Imam’s (peace be upon him) knowledge encompasses this world as well as the Hereafter

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

عُبَيْدَةُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ بِشْرٍ الْخَثْعَمِيُّ وَ عَبْدُ اللهِ بْنُ بَشِيرٍ سَمِعُوا اَبَا عَبْدِ اللهِؑ يَقُولُ اِنِّي لَاَعْلَمُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَ اَعْلَمُ مَا فِي الْاَرَضِينَ وَ اَعْلَمُ مَا فِي الْجَنَّةِ وَ اَعْلَمُ مَا فِي النَّارِ وَ اَعْلَمُ مَا كَانَ وَ مَا يَكُونُ ثُمَّ مَكَثَ هُنَيْئَةً فَرَاَى اَنَّ ذٰلِكَ كَبُرَ عَلَى مَنْ سَمِعَهُ فَقَالَ عَلِمْتُ مِنْ كِتَابِ اللهِ اَنَّ اللهَ يَقُولُ فِيهِ تِبْيَانُ كُلِّ شَيْ‏ءٍ

Ubaidah Ibn Abdillah Ibn Bishr al-Khath’ami and Abdullah Ibn Basheer report that they heard Imam Abu Abdillah (al-Sadeq a.s.) say, ‘By Allah! Verily, I know what is in the skies and what is in the earth and what is in the Paradise and what is in Hell and what was (in the past) and what will be (in the future) till the Day of Judgment’.”

Then, he (peace be upon him) paused for a while and saw that this was difficult for the people (to digest) who were listening; so he (peace be upon him) elaborated, ‘I know this from the Book of Allah; I look at it like this (and he opened his palm)’ and said, ‘Surely, Allah says, ‘We have sent down the book in which is the explanation of all things’.”

Notes:

1)    The term ‘skies’ is used extensively in the Quranic verses or traditions, which clearly state that there are seven skies. The second sky encompasses the first, the third encompasses the second and so on till the seventh sky which encompasses the sixth one. 

2)    The same applies for the earth as well.

3)    Such a statement would astonish people even today despite the advance of technology and in the era of Google, then one can only imagine the bewilderment of the audience then.

References:

1.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 26, p. 111, H. 8

2.    Basaaer al-Darjaat, p. 128, Chapter 6, H. 5

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 »