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What Is Knowledge? Universe, God, You Have No Idea

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(bismillah)

"We will show them Our Signs in the universe, and in their ownselves, until it becomes manifest to them that this (the Quran) is the truth. Is it not sufficient in regard to your Lord that He is a Witness over all things?"

(The Qur'an 41:53)

(salam)

Visit this site to see the Scale of the Universe, Subhanallah

Subhanallah there are things unknown to us smaller than the neutron, the neutron is nothing compared to the atom, the atom is nothing compared to the virus, the virus is nothing compared to the bacteria, the bacteria is nothing compared to an ant, the ant is nothing compared to the egg, the egg is nothing compared to the shoe, the shoe is nothing compared to the size of a baby, the size of the baby is nothing compared to the size of the adult, you are nothing compared to a mountain, the mountain is nothing compared to the state, the state is nothing compared to the country, the country is nothing compared to the world, the world is nothing compared to the sun, the sun is nothing compared to the largest stars, the largest stars are nothing compared to the galaxy.... the galaxy is nothing compared to the largest galaxy.... keep zooming out and see how nothing you really are.

"He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth." (The Qur'an, 6:101)

"And the heaven (is also a sign). We have built it with (Our) Hands (i.e., Capability) and surely We are indeed extending (it) wide." (The Qur'an, 51:47)

"All that are in the heavens and the earth entreat Him. Every day He exerciseth (universal) power." (The Qur'an 55:29)

"And (remember) the Day when We shall roll up the heavens like a scroll rolled up for books, as We began the first creation, We shall repeat it, (it is) a promise binding upon Us. Truly, We shall do it." (The Qur'an 21:104)

"Originator of the heavens and the earth. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, "Be," and it is." (The Qur'an 2:117)

"So He ordained them seven heavens in two periods, and revealed in every heaven its affair; and We adorned the lower heaven with brilliant stars and (made it) to guard; that is the decree of the Mighty, the Knowing." (The Qur'an 41:12)

Then He Istawa (rose over) towards the heaven when it was 'Dukhan' (دخان), and said to it and to the earth: "Come both of you willingly or unwillingly." They both said: "We come, willingly."

(Al-Qur'an, سورة فصلت , Fussilat, Chapter

#41, Verse #11)

Therefore keep waiting for the day when the heaven shall bring an evident 'Dukhan' (دخان),

(Al-Qur'an, سورة الدخان , Ad-Dukhan, Chapter

#44, Verse #10)

To me, these two ayat are very amazing because they inform us of something about the Universe which we have only recently discovered, and by informing us of this, Allah is encouraging us to continue our investigations and scientific pursuits, and then to reflect on our findings, so that we can understand our reality and the true greatness of Allah which is infinitely greater than we can never imagine.

Al-Kafi H 346, Ch. 22, h 1

Muhammad ibn abu ‘Abdallah and Muhammad ibn Yahya - both in a marfu‘ manner- have narrated from Imam abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) who has said the following. "Imam Amirul Mu’minin mobilized people against Mu’awiya for the second time and when people came in multitudes he stood up to give a speech.

‘All praise is due to Allah, the One, only One, the Self-sufficient, the Single one Who did not cone into being from anything and was not created from something that had come into being before. He is the power. With His power He is distinct from others and the other things became manifest through His power. There is no attribute that would reach Him and He has no limit for a definition or an analogy. All the linguistic beauty and expressions fall far short to express His attributes. In speaking of Him all attributes prove to be misleading. The depth of the schools of thoughts are perplexed and confused about the wonders of His kingdom. All the comprehensive interpretations have remained far short of establishing any footing in His knowledge. The barriers of the unseen have curtained His treasured secrets. The high flying ambitious intelligence with the ability to reach the depth of very subtle matters lose their way at the very beginning of their journey to Him. Most Holy is Allah. To Him not even the far-reaching ambitions are able to reach. No deep diving intelligence is able to comprehend Him. Most High is He Who is not subject to the effects of any calculated time or extended period or limited attributes. Glorious is He Who has no beginning for His start, a destination to approach or an end to diminish. Glorious is He Who is just the way He Himself has introduced. All those who speak of His praise can never praise fully and duly. He designed a limit for everything at the time He created them. It is because that there is no similarity between them and He and that because He is not similar to any thing else. He is not absolved in anything so that it could be said He is within anything and He is far from anything so that it could be said He has nothing to do with them (the creatures). He has not distanced Himself from them so that it can be said where is He? He is far Glorious (and above such associations). He has encompassed all things through His knowledge. He has made their design firm and has enumerated them for safe preservation. Even the unseen and hidden things in the air, is not unnoticed to Him. Nor things deeply hidden in the darkness of black nights, all things high above in heavens and down to the lowest earth are not unnoticed to Him. For everything there is a protector and a guard and everything therein has limits within something and a limit for that limit.

He is the One, the only One, the self sufficient, Who is not subject to the changes due to times. The creation of things never over burdens Him. He only, when willing, commands it to exist (and it comes into existence). He invented whatever He has created without any examples to follow and without feeling of over burdened or exhaustion. All manufacturers manufacture things from something. Allah has not created whatever He has created from anything. Every knowledgeable one learns after being ignorant. He has not being ignorant and has not learned from any one. He has encompassed all things through His knowledge before their coming into existence and their existence has not increased any thing to His knowledge. He knew them before their coming into existence just as He knows them after their coming into existence. He did not bring them into existence to strengthen His authority or for fear of banishment or reduction. He did not bring them into existence as helpers against a competing opponent, and a peer who would be of more (power) or a partner who would show greatness. He created them as creatures that required preservation and protection as subdued servants. Glorious is He, Who does not become tired in the creation of what He has created or the preservation of all that He has formed into beings. He does not undergo in this work any weakness or exhaustion. Whatever He has created has deemed it sufficient. He knows what He has created and created what He knew. It did not happen as a result of new thinking that He found to be a correct one not because of some doubts that He may have found in whatever that He had not yet created. It is due His unchangeable decree, His firm knowledge and resolute command. He is the One only Lord and is very special in His Oneness. He is pure in His Glory and praise. He is the only one in Oneness, the Glory, in Highness, in Oneness in praiseworthiness and in Glory and Gloriousness. He is Far High above having children. He is far Holy and clean above involvement in touching women and by far Majestic and Glorious above the association of the partners. In whatever He has created there is nothing to oppose Him nor there is any thing in what He created to stand parallel to Him and no one shares Him His kingdom. He the One and only the Self-sufficient, Who brings the timeless time to an end, is the owner of the extended duration of time. He is the one Who is eternal with eternal Oneness before the beginning of the times and after all the changes in the creation. He is the one who never banishes or diminishes. Thus, I speak of my Lord. There is no lord besides Allah. He is the Great and of un-matching greatness. He is the Most Majestic and of unmatched Majesty. He is the Most Glorious and of unmatched Glory. He is far above what the unjust think of Him to be."

Subhanallah, this information, from the Qur'an, hadith, and our current understanding of the Universe, really sheds light on the following narration:

Al-Kafi H , Ch. 102, h 2

Ahmad ibn ’Idris has narrated from ‘Imran ibn Musa from Harun ibn Muslim from Mas‘ada ibn Sadaqa who has said the following.

"I said to abu ‘Abdallah that I one day spoke of Taqiya (hiding something for fear) before Ali ibn al-Husayn (a.s.)." He said, "By Allah, if abu Dhar knew what was in the heart of Salman he would have killed him even though the Messenger of Allah had formed brotherhood between them. What then would you think of the rest of the people? The knowledge of the scholars is difficult and it becomes difficult No one is capable to bear it except a prophet who is a messenger also or an angel who is close to Allah or a believer whose heart Allaah has tested for faith." The Imam (a.s.) then said, "The only reason that Salman became of the scholars is because he is a man from us (Ahl al-Bayt). For this reason I ascribed him to the scholars."

Subhanallah... All of the things we know about the Universe, how small we are, how small the atoms are, how large the stars are, how large the galaxies are, how large the visible universe is, and steadily expands... the speed of a turtle, the speed of light... the weight of a feather, the weight of a mountain, the weight of an asteroid.... the darkness of a closet, the darkness of the depths of space.... All of these are but drops in an ocean of wisdom held by our Prophets and Imaams (sa).

Consider the following hadith, which is included as part of the Foreword of Al-Kafi:

"A number of our people have narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad, from ‘Abd Allah ibn al-Hajjal, from Ahmad ibn ‘Umar al-Halabi, from abu Basir who has said the following: ‘Once I went to see abu ‘Abd Allah (SA) and said to him, "May Allah take my soul in service for your cause, I would like to ask you a question. Is there anyone else in this house who may hear my words?’"

