Hazrat Esa : Life Story and Miracles
Hazrat Esa (who is also known as Jesus) is the Prophet of Allah Almighty. He was sent around 570 years before Hazrat Muhmmad (last Messenger of Allah). He was born in Judea, Roman Empire on 25th of Dhul Qaddah. He is mentioned in Quran many times and also considered to be a very important figure in Islam. Hazrat Esa was consigned to teach the Children of Isreal. Allah revealed his book Injeel upon him. He was the son of Hazrat Maryam (AS).
Children of Israel
As narrated in the Holy Quran, Hazrat Esa was sent for Bani Israel, also called Children of Israel. Israel was the title of Hazrat Yaqub (AS) who had 12 sons. 12 tribes were originated from them. The most prominent son of Hazrat Yaqub was Hazrat Yousuf (AS). Unlike the previous Prophets, Hazrat Esa was not refered to them as Ya Qawmi’ or ‘my people’. This is because he was born without a father, so they were not his nation.
God gifted miracles of Hazrat Esa (AS)
Birth of Jesus
He was the son of Hazrat Maryam and was born without a father. It was a miracle that Allah sent him without having a father. When Hazrat Maryam was in a temple, an angel came to her and told her about the coming of Hazrat Esa that she would have a son. This visit caused her anxiety. It was very hard for her as many questions were popping in her mind. How could she face the people having a son without a husband. She than left the temple and went to Nazareth. The place where she was born. She settled in a simple farm house as she didn't want to face public. According to Quran,
"So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place (ie., Bethlehem valley, about four to six miles from Jerusalem). And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said: "Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!"
After the birth of Hazrat Esa, she was fearing how could she face them? What would she say?. But than Hazrat Esa from the cradle speaks described in Quran as,
"Then (the babe "Jesus" or Gabriel) cried unto her from below her, saying: "Grieve not! Your Lord has provided a water stream under you; and shake the trunk of palm tree to wards you, it will let fall fresh ripe dates upon you. So eat and drink and be glad, and if you see any human being, say. 'Verily! I have vowed a fast unto the Most Beneficent (Allah) so I shall not speak to any human being this day". [ Surah 22-26]
Breathing life to clay birds
It is the special ability of Hazrat Esa that he can give life to clay made birds by breathing on them.
Cure the blind
Hazrat Esa can cure the blind with the blessings of Allah Almighty. Many people came to him just to cure their blindness.
Giving life to dead
It was an unbelievable miracle of Hazrat Esa given to him by Allah that he can give life to dead. These all miracles of Hazrat Esa are narrated in the book of Allah,
"I have come to you with a sign from your Lord. I will make the shape of a bird out of clay for you and then breathe into it and, by God’s leave, it will become a living bird. And by God’s leave I will heal the blind and the leper and bring the dead to life. And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers". (Aal `Imran 3:49)
Table of food from Heaven
Children of Israel asked Hazrat Esa that if you are a true Messenger of Allah and you told us the truth then can your Lord give us a table of food from the Heaven. Hazrat Esa then prayed to Allah as said in Holy Quran,
Jesus, son of Mary, said, "O God, our Lord! Send down for us a table spread with food from heaven, so that it may be a feast for us, for the first of us and for the last of us: a sign from You. Give us our sustenance, for You are the best of sustainers". God replied, "I will certainly send it down to you, but whosoever of you deny the truth thereafter will be -punished with a punishment such as I have never meted out to anyone else in the world". (Al-Ma’idah 5: 112-115)
2nd Coming of Hazrat Esa (AS)
The second coming of Prophet Esa is declared by Allah Almighty in Holy Quran,
"And his second coming is truly a sign for the Hour, so havr to doubt about it and follow me. This is the straight path". [Quran 43:61]
So it is confirmed that Hazrat Esa will come again at the time close to the day of judgment. He will than lift the Mankind from chaos.
Hadiths about the second coming of Prophet Esa
There are many Hadiths that refer the second coming of Hazrat Esa, Hazrat Muhmmad described the details of Esa's return as,
Isa, son of Maryam (as), will descend at the white minaret in the eastern side of Damascus, wearing two garments lightly dyed with saffron and placing his hands on the wings of two Angels. When he would lower his head, there would fall beads of perspiration from his head, and when he would raise it up, beads like pearls would scatter from it’. [Muslim]
Thus, Hazrat Esa (AS) is not only an important figure in the history of Islam but there's also a significant role of him in the future.