- What is the Unseen?
- Solving worldly problems with the Divine Law We come to the Divine Law and abandon it!
- A limited knowledge of existence
- Allah reveals to His Messenger some of the Divine Secrets What is the relative Unseen?
- Prediction and the Unseen
- The three veils screening the Unseen The veil of the unseen past
- Chapter Two
- The Noble Qur’an and the Unseen
- The Noble Qur’an amends what the predecessors have distorted
- The miracle of creation imparted by Allah
- Casting lots to see who would be the guardian of Maryam Emendation of insertions intruded into previous religions The Noble Qur’an unveils the human soul
- Allah exposes what is inside the hypocrites’ hearts
- Chapter Three
- Things He reveals …not originate
- How did the Noble Qur’an unveil the future?
- The letter ‘_’ expressing futurity in the Noble Qur’an Unveiling future secrets of the human body
- Lengthy talk about the unseen future
- When do the Noble Qur’an and science come into conflict?
- What about the five Unseen matters?
- Chapter Four
- With Him Alone is the Knowledge of the Hour
- The fortunetellers but lie
- The Last Hour and the Jews
- Heavy is its burden through the heavens
- The Blower of the Trumpet and the Last Hour Portents of the approach of the Last Hour Humanity at large is helpless
- Chapter Five
- He knows what is in the wombs
- Allah gives Zakariyâ the glad tidings of Yahyâ The significance of ‘That which is in the wombs’ Provision is only in the Hands of Allah Provision and accounts
- Where death befalls
- Fate and the knowledge of man
- War and death
- Chapter Six
- The All-Knower of the Unseen and Seen
- The infinite Knowledge of Allah
- The life of this world… an abode of trial Everything with Him is in due proportion Nothing is haphazard
- Preexistent in the Knowledge of Allah
- Creation… life…and death The present world
Chapter One What Is The Unseen
The Unseen is anything that is kept hidden from us, for the seen is no longer unknown! This means that what the eyes behold is not considered unseen, but it simply has to be away from our perception. Thus, that which is witnessed does not fall under the hidden or the unknown.
If man were to examine his life he would discern that his knowledge is but trivial and what is kept beyond it is far greater. To us the seen merely constitutes our lives, which is a very limited sphere, even when added to it the events we see on television or in other media transmitted to us from lands afar. All what we gain through them, in spite of their multiplicity, is a mere fraction compared to what happens in the entire universe.
We could be present in the same place yet in separate rooms, unaware of what is going on in the one next to us. We could be sitting face to face conversing with some people, yet have no clue as to what truly revolves in their minds and hearts.
Therefore, we perceive that in our daily lives the least of all is visible and certainly far beyond great is kept unknown to us. Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, says in His Noble Book, (what means):
“And of knowledge, you (mankind) have been given only a little.” (Al-Isrâ’, 17: 85)
If the knowledge we possess about the witnessed present world is the very least, the same applies to general issues, because no issue that was subjected to careful study and its researchers devoted themselves to uncover it but involved their knowledge of certain things and their ignorance of many others.
Seldom one finds a worldly matter or a passed law that does not need modification or alteration after a while. Why? Because those who studied a given case or established a particular law learned certain facts and missed others, so with the passage of time the hidden realties begin to manifest themselves, hence necessitating amendments.
This is the way things are, as every age enfolds its own laws and cases. Every age uncovers certain matters that were kept hidden from the preceding generations and reveals new issues.
As Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, is the Sole Legislator, and because nothing is hidden from Him, His Knowledge is Eternal and fully comprehends everything in the universe even before He brought it into being. Indeed, not even the weight of an atom (or a small ant) or less than that or greater, escapes His Knowledge in the heavens or in the earth.
Solving worldly problems with the Divine Law
If we truly want to solve the problems of this world with a remedy that needs no alteration or substitution, let us seek and derive such a remedy from the Law of Allah, because He, all praise and glory be to Him, is the One Who created the disease and its cure. He is the One Who created man and knows best what serves him and what harms him. He, be ever gloried His Majesty and Might, is the One Who created this universe and knows best what sets it right and what brings about its destruction.
In our worldly affairs we seek the machine manufacturer to help repair the machine damage, because he made it and hence knows best the secrets of his creation. If it was not possible for us to go to the manufacturers themselves due to the large-scale production and its international distribution, the manufacturers would have technicians trained to repair the machines they produce and would print millions of manuals instructing people on how to repair them.
