The Prophet and Imam's Knowledge of the Unseen in the Qurʾan

Document Type : Original Article


Al-Mustfa International University


This research explains the problem of the prophet and imam’s knowledge of the unseen from the perspective of the Qurʾan and hadiths. The approach of this study is interpretative and narrative, and by adopting the descriptive analytical method based on library studies, the view of the Qurʾan regarding the knowledge of the unseen of the Prophet and Imam (as) has been examined. In this research, after explaining the intended meaning of the prophet and imam’s knowledge of the unseen, its instances in the verses and hadiths have been examined and analyzed. The findings of this research illustrate that in Holy Qurʾan, two types of occult sciences are mentioned, the inherent knowledge that is specific to the Lord of the Universe and no one can know about it; non-inherent knowledge, which is a blessing from the Lord and is available to prophets and divine saints. The prophet and imam’s knowledge of the unseen is of the second category and by the grace of God, it is given to the prophets and imams pertaining to the important responsibility of guiding and bringing people to the abode of eternal happiness and final perfection. Therefore, believing in the Prophet and Imams’ knowledge of the unseen is completely based on the teachings of the Qurʾan, and opposing the attribution of such knowledge to the prophets and imams is an explicit opposition to the teachings of the Qurʾan and the Sunnah.


Volume 1, Issue 2
December 2023
Pages 15-25
  • Receive Date: 03 November 2023
  • Revise Date: 26 December 2023
  • Accept Date: 11 January 2024
  • First Publish Date: 11 January 2024
  • Publish Date: 01 December 2023