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 ilm-e-ghaib - (Knowledge of Unseen) Part-5

6. THE THREE DIMENSIONS OF THE GHAYB OF THE HOLY PROPHET(SALLAL LAAHU ALAIHI WASALLAM)

In the light of the foregoing evidence it must be admitted that the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was endowed with the Knowledge of the Unseen (I`lm-i-Ghayb) as a Grace from Allah.

We can examine the issue from three angles.

A. The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was granted this treasure of knowledge directly from the Providence, i.e. without the means of any agency conveying the "knowledge."

B. Through the revelation of the Holy Quran which is the Treasure-House of all Knowledge operating in the universe.

C. The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) was sent as a "Shahid" (Witness), i.e. a person who is in constant touch will the affairs taking place in the world, examining and analyzing them as an observer with an insight to assess and analyse their influence in day-to-day matters. He thus remained ever aware of the God-gifted vigilance possessing full knowledge as an eye-witness, with powers of Haqq-ul-Yaqeen and Ain-ul-Yaqeen - the faculty of witnessing things with unwavering faith and certitude.

By examining the Holy Prophet`s (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) Knowledge of the Unseen under the first view-point, viz. the bestowment of I`lm-i-Ghayb directly from Allah the Almighty, we might refer to the following verses of the Holy Quran:-

A. "These are some of the stories of the Unseen which We haverevealed to you, O Prophet!" 32

B. "Such is one of the stories of what happened Unseen which We revealed by inspiration unto you." 33

C. "The Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) does not withhold grudgingly a knowledge of the Unseen." 34

Examining the Knowledge of the Unseen of the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) from the second point of view, the following verses of the Holy Quran are enough to open our eyes:-

A. "And We have sent down to you the Book explaining all things, a Guide, a Mercy and Glad Tidings to Muslims." 35

B. "The Quran is not a tale invented, but a confirmation of what (went) before it - a detailed exposition of all things." 36

C. "Nothing We have omitted from the Book." 37

D. "Surely there has come to you from Allah a Light and a Perspicuous Book." 38

E. "Nor is there ought of the Unseen, in Heaven, or earth butit is recorded in the Clear Book." 39

F. "There is no grain in the darkness (or depth) of the earth,nor anything, fresh or dry, (green or withered), but is inscribed in a record clear." 40

It is seen that in these verses, first there is the mention of the Holy Quran being the Kitab-i-Mubeen - the Book Manifest making everything clear, without even the minutest part remaining under any shadow of doubt or omitted. It is worth observing that the Book manifest contains the mention of all things (with all their attributes), under the sun. Now just imagine what shall be the expanse and depth of the knowledge of the Person on whom the Book was revealed. Surely each and everything mentioned in the Book must have been in full view of the recipient. The phenomena must be pondered over in a most dispassionate and open-minded manner without casting any aspersions over the Divine bestowment on the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

Examining the Knowledge of the Unseen possessed by the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) as a SHAHID or witness to all affairs, the following verses carry us to the visionary world of enlightenment where we stand completely wonder-struck at the very idea of the extent of the knowledge which Allah the Almighty revealed to him so as to make him the true representative of Divine rights, not alone on this earth, but even forces of heavenly kingdom operating at the present moment as well as that would take place in the universe and the Hereafter. It is but essential that we should bow our heads and accept the truth of Divine assertions, and spare ourselves the repercussions, should any shade of wavering creep our mind and vision. It is beyond our capacity to guess the extent of Knowledge of the Unseen (I`lm-i-Ghayb) bestowed upon the Holy Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam) by Almighty Allah. Only Allah knows that He has bestowed upon His beloved Prophet (sallal laahu alaihi wasallam).

A. "Surely We sent you as a Witness, as a Bringer of Glad Tidings and as a Warner." 41

B. "And We shall bring you as a Witness against the people." 42

C. "Surely we have sent to you (O men!) an Apostle to be a Witness concerning you." 43