Water flows from the blessed fingers of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)
By Ibn Al-Hajj Rafique as-Sanghoi
There are many traditions concerning the Messenger of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam-peace be upon him) performing miraculous outcomes with water during various times of His blessed life. It can be understood that to increase the volume of water is a miracle. If water is heated it evaporates as steam, and if it is cooled it freezes as ice. One causes a reduction in volume, the other an increase. However both do not leave the water in its original presence. The Messenger of Allah (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam-peace be upon him) increased the volume with no change to the present condition of that water.
How can this be? It is exactly for this reason why it is a miracle, beyond scientific explanation. The water that touched the blessed hands of the Beloved (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam-peace be upon him) became blessed itself. All miracles were blessings of Allah, which He delivered via His Beloved Messenger (peace be upon him).
Narrated Anas bin Malik (may Allah be please with him): I saw Allah’s Prophet (peace be upon him) at the time when the Asr (late afternoon) prayer was due. Then people were searching for water for ablution but they could not find any. Then some water was brought to Allah’s Prophet (peace be upon him) and he placed his hand in the pot and ordered the people to perform the ablution with the water. I saw water flowing from underneath his fingers and the people started performing the ablution till all of them did it.
(Sahih Al-Bukhari V4: 773)
narrated Anas bin Malik (may Allah be please with him): The Prophet (peace be upon him) went out on one of his journeys with some of his companions. They went on walking till the time of the prayer became due. They could not find water to perform the ablution. One of them went away and brought a little amount of water in a pot. The Prophet (peace be upon him) took it and performed the ablution, and then stretched his four fingers on to the pot and said (to the people), ” Get up to perform the ablution”. They started performing the ablution until all of them did it, and they were seventy or so persons.
(Sahih Al-Bukhari V4: 774)
Narrated Humaid: Anas bin Malik (may Allah be please with him) said, “once the time of the prayer became due and the people whose houses were close to the mosque went to their houses to perform ablution, while others remained (sitting there). A stone pot containing water was brought to the Prophet (peace be upon him), who wanted to put his hand in it, but it was too small for him to spread his hand in it, and so he had to bring his fingers together before putting his hand in the pot. Then all the people performed the ablution (with that water).”
I asked Anas, “How many persons were they.”
He replied, “There were eighty men.”
(Sahih Al-Bukhari V4: 775)
Once the Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) encountered a shortage of water during a long journey with his companions. Thus at time of ablution, he (peace be upon him) ordered water to be brought to him. A utensil containing very little water was presented. This was all the water remaining in the caravan of the companions.
The Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) performed his ablution and from the remaining drops from within the utensil, He (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam-peace be upon him) raised his fingers out to allow a gushing flow of water from his fingers. Without delay, the companions rushed to find utensils, buckets, plates, water sacks and anything to hold and fill this blessed water. He (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam-peace be upon him) performed this miracle, as it was a blessing from Allah, showing the utmost supremacy of the messenger (peace be upon him). Many companions knew that such a miracle is a blessing of Allah, but a few saw it as a sign of warning.
Narrated Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him):
“We used to consider miracles as Allah’s blessings, but you people consider them to be a warning. Once we were with Allah’s Prophet (peace be upon him) on a journey, and we ran short of water.
He said, “Bring the water remaining with you.” The people brought a utensil containing a little water.
He (peace be upon him) placed his hand in it and said, “Come to the blessed water, and the Blessing is from Allah.”
I saw the water flowing from among the fingers of Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him), and no doubt, we heard the meal glorifying Allah, when it was being eaten (by him).
(Sahih Al-Bukhari V4: 779)
These traditions are only a few from the many narrations gathered in the Hadith books. The Prophet (peace be upon him) overcame all difficulties with ease. His (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam-peace be upon him) actions produced miracles on a daily basis.