narrated by a celebrated, loyal, and brilliant student of the Prophet’s (UWBP) blessed school of the Bench, Abu Hurayra, who also cited as witness – rather, represented – all the other students of the Bench. Therefore, not to regard such a report as having the certainty of ‘consensus,’ either one’s heart must be corrupted, or one’s brain, destroyed! Is it at all possible that so truthful a person as Abu Hurayra, who devoted all his life to the Prophet’s (UWBP) Hadiths and to religion, and who heard and himself transmitted the Hadith, “Whoever knowingly tells a lie concerning me should prepare for a seat in Hell-fire,”1 should have related an unfounded incident or saying that would have made him the target of the People of the Bench’s rebuttal, and that would have caused doubt concerning the value and soundness of all the other Hadiths he had memorized? God forbid!
O our Sustainer! For the sake of the blessings You bestowed on Your Most Noble Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace), bestow the blessings of abundance on the favours with which You have provided us!
An Important Point: It is well-known that when assembled to-gether, weak things become strong. Fine threads are twisted and they become a strong rope; strong ropes are wound together and no one can break them. In this Sign, we have shown from among fifteen different kinds of miracles only one, that related to the blessings of increase and plenty, and the sixteen examples we have given constitute barely a fifteenth of this one kind. However, each of the examples mentioned is a proof on its own, with enough strength to prove prophethood. Even if some of them – supposing the impossible – were to be regarded as weak, they could still not properly be called such, since whatever is united with the strong also becomes strong.
When considered together, the sixteen examples given above constitute a great and powerful miracle through the strength of definite, indisputable ‘consensus in meaning.’ And when this miracle is joined by fourteen other miracles of plenty that have not been mentioned, it manifests a supreme miracle that is as indestructable as a bunch of strong ropes. Now add this supreme miracle to the fourteen other kinds of miracle, and see what a definite, decisive and irrefutable proof they provide for the prophethood of Muhammad (UWBP)! Thus, the pillar of Muhammad’s (UWBP) prophet
Bukhari, ‘Ilm, 39; Jana’iz, 33; Anbiya’, 50; Adab, 109; Muslim, Zuhd, 72; Abu Da’ud, ‘Ilm, 4; Tirmidhi, Fitan, 70; ‘Ilm, 8, 13; Tafsir, 1; Manaqib, 19; Ibn Maja, Muqaddima, 4; Darimi, Muqaddima, 25, 46; Musnad, i, 70, 78.