Will you give information about the miracles of prophets being pioneers of the wonders of civilization?

One of reasons why the miracles of prophets are mentioned in the Quran is that it shows humanity the examples that are necessary for material development, encouraging people to make similar things to the miracles.

It is as though the Quran is pointing out the principles and foundations of the material advancement with the stories of prophets. The Quran warns people as follows:

 “O people! The miracles that you see are some samples and examples. Exert yourselves to the utmost and discover the means to achieve things similar to them."

Badiuzzaman Said Nursi who is one of the greatest scholars and thinkers of our time said the following in his work titled The Damascus Sermon;

"We understand from the Qur'an's teaching and instruction and what these indicate that through mentioning the prophets' miracles, the Qur'an is informing mankind that events similar to those miracles will come into existence in the future through progress, and is urging them to achieve them, saying:"

"Come on work! Show examples of these miracles! Like the Prophet Solomon (UWP), cover a journey of two months in a day! Like the Prophet Jesus (UWP), work to discover the cure of the most frightful diseases! Like the Prophet Moses (UWP), extract the water of life from stone and deliver mankind from thirst! Like the Prophet Abraham (UWP), find materials and dress in them so that fire will not burn you!"

"Like some of the prophets, listen to distant voices and see distant images in east and west! Like the Prophet David (UWP), soften iron like dough and make it like wax to meet the needs of mankind! How greatly you benefit from the clock and the ship, the miracles of the Prophet Joseph (UWP) and the Prophet Noah (UWP) respectively. Benefit in the same way from the miracles the other prophets taught you, and imitate them."

"By analogy with the above, the Qur'an instructs mankind in every respect, urges them to material, moral and spiritual progress, and proves that it is the universal teacher and master."

Yes, the past is the mirror of the future. The inventions in the future are built on the foundations of the past. The advancement in this age took place completely based on the signs and inspirations indicated by religions. For example:

a) The first clock was given to humans through Hz. Yusuf (Joseph) (pbuh) and the firstship through Hz. Nuh (Noah) (pbuh).

b)With so much advancement invented thanks to the softening of iron, which is the foundation of many arts and professions, the mankind was helped by the miracle of Hazrat Dawud (PBUH) (David): “the miracle of softening the iron in his hand”.

c)With the advancement made possible by the invention of airplanes, rockets, etc, the mankind approached the miracle of Hazrat Sulayman (PBUH) (Solomon): “the wind (air) becoming under his command”.

d)The centrifuge device drawing water from barren and sandy places is similar to the miracle of Moses (PBUH) “water springing from the place where he struck his rod”.

e)The advancement in medicine brought about by man’s experiments and sharing the ideas is similar to the miracles of Jesus in the field of medicine. Jesus (PBUH) cured many patients that the science of medicine of that time could not cure and he even revived the death. Today’s medicine can prevent death temporarily through medical interventions like heart transplant and artificial heart, thus doing something similar to the miracle of Jesus: “reviving the dead”.

f)The miracle of Abraham (PBUH): “not burning in the fire” is encouragement for the invention of non-flammable things like amianthus.

g)The miracle of Hazrat Yusuf (PBUH) (Joseph) seeing his father Hazrat Yaqub (Jacob), who was in Kanan, and retreating from Zulaykha. The miracle of Jacob smelling the scent of Joseph’s shirt from the caravan that set off from Egypt. The miracle of the throne of Balqis being brought to the presence of Sulayman... All of those miracles indicate that it will be possible to transport things, sounds and smells from long distances and encourage people to work on them. As a matter of fact, through devices like radio, television and telephone, things similar to those miracles were partly realized. 

h)The miracle of teaching the speech of birds to Solomon indicates that people can learn what the sounds of birds mean and encourages people to discover the characteristics of those sounds and make use of those animals. As a matter of fact, the studies on bird speech have reached a very high level today. 

There are so many similar miracles that man has not been able to do things similar to them; man has been trying to invent and discover them with the advancement of civilization.(İşâratü’l-İ’câz, 215-216; Sözler, 262 ff.; Hutbe-i Şamiye, 28)

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