Introduction: Just as the All-Wise Qur’an sends the prophets to man’s communities as leaders and vanguards in respect of spiritual and moral progress, so too it gives each of them some wonders and makes them the masters and foremen in regard to mankind’s material progress. It commands men to follow them absolutely. Thus, just as by speaking of the spiritual and moral perfections of the prophets, it is encouraging people to benefit from them, so too in discussing their miracles it is hinting encouragement to attain to things similar to them and to imitate them. It may even be said that like spiritual and moral attainments, material attainments and wonders also were first given mankind as a gift by the hand of miracles. Thus, what first gave man the gift of the ship, which was a miracle of Noah (Upon whom be peace), and the clock, a miracle of Joseph (Upon whom be peace), was the hand of miracles. It is a subtle indication to this truth that most craftsmen take a prophet as the patron of their craft. For example, seamen take Noah (Upon whom be peace), watchmakers take Joseph (Upon whom be peace), tailors take Idris (Upon whom be peace), and so on.
Indeed, since exact scholars and the science of rhetoric have agreed that each of the Qur’an’s verses contains numerous aspects of guidance and instruction, then the verses of the miracles of the Prophets, which are the most brilliant of the Qur’an of Miraculous Exposition’s verses, are not each historical stories, but comprise numerous meanings of guidance. Yes, through mentioning the Prophets’ miracles, it traces the final limit of man’s science and industry. It points the finger at his furthest aims. It specifies his final goals. And by striking the hand of encouragement on man’s back, it urges him forward towards them. Just as the past is the store of the needs of the future and mirror to its attributes, so too the future is the arable field of the past and mirror to its states. Now we shall explain only a few examples of that most extensive source as examples: