The Sunni Creed regarding the Knowledge of Allah and His Messenger ﷺ

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    Imam Ahmad Rida Khan Baraylawi (d.1340 H) writes:

    'Allah ta'ala has given His beloved ﷺ detailed knowledge of every particle from the first day till the last - whatever has happened, whatever is happening and whatever will happen. In a thousand darknesses, if there is a speck or a particle of sand existing, the knowledge of RasulAllah ﷺ encompasses that.

    And not just knowledge, rather, whatever is happening in the world and will do so till judgement day, RasulAllah ﷺ sees it like he sees the palm of his hand. There isn't a particle in the heavens and the earth that is hidden from his vision. In fact, this is just a small tributary from his oceans of knowledge.

    He knows his entire nation better than a man recognises the one who sits next to him. And not just knows them, but he sees their every action and each movement. If a thought passes in their heart, he is aware of it.

    And in relation to the knowledge of Allah, then all the oceans of knowledge of RasulAllah ﷺ and combined knowledge of the first and the last put together aren't even comparable to a part of a drop compared to tens of millions of oceans.

    وَمَا قَدَرُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ قَدْرِهِ
    The oppressors didn't recognise the rank of Allah. Whatever has happened and will happen till judgement day, when it was said that Allah granted it to His beloved, it was said that you have made equality with God and become polytheists.

    Insolent people! Is the knowledge of Allah only this much that can be contained between two limits? This is even gifted by RasulAllah ﷺ to his chosen servants. All this is proven from the Quran, authentic hadith and sayings of imams, scholars and saints, details of which can be read in our books, al-Dawlah al-Makkiyyah and Inbā' al-Mustafa and Khālis al-Iýtiqād, etc.'

    [al-Áţāyā al-Nabawyyah fi al-Fatāwā al-Riđawiyyah, 15:74]

    Original Urdu:

    Elsewhere he writes:

    'Claiming equality with the knowledge of Allah is certainly rejected but takfir won't be made even on this when the claimant believes it to be by the granting of Allah.

    And without doubt, the truth is that the combined knowledge of the first and last of all prophets and messengers and angels isn't even comparable to a billionth part of a drop compared to billions of oceans in relation to the knowledge of Allah.'

    [al-Áţāyā al-Nabawyyah fi al-Fatāwā al-Riđawiyyah, 14:377]

    Original Urdu:
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