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None has the Absolute Knowledge of the Unseen

Though Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) informed us about that which is hidden from us, he (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) too did not have the absolute knowledge of the Unseen. He only knew that which was revealed to him through revelation from Allah. Allah says in the Qur’aan: “Say (O Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), ‘I don’t tell you that with me are the treasures of Allah, nor (that) I know the Unseen … I but follow what is revealed to me by inspiration.”[1]


Aa’ishah, the wife of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) says, “And whoever tells you that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) knows what is going to happen tomorrow, is a liar.” She then recited: “No soul can know what it will earn tomorrow.”[2]


When a few small girls were beating on the duff and singing in the presence of Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam), they said, “There is a Prophet amongst us who knows what will happen tomorrow.” The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said, “Do not say this, but go on saying what you have spoken before.”[3]


“And they will never compass anything of His Knowledge except what He wills.”[4]

[1] Soorah al-Anam (6): 50.

[2] Saheeh al-Bukharee (Eng. Trans.) vol: 6: p.359, no: 378.

[3] Saheeh Al-Bukharee (Eng. Trans.) vol. 5, Hadeeth no 336.

[4] Soorah al-Baqarah (2): 255.