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All the signs that this great revelation includes do not seem to be enough for them. Nor are they satisfied with all the signs that they see in the universe. They appeal for a miracle like the ones shown to earlier communities. Their request shows them to be totally oblivious to the nature of the Prophet’s message and its own great miracle. That is not a temporary miracle which is over and done with once a community has seen it. It is the Qur’ān, a permanent miracle which addresses our hearts and minds from one generation to another.
In reply to this request, God directs His Messenger to refer them to Him, for He alone knows what He has in store, and He alone will determine whether He shows them some miracle or not. This reply implies a delay and a warning. It also provides, by implication, an outline of the limitations of God’s servants. Muĥammad (peace be upon him), who was the greatest of all God’s prophets and messengers, had no knowledge of what God chose to keep to Himself. He had no influence over what would happen to people, for that is determined by God alone. Thus the distinction between God and His servants is clearly delineated.