Shaytaan has no knowledge of the unseen

بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Shaytaan has no knowledge of the unseen▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad Ibn Hizaam- may Allaah preserve him – was asked the following question:

? Question:

It has become widespread in Russia that people respond to questions by saying, “Shaytaan knows the answer”. So what is the ruling of this statement, as well as the one who frequently replies with this response?

?Answer :

We seek refuge with Allaah!

This statement is absolutely false. In fact, it can lead one to disbelief if it’s cited concerning obscure matters of the unseen. It is incumbent upon a Muslim to attribute all knowledge of the unseen to Allaah alone -Subhanahu wa Ta’aala-.

The Shaytaan only knows what he has seen or heard, he does not have knowledge of the unseen. Knowledge of the unseen is exclusive to our lord -Jala wa ‘Aalaa- (as Allaah said):

‎(قُل لَّا یَعۡلَمُ مَن فِی ٱلسَّمَـٰوَ ٰ⁠تِ وَٱلۡأَرۡضِ ٱلۡغَیۡبَ إِلَّا ٱللَّهُۚ وَمَا یَشۡعُرُونَ أَیَّانَ یُبۡعَثُونَ)

‘Say, ˹O Prophet,˺ “None in the heavens and the earth has knowledge of the unseen except Allaah. Nor do they know when they will be resurrected.’ [Surat An-Naml 65]

‎* عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ فَلَا يُظْهِرُ عَلَىٰ غَيْبِهِ أَحَدًا}

‎{إِلَّا مَنِ ارْتَضَىٰ مِن رَّسُولٍ

“˹He (alone) is the˺ Knower of the unseen, disclosing none of it to anyone. Except messengers of His choice.”

[Surat Al-Jinn 26 – 27]

Allah -‘Aza wa Jala- said after the death of Sulaymaan -alayhe salaatul wa salaam-

‎فَلَمَّا قَضَيْنَا عَلَيْهِ الْمَوْتَ مَا دَلَّهُمْ عَلَىٰ مَوْتِهِ إِلَّا دَابَّةُ الْأَرْضِ تَأْكُلُ مِنسَأَتَهُ ۖ فَلَمَّا خَرَّ تَبَيَّنَتِ الْجِنُّ أَن لَّوْ كَانُوا يَعْلَمُونَ الْغَيْبَ مَا لَبِثُوا فِي الْعَذَابِ الْمُهِينِ

Then when We decreed death for him [Sulaiman (Solomon)], nothing informed them (jinns) of his death except a little worm of the earth, which kept (slowly) gnawing away at his Minsa’ah, so when he fell down, the jinns saw clearly that if they had known the unseen, they would not have stayed in the humiliating torment.

[Surat Saba’ 14]

Minsa’ah refers to his stick.

So this statement is false and upon clear misguidance, and it may cause a person to fall into Kufr (disbelief) if it’s cited in reference to matters specific to Allaah alone; this falls into disbelief in Allaah -Jala wa ‘Alaa-


Translated by:

Abu Ibraaheem Naassir ibn Raashid Al-Maamry

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