Knowledge of the Unseen of Imams (peace be upon them) is proof of Allah’s Divinity

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عَلِيُّ بْنُ اِسْمَاعِيلَ‏ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عُمَرَ عَنْ اِسْمَاعِيلَ الْاَزْرَقِ‏ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ‏ اَبَا عَبْدِ اللهِ‏ يَقُولُ‏ اِنَّ اللهَ اَحْكَمُ وَ اَكْرَمُ وَ اَجَلُّ وَ اَعْلَمُ مِنْ اَنْ يَكُونَ احْتَجَّ عَلَى عِبَادِهِ بِحُجَّةٍ ثُمَّ يُغَيِّبُ عَنْهُ شَيْئاً مِنْ اَمْرِهِمْ.

Ali Ibn Ismaaeel al-Azraq reports, “I heard (Imam) Abu Abdillah (al-Sadeq a.s.) say,

‘Surely Allah is more Prudent, Nobler, more Majestic and more Knowing than that He completes His arguments upon His servants with a divine proof and then hides anything from their affairs from him.”


1)    In this tradition, Imam (peace be upon him) cites knowledge of the unseen as proof of Allah’s divinity

2)    Imams (peace be upon them) know all the affairs related to His creatures. Nothing is hidden from them (peace be upon him) because such lack of knowledge would be a question on Allah’s wisdom, nobility, majesty and knowledge.

3)    Nobody – not even the angels –know more than the Imams (peace be upon them). In fact, we cannot even compare the knowledge of Imams (peace be upon them) with that of any other creature of Allah the Almighty. 


1.    Behaar al-Anwaar, vol. 26, 137, H.1

2.    Basaaer al-Darajaat, vol. 1, p. 122, H. 1

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