Eighty Hadiths on
the Prophet's Knowledge of the Unseen

Introduction
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Sharh (explanation)

Part 2

Imam Ahmad and al-Tabarani narrated from Abu Dharr (r) who said: "When the Messenger of Allah left us there was not a bird that flies but he had informed us about it."1

Muslim narrated from `Amr ibn Akhtab [Abu Zayd] al-Ansari (r) who said: "The Prophet (s) prayed Fajr with us then climbed the pulpit and addressed us until the time came for Zhuhr, then he descended and prayed. Then he climbed the pulpit and addressed us until the time came for `asr, whereupon he descended and prayed. Then he climbed the pulpit and addressed us until the sun set. He informed us about all that was to happen until the Day of Resurrection. The most knowledgeable of us is he who has memorized the most."2

Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated from Hudhayfa (r) who said: "The Prophet (s) stood among us [speaking] for a long time and did not leave out one thing from that time until the rising of the Final Hour except he told us about it. Whoever remembers it remembers it and whoever forgot it forgot it. All those who are present know this. Some of it I might have forgotten, then I see it [happen] and remember it just as someone would remember a man who had been away and then appears before him and he instantly recognizes him."3

Muslim also narrated from Hudhayfa (r) that he said: "The Prophet (s) informed me of all that would happen until the Day of Resurrection and there was nothing of it except I asked him about it, save that I did not ask him what would bring the people of Madina out of Madina."4

Abu Dawud also narrated from Hudhayfa (r) that he said: "By Allah! I do not know whether my companions forgot or pretended to forget it,5 but the Messenger of Allah (s) did not leave out a single instigator of sedition until the end of the world, each with a minimum of three hundred followers, except he mentioned each one of them for us by his own name, the name of his father, and the name of his tribe."6

Abu Ya`la also narrated with a sound chain from Anas (r) who said: "The Messenger of Allah (s) came out angry and addressed the people, saying: 'Today you shall not ask me about anything except I shall tell you about it,' and we truly believed that Gibril was with him. Whereupon `Umar said: 'O Messenger of Allah, only recently were we in a time of ignorance. We beg you, do not expose our disgrace! Forgive us, and may Allah forgive you!'"7

Abu Ya`la also narrated with a passable chain from Ibn `Umar (r) who said: "I heard the Messenger of Allah (s) say: 'This clan (hayy) of the Quraysh shall remain safe until they turn away from their Religion into apostates.' A man stood up saying: `Messenger of Allah! Will I be in Paradise or in Hellfire?' The Prophet answered, 'In Paradise.' Another stood asking the same, whereupon the Prophet answered, 'In Hellfire.' Then [he said], 'Say nothing to me as long as I say nothing to you. Were it not for fear that you would stop burying one another (lawla an la tadafanu) I should certainly tell you about a great number of those who will be in the Fire and you would know who they are. If I am ordered to do it I shall certainly do it!'"8

NOTES

1 Narrated by al-Tabarani in al-Kabir (2:155 #1647) with trustworthy narrators per al-Haythami (8:263-264), Ahmad, Abu Dawud al-Tayalisi, Ibn Sa`d in his Tabaqat (2:354), al-Bazzar in his Musnad (9:341 #3897), al-Tabari in his Tafsir (7:189) Ibn `Abd al-Barr in al-Isti`ab (4:1655), Ibn Hibban (1:267 #65 isnad sahih), and al-Daraqutni in his 'Ilal (6:290 #1148). Cf. al-Haythami, Mawarid al-Zam'an (p. 47). Also narrated from Abu al-Darda' by Abu Ya`la in his Musnad (9:46 #5109 isnad sahih).

2 Thus narrated by Muslim and Ahmad.

3 Narrated from Hudhayfa by al-Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud, and Ahmad; and from Abu Sa`id al-Khudri by al-Tirmidhi (hasan sahih) and Ahmad. Al-Bukhari narrated something similar from `Umar.

4 Narrated from Hudhayfa by Muslim and Ahmad with the wording: "until the rising of the Hour."

5 To prevent fitna. Al-Qari said in his commentary of al-Shifa': "to turn to what is more important."

6 Narrated from Hudhayfa by Abu Dawud.

7 Narrated from Anas by Abu Ya`la in his Musnad (6:360 #3689) and its narrators are those of al-Bukhari and Muslim according to al-Haythami (7:188). A longer version is narrated in the Sahihayn. The phrase "And may Allah forgive you" expresses thanks and good wishes.

8 Narrated from Ibn `Umar by Abu Ya`la in his Musnad (10:66 #5702) and, as part of a longer narration, by Ibn Abu Hatim in his `Ilal (2:256 #2262).

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