The Imam (SA) then folded the curtain between his room and the next room and looked into it. Then the Imam (SA) said, "O abu Muhammad, ask whatever you wish."

I said, "May Allah take my soul in service for your cause, your followers say that the Messenger of Allah taught Ali (SA) a thousand chapters of knowledge and from each chapter there opened a thousand chapters. I then said, "This, I swear by Allah, is knowledge." He would mark the ground with his staff (perhaps a sign of thinking) for a while. He then said, "That is knowledgebut it is not that." The narrator has said that the Imam (SA) said, "O abu Muhammad, with us there is al-Jami‘a. Do they know what al-Jami‘a is?" I asked, "May Allah take my soul in service for your cause. What is al-Jami‘a?"

The Imam (SA) said, "It is a parchment seventy yards long by the yards of the Messenger of Allah. It contains his dictations from his very own mouth that are recorded onto it in the handwriting of Ali (SA). It contains all the lawful and unlawful, and all matters that people need. Even the law of compensation for a scratch caused to a person." He then extended his hand towards me and asked, "May I, O abu Muhammad?" I replied, "May Allah take my soul in service for your cause, I am entirely at your disposal." He pinched me with his hand and said, "The law of compensation, even for this much, is included therein." He seemed angry. I said, "This, I swear by Allah is knowledge."

The Imam (SA) said, "It certainly is knowledge but not that one." The Imam (SA) remained silent for a while and then said, "With us there is al-Jafr. Do they know what al-Jafr is?" I asked, "What is al-Jafr?"

The Imam (SA) said, "It is a container made of skin that contains the knowledge of the prophets and the executors of their wills. It is the knowledge of the scholars in the past from the Israelites." I said, "This certainly, is the knowledge."

The Imam (SA) said, "It certainly is knowledge but not that knowledge." The Imam (SA) remained silent for a while and then said, "With us there is the book (Mushaf) of Fatima, (SA). Do they know what Mushaf of Fatima is?" The Imam (SA) said, "Mushaf of Fatima is three times bigger than your Quran. There is not even a single letter therein from your Quran." I then said, "This, I swear by Allah, is the knowledge."

The Imam (SA) said, "This certainly is knowledge, but it is not that." The Imam (SA) remained silent for a while and then said, "With us there is the knowledge of whatever has been, and the knowledge of everything that will come into being to the Day of Judgment." I said, "May Allah take my soul in service for your cause. This, I swear by Allah, certainly, is the knowledge."

The Imam (SA) said, "It certainly is knowledge but not that knowledge." I asked, "May Allah take my soul in service for your cause. What is the knowledge?" The Imam (SA) said, "It is whatever takes place during the night and during the day, one matter after the other matter, and one thing after the other to the Day of Judgment." (Al-Kafi Vol. 1, H614, Ch. 40, h1)

Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from ‘Abd Allah ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Isa from al-Hassan ibn Mahbub from Ali ibn Ri’ab from Sadir al-Sayrafi who has said the following. "I heard Humran ibn A‘yan ask abu Ja‘far (SA) about the words of Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High Allah, ‘ . . . One Who is the Originator of the heavens and the earth . . ." (6:101)

Abu Ja‘far (SA) said, "Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, originated all things through His knowledge. It was unprecedented. He invented the heavens and earth and there were no heavens and earths before. Have you not considered the words of Allah, " . . .His Throne existed on water . . ." (11:7)

Humran then said, "Have you considered His words, Majestic is Whose name, ‘He knows the unseen and He does not allow anyone to know His secrets . . ." (72:26)

Abu Ja‘far (SA) then said, " . . . except those of His Messengers whom He chooses. (72:26)

Muhammad (SA), I swear by Allah, was one of those whom Allah had chosen. However, there are His words, "He knows the hidden facts." The fact that Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, knows what is hidden from His creatures of the things that He measures and determines and decrees in His knowledge before creating it and before assigning to the angels, it is because of the following. O Humran, there is the knowledge withheld before Him in which He has a wish. He then decrees it when He wills. Bada’ may take place in it and He then will not decree it. The knowledge that, however, Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, measures and determines and approves is the knowledge that reaches the Messenger of Allah and then it reaches us." (H664, Ch. 45, h2)

This remarkable Hadith takes the word ‘impossible’ out of the dictionary of the created world. It simply states that once Allah creates a thing or things it or they comes/ come in public then if one would have the means he may know what it is or what they are and the Imam (SA) has said, "We know them all". Note the end of previous Hadith, "I then asked, "May Allah take my soul in service for your cause. What is the knowledge?"

