The True Inner Meaning (Ta'wil) of Jesus' Miracles
"And will make him [i.e. Jesus] a messenger unto the Children of Israel, (saying): Lo! I come unto you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird, by Allah's permission. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah's permission..." (Qur'an 3:49).
"The gist of what is said in the verse (3:49) is that Hazrat Isa in his time used to make a figure of a bird out of clay and used to breathe ism-i azam into it and it used to become a bird by Allah's command. He also used to heal those born blind, lepers and used to raise the dead by Allah's command.
In the above-mentioned miracles, the ta'wil of the clay is the status of a mu'min; and that of bird is an angel and a spiritual entity (ruhani). The ta'wil of making clay, mixing water with dust, is to mix 'ilmul-yaqin (knowledge of certainty) with the belief and faith of a mu'min; and that of making a figure of a bird out of clay is creating the capacity and zeal for angelicity and spirituality in that mu'min. The ta'wil of breathing into the figure of the bird is to grant the dhikr of ism-i azam and special ibadat to a prepared mu'min; and that of becoming a bird is the spiritual birth of a mu'min, namely, the beginning of the angelic and spiritual life and the flight in the world of spirituality.
The ta'wil of healing the one born blind is to grant the open inner eye to a new Muslim, giving him the above mentioned kind of spiritual training.
The ta'wil of healing a leper is to improve (the condition of) a mu'min who is trapped in the extremely intense light and white luminousness in the beginning of spirituality.
And the ta'wil of raising the dead is to revive spiritually and restore to their previous position those who used to live in the life of the spirit of faith (ruhul-iman) and then had died with respect to ruhul-iman. This is the ta'wil and wisdom of the above-mentioned miracles of Hazrat Isa (a.s.).
Now the question arises whether the Chief of the Prophets, Hazrat Muhammad Mustafa (s.a.s.) also performed such miracles, or not? You will certainly reply, why not? For, he possessed all the perfect qualities of all the prophets and was the closest friend of God. These ta'wili miracles are such that they are related not only to the Prophet, but also to the holy Imams.
- 'Allamah Hunzai, Quran and Spirituality, p. 37
“I am the Christ who heals the blind and the lepers, who creates the birds and disperses the storm-clouds. I am he and he is I (ana huwa wa huwa ana). Indeed, Christ is the establisher of the truth, he is the king of this world and of the hereafter. Jesus the Son of Mary is from me and I am from him. He is the supreme Word of God.”
- Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, (Ja’far ibn Mansur al-Yaman, Kitab al-Kashf)