Karamahs of the Awliya'

Q 4: What is the difference between a miracle and a Karamah (an extraordinary event caused by Allah for or through a pious person)? Who can be described as Allah's "Awliya' " (pious people)? Please advise us. May Allah reward you.

A: A miracle is a supernatural thing which Allah (Exalted be He) generates at the hand of a Prophet so as to make people believe him; a thing that humans can not do, such as the miracle of the she-camel for Prophet Salih, the hand and the stick for Prophet Musa (Moses), and the Qur'an for Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them all). However, a Karamah is an extraordinary thing which Allah (Exalted be He) generates at the hands of a pious servant to honor them, like that which happened to Maryam (Mary) and the People of the Cave. A Karamah is a miracle for the Prophet whom this pious servant followed, for this servant did not acquire it except by sincerely following the Prophet. Moreover, this Karamah is not to be proven for someone acquiring it unless they are known for abiding by the Shari`ah of Muhammad (peace be upon him).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.