The Imam (SA) said, "It is whatever takes place during the night and during the day, one matter after the other matter, and one thing after the other to the Day of Judgment."

Allahumma sullee `3la Muhammad wa alee Muhammad wa a'jill farajahum

Peace be upon Muhammad and the family of Muhammad and may Allah hasten their reappearance

(salam)

Edited by Dawud Miqdad al-Amriki
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Asalamu Alaikum,,

i just looked at the site for scale of the universe,, and its incredible,,

thankyou for sharing

Then He Istawa (rose over) towards the heaven when it was 'Dukhan' (دخان), and said to it and to the earth: "Come both of you willingly or unwillingly." They both said: "We come, willingly."

(Al-Qur'an, سورة فصلت , Fussilat, Chapter

#41, Verse #11)

Therefore keep waiting for the day when the heaven shall bring an evident 'Dukhan' (دخان),

(Al-Qur'an, سورة الدخان , Ad-Dukhan, Chapter

#44, Verse #10)

To me, these two ayat are very amazing because they inform us of something about the Universe which we have only recently discovered, and by informing us of this, Allah is encouraging us to continue our investigations and scientific pursuits, and then to reflect on our findings, so that we can understand our reality and the true greatness of Allah which is infinitely greater than we can never imagine.

very true

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Salaamz,

Subhanallah! what an amazing website, from the smallest thing known to man to the biggest. One can just imagine the greatness of the creator! gives me shivers. On top of this, there is theory of Multi Universe :mellow: ALLAHU AKBAR!!

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(bismillah)

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That link is not working for me. What do you see when you go there? :unsure:

Thanks

Please change the link it's not working anymore

This is the correct link

http://htwins.net/scale2/

Please if a moderator can modify this in the original post, to add this link and remove the broken link which is "Visit this site to see the Scale of the Universe, Subhanallah"

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Subhanallah... All of the things we know about the Universe, how small we are, how small the atoms are, how large the stars are, how large the galaxies are, how large the visible universe is, and steadily expands... the speed of a turtle, the speed of light... the weight of a feather, the weight of a mountain, the weight of an asteroid.... the darkness of a closet, the darkness of the depths of space.... All of these are but drops in an ocean of wisdom held by our Prophets and Imaams (sa).

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Shaikh Kashi reported in a sahih hadith from ibn abi Umair, from Shu'aib, from abi Baseer, who said: I said to abi Abdullah (as): "Indeed they claim!" Imam (as) asked: "And what do they claim?" I said: "They claim that you know (number of) drops of the rain, number of stars and leaves of trees, weight of what is in the seas and number of (particles of) sand." So Imam (as) raised his hand towards the sky and said: "Subhanallah! Subhanallah! No one knows all this except for Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì."

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And with Him are the keys of the unseen treasures-- none knows them but He; and He knows what is in the land and the sea, and there falls not a leaf but He knows it, nor a grain in the darkness of the earth, nor anything green nor dry but (it is all) in a clear book. [6:59]

And they say: Why is not a sign sent to him from his Lord? Say: The unseen is only for Allah; therefore wait-- surely I too, with you am of those who wait. [10:20]

Say: No one in the heavens and the earth knows the unseen but Allah; and they do not know when they shall be raised. [27:65]

Say: I do not say to you, I have with me the treasures of Allah, nor do I know the unseen, nor do I say to you that I am an angel; I do not follow aught save that which is revealed to me. Say: Are the blind and the seeing one alike? Do you not then reflect? [6:50]

Say: I do not control any benefit or harm for my own soul except as Allah please; and had I known the unseen I would have had much of good and no evil would have touched me; I am nothing but a warner and the giver of good news to a people who believe. [7:188]

And from among those who are round about you of the dwellers of the desert there are hypocrites, and from among the people of Medina (also); they are stubborn in hypocrisy; you do not know them; We know them; We will chastise them twice then shall they be turned back to a grievous chastisement [9:101]

Surely Allah is He with Whom is the knowledge of the hour, and He sends down the rain and He knows what is in the wombs; and no one knows what he shall earn on the morrow; and no one knows in what land he shall die; surely Allah is Knowing, Aware. [31:34]

