Does the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم know the Unseen and what is the Ruling Concerning Praying Behind Someone who Believes that?

by The Albaani Blog


Questioner: An Imaam of a mosque claims that the Prophet of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم knows the Unseen, so is it permissible to pray behind him?

Al-Albani: The texts of the Quraan regarding this topic are explicit in stating that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم does not know the Unseen, as occurs in His Saying, the Most High, “If I had the knowledge of the Unseen [Ghaib], I should have secured for myself an abundance of wealth, and no evil should have touched me.” [Al-A’raaf 7:188]

And likewise, the hadiths reported in this regard confirm this meaning.  Such as the hadith in Sahih Bukhari that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم passed by a little girl who was singing [lines of elegiac poetry] and was saying, ‘Among us is a Prophet who knows what will happen tomorrow.’  So he صلى الله عليه وسلم said, ‘Leave this (saying) for none knows the Unseen except Allaah and carry on saying the like of what you had been saying before,’ i.e., the permissible things.

So when that Imaam is informed [about this issue] but still insists on his misguidance, then it is not allowed to pray behind him, yes.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, no. 19.

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