The First: He passed his hand over the head of ‘Umar b. Sa‘d, and prayed. When the man died at the age of eighty, through the blessing of that prayer, there was not a single grey hair on his head.1
The Second: He placed his hand on Qays b. Zayd’s head, and prayed. Through the blessing of the prayer and effect of his touch, when Qays reached a hundred years of age, his head was white except for where God’s Messenger (Upon whom be blessings and peace) had placed his hand; that had remained totally black.2
The Third: ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Zayd b. al-Khattab was both small and ugly. God’s Messenger (UWBP) touched his head with his hand and prayed. Through the blessing of his prayer, ‘Abdurrahman acquired the loftiest stature and most beautiful form.3
The Fourth: ‘A’idh b. ‘Amr received a wound on the face during the Battle of Hunayn. God’s Messenger (UWBP) wiped away the blood on his face with his hand. The part of his face that the Messenger (UWBP) had touched acquired a shining brilliance, which the scholars of Hadith described as resembling a white blaze on a chestnut horse.4
The Fifth: He passed his hand over Qatada b. Malhan’s face and prayed, and Qatada’s face began to shine like a mirror.5
The Sixth: When Zaynab, the daughter of the Mother of Believers Umm Salama and the stepdaughter of God’s Messenger (UWBP) was a child, he sprinkled some of his ablution water on her face. With the touch of the water, her face acquired an extraordinary beauty.6
There are numerous further examples similar to these, most of which have been narrated by the leading scholars of Hadith. Even if we suppose each of these instances to be a single report and weak, as a whole they still demonstrate an absolute miracle of Muhammad (UWBP) that has the certainty of ‘consensus in meaning.’ For if an event is narrated in numerous different forms, the occurrence of the basic event becomes definite. Even if each is weak, it still proves the basic event.
For example, a noise was heard; some people said that a house had col
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 334; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 673.
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 334; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 674.
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 335; ‘Ali al-Qari, Sharh al-Shifa’, i, 676-7.
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 334; al-Haythami, Majma’ al-Zawa’id, ix, 412; al-Hakim, al-Mustadrak, iii, 487.
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 334; al-‘Asqalani, al-Isaba, iii, 225; al-Haythami, Majma’ al-Zawa’id, v, 319.
Qadi Iyad, al-Shifa’, i, 334; al-Khafaji, Sharh al-Shifa’, iii, 163; al-Haythami, Majma’ al-Zawa’id, ix, 259.