Say: I am not the first of the messengers, and I do not know what will be done with me or with you: I do not follow anything but that which is revealed to me, and I am nothing but a plain warner. [46:9]

Say: I do not know whether that with which you are threatened be nigh or whether my Lord will appoint for it a term: [72:25]

And your companion is not gone mad. And of a truth he saw himself on the clear horizon. Nor of the unseen is he a tenacious concealer [81:22-24]

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--- Ilm-e-Gaib in Quran ---

Holy Quran: Sura: 72 (Al-Jinn) Verse:25-26

عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ فَلَا يُظْهِرُ عَلَىٰ غَيْبِهِ أَحَدًا

إِلَّا مَنِ ارْتَضَىٰ مِنْ رَسُولٍ فَإِنَّهُ يَسْلُكُ مِنْ بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِ رَصَدًا

"He knows the Unseen, nor does He make any one acquainted with His Mysteries.

Except a messenger whom He has chosen: and then He makes a band of watchers march before him and behind him."

Chapter: 72, Verse 25-26.

Tafseer of the Above verse from the Holy Imam's (as):-

Imam Ali (as) says:

و عرف الخلق اقتدارهم على علم الغيب بقوله عالِمُ الْغَيْبِ فَلا يُظْهِرُ عَلى‏ غَيْبِهِ أَحَداً إِلَّا مَنِ ارْتَضى‏ مِنْ رَسُول

"And Allah (swt) has made known to his creations that his Wali's have authority over the knowledge of the unseen as per the saying of Allah "He knows the Unseen, nor does He make any one acquainted with His Mysteries.Except a messenger whom He has chosen".

Source: Al-Ehtejaaj Vol.1 Pg. 252 / Tafseer e Noor us Saqlain Vol.5 Pg.444 http://gadir.free.fr/Ar/Tefsir/KUTUB/Nurus_sekaleyn/noor-05/data/08.htm

Holy Quran: Sura: 27 (An-Naml) Verse:75

وَمَا مِنْ غَائِبَةٍ فِي السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مُبِينٍ

Nor is there aught of the unseen, in heaven or earth, but is (recorded) in a clear record. (27:75)

So its very clear from the above verse that even the knowledge of the Unseen is recorded in the Holy Quran. And there are many narrations which very clearly and explicitly say that the Imams (as) have the complete knowledge of the Holy Quran and hence they even have the knowledge of the unseen. Below is one such tradition.

مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ أَبِي زَاهِرٍ أَوْ غَيْرِهِ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ حَمَّادٍ عَنْ أَخِيهِ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ حَمَّادٍ عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ أَبِي الْحَسَنِ الْأَوَّلِ ع قَالَ قُلْتُ لَهُ جُعِلْتُ فِدَاكَ أَخْبِرْنِي عَنِ النَّبِيِّ ص وَرِثَ النَّبِيِّينَ كُلَّهُمْ قَالَ نَعَمْ قُلْتُ مِنْ لَدُنْ آدَمَ حَتَّى انْتَهَى إِلَى نَفْسِهِ قَالَ مَا بَعَثَ اللَّهُ نَبِيّاً إِلَّا وَ مُحَمَّدٌ ص أَعْلَمُ مِنْهُ قَالَ قُلْتُ إِنَّ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ كَانَ يُحْيِي الْمَوْتَى بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ قَالَ صَدَقْتَ وَ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنَ دَاوُدَ كَانَ يَفْهَمُ مَنْطِقَ الطَّيْرِ وَ كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص يَقْدِرُ عَلَى هَذِهِ الْمَنَازِلِ قَالَ فَقَالَ إِنَّ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنَ دَاوُدَ قَالَ لِلْهُدْهُدِ حِينَ فَقَدَهُ وَ شَكَّ فِي أَمْرِهِ فَقالَ ما لِيَ لا أَرَى الْهُدْهُدَ أَمْ كانَ مِنَ الْغائِبِينَ حِينَ فَقَدَهُ فَغَضِبَ عَلَيْهِ فَقَالَ لَأُعَذِّبَنَّهُ عَذاباً شَدِيداً أَوْ لَأَذْبَحَنَّهُ أَوْ لَيَأْتِيَنِّي بِسُلْطانٍ مُبِينٍ وَ إِنَّمَا غَضِبَ لِأَنَّهُ كَانَ يَدُلُّهُ عَلَى الْمَاءِ فَهَذَا وَ هُوَ طَائِرٌ قَدْ أُعْطِيَ مَا لَمْ يُعْطَ سُلَيْمَانُ وَ قَدْ كَانَتِ الرِّيحُ وَ النَّمْلُ وَ الْإِنْسُ وَ الْجِنُّ وَ الشَّيَاطِينُ وَ الْمَرَدَةُ لَهُ طَائِعِينَ وَ لَمْ يَكُنْ يَعْرِفُ الْمَاءَ تَحْتَ الْهَوَاءِ وَ كَانَ الطَّيْرُ يَعْرِفُهُ وَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَقُولُ فِي كِتَابِهِ وَ لَوْ أَنَّ قُرْآناً سُيِّرَتْ بِهِ الْجِبالُ أَوْ قُطِّعَتْ بِهِ الْأَرْضُ أَوْ كُلِّمَ بِهِ الْمَوْتى‏ وَ قَدْ وَرِثْنَا نَحْنُ هَذَا الْقُرْآنَ الَّذِي فِيهِ مَا تُسَيَّرُ بِهِ الْجِبَالُ وَ تُقَطَّعُ بِهِ الْبُلْدَانُ وَ تُحْيَا بِهِ الْمَوْتَى وَ نَحْنُ نَعْرِفُ الْمَاءَ تَحْتَ الْهَوَاءِ وَ إِنَّ فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ لآَيَاتٍ مَا يُرَادُ بِهَا أَمْرٌ إِلَّا أَنْ يَأْذَنَ اللَّهُ بِهِ مَعَ مَا قَدْ يَأْذَنُ اللَّهُ مِمَّا كَتَبَهُ الْمَاضُونَ جَعَلَهُ اللَّهُ لَنَا فِي أُمِّ الْكِتَابِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَقُولُ وَ ما مِنْ غائِبَةٍ فِي السَّماءِ وَ الْأَرْضِ إِلَّا فِي كِتابٍ مُبِينٍ ثُمَّ قَالَ ثُمَّ أَوْرَثْنَا الْكِتابَ الَّذِينَ اصْطَفَيْنا مِنْ عِبادِنا فَنَحْنُ الَّذِينَ اصْطَفَانَا اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ وَ أَوْرَثَنَا هَذَا الَّذِي فِيهِ تِبْيَانُ كُلِّ شَي

Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn abu Zahir or another man from Muhammad ibn Hammad from his brother Ahmad ibn Hammad from Ibrahim from his father who has said the following.

"I said to abu al-Hassan al-Thani (DivineSupremeCovenantBody) ‘May Allah take my soul in service for your cause, would you tell me about the Holy Prophet (DivineSupremeCovenantBody) who inherited all the prophets." The Imam (DivineSupremeCovenantBody) said, "Yes, I may do so. I asked, "Did he inherit from Adam up to his-self?" The Imam (DivineSupremeCovenantBody) said, "Of every prophet that Allah sent Prophet Muhammad (DivineSupremeCovenantBody) was more knowledgeable." I then said, "Jesus son of Mary would bring the dead to life by the permission of Allah."

The Imam (DivineSupremeCovenantBody) said, "You spoke the truth."

"I said, "Solomon son of David could understand the language of the birds. The Holy Prophet (DivineSupremeCovenantBody) was also capable of doing such things." The narrator has said that the Imam (DivineSupremeCovenantBody) then said, "Solomon son of David said to the (Hoopoe) Hud-Hud when he found him missing and had doubts about the bird. "(Solomon) inspected the birds and said, "How is it that I cannot see the hoopoe (when he did not find him present and became angry). Is he absent? (27:20). I shall certainly punish him severely or slaughter him unless he has a good reason for his absence." (27:21) He became angry because the bird would show him how to find water. This is only a bird but is given something that is not given to Solomon. The wind, ants, man, Jinn, devils and the rebels obeyed him in submission but he did not know about the water in the space but the bird knew it as Allah says in His Book. "Even if the Quran would make mountains move, cut the earth into pieces and make the dead able to speak . . ." (13:31) We have inherited this Quran which contains such things that can make the mountains move, cross the lands and make the dead to come to life. We know there is water in space. In the book of Allah there are verses that are indicative of certain issues only if Allah would give permission. This is along with the fact that Allah sometime grants permission to make use of the things that people of the past had written. Allah has set them for us in the origin of the Book as Allah says, "All the secrets in heavens and earth are recorded in the illustrious Book. (27:75) Then Allah has said, "We gave the Book as an inheritance to Our chosen servants," (35:32) We are the ones whom Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, has chosen and has given this which contain the explanation of all things."

