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Throughout history, people have asked Prophets for miracles so that they would believe. As Jesus (pbuh) put it:

"Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders," Jesus told him, "you will never believe." (John, 4:48) The Qur'an reveals that those who persisted in their unbelief demanded that the Prophet (may God bless him and grant him peace) perform miracles: They say: "We will not believe you until you make a spring gush out from the ground for us; or have a garden of dates and grapes through which you make rivers come pouring; or make the sky, as you claim, fall down on us in lumps; or bring God and the angels here as a guarantee; or possess a house built out of gleaming gold; or ascend up into heaven - and even then we will not believe in your ascent unless you bring us down a book to read!" Say: "Glory be to my Lord! Am I anything but a human Messenger?" (Qur'an, 17:90-93)

Conscientious and rational people do not require miracles to believe in God, because for such people of awareness everything is a proof of God's existence. Everything from atoms to galaxies, every piece of the universe, is full of His existence and creation. Those who persistently demand miracles are, in reality, only looking for an escape route. In fact, they always make allegations of sorcery or anarchy when they witness the Prophets' miracles. Such an attitude only proves their unbelief.

The insincerity of such people is exposed, as in the passage given below:

If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead. (Luke, 16:31) The Qur'an states that such people will not believe, even if they see a miracle:

Even if We sent down angels to them, and the dead spoke to them, and We gathered together everything in front of them right before their eyes, they would still not believe, unless God willed. The truth is that most of them are ignorant. (Qur'an, 6:111) They have sworn by God with their most earnest oaths that if a Sign comes to them, they will believe in it. Say: "The Signs are in God's control alone." What will make you realize that even if a Sign did come, they would still not believe? (Qur'an, 6:109)

Adapted from: "A Call for Unity" by: "Harun Yahya"

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