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Knowledge of the Unseen Theology : Arguments on the Scope of Prophetic Knowledge


In the Writings of al-Sayyid Muhammad Ibn Ja’far al-Kattani, Imam Ahmad Raza Khan & Major Scholars at Madrasah Deoband

– The nature of proof-texts on Prophet Muhammad’s (Allah give him peace and blessings) knowledge of the unseen

– Definition & classification of the knowledge of the unseen

– Boundaries of scholarly disagreement

– The five schools among Arab scholars

– Views among Indian ulama

– Historical accounts of the Indian controversy in the early 20th century

– Important analysis of the differences

– Introduction to understudied yet pressingly indispensible works

– And much more in this unique explanatory study on the scope of Prophetic Knowledge based on major primary sources!

Question: How many views are there among Muslim scholars regarding the vastness of our Prophet’s knowledge (Allah give him peace and blessings)? Please could you offer a detailed response elaborating views among the Arab scholars as well as Indian ulama highlighting their sources and reasons for difference? Can you also please explain what matters are important for the public to know and what matters are for the scholars to disagree upon in this regards?

Read its answer in the attachment.


Filed under: History, Kalam, Quran

6 Responses

  1. Assalamu Alaykum

    Jazakallah Ghair for this in depth explanatory study.

    Much appreciated.
    Muammer – Cape Town

  2. Salaam masnoon

    Thanks for the vital info. Allah reward you abundantly.

    Mawlana Muhammad Husain Khan – Durban South Africa

  3. Alhamdulillah , I wish to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the generous brother for sharing this scholarly research with this group. I appeal to all those who do not acknowledge the contrarian views of maslak deoband to re-examine their sentiments in the light of this research.


    Liyaquat Allie Tiry
    Uitenhage (Port Elizabeth/ Nelson Mandela Bay)
    South Africa

  4. Aslaamu ‘alaykum,

    I have been following this English language blog, its a very refreshing blog that deals with complex issues of theological & juriducal tension that others tend to side-step – the elephant in the room- but proliferate at every given opportunity.

    Sidi Munawwar provides penetrating analysis into the methodological principles and divergent evidences that gives the reader a clear scholarly and well researched steer explaining complex matters skillfully and lucidly in context of the tradition of the Ahle Sunnah wal Jama’h throughout history, alhamdulillaah.

    May Allah bless the authour for his efforts and ikhlas in promoting the correct views of the Ahle Sunnah wal Jama’ah – the ay of the majority of Muslims for the majority of Islamic history.


    Ghulam Rasool

  5. hafeez2 says:

    Three things shine before the world and cannot be hidden. They are the moon, the sun, and the truth proclaimed, 
    i read the article a few days ago, Mash’allah an absolutely fantastic article, with irrefutable proofs, congratulations on such a fine piece of scholarly work.    

    During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. 

  6. abuhanzala says:

    This was a highly informative read. There are numerous major misconceptions being spread about Imam Ahmad Raza Khan of Bareilly and the belief of Ahlu’s Sunnah regarding ‘Ilm al-Ghayb. This paper has brought to the fore the fact that the creed of Sunni scholars in the Subcontinent and that of their Arab counterparts is one and the same. Sh. Monawwar has uncovered undeniable evidence to support his stance. The paper contains proof aplenty for those who ‘sit on the fence’ in this matter. If these ‘fence sitters’ are sincere, they will see the truth manifest, wa billahi’t tawfiq.

    Abu Hanzala

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