Source: Al-Kafi Vol.1 Pg.227 / Basair Al Darajat Pg.47

Imam (as) questioned if they (as) have Ilm-e-Gaib

صفوان بن يحيى عن بعض رجاله عن الصادق قال و الله لقد أعطينا علم الأولين و الآخرين فقال له رجل من أصحابه جعلت فداك أ عندكم علم الغيب فقال له ويحك إني لأعلم ما في أصلاب الرجال و أرحام النساء ويحكم وسعوا صدوركم و لتبصر أعينكم و لتع قلوبكم فنحن حجة الله تعالى في خلقه و لن يسع ذلك إلا صدر كل مؤمن قوي قوته كقوة جبال تهامة إلا بإذن الله و الله لو أردت أن أحصي لكم كل حصاة عليها لأخبرتكم و ما من يوم و لا ليلة إلا و الحصى يلد إيلادا كما يلد هذا الخلق و الله لتباغضون بعدي حتى يأكل بعضكم بعضا

Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) said, “By Allah (swt) we have the knowledge of the firsts (beginning) and the lasts (ending).”

A man from among his companions asked Imam (as), “My I be sacrificed over you. Do you have knowledge of the unseen?”

Imam (as) replied, “Woe upon you. Verily I know what is in the loins of men and wombs of women. Woe upon you. Widen your hearts and open your eyes and accept it in your hearts. We are Allah’s (swt) argument in his creations. And none has the heart to accept that, except all those believers whose hearts are as strong as the mountain of ‘Tihama’ but by the will of Allah سبحانه وتعالى.

By Allah (swt)! Verily I can count the total grains pebbles and can inform you of that. And there is no day and night but that the grains (of sand) give birth and are born like are born these creations (humans).

By Allah (swt)! You will have hatred towards each other after me such that some of you will kill other.

Source: Al Manaqib – Ibn Sharashoub Vol.4 Pg.250

--- Ilm-e-Gaib of Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) ---

Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) narrates:

عن الصادق قال و الله لقد أعطينا علم الأولين و الآخرين فقال له رجل من أصحابه جعلت فداك أ عندكم علم الغيب فقال له ويحك إني لأعلم ما في أصلاب الرجال و أرحام النساء ويحكم وسعوا صدوركم و لتبصر أعينكم و لتع قلوبكم فنحن حجة الله تعالى في خلقه و لن يسع ذلك إلا صدر كل مؤمن قوي قوته كقوة جبال تهامة إلا بإذن الله و الله لو أردت أن أحصي لكم كل حصاة عليها لأخبرتكم و ما من يوم و لا ليلة إلا و الحصى يلد إيلادا كما يلد هذا الخلق و الله لتباغضون بعدي حتى يأكل بعضكم بعضا

"We have been given the knowledge of begining and the end."

A person from the Imams (as) companions said: "May I be your ransom. Do you have Knowledge of the unseen (Ilm e Ghaib)?"

Imam(as) replied:"Woe unto you. I know what is in the lions of men and womb of women. Woe unto you all. Open us your heart and see with your eyes and accept with your hearts. We are the proof of Allah in his creations. And none can accept this except all those believers whos hearts are as strong as the mount of Tahama and by the will of Allah."

Source: Al Manaqib - Ibn Sharashoub Vol.4 Pg.250 / Bihar Al Anwar Vol.26 Pg.28

http://www.marefatea...bait/ilm-e-gaib

Read the book "Maqtal Al Husain - by Syed Muhammad Hussain al-Maqaram" from page no. 37 on-wards. It has a good analysis of Knowledge of Unseen.

You can find the book here:

http://www.ziyaraat....&orderby=titulo

Quoting the following Hadees from that book on page 38:

Imam Abu Ja`fer al-Jawad (as) said once to his wife, Umm al-Fadl daughter of caliph al-Ma`mãn, when she unexpectedly found herself menstruating. She said to him,

“Nobody knows the unknown except Allah.” Said the Imam (as), “And I know it because Allah, the most Exalted One, acquaints me with it.

[source: Bihar al-Anwar, Vol. 12, p. 29]

Wassalam

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