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Use Of 'analogy' & 'rationalism':to Reffute Ilm Al Ghayb Of Rasoolallah.

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Heretical Wahabi, Deobandi rationalist's, often use rationalism and lean heavily on analytical deductions to advance their believes to members of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jammah. The vast majority of Muslims are ignorant of the true teaching of Quran and Sunnah, only having elimentary knowledge of their beleives. The use of rationalism, and analogy, against such Sunni's makes them easy target for the heretics, and in most cases Sunni's trusting the knowledge of these heretics fall prey to their heretical teachings. Note, that there is nothing wrong with rationalism, anlyitical reasoning, if it is inline with Quran and Sunnah, but when it deviates from it, it has to be opposed. Because our faith, is not based on rationalism, logic, analogy, but our faith, iman, is based on Quran and Sunnah, and anything which contradicts these two central pillars, and the teachings of Ahli Bayt, we are to reject it. This article will high light the type of arguments, which are advanced, and response to these arguments. I will refrain from presenting scriptural evidence, and limit my self to rebuting their assumptions with same tools, logic and rationalism and analogy. There are two important doctrines, which have alot of evidence from Quran and Sunnah namely, Ilm Ghayb of RasoolAllah, and Shahid RasoolAllah {Hadhir & Nadhir}, and it is these two doctrines which are attacked by the heretics.

Rationalism Against Ilm Ghayb Of RasoolAllah:

The heretics are of the beleife that Allah only knows Ghayb and if any Human or Jinn profess the aqeedah that Ambiyah alayhis salam, and other creation of Allah, have been granted the knowledge of Ghayb by Allah subhana wa tallah such a person is MUSHRIK, {.i.e. such a person as associated a partner with Allah} and as commited kuffr due to it, taking him out the fold of Islam. Rationalists also disbeleive in the Witness {Hadhir & Nadhir} Prophet Muhammed {sallalahu alayhi wa sallam}, and argue that only Allah is Hadhir & Nadhir, and to say RasoolAllah is Hadhir Nadhir, it is Shirk. Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jammah affirms the aqeedah of Allah subhana wa tallah possessing Ilm of Ghayb, and we affirm that Allah is Shahid but not Hadhir & Nadhir.

They can not comprehend how it is humanly possiable that Prophet Muhammed {sallalahu alayhi wa sallam} WITNESS to the event of Jin & Insaan. To them it seems ridiclous, irrational, ilogical therefore they disbeleive in it, and ask questions:

* How is possiable that Prophet {sallalahu alayhi wa sallam} know GHAYB, anything which is revealed is no longer ghayb?
* How is possiable that Prophet Witnesses every action of Jinn, Mankind, humanly its not possiable?
* If Prophet {sallalahu alayhi wa sallam} knew ghayb then why didnt he stop this and that?

Forgetting that a Muslim's beleife is based on "... yu'minoona bil ghayb, ..." MEANING: "... those who beleive in hidden, ..." {2:3} we only affirm what Allah stated in the Quran, and do not question what we can not understand, but only affirm it has a servent.

Argument - Anything Which Is Revealed, Heard, Seen, Is No Longer Ghayb:

To reffute the aqahid of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jammah the heretics have come up with a 'LOGICAL & RATIONAL' understanding of GHAYB:

* Anything Which Is Revealed, Heard, Seen, Is No Longer Ghayb.

After stating the above they conclude, therefore RasoolAllah does not know Ghayb, yes he did see paradise, hell, angles, etc ... but when he saw them, they werent Ghayb for him, hence he doesnt know Ghayb.

Its RATIONAL & LOGICAL, and even a common person with no knowledge of Quran and Sunnah would accept this and accept the argument of heretics without investigating the subject further. To a layman this is sufficent proof that Prophet {sallalahu alayhi wa sallam} and no other creation knows Ghayb, only Allah knows Ghayb.

Reffuting The Rationalists Creed - With Same Rule:

"Anything Which Is Revealed, Seen, Heard Is No Longer Ghayb." I for once can not agree more with the heretics on this principle. Indeed it is true that what ever is revealed visually, or in sound to creation of Allah, to a'am {common} or to khas {special}, is no longer Ghayb.

