Hadhrat Mawlana Manzur Nu’mani (may Allah shower him with mercy) writes:
”While on the subject of miracles, there is another intellectual miracle I would like to mention which, al hamdu lillah, is also preserved and living, and whoever wishes can still think over it, and satisfy himself of the truthfulness of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him), and of his being what he said he was. It is also something which I find, that the more I look into it, the more my own faith finds new strength – and this is the prayers of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him).
May Allah Almighty gives the best of rewards to the compilers of the hadith and fill their graves with the light of His mercy. Together with the other actions and statements of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him), they have preserved in their books the prayers he made on different occasions and under different circumstances. Then afterwards, some servants of Allah have collected these prayers into separate books, and today there are dozens of large and small books in which the prayers of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him) have been compiled in different ways.
[One very complete collection of his prayers is Hisn al-Hasin, which is published with an Urdu translation and notes. This book is very solid. A brief, but comprehensive and sufficient collection is Munajat Maqbul, which has been published with translation and notes by Mawlana ‘Ashiq Ilahi Bulandshehri, and educated people will find it very instructive][i]
If any person who has even an iota of reverence for God and spirituality in him, or the slightest consciousness of these things, looks at these prayers or even a translation of them, and thinks about them, then he cannot have any doubt that these prayers could only have come from the illuminated heart of a person who had the highest degree of understanding of humanity and indeed, of all creation, and the highest degree of consciousness of Allah Almighty, and in whose heart there was not the slightest trace of insincerity.
Alhamdu lillah, this poor servant is filled with this nur al-yaqin (light of conviction) by every one of these prayers, and I say openly that, perhaps because of my particular cast of mind, my own sensitivity and intuition derive more assurance and conviction about the nabuwwat (prophethood) of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him) from these prayers than from any other thing. Anyway, the prayers of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him) are also one of his shining, living and lasting miracles. Indeed, the truth is that if Allah Almighty has put any light at all in a person’s heart, then every aspect of the life of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him), indeed his every mannerism, is a miracle. ”
Din and Shari’at, Pages 77-79 (Zam Zam Publishers)
Note: The spelling of some words may have been changed when reproducing these passages. A paragraph added by the translator in the afore-mentioned book has also been omitted here.
[i] The English translation of Imam Muhammad Al-Jazri’s Hisn al-Hasin is also widely available An extremely beneficial English translation and commentary of Hadhrat Mawlana Ashraf ‘Ali Thanawi’s Munajat Maqbul by Khalid Baig has been published by Open Mind Press.