Allaah telling the Messengers about the Ghayb

Question: When we tell our brothers that it is only Allaah Who has knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen) and that no messenger or angel knows it, they say that the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) knew the Ghayb and that the Qur’an which he was sent with is Ghayb. They take Allaah’s statement: “(He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Ghayb (Unseen), and He reveals to none His Ghayb (Unseen).” Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen (He informs him of unseen as much as He likes) as evidence. They also claim that the Messenger (peace be upon him) was among those whom Allaah chose to inform of the Ghayb. What is Your Honor’s opinion? Is it permissible to say that the Messenger knew the Ghayb based on the previous Aayah? We hope that Your Honor will respond to this question

Answer: The knowledge of the Ghayb belongs to Allaah (Exalted be He) Alone, for His statement, Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah” and: Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “I possess no power over benefit or harm to myself except as Allaah wills. If I had the knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen), I should have secured for myself an abundance of wealth, and no evil should have touched me.… read more here.

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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.

Causes of disagreement between scholars

Question: Why did the four Imaams (scholars) disagree on some legal matters? Did the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) know that these Imaams would come after him?

Answer: We do not know whether the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) knew that the four Imaams would come after him or not. This is because the Prophet (peace be upon him) did not know the Ghayb (the unseen), but knew only what Allaah informed him… read more here.

Ruling on consulting soothsayers who claim the knowledge of the Ghayb

Question: What is the legal ruling on consulting soothsayers who claim knowledge of Ghayb (the Unseen)? What about those who hold back from taking action against them?

Answer: Knowledge of the Ghayb is exclusive to Allaah Alone. Whoever claims to possess it is certainly assuming the acquisition of a Divine attribute that Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) Alone possesses, and is making himself a rival with Allaah… read more here.

Claiming to have knowledge of the Ghayb

Question: We have a woman whom people call “the Ghayb (unseen) claimer”, if this is due to her claiming the knowledge of the Ghayb, then what is the ruling?

Answer: Claiming the knowledge of the Ghayb is Kufr (disbelief). Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah” This woman must change her name to something more acceptable, such as Faatimah, `Aa’ishah, and the like until she is no longer known for claiming the Ghayb… read more here.

Hadeeth: “After more than fourteen centuries, there will be the time of the Hour”

Question: We heard some scholars say that there is a narration that says: “After more than fourteen centuries, there will be the time of the Hour (the Day of Judgment).” Is this narration true? Taking into consideration that about fourteen centuries have passed and nothing has happened.

Answer: No one knows exactly the time of the Hour except Allaah (Exalted be He). There is no authentic Hadeeth that denotes the authenticity of what is mentioned by those whom you have mentioned in the question… read more here.

Does a Waliy (a righteous practicing Muslim) know Ghayb (Unseen knowledge)?

Question: Allaah (Exalted be He) states: “(He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Ghaib (Unseen), and He reveals to none His Ghayb (Unseen).” Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen (He informs him of unseen as much as He likes) Can a Waliy of the messenger’s Ummah (nation based on one creed) succeed him in knowing the Ghayb (Unseen)?

Answer: Allaah (Glorified be He) has decreed that the knowledge of the Ghayb is exclusively His, for He states: Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghayb (Unseen) except Allaah” He has not excluded any one except his messengers (from mankind) whom He has chosen, at that time… read more here.

Everything on Earth will perish

Question: Students ask embarrassing questions to which I cannot give convincing answers. One of these questions was: “Do the Jinn (creatures created from fire) die and get buried like humans?” another was “Are they included in the Hadeeth in which the Messenger (peace be upon him) said, The ages of my Ummah (nation) are between sixty and seventy. “?

Answer: Indeed, the Jinn die in the same way as humans do, due to the general meaning of these Words of Allaah (Exalted be He): Everyone shall taste death. As for assessing the ages of the Jinn, it appears that they are included in the Hadeeth mentioned above, because they are part of the Ummah to which the message of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is sent, according to the general meaning of these Words of Allaah… read more here.

Allaah Alone knows what is in the wombs

Question: In the Al-`Arabi Magazine, issue No. 205, dated December 1975, p.45, a question and answer article states that the man is the one who determines the gender of a fetus. What is the legal decision on this? Does any being other than Allaah know Ghayb (the Unseen)?

Answer: Firstly, It is Allaah Alone (Glorified and Exalted be He) Who fashions fetuses in wombs as He wills; males or females, complete or defective, etc. None but Allaah (Exalted be He) can do this. Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

Categories of the Ghayb (the Unseen); did prophet Muhammad (peace of Allaah be upon him) know the Ghayb?

Question: Categories of the Ghayb (the Unseen); did prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) know the Ghayb? Was his knowledge in this regard comprehensive or partial?

Answer: There are categories of Ghayb that no one knows except Allaah whether he is an angel who is near Allaah or a messenger, like determining the time when the creatures will be raised before Allaah for reckoning. Nobody knows the time of the Day of Judgment. Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

The Messenger’s knowledge of the Ghayb (Knowledge of Unseen)

Question: Did the Prophet (peace be upon him) know the Ghayb (Unseen) in the same way he knew about what was happening in the present?

Answer: The basic rule concerning matters related to the Ghayb is that they are known only to Allaah. He (Exalted be He) says… read more here.