Creating a clay bird

  1. 2. Creating a clay bird to breathe life into it

Surah Ahl-e-Imran 3, 49 b            (Muhsin Khan)

(Isa) "I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, that I design for you out of clay, as it were, the figure of a bird, and breathe into it, and it becomes a bird by Allah's Leave; …..

This extra biblical miracle of Isa is very exceptional and unheard of any other prophet. He creates a bird out of clay and breathes into it; the bird comes alive and flies away into the air. Unique in all history Isa is declared a life giving Spirit. (Ruh-allah) No other prophet ever could create life by his own breath, apart from Allah himself. A 2000 years earlier Moses turned his staff into a snake as a sign to the Pharaoh and the unbelieving Egyptians, and Elijah turned water into fire as a sign to the false prophets of his time in Israel. Other prophets did extraordinary miracles when the Holy Spirit came upon them. All those stories we find recorded in the Old testament of the Bible (Tawrat & Books of the prophets) However here we find Isa Al Masih doing with his breath what only Allah himself did, some 4000 years earlier when he created the first human being Adam, and placed him in the Garden Eden:


Surah Ahl-e-Imran 3:59                 (Sahih International)


Indeed, the example of Jesus to Allah is like that of Adam. He created Him from dust; then He said to him, "Be," and he was.


Here we read that the example or sign of Isa here by creating a bird and breathing life into it is like that of Allah, when he created Adam. To say “Be” and “it was” is synonymous to “breathe spirit” and it becomes a living being or a living soul. How is the creation of the first human being recorded in the Tawrat and the Qur'an?


Tawrat,                 Genesis 2:7        (NIV)

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.


Surah Al Hijr 15:26-29    (Dr. Ghali)


26. And indeed we already created man of dry clay of mud modeled.

28. And as your Lord said to the Angels, "Surely I am creating a mortal of dry clay of mud modeled.

29. So, when I have molded him and breathed into him of My Spirit,”

Both scriptures agree on Adam being formed out of dust/clay by Allah himself and then given life, or a soul by the breath of Allah into his nostrils. The Qur'an adds in comparison, that Allah made the Jinns out of fire, and that he asked Satan to bow down and worship Adam, which he refused. In the Holy Injiil we also read on this subject that Isa (Ruh-Allah) again breathed his Spirit upon the disciples, so they got empowered to minister forgiveness (spiritual life) to anyone.

Injiil,     John 20:21-23    (NIV)

21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

In future, as we already learned, Isa Al Masih will return to destroy the Anti-Christ (Al Darjjal) and in this verse we read he will do so through the breath of his mouth.


Injil,       2 Thessalonians 2:8         (NIV)


And then the lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.


From all this, we conclude the following: Only Allah can create things by his word “Be” and by his Spirit “breath” which is the same as giving life.” Only Isa did exactly the same in his miracle with the bird in Surah 3, 59 and the other supporting examples in the Injiil. The sign for every understanding Muslim here is that Isa is equal to Allah, or in fact that Isa is Allah, since there can only be One Creator God. Isa is in no way a separate God, but is actual part of the same essence of Allah, who created us all. That is the reason why the holy Quran gives Isa the title “Kalimatullah” and “Ruh-Allah”. Both are part of Allah himself, the Word comes out of Allah and creates by saying “Be” and the Spirit comes out of Allah by breathing physical and spiritual Life into death material. The story of Isa with the bird is a sign to us that we recognize Isa for whom he really is: Allah in human shape.

Seven miracles are mentioned in particular in the Holy Qur'an. They all are unique and unheard from any other prophet. They all come with a deeper spiritual meaning for mankind, if we would only understand and believe? Allah loves humanity, wants to bless all people through his son, and forgive everyone’s sin and heal the sick in the name of his spiritual ‘Son’ Isa Al Masih, Kalimatullah.