Those who deny Ilm Al Ghayb of Prophet Muhammed {salallahu alayhi wa sallam} and Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jammah agree that Allah subhana wa tallah hears, sees, knows, everything {in a manner befitting His Majestay}, everything in the furtherest regions of heavens, and in depths of earth, and oceans, and in hearts of men and Jinn, Allah knows everything.

Now if this RATIONAL & LOGICAL rule is extended to Allah subhana wa tallah: "Anything Which Is Revealed, Seen, Heard Is No Longer Ghayb." Would this besufficent proof to deny knowledge of Ghayb of Allah subana wa tallah?

If this PRINCIPLE was sufficent enough to REFFUTE the knowledge of Prophet Muhammed {sallalahu alayhi wa sallam}, then it's perfectly sufficent enough to REFFUTE the aqeedah of knowledge of ghayb for Allah subhana wa tallah.

Who is going to dare muster courage to disbelive in Allahs knowledge of Ghayb on the basis of LOGIC, RATIONALISM, and oppose clear verses of Quran? Yet on the basis of this RATIONALISM, LOGIC, you tirelessly work to make Muslims disbeleive in Allah's Quran, and wish that we abandon Allah for sake of your RATIONALISM, and LOGIC.

Explaining Ghayb To The Rationalist's With Rationalism:

There is nothing wrong with the PRINCIPLE, its the IBLISI mentality and lack of knowledge of those who use this PRINCIPLE without having BRAIN CAPACITY to understand it.

Hell, Heaven, Musa {alayhis salam} performing Salah in the grave, Jibraeel {alayhis salam} real form, people of Hell and Heaven, the Grapes of Heaven, were seen by Prophet {sallalahu alayhi wa sallam}, and alot more. But these all are Ghayb for the ordinary people, they are Ghayb for me and you, Ghayb for Deobandi, Wahabi, Shia, Qadiyani, Sikh, Hindu, and even Ghayb for Sunnis, and for everyone else. So whats Ghayb for all of us {I.E. HELL, HEAVEN, MUSA, GRAPES OF HEAVEN, JIBRAEEL}, PROPHET sallahu alayhi wa sallam knows these GHAYB, seen these Ghayb heard these Ghayb, and were revealed to him by Allah {subhana wa tallah}.

They are not Ghayb for Prophet Muhammed {sallalahu alayhi wa sallam} but they are Ghayb for us, me and you, and what is ghayb for us is seen by him, that Ghayb known to him. And similarly explained, what ever is Heaven and Earth, in the depths of Seas, furtherest of Space, in depth of earth, is known to Allah, seen by Allah, heard by Allah, but for Makhlooq {creation} of Allah they are Ghayb, and that which is Ghayb for Makhlooq of Allah is known, heard, seen by Allah.

Principle is correct, the way people apply this Principle its incorrect. Allah & RasoolAllah {sallalahu alayhi wa sallam} both saw, know, heard, those events but we are saying those events are Ghayb for the rest of us, and what is Ghayb for a'am {common} creation of Allah, is known, seen, heard, by Allah {subhana wa tallah}, and limited permission, access as also been granted to Prophet Muhammed sallalahu alayhi wa sallam.

Alhamdulillah once the principle is understood correctly, the point rather then reffuting the Aqeedah of Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jammah, strenthens the very basis of our aqeedah that Prophet sallalahu alahi wa sallam does know Ghayb, as well as Allah Subhana Wa Tallah.

Argument Type - "If Prophet Knew Ghayb ....":

Another favourite tactic of heretics is that they use "if Prophet knew Ghayb ...." argument:

* If Prophet {sallalahu alayhi wa sallam} knew ghayb then why didnt he stop this and that?
* If Prophet knew Ghayb then why did he ask this?

- If Prophet knew Ghayb then why did he send the Sahabah with so and so, he would have known they will be betrayed and matyred by them?
- If Prophet knew ghayb why would Prophet ask Sahabah about Hazrat Aysha's {radiallah tallah anha} character?

Explaining All "If Prophet Knew Ghayb ...." Arguments With One Answer:

This clarification will reffute the mother of all arguments {"if Prophet knew ghayb ...."}, infact it will be the grand mother of all clarifications.

