Islamic concepts

Ghayb غَيب — Hidden Realities, what is hidden, the Unknowable, Unexplainable, the Absent, mystery? occult?, the invisible world

mysteries beyond

They are either present but invisible, e.g. angels recording our deeds, or they are in another place, e.g. the Garden and the Fire.

the Unknowable, the Invisible, the Absent

the Spiritual

الغَيب
noun
ALA-LC al-ghayb
IPA ælˈʁɑjb
  • realities that are hidden from our ordinary means of cognition or understanding
  • This is the Book in which there is no doubt, containing guidance for those who are mindful of God, who believe in the Unknowable... 2:3
  • He said, "O Adam, inform them of their names." And when he had informed them of their names, He said, "Did I not tell you that I know the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth? And I know what you reveal and what you have concealed 2:33
  • That is from the news of the unseen which We reveal to you, [O Muhammad]. And you were not with them when they cast their pens as to which of them should be responsible for Mary. Nor were you with them when they disputed. 3:44
  • Allah would not leave the believers in that [state] you are in [presently] until He separates the evil from the good. Nor would Allah reveal to you the unseen. But [instead], Allah chooses of His messengers whom He wills, so believe in Allah and His messengers. And if you believe and fear Him, then for you is a great reward. 3:179
  • Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand. 4:34
  • O you who have believed, Allah will surely test you through something of the game that your hands and spears [can] reach, that Allah may make evident those who fear Him unseen. And whoever transgresses after that – for him is a painful punishment. 5:94
  • Say, [O Muhammad], "I do not tell you that I have the depositories [containing the provision] of Allah or that I know the unseen, nor do I tell you that I am an angel. I only follow what is revealed to me." Say, "Is the blind equivalent to the seeing? Then will you not give thought?" 6:50
  • Allāh has the keys to the Unknowable: no one knows them but Him. Allāh knows all that is in the land and sea. No leaf falls without Allāh’s knowledge, nor is there a single grain in the darkness of the earth, or anything, fresh or withered, that is not written in a clear Record. (6:59)
  • And it is He who created the heavens and earth in truth. And the day He says, "Be," and it is, His word is the truth. And His is the dominion [on] the Day the Horn is blown. [He is] Knower of the unseen and the witnessed; and He is the Wise, the Acquainted. 6:73
  • Say, "I hold not for myself [the power of] benefit or harm, except what Allah has willed. And if I knew the unseen, I could have acquired much wealth, and no harm would have touched me. I am not except a warner and a bringer of good tidings to a people who believe." 7:188
  • They will make excuses to you when you have returned to them. Say, "Make no excuse - never will we believe you. Allah has already informed us of your news. And Allah will observe your deeds, and [so will] His Messenger; then you will be taken back to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you of what you used to do." q9‎:94q
  • And say, "Do [as you will], for Allah will see your deeds, and [so, will] His Messenger and the believers. And you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you of what you used to do." 9:105
  • And they say, "Why is a sign not sent down to him from his Lord?" So say, "The unseen is only for Allah [to administer], so wait; indeed, I am with you among those who wait." 10:20
  • And I do not tell you that I have the depositories [containing the provision] of Allah or that I know the unseen, nor do I tell you that I am an angel, nor do I say of those upon whom your eyes look down that Allah will never grant them any good. Allah is most knowing of what is within their souls. Indeed, I would then be among the wrongdoers." 11:31
  • That is from the news of the unseen which We reveal to you, [O Muhammad]. You knew it not, neither you nor your people, before this. So be patient; indeed, the [best] outcome is for the righteous. 11:49
  • Say, ‘No one in the heavens or on earth knows the Unknowable except Allāh.’ They do not know when they will be raised from the dead. 27:65
  • These accounts are part of what was beyond your knowledge [Muhammad]. We revealed them to you. Neither you nor your people knew them before now, so be patient: the future belongs to those who are aware of God. 11:49
  • And to Allah belong the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth and to Him will be returned the matter, all of it, so worship Him and rely upon Him. And your Lord is not unaware of that which you do. 11:123
  • That is so al-'Azeez will know that I did not betray him in [his] absence and that Allah does not guide the plan of betrayers. 12:52
  • Say [Prophet], ‘I have no control over benefit or harm, [even] to myself, except as God may please: if I had knowledge of what is hidden, I would have abundant good things and no harm could touch me. I am no more than a bearer of warning, and good news to those who believe.’ 7:188
  • Return to your father and say, "O our father, indeed your son has stolen, and we did not testify except to what we knew. And we were not witnesses of the unseen, 12:81
  • That is from the news of the unseen which We reveal, [O Muhammad], to you. And you were not with them when they put together their plan while they conspired. 12:102
  • [He is] Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, the Grand, the Exalted. 13:9
  • And to Allah belongs the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth. And the command for the Hour is not but as a glance of the eye or even nearer. Indeed, Allah is over all things competent. 16:77
