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Do You Believe in Miracles?

5 prominent religious leaders share their answers — and their definitions

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Dr. Amina Wadud, Muslim Scholar and Activist

Yes, there are extraordinary miracles, but in Islam the overwhelming emphasis is on the miracles of the everyday: in nature herself, or the wonder of our created selves. Thus, to see the sun rise over the great ocean is a miracle. To look into the expanse of the Grand Canyon is a miracle. To watch the tiniest seed become the great tree is a miracle.

Awe acts as a reminder of the Creator of all things great and small, and we are brought up to the sacred throne by our witness, causing us to feel reverence, give thanks and honor by worship and good deeds. We are called to attention in the presence of miracles. Our everyday, ordinary lives are synchronized, for however short or long, with the ultimate concerns of love, peace and fellowship.

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