Getting to Know Allah

Allah and the Unseen

6:73 It is He who created the heavens and the earth in truth, and the Day He says: “Be”,[8] it will come to be. His Word is the Truth, and His is the sovereignty on the Day the trumpet is blown. The Knower of the Unseen and the Seen, He is the Wise, the Well-Aware [of all things].

32:6 That is the Knower of the Unseen and the Seen, the All-Mighty, the Merciful.

59:22 He is Allah; there is no god but He, the Knower of the Unseen and the Seen. He is the Compassionate, the Merciful.

The Knower of “the Outer and the Inner.”


57 Al-Hadîd

In the Name of Allah,

the Compassionate, the Merciful

57:1 Whatever is in the heavens and the earth glorifies Allah. He is the All-Mighty, the Wise.

57:2 To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. He brings to life and causes to die, and He has power over everything.

57:3 He is the First and the Last, the Outer (the Seen) and the Inner (the Unseen), and He has knowledge of everything.

57:4 It is He Who created the heavens and the earth in six days; then He sat upon the Throne. He knows what penetrates into the earth and what comes out of it; what comes down from heaven and ascends to it. He is with you, wherever you are: Allah perceives whatever you do.

57:5 To him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and unto Allah all matters are ultimately referred.

If Allah knows the Unseen, it is because He has the keys to wherever the Unseen can be found.

6:59 With Him are the keys of the Unseen only He knows them, and He knows what is on land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but He knows it; and there is no grain in the dark bowels of the earth, nor anything green or dry, but is [recorded] in a Clear Book.


6:50 Say (O Muhammad): “I do not tell you that I have the treasures of Allah, and I do not know do Unseen; nor do I tell you that I am an angel. I only follow what is revealed to me.” Say: “Are the blind man and the one who sees alike? Do you not reflect?”

Muhammad may not have known about the Unseen, but he knew of the keys.

Narrated Ibn Umar:

Allah's Apostle said, "The keys of Unseen are five which none knows but Allah: None knows what will happen tomorrow but Allah; none knows what is in the wombs (a male child or a female) but Allah; none knows when it will rain but Allah; none knows at what place one will die; none knows when the Hour will be established but Allah." (31:34)

Bukhari 60.219


A confirmation that part of the Unseen is what is in the womb of a pregnant woman.

13:8 Allah knows what every female bears and what the wombs carry for a shorter or a longer term; and everything with Him is by measure.

13:9 [He is] the Knower of the Unseen and the Seen, the Great, the Most High.

Who is more fitting to sit in judgement than one who knows about “the Unseen and the Seen”?

39:46 Say: “O Allah, Creator of the heavens and the earth, Knower of the Unseen and the Seen, you shall judge between your servants regarding that whereon they used to differ.”

To whom Allah discloses the Unseen and how He makes sure His Message reaches its destination.

72:25 Say: “I do not know whether what you are promised is near, or whether my Lord shall extend it for a period.

72:26 “Knower of the Unseen, He does not disclose His Unseen to anyone.”

72:27 Except for any Messenger He is well-pleased with. He then will dispatch watchmen before him and behind him;

72:28 So as to know that they have delivered the Messages of their Lord. And He encompasses whatever they have and numbers everything.

 The “Knower of the Unseen” is a hurler of “the truth.”

34:48 Say: “My Lord hurls down the truth. He is the Knower of the Unseen.”

34:49 Say: “The Truth has come. Falsehood neither originates or brings back anything.”

The Meccans used to speculate about the Unseen.

34:53 They have already disbelieved in Him and they speculate about the Unseen from a far-off place (Mecca, Moududi).

34:54 And they were barred from what they desired, as was done with their ilk before. Indeed, they were in disturbing doubt.


The length some will go to try to explain the patently obscure.’s explanation of Revelation 34:54:

As a matter of fact, no one adopts shirk and atheism and denial of the Hereafter by conviction, nor can he, for conviction comes from knowledge. And no one has the knowledge that there is no God, or that many others have a share in divine authority, or that there should be no Hereafter. Thus, whoever has adopted these beliefs in the world, has raised a structure on mere conjecture, which has no basis except doubt and suspicion, and this suspicion has led him to sheer error. Consequently, they doubted God’s existence, they doubted the truth of Tauhid, they doubted the coming of the Hereafter; so much so that they made this doubt their faith and did not listen to the Prophets and expended and wasted their entire lifetime indulging in a wrong creed and wrong way of life.


Do not presume too much, lest you suffer double the punishment!

19:77 Have you seen him who disbelieves in our Revelations and [yet] says: “I shall certainly be given wealth and children.”

19:78 Does he have knowledge of the Unseen, or did he take a pledge from the Compassionate (received permission, Moududi)?

19:79 No, We shall write down what he says and shall add punishment to his punishment.

19:80 And We will inherit from him what he says and he will come to Us alone.


Revelations 19:77-80 were sent in response to a sardonic comment made by a man to avoid paying what he owed to a blacksmith.

Narrated Khabbab:

I was a blacksmith and did some work for Al-'As bin Wail. When he owed me some money for my work, I went to him to ask for that amount. He said, "I will not pay you unless you disbelieve in Muhammad."

I said, "By Allah! I will never do that till you die and be resurrected."

He said, "Will I be dead and then resurrected after my death?"

I said, "Yes."

He said, "There I will have property and offspring and then I will pay you your due."

Then Allah revealed. 'Have you seen him who disbelieved in Our signs, and yet says: I will be given property and offspring?'

Bukhari 36.475


For the “Knower of the Unseen,” not even a particle of dust will escape His attention; it’s in the Book.

34:3 The unbelievers say: “The Hour will not come for us.” Say: “Yes, indeed, it will come, by my Lord, Knower of the Unseen, from Whom not the weight of a speck of dust will escape in the heavens or on earth; nor is anything smaller or bigger than that but is in a Manifest Book.”

Today, much of the Unseen in the Koran and across the sayings of Muhammad is now the Seen (or the foreseeable), the most obvious being the sex of a developing embryo.

31:34 Allah surely has the knowledge of the Hour and He sends down the rain. He knows what is in the wombs, whereas no soul knows what it shall earn tomorrow; nor does any living soul know in what land it shall die. Allah is All-Knowing, Well-Informed.

You will find more revelations about the Unseen intermingled with other claims that only the omniscient can make.


[8] 16:40 Indeed, when We want a thing to be, We just say to it: “Be”, and it comes to be.