The first wonder exhibited by this stone which is, in fact, a miracle of Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام was its long run full of wisdom. The discovery of this stone is also by virtue of this miracle.
Now the details of this wonderful event are presented. It was the tradition of the Bani Israel to bathe nude publically. Although Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام who was also a member of the same society, was born and raised in the same environment, Allah ﷻ raised his ranks by blessing him with the dignified status of Prophethood. Therefore, how could the dignified modesty of Prophethood adopt such immodesty!
Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام was very much against the immodesty of the Bani Israel. He عليه السلام would either bathe in isolation or by covering his body with a sheet. When the Bani Israel saw that he had not yet taken bathe nude, the wicked people blamed him by saying that he عليه السلام had a white mark of leprosy on his private parts or had some kind of deformity on his body which he concealed by not getting undressed in public. The wicked people openly announced this blame so much that there was not a corner to which the rumors about Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام had not reached. he عليه السلام was very much grieved and saddened due to this blame.
Obviously, Allah ﷻ did not like to see His beloved Kaleem in such a state of grief and anxiety and to see his honorable Prophet being falsely blamed. The Most Merciful Rab ﷻ created such means of freeing Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام from the blames declaring his purity that completely killed the evil plans and doubts of the Bani Israel within a few minutes. The evidence of his purity from such blames became evident more than the shining sun that brightens the entire world. Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام went to bathe at a hidden spring of water in the midst of the mountains. After making sure that there is no chance of anybody, he عليه السلام placed his blessed clothes on a stone and proceeded to bathe completely nude. After taking bath, he عليه السلام returned to the stone to wear his clothes. He saw that the stone was running away, taking his clothes with it! Upon seeing this, Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام also ran after it, saying “O stone, my clothes! O stone, my clothes!”
The stone kept on running. It ran to the extent that it entered the main avenues of the city and eventually ran into the streets of the city. Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام kept on following the stone whilst having no clothes on. This way, the youth and adults of the Bani Israel witnessed with their own eyes that the blessed body of Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام had no deformity from head to toe. And
instead, every limb of the blessed body of Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام had such perfection and beauty that it was impossible to find such example among ordinary people. Therefore, they all exclaimed: By Allah ﷻ Musa عليه السلام is flawless. When this stone exposed the purity and perfection of Sayyiduna Musa, it automatically stopped. Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام put on the clothes and put the stone in his bag.
(Sahih Bukhari, Kitab-ul-Anbiya, vol. 2, chapter 30, pp. 442, Hadees 3404; Tafseer As-Saawi, vol. 5, pp. 1659; Part 22, Surah Al-Ahzaab, verse 69)
Allah ﷻ has described this event in Holy Quran in the following words:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَا تَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ آذَوْا مُوسَىٰ فَبَرَّأَهُ اللَّهُ مِمَّا قَالُوا ۚ وَكَانَ عِندَ اللَّهِ وَجِيهًا –
O, believers! Do not be like the people who troubled Musa – so Allah ﷻ cleared him from the allegations they had uttered, and Musa is honorable in the sight of Allah ﷻ.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 22, Surah Al-Ahzaab, verse 69)
The second miracle (Twelve springs of water emerged from stone)
plains of TeehIn the plains of Teeh, it was the same stone that Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام struck with his blessed staff and consequently, twelve springs of water emerged from it. The Bani Israel used this water for forty years. In the verse of the Holy Quran (Part 1, Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 60) ‘stone’ refers to the same stone.
The remedy of a doubt: Those who do not believe in miracles judge everything using their imperfect intellect. They deny the miracle of the emergence of the springs of water from the stone by considering it to be impossible and say that our intellect cannot accept the fact that the twelve springs of water emerged from such a small stone. It is a common observation that Allah ﷻ has blessed some stones with the characteristics of removing hair, some make vinegar more bitter and sour, some have a magnetic power that can attract metal from distance, some make poisonous animals run away, some can work as antidotes for the poison of the animals. Certain stones can even provide relief in cardiac palpitations, some do not burn nor heat up, some can even produce flame and there is an eruption of the volcano from some stones! So when Allah ﷻ has bestowed stones with such various attributes, then why is it so difficult to accept the fact that Allah ﷻ blessed the stone of Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام with such effects! Perhaps Allah ﷻ blessed it with the characteristic of absorbing water from inside the earth and manifesting it in the shape of springs. Or probably this stone had the effect that the breeze that would come across it would flow constantly in the shape of water. It is not beyond the power of Allah ﷻ. Anything could have happened. As by Allah’s decree, anything can take place. Therefore, to believe in this miracle of Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام is an essential religious requirement and to deny it is profanity. It is mentioned in the Holy Quran:
وَإِنَّ مِنْهَا لَمَا يَشَّقَّقُ فَيَخْرُجُ مِنْهُ الْمَاءُ ۚ وَإِنَّ مِنْهَا لَمَا يَهْبِطُ مِنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ ۗ وَمَا اللَّهُ بِغَافِلٍ عَمَّا تَعْمَلُونَ
And there are some rocks that streams gush forth from them, and some split apart and water flows from them, and there are some (rocks) that fall down for the fear of Allah.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 1, Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 74)
Anyway, water emergence from the rocks is a common observation then why it is difficult for one’s intellect to accept the fact of the springs of water emerging from the blessed stone of Sayyiduna Musa عليه السلام.
وَاللّٰه تَعَالٰى اَعلَم