A Divine Imam (peace be upon him) has complete knowledge of the entire universe (1)

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp
Share on telegram
Share on pinterest
Share on email

عَنْ اَبِي بَصِيرٍ عَنْ اَبِي جَعْفَرٍؑ قَالَ اِنِّي لَاَعْرِفُ مَنْ لَوْ قَامَ عَلَى شَاطِئِ الْبَحْرِ لَنَدَبَ بِدَوَابِّ الْبَحْرِ وَ بِاُمَّهَاتِهَا وَ عَمَّاتِهَا وَ خَالَاتِهَا

Abu Baseer (r.a.) reports that Imam Abu Ja’far (al-Baqer a.s.) said,

“Surely, I know someone if he stood on the sea-shore, he can call the sea animals along with their mothers, their paternal aunts and their maternal aunts.” 

Notes:

1)    Perhaps Imam (peace be upon him) has used third person in this tradition for the sake of dissimulation (taqiyyah).

2)    This narration establishes the mastership of the Imam (peace be upon him) over the entire universe (wilayah takveeni), of which the oceans are an important part. This is also a clear distinguishing factor between a true Imam (peace be upon him) and false claimants and usurpers of divine positions.

3)    That Imam (peace be upon him) knows the relations between the sea animals is an amazing feature of his divine knowledge.

References:

1.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 25, p. 372, H. 22

2.    Basaaer al-Darajaat, p. 513, H. 31

Leave a Comment

recommended reading

Dua of Ameerul Momineen (peace be on him) the night before he was struck on the head

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّی سِرْتُ فِیهِمْ بِمَا أَمَرَنِی رَسُولُکَ وَ صَفِیُّکَ فَظَلَمُونِی وَ قَتَلْتُ الْمُنَافِقِینَ کَمَا أَمَرْتَنِی فَجَهِلُونِی وَ قَدْ مَلِلْتُهُمْ وَ مَلُّونِی وَ أَبْغَضْتُهُمْ وَ أَبْغَضُونِی وَ لَمْ تَبْقَ خَلَّةٌ أَنْتَظِرُهَا إِلَّا الْمُرَادِیَّ اللَّهُمَّ فَعَجِّلِ لَهُ الشَّقَاءَ وَ تَغَمَّدْنِی بِالسَّعَادَةِ اللَّهُمَّ قَدْ وَعَدَنِی نَبِیُّکَ أَنْ تَتَوَفَّانِی إِلَیْکَ إِذَا سَأَلْتُکَ اللَّهُمَّ وَ قَدْ رَغِبْتُ إِلَیْکَ فِی ذَلِکَ

Read More »

The Incident of Delivering the Initial Verses of Surah Taubah

لَمَّا نَزَلَ بَراءَةٌ مِنَ اللهِ وَ رَسُولِهِ إِلَى تِسْعِ آيَاتٍ أَنْفَذَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّي اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهٖ أَبَا بَكْرٍ إِلَى مَكَّةَ لِأَدَائِهَا فَنَزَلَ جَبْرَئِيلُ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ فَقَالَ إِنَّهُ لَا يُؤَدِّيهَا إِلَّا أَنْتَ أَوْ رَجُلٌ مِنْكَ فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّي اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهٖ لِأَمِيرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ ارْكَبْ نَاقَتِيَ الْعَضْبَاءَ وَ الْحَقْ أَبَا بَكْرٍ وَ خُذْ بَرَاءَةَ مِنْ

Read More »

The Messenger of Allah’s (peace be on him and his progeny) prolonged secret conversation with Ameer al-Momineen Ali Ibn Abi Talib (peace be on them both) was disliked by some companions

عَنْ جَابِرٍ قَالَ نَاجَى رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّي اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهٖ عَلِيَّ بْنَ أَبِي طَالِبٍ عَلَيْهِمَا السَّلَامُ يَوْمَ طَائِفٍ فَأَطَالَ مُنَاجَاتَهُ فَرُئِيَ الْكَرَاهَةُ فِي وُجُوهِ رِجَالٍ فَقَالُوا قَدْ أَطَالَ مُنَاجَاتَهُ مُنْذُ الْيَوْمِ فَقَالَ مَا انْتَجَيْتُهُ وَ لَكِنَّ اللهَ انْتَجَاهُ Jaabir Ibn Abdillah al-Ansari (r.a.) reports: On the day of Taaef, the Messenger of Allah (peace

Read More »

Ameer al-Momineen Ali Ibn Abi Talib (peace be on him) is the Chief of all good-doers and the Killer of all transgressors

يَقُولُ أَهْلُ بَيْتِي أَئِمَّتُكُمْ بَعْدِي وَ يُومِئُ إِلَى عَلِيٍّ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ وَ يَقُولُ هَذَا أَمِيرُ الْبَرَرَةِ وَ قَاتِلُ الْكَفَرَةِ مَخْذُولٌ مَنْ خَذَلَهُ مَنْصُورٌ مَنْ نَصَرَهُ After the battle of Hudaibiyyah, the Messenger of Allah (peace be on him and his progeny) said, “My Ahle Bait are your Imams after me.” Then, he (peace be on

Read More »