Channel: Mohammad Elshinawy
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For the majority of people who believe that God is the Creator of the universe, and remains a willful agent in the world, God's ability to perform miracles, or to enable others to perform them is easy to accept. After all, if God created the laws of nature, it logically follows that he is not bound by the system of laws that he himself designed. And so he can also if he so chooses, bring about occurrences outside of that system, like miracles.
Miracles are only problematic for atheists who believe in no God, or deists who posit a non intervening God. These are the only people that dismiss miracles as the remnants of the naive pre modern mind, as Spinoza and Hume try to argue centuries ago. Of course, just because miracles are logically possible, does not mean that every last historical claim about a miracle occurring should just be accepted blindly. No, there must be compelling evidence. As the saying goes, Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. But are we open to evidence, as many people say nowadays, only seeing is believing? I cannot believe in something unless I've seen it myself. But do we
actually operate consistently? According to that principle? Do we only use and trust maps that we have charted ourselves? Do we use this principle in that way with scientific facts, I refuse to accept them unless I've performed the experiment myself. rational people accept that testimony, and it's traceability and it's corroboration, they mount together sufficient evidence that an event or a fact is certainly true, or at least likely true. This brings us to the science of Hadith, a unique and sophisticated discipline in the Islamic scholarly tradition that is comprised of seven sub disciplines, all engineered to filter for us what can and cannot be traced authentically back to the
Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. As a result of this objective and meticulous process, only a tiny fraction actually, of what is reported about the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him passes through all of the filters and the rigorous authentication process to be classified as an authentic hadith. But the scholars of this discipline did not even stop there. They further subdivided and classified authentic traditions authentic hadith of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him into mutawatir, which are abundantly concurring or ahead which are solitary reports. mutawatir reports are those narrated to us by many narrators in every layer of
their chain of transmission, which would make it inconceivable that all of this cross referencing would give us a mistaken report. And it would make it inconceivable that all of these different, disconnected people colluded on a forgery ahead reports when they are authentic. That means they've been transmitted to us reliably just without reaching the benchmark the criteria of a mutawatir reports. For this reason the majority of Hadith scholars believe that this category the ahead offer us preponderance, meaning greater likelihood, as opposed to certain positive knowledge, which then will tell us it offer. So how does this relate to miracles miracles occurring at the hand of the
Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam. By Allah's Leave and consent is a motel wetted concept. This means that the sheer multitude of reports about the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him performing miracles make it irrelevant whether or not one specific incident one specific miraculous event has been verified or not, even if some of these specific accounts of miracles are not independently Matel acid, this can never amount to overturning the fact that he performed miracles and this is widespread common knowledge to all those who are around him and for generations to come. A good analogy to a motel whetted concept is the occurrence of World War One. The sheer
multitude of reports we receive 100 years later after World War One, make World War One occurring uncontestable even if some of the specific incidents reported to us about World War One come from unsubstantiated pathways of knowledge, reject
And without their concept would be tantamount to a person refusing to believe that the Mayan and Inca and Aztec civilizations ever existed unless they first invent their own time machine and traveled back in time to verify it themselves. And until that happens, this person would be willing to accept and entertain the possibility that these major historical civilizations existing in the first place could simply be some trans historical conspiracy, similar to what the Flat Earth Society posits today. Islam therefore requires with stringent conditions, a demonstrable chain of transmission before attributing any statement or any action like a miracle to the Prophet Muhammad,
peace and blessings be upon him. It's important to recognize how different this is, from the accounts of miracles that exist in other faith traditions. They usually if not always lack a chain of transmission to begin with, and are predicated entirely on faith with that bedrock and foundation in place. The next episode will cover accounts of some of the specific miracles of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him that were independently Moto X it. In other words, it will restrict itself to the most undisputable examples of specific miraculous events. Allah allowed to unfold on his blessed hands sallallahu alayhi wa sallam