Q: My question is if the prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) didn’t know ilm-e-ghaib, then how did he know the following hadith.
Narrated by Hazrat Anas (Radiyallahu Anhu): Allah’s Apostle (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) ascended the (mountain) of Uhud with Abu Bakr and ‘Uthman and it shook. Allah’s Apostle (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said, “Be calm, O Uhud!” I think he stroked it with his foot and added, “There is none on you but a Prophet, a Siddiq and two martyrs.” (The two martyrs were Hazrat Umar and Hazrat Uthman [Radiyallahu Anhuma]) (See Hadith No. 24). Hadith is in Bukhari.
How did he know that Hazrat Umar and Hazrat Uthman (Radiyallahu Anhuma) will be martyred?
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
قُل لَّا أَقُولُ لَكُمْ عِندِي خَزَائِنُ اللَّـهِ وَلَا أَعْلَمُ الْغَيْبَ وَلَا أَقُولُ لَكُمْ إِنِّي مَلَكٌ ۖ إِنْ أَتَّبِعُ إِلَّا مَا يُوحَىٰ إِلَيَّ ۚ قُلْ هَلْ يَسْتَوِي الْأَعْمَىٰ وَالْبَصِيرُ ۚ أَفَلَا تَتَفَكَّرُونَ ﴿الأنعام: ٥٠﴾
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)
This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.