A Live Bird Made From Clay. ‘When Allah said, "O Jesus, son of Maryam (Mary)! Recount My favour upon you and your mother, when I strengthened you with the Holy Spirit, so that you may speak to the people in childhood and in maturity and I brought you the book and wisdom and Torah and Injeel. Behold! When you would make, out of clay, the figure of a bird, with my permission you breathed into it so that it became a living bird, by My Leave." 5/110. The Quran has also recorded Jesus’ statement when he was recounting his miracles to his people : I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, I that I make for you, out of clay, the figure of a bird and I breathe into it, so that it becomes a live bird by Allah’s Leave.’ 3/49. Imam Tabari(d.310/888) stated that once Jesus was sitting in the company of those disciples who would write the holy scripture. Jesus took a handful of clay and said to his disciples, "Shall I make for you, a live bird from clay?" They replied, "Are you capable of doing so?" He said, "Yes! By the Will of my Lord." He then took the clay and shaped it to resemble a bird. He then blew upon it saying, "Be a living bird, by the Will of Allah!" It became a live bird and flew away in the sky spreading its wings, and once it disappeared from the public eye, turned back into clay.

Imam Qurtubi says in explanation of this verse, that the people demanded that Jesus should create an owl from clay, and they challenged him to it, as a sign to prove his truthfulness and as evidence of being a prophet. They (the people) thought Jesus would not be able to carry out their order, but I`sa (Jesus)  proved himself truthful by shaping an owl from clay, blowing upon it and thus causing it to live so that it flew away.

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