Allah telling the messengers about the Ghayb

Q 2: When we tell our brothers that it is only Allah Who has knowledge of the Ghayb (Unseen) and that no messenger or angel knows it, they say that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) knew the Ghayb and that the Qur'an which he was sent with is Ghayb. They take Allah's statement: "(He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Ghaib (Unseen), and He reveals to none His Ghaib (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 Allah 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 Ayah? We hope that Your Honor will respond to this question.


A: The knowledge of the Ghayb belongs to Allah (Exalted be He) Alone, for His statement, Say: “None in the heavens and the earth knows the Ghaib (Unseen) except Allâh” and: Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): "I possess no power over benefit or harm to myself except as Allâh wills. If I had the knowledge of the Ghaib (Unseen), I should have secured for myself an abundance of wealth, and no evil should have touched me. (Part No. 2; Page No. 177) Allah (Glorified be He) informs whoever He wills among His servants such as, angels, prophets and messengers of whatever He wills of the Ghayb. Allah (Exalted be He) states: "(He Alone is) the All-Knower of the Ghaib (Unseen), and He reveals to none His Ghaib (Unseen)." Except to a Messenger (from mankind) whom He has chosen (He informs him of unseen as much as He likes), and then He makes a band of watching guards (angels) to march before him and behind him. This includes the revelations and the Qur'an which Allah has sent down to His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him). Likewise, with regard to all His prophets and messengers, their knowledge of Ghayb was from Allah and not from themselves. These Ayahs do not indicate that Allah (Exalted be He) informed them of all things unseen, rather He gave them access to what He willed of the Ghayb.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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