But if we sought a man who was neither trained by the manufacturer nor read the manual, he would certainly damage it instead of repairing it. The same applies to calling a carpenter to fix your television, he would simply damage it and people would blame you for not seeking the help of the manufacturer or a technician.
We come to the Divine Law and abandon it!
We act thus in our material concerns but we ignore it in universal matters. We definitely know that Allah is The Creator of this universe and The Creator of man. He is The Lawmaker of the course of life in the universe and He has conveyed it to us.
But when it comes to practicing the Law of Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, we actually abandon it. We make laws based on our imperfect reasoning and limited understanding believing that we are reforming, but in fact we are corruptors. We abandoned what The Creator has given us and we began imposing our own opinions, thinking that we are more capable than The Maker in handling His Creation. In this regard Allah, The Truth [Al-Haqq: one of the Beautiful Names of Allah], says (what means):
“And when it is said to them: ‘Make not mischief on the earth,’ they say: ‘We are only peacemakers.’ Verily! They are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive not.” (Al- Baqarah, 2: 11-12)
All acts of reform remote from the Law of Allah are nothing but mischief on the earth for moving further from The All-Knowing Creator towards the created being who knows but little.
Nothing created by Allah but blesses the universe and is impossible to cause mischief. The sun, for instance, illumines the universe since time began; it has caused aught mischief as that caused by factories and the exhaust gases emitted from cars in a matter of a few years.
Allah created the plants to provide the planet with the pure oxygen it needs, but man came, uprooted them and built in their place factories and cities that caused air pollution and the ozone hole that threatens the entire humanity.
Indeed, what is hidden from us is great and what is seen is so petty. That is regarding this world, apart from the other worlds that Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, has kept hidden from us, unseen, unknown.
The world of jinn is hidden from us, whether the righteous among them or the devils. Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, says in the Noble Qur’an (what means):
“Verily, he and Qabîluhu (his soldiers from the jinns or his tribe) see you from where you cannot see them.” (Al-A‘râf, 7: 27)
Moreover, the world of angels is hidden from us, as we do not see the angels, together with the other worlds that only Allah knows and we know nothing about.
A limited knowledge of existence
So, can see that our knowledge is very limited regarding all that exists in this universe, whether of the material or the unseen world.
There exists a present seen world; that is the world of Dominion, the visible world that we all share. And there also exits the world of the Greatest Kingdom; the invisible world that Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, only shows to whom He wills from His Messengers or righteous servants. Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, says in the Noble Qur’an (what means):
“Thus did we show Ibrâhim (Abraham) the kingdom of the heavens and the earth that he be one of those who have Faith with certainty.” (Al-An‘âm, 6: 75)
Hence, we realize that there exists Kingdoms known only to Allah, which He shows to whomever He wills of His servants. The Ghaib (all that is hidden, unseen or unknown) in its comprehensive essence is divided into two: a relative unseen world and an absolute unseen world.
The absolute Unseen is only possessed by Allah, and has not yet emerged to perform its duty in life, for everything in this universe is assigned a duty and has a beginning and an end. Even the progress that humans achieve has a beginning; a feature in fact not exclusive to man alone but everything in the universe has both a beginning and an end.
For instance, each scientific theory is assigned a birth date for it to start carrying out its mission in the universe. If it chances upon a researcher after its discovery, Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, may reveal it to him and if it does not, Allah, Blessed and Exalted be He, will reveal it to a seeker of the Signs of Allah on earth, through what we call coincidence.
Many a time we find a researcher examining a certain matter or a certain theory and his search leads him to a totally different path; something he was not even looking for. But Allah, The Most Exalted, has guided him to it by what we humans call coincidence.
Or else, Allah makes him notice a thing he has not noticed before which makes him change his search entirely and pursue a different course.
Recovery from sickness also has an assigned date and birth. When Allah, all praise and glory be to Him, wills the regaining of health He guides the physician to the disease and reveals its cause to him, so he diagnoses it, treats it and health is restored by the Will of Allah.
A patient may in vain seek the most skilled doctors, but still does not get cured, then may come a fresh graduate doctor who examines him, diagnoses the illness and the patient is cured!!
Is this inexperienced fresh graduate doctor more versed than the medical professors who taught him? No, because he acquired his knowledge from those professors. He simply examined the patient at the birth date of healing, so Allah guided him to the illness, which he treated and health was restored.
Allah reveals to His Messenger some of the Divine Secrets
So, the absolute Hidden or Unseen is only within the Knowledge of Allah, all praise and glory be