X claims he knows Ghayb, X phrophecises Z will die tomarrow at 1.00 P.M. neither milli-second more then specified time nor less. All the media gathers, with those milli-sec counting watches, at exactly 1.00 P.M. the Z starts the moon-walk, like Michael Jackson, at 1:30 P.M. Z is tired, gets a nice cold Coke, sits and drinks.

Now X is centre of attention, well X you claimed to know Ghayb, you said, Z will die at the specified time, he isnt dead, but alive and moon-walking. Z well since I knew the Ghayb, so I changed things around, stoped him from dieing.

Ghayb if it is known to anyone, then for it to be proven that actually he did indeed knows Ghayb, the event has to take place, if the event which was said to happen doesnt happen, it proves X did not knew Ghayb.

So Prophets knowing Ghayb, and about the Ghaybi events which he knew about, had to take place for his Ghaybi knowledge to be affirmed. Such arguments are absurd because if he stoped them from happening, it would be argued: 'HE PROPHECISED SUCH AND SUCH WILL HAPPEN, IT HASNT HAPPEND, THEREFORE HE DOES NOT KNOW GHAYB.' And since he didnt prevent it so his knowledge of Ghayb is affirmed, its some how still argued he didnt know Ghayb.

There is fundamental flaw in such arguments you want him to prove his Ilm Al Ghayb preventing about the Ghayb which he knows will happen. Its 'Head's Heretic Wins, Tale's Sunni Loose's.' situation.

Counter Questioning - "If Allah knew Ghayb...":

The above explaination is bit too much depth for a average pea size brain Wahabi, Deobandi, and it will not make any difference to their understanding, rather they will argue on and on, so best deffence is offensive aproach.

* If Allah subhana wa tallah knew Ghayb then; Why did Allah tallah told IBLIS to bow to Adam {alayhis salam}?

Had He known Ghayb He would not have asked Iblis to bow to Adam {alayhis salam}, therefore Allah doesnt know Ghayb. After this objection, heretics will reffer to Allah's Quran to prove Allah knows Ghayb and Muslim should too reffer to kitabullah to prove Ilm Ghayb of RasoolAllah while affirming Allah too knows Ghayb.

Thus we reach to conclusion, just like 'If Allah knew Ghayb He would not have asked for this etc.' arguments do not disprove Allah's ignorance of Ghayb, in the same manner these type arguments do not disprove Ilm Ghayb of RasoolAllah {sallalahu alayhi was'salam} .

The Way Forward Against - "If Prophet knew Ghayb...":

"If Prophet knew Ghayb he would have ..." based arguments do not reffute knowledge of Ghayb of RasoolAllah {sallalahu alayhi was'salam}, or Allah {subhana wa tallah}. If one fails to explain the objections in a statisfactory manner it will not result in reffutation of Allah's {subhana wa tallah} and RasoolAllah's {sallalahu alayhi was'salam} Ilm Al Ghayb because its established from explicit verses of Quran. It can mean that person explaining is either incompetant or if the individual is competant then there is lack of evidence which would clarify, and prove afore knowledge of these events.

In some cases, as is in the case of Aysha Sadeeqa {radiallah tallah anha} that it can be proven from Sahih Hadith; indeed RasoolAllah {sallalahu alayhi was'salam} was aware of of innocence of his wife, in other cases there is either no evidence to substantiate, or to negate his fore knowledge of matter other then; "If Prophet knew Ghayb he would have ..." argument, in such situations, beleiver should hold firmly to what Allah had revealed about Prophets Ghayb knowledge in the Quran, and remain silent, and not infere lack of fore knowledge, or assert fore knowledge. And if it is proven with clear cut evidence that RasoolAllah {radiallah tallah anha} did not posses fore knowledge of X, then it should not be understood to mean absolute ignorance of Ghayb, rather its implications are limited to that incident alone, meaning he {sallalahu alayhi was'salam} did not know about X in advance. Nor should one assume that in future RasoolAllah {sallalahu alayhi was'salam} was not taught by Allah the complete detail of past.

Muhammed Ali Razvi

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