Healing of the born blind

  1. 3. Healing of the born blind

Surah Hal-e-Imran 3, 49 c             (Muhsin Khan)

(Isa): "I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that ….  I heal him, who was born blind,

One of the distinct miracle Isa Al Masih performed, which was never seen by- nor recorded of any of the other 5 major Prophets, the 40 prophets mentioned in the Quran, the 72 recorded in the Holy Bible or the said 124’000 prophets of any time is the instant healing of the born blind. It has been seen and done ever since again through any follower of Isa, when there was faith in His Name, wherever the Injiil has been read and preached. The Holy Quran lists this as a distinct sign from Allah of Jesus supreme honor among the prophets. The detailed accounts of how it happened we find in the Holy Injiil as shared below. Here we read that he healed many of various paralytics whether blind, mute, lame, crippled and other deceases whenever they were brought at his feet:


Injiil,     Matthew 15:30 (NIV)

Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them.

 

In addition this verse talks about sicknesses and exorcism of evil spirits, alongside many blind who were healed.


Injiil,     Luke 7:21             (NIV)

At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.

 

The next account is a triple healing of a blind, mute and demon-possessed man. It was increasingly powerful, so that the people started wondering whether Isa could be the promised Messiah.


Injiil,     Matthew 12:21-23           (NIV)

22 Then they brought him a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute, and Jesus healed him, so that he could both talk and see. 23 All the people were astonished and said, “Could this be the Son of David?”


Then we see Isa healing a blind man in two steps, by taking him outside the village by spitting on the man’s eyes, and then putting his hands on him until he could clearly see.


Injiil,     Mark 7; 22-25     (NIV)     Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida

22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?”

24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.”

25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.

In this story in the Injiil, the blind beggar Bartimaeus receives his sight by calling out to Isa walking by in a loud voice and with compelling faith, that he as the Son of David would have mercy on him.

Injiil,     Mark 10; 46-52  (NIV)    

46 Then they came to Jericho.  As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (which means “son of Timaeus”), was sitting by the roadside begging. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

48 Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

49 Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”

So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” 50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.

The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.


The religious Jews were furious and up to accusing Isa and his followers of breaking the Jewish law in order to get rid of Him with religious punishment. The disciples on the other hand were up to judge people for the cause of their sickness, especially those born that way.

In the following story, by the way he healed the man; he gave spiritual lessons to both groups, as well as to the patient, born blind. He gave him a task to go and wash himself in order to fulfill the Law of Moses as well as a sign to them:


Injil,       John 9; 1-41        (NIV)     Isa Heals a Man Born Blind

1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

6 After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. 7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

8 His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some claimed that he was.

Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”

But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”

10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.

11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”

12 “Where is this man?” they asked him.

“I don’t know,” he said.

13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had been blind. 14 Now the day on which Jesus had made the mud and opened the man’s eyes was a Sabbath. 15 Therefore the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. “He put mud on my eyes,” the man replied, “and I washed, and now I see.”

16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.”

But others asked, “How can a sinner perform such signs?” So they were divided.

17 Then they turned again to the blind man, “What have you to say about him? It was your eyes he opened.”

The man replied, “He is a prophet.”

18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”

20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” 22 His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who already had decided that anyone who acknowledged that Jesus was the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23 That was why his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”

24 A second time they summoned the man who had been blind. “Give glory to God by telling the truth,” they said. “We know this man is a sinner.”

25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

26 Then they asked him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”

27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?”

28 Then they hurled insults at him and said, “You are this fellow’s disciple! We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don’t even know where he comes from.”

30 The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.”

37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.”

38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.

39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” (Spiritual blindness)

40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”

41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.


The Jews even accused him of sin of healing on the Sabbath, which was the Jewish holiday and sacred as per Shariah law. This was refuted by the healed man’s parents, who could not only confirm this miracle, but also testify the sign that Isa was not a sinner, because no other person would ever have been able to give sight to the blind, and therefore must be of Allah. Isa not only healed the man, but also let him to believe into Himself as the Messiah, and accepted his worship. Yes, we Muslim must pause here: He really did not stop the healed man from worshiping him. Are we among the true believers or are we like the Jewish Pharisees (Spiritual leaders) who by not recognizing Isa as who he really was remained in spiritual darkness ever since till today. Are you among those who remain in darkness?


There is the 3rd option of people, who said that Isa had a demon in him through whom he is operating this supernatural healing s. Are you a respondent who terms him crazy?


Injiil,     John 10, 20-21                   (CEV)

20 Many of them said, “He has a demon in him! He is crazy! Why listen to him?”

21 But others said, “How could anyone with a demon in him say these things? No one like that could give sight to a blind person!”


Isa heals the born blind and with this proves that he is the Messiah, the Jews were waiting for and the spiritual Son of God revealed to the world. He establishes his true identity as the light of the world, to deliver all who believe in him from spiritual blindness as well until today. Many believed and worshiped him at that time and throughout the centuries and many do so today. The Jewish religious leaders did not recognize him, and others termed him crazy, and this until this very day. What is your response as a true Muslim?