Five keys to the Ghayb only known to Allaah

Question: Allaah (Exalted be He) says in His Book: Verily Allâh, with Him (Alone) is the knowledge of the Hour, He sends down the rain, and knows that which is in the wombs. No person knows what he will earn tomorrow, and no person knows in what land he will die. Verily, Allaah is All-Knower, All-Aware (of things). This Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) contains these Words of Allaah’s: …and knows that which is in the wombs.

My friend and I had a long discussion about this Aayah. He told me that modern science and the doctors can now know what is inside women’s wombs; whether they are carrying a boy or a girl, through ultrasound.

I told him that Allaah (Glorified be He) says: …and knows that which is in the wombs. Does the Aayah mean that science has not discovered what is inside the wombs or there is another Tafseer (explanation/exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’aan) for the Aayah?

Answer: It is authentically reported in the Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth that the five keys to the Ghayb (Unseen) are only known to Allaah, and they are mentioned in this Aayah, which is the subject of this question. It is related by Al-Bukhaaree on the authority of `Abd Allaah ibn `Umar (may Allaah be pleased by them) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

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