Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Knowledge of Unseen for the Prophets: It Should Not Be Made an Apple of Discord within Islam
By Misbahul Huda, New Age Islam
18 June 2014
The Arabic word “Ghayb” means “concealed” and this word is mentioned in the Holy Qur’an many a time with this meaning. It implies just opposite to "Hadhir” (present to the senses).
Since the knowledge of unseen for other than God Almighty is a very sensitive issue, and it has been an apple of discord for centuries, among different schools of thought within Islam, possibility of the knowledge of unseen for other than God Almighty, or otherwise, should be crystal clear in the light of Qur’an.
If we delve into the verses of Qur’an, we find scores of such verses, affirming the knowledge of unseen not just for the Prophets, but even for ordinary individuals including infants and animals.
Justification of knowledge of unseen for the creatures and ordinary people as well, from the Qur’an:
1. Fish of Hazrat Yunus (a.s.)
‘Then the fish swallowed him, while he was blameworthy. And had he not been of those who exalt Allah. He would have remained inside its belly until the Day they are resurrected.’ (Surah Saaffaat (37): Verses 142-144)
These verses tell that the fish was inspired with instructions to swallow Hazrat Yunus (a.s.) and keep him inside until he becomes among the glorifying people proving that knowledge of unseen was bestowed.
2. Infant in Zulekha’s room,-new-age-islam/the-knowledge-of-unseen-for-the-prophets--it-should-not-be-made-an-apple-of-discord-within-islam/d/87613

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