  • They will say there were three, the fourth of them being their dog; and they will say there were five, the sixth of them being their dog - guessing at the unseen; and they will say there were seven, and the eighth of them was their dog. Say, [O Muhammad], "My Lord is most knowing of their number. None knows them except a few. So do not argue about them except with an obvious argument and do not inquire about them among [the speculators] from anyone." 18:22
  • Say, " Allah is most knowing of how long they remained. He has [knowledge of] the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth. How Seeing is He and how Hearing! They have not besides Him any protector, and He shares not His legislation with anyone." 18:26
  • [Therein are] gardens of perpetual residence which the Most Merciful has promised His servants in the unseen. Indeed, His promise has ever been coming. 19:61
  • Has he looked into the unseen, or has he taken from the Most Merciful a promise? 19:78
  • Who fear their Lord unseen, while they are of the Hour apprehensive. 49:21
  • [He is] Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, so high is He above what they associate [with Him]. 23:92
  • Say, "None in the heavens and earth knows the unseen except Allah , and they do not perceive when they will be resurrected." 27:65
  • That is the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, the Exalted in Might, the Merciful, 32:6
  • But those who disbelieve say, "The Hour will not come to us." Say, "Yes, by my Lord, it will surely come to you. [Allah is] the Knower of the unseen." Not absent from Him is an atom's weight within the heavens or within the earth or [what is] smaller than that or greater, except that it is in a clear register 34:3
  • And when We decreed for Solomon death, nothing indicated to the jinn his death except a creature of the earth eating his staff. But when he fell, it became clear to the jinn that if they had known the unseen, they would not have remained in humiliating punishment. 34:14
  • And they had already disbelieved in it before and would assault the unseen from a place far away. 34:53
  • And no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another. And if a heavily laden soul calls [another] to [carry some of] its load, nothing of it will be carried, even if he should be a close relative. You can only warn those who fear their Lord unseen and have established prayer. And whoever purifies himself only purifies himself for [the benefit of] his soul. And to Allah is the [final] destination. 35:18
  • Indeed, Allah is Knower of the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and earth. Indeed, He is Knowing of that within the breasts. 35:38
  • You can only warn one who follows the message and fears the Most Merciful unseen. So give him good tidings of forgiveness and noble reward. 36:11
  • Say, "O Allah , Creator of the heavens and the earth, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, You will judge between your servants concerning that over which they used to differ." 39:46
  • Indeed, Allah knows the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth. And Allah is Seeing of what you do. 49:18
  • Who feared the Most Merciful unseen and came with a heart returning [in repentance]. 50:33
  • Or have they [knowledge of] the unseen, so they write [it] down? 52:41
  • Does he have knowledge of the unseen, so he sees? 53:35
  • We have already sent Our messengers with clear evidences and sent down with them the Scripture and the balance that the people may maintain [their affairs] in justice. And We sent down iron, wherein is great military might and benefits for the people, and so that Allah may make evident those who support Him and His messengers unseen. Indeed, Allah is Powerful and Exalted in Might. 57:25
  • He is Allah , other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. 59:22
  • Say, "Indeed, the death from which you flee - indeed, it will meet you. Then you will be returned to the Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, and He will inform you about what you used to do." 62:8
  • Knower of the unseen and the witnessed, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. 64:18
  • Indeed, those who fear their Lord unseen will have forgiveness and great reward. 67:12
  • Or have they [knowledge of] the unseen, so they write [it] down? 68:47
  • [He is] Knower of the unseen, and He does not disclose His [knowledge of the] unseen to anyone 72:26
  • And Muhammad is not a withholder of [knowledge of] the unseen. 81:24
  • [Be warned of] the Day when Allah will assemble the messengers and say, "What was the response you received?" They will say, "We have no knowledge. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen" 5:109
  • And [beware the Day] when Allah will say, "O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, 'Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah ?'" He will say, "Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen. 5:116
  • Did they not know that Allah knows their secrets and their private conversations and that Allah is the Knower of the unseen? 9:78
  • Say, "Indeed, my Lord projects the truth. Knower of the unseen." 34:48
  • Then We will surely relate [their deeds] to them with knowledge, and We were not [at all] absent. 7:7
  • And he took attendance of the birds and said, "Why do I not see the hoopoe - or is he among the absent? 27:20
  • And never therefrom will they be absent. 82:16
  • And there is nothing concealed within the heaven and the earth except that it is in a clear Register. 27:75

what’s beyond the range of the senses, hidden and unknowable realities, mystery, the unknown unseen world

Anbā al-Ghayb — information about the Unknowable, tidings of things hidden

Related concepts

  • Shahādah — to witness, sense as real

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