Have I Spoken About Allah Without Knowledge?

Answered by Shaykh Abdullah Misra

Question

I used to tell people that there will be a snowy mountain in the middle of Africa, and it was a sign of the day of judgment. Is this true or false? Have I spoken about Allah without knowledge?

Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful and Compassionate

It is impermissible to make a statement about Allah, His Prophets (Allah bless them and give them peace), and His religion [Islam] without sure, authentic knowledge as mentioned in the primary sources of the Qur’an and the hadiths, and explained by the scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jama’a. You should not have said what you did if you were not sure.

Allah Most High says, “… and you say with your mouths that which you have no knowledge of, and you consider it trivial, but it is immense in the sight of Allah.” (Quran, 24:15)

Allah Most High also says, “… and do not say that which you do not know…” (Quran, 17:36)

Imam Jassas comments on this verse, saying, “This entails the prohibition for a person to say anything about the rulings of Allah which they do not have knowledge of by using conjecture or reckoning… and it indicates that when they speak without knowledge, then they are sinners in what they report, whether the claim is an outright lie or true, because they spoke without knowledge and Allah forbade that.”  (Jassas, Ahkam al Qur’an)

Therefore, you should ask yourself if what you have claimed was taken from an authentic Islamic source or not. If not, then you would have spoken about Allah (by talking about His religion) without knowledge. You should sincerely repent to Allah, resolve not to do this again, and commit yourself to only seeking and sharing authentic Islamic knowledge. SeekersGuidance Academy offers courses that you will benefit from:
Signs of the Hour: The Fiqh of the End of Times (seekersguidance.org)

Wassalam,
Shaykh Abdullah Anik Misra
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Shaykh Abdullah Misra was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1983. His family hails from India, and he was raised in the Hindu tradition. He embraced Islam in 2001 while at the University of Toronto, from where he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then traveled overseas in 2005 to study the Arabic language and Islamic sciences in Tarim, Yemen, for some time, as well as Darul Uloom in Trinidad, West Indies. He spent 12 years in Amman, Jordan, where he focused on Islamic Law, Theology, Hadith Sciences, Prophetic Biography, and Islamic Spirituality while also working at the Qasid Arabic Institute as Director of Programs. He holds a BA in Islamic Studies (Alimiyya, Darul Uloom) and authorization in the six authentic books of Hadith and is currently pursuing specialized training in issuing Islamic legal verdicts (ifta’). He holds a certificate in Counselling and often works with new Muslims and those struggling with religious OCD. He is an instructor and researcher in Sacred Law and Theology with the SeekersGuidance The Global Islamic Seminary. Currently, He resides in the Greater Toronto Area with his wife and children. His personal interests include Indian history, comparative religion, English singing, and poetry.