It was physically ‘impossible’ for Maryam (as) to be pregnant. It was ‘impossible’ for the sea to split in half for Prophet Musa and his people to escape the army behind them. It was ‘impossible’ for Prophet Ibrahim to emerge unscathed from the fire that his people threw him into. It was ‘impossible’ for the Prophet Muhammad to travel to Al-Aqsa and ascend to the heavens all in one single night.
May peace be upon them all.
Sometimes we read about these miracles but we fail to connect them to our own existence. “These miracles only happened in the past,” we say. “It’s not realistic for us to hope for miracles in our own lives,” we say.
But if you’ve ever experienced happiness after losing someone you loved deeply, you’ll understand how miraculous that feels. It’s as though Allah (swt) split your grieving heart in two like the Red Sea, and allowed hope to emerge from between the two towering walls of water.
He prevented the fire of your pain from consuming you. He filled your mind with ideas and your heart with love and appreciation, even when you thought you had nothing left to give.
He filled your bellies with life when you thought you would never carry a child.
He takes you to places in your dreams and in your realities that you never imagined possible.
And yet we believe that miracles are all in the past?
We aren’t meant to read about the miracles of Allah and then just move on as though they’re stories of the past. We are meant to understand that the miracles of Allah are happening all the time, all around us and within us as well.
When you cry out in the middle of the chaos of life – My Lord, show me a sign! – look within yourself. Remember every difficulty He saved you from. Remember when He healed you. Remember when He gave you a light to carry in the middle of the darkness.
Remember how you’ve survived so much – only because of Him. You are a miracle.
“We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth. But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?” (41:53).