I ask this question due to this Hadith from Sahih Musllim:

It is narrated on the authority of Masruq that he said:

I was resting at (the house of) 'A'isha that she said:

O Abu 'A'isha (kunya of Masruq), there are three things, and he who affirmed even one of them fabricated the greatest lie against Allah.

I asked that they were.

She said: He who presumed that Muhammad (ﷺ) saw his Lord (with his ocular vision) fabricated the greatest lie against Allah.

I was reclining but then sat up and said:
Mother of the Faithful, wait a bit and do not be in a haste. Has not Allah (Mighty and Majestic) said:" And truly he saw him on the clear horizon" (Al-Qur'an, Surat at-Takwir, 81:23) and" he saw Him in another descent" (Al-Qur'an, Surat Najm 53:13)?

She said: I am the first of this Ummah who asked the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) about it, and he said:
Verily he is Gabriel. I have never seen him in his original form in which he was created except on those two occasions (to which these verses refer); I saw him descending from the heaven and filling (the space) from the sky to the earth with the greatness of his bodily structure.

She said: Have you not heard Allah saying:
"Eyes comprehend Him not, but He comprehends (all) vision. and He is Subtle, and All-Aware" (Al-Qur'an, Surat al-An`am 6:103)?

(She, i.e. 'A'isha, further said):
Have you not heard that, verily, Allah says:
"And it is not for any human being that Allah should speak to him except by revelation or from behind a partition or that He sends a messenger to reveal, by His permission, what He wills. Indeed, He is Most High and Wise." (Al-Qur'an, Surat ash-Shura, 42:51)

She said: He who presumes that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) concealed anything from the Book of Allah fabricates the greatest lie against Allah.

Allah says: "O Messenger, announce that which has been revealed to you from your Lord, and if you do not, then you have not conveyed His message. And Allah will protect you from the people. Indeed, Allah does not guide the disbelieving people." (Al-Qur'an, Surat al-Ma'idah, 5:67).

She said: He who presumes that he would inform about what was going to happen tomorrow fabricates the greatest lie against Allah.

And Allah says "Say, 'None in the heavens and earth knows the unseen except Allah , and they do not perceive when they will be resurrected.'" (Al-Qur'an, Surat an-Naml, 27:65).

Sahih Muslim - Book 1, Hadith 346

  • Isn’t there a famous Hadith where the Sahaba ask the Prophet PBUH and he replies by saying how could he see Allah when Allah is engulfed with light?
    – Shadi
    Apr 29, 2018 at 7:45
  • @Shadi Unfortunately, I haven't come across it. If you have it handy, will you share me the link please.
    – Ahmed
    Apr 29, 2018 at 8:13
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    It was narrated that Abu Dharr said:”I asked the Messenger of Allah PBUH, “Did you see your Lord?” He said “He is veiled by light, how could I see Him?” (Narrated by Muslim, al-Eeman, 261)
    – Shadi
    Apr 29, 2018 at 8:36
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    Jazakallah Khair (sunnah.com/muslim/1/350)
    – Ahmed
    Apr 29, 2018 at 8:41

1 Answer 1


As per the comment by @Shadi above:

It is narrated on the authority of Abu Dharr:

I asked the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ): Did you see thy Lord? He said: (He is) Light; how could I see Him?

Sahih Muslim, Book 1, Hadith 350

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