was going out from Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the road. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!" 48 And many were sternly telling him to be quiet, but he kept crying out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" 49 And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him here." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage, arise! He is calling for you." 50 And casting aside his cloak, he jumped up, and came to Jesus. 51 And answering him, Jesus said, "What do you want Me to do for you?" And the blind man said to Him, "Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!" 52 And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.

Matthew 21:14 -- And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.

Luke 4:16-21 -- 16 And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. 17 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book, and found the place where it was written, 18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, 19 to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord." 20 And He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed upon Him. 21 And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."

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