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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

Is this hadeeth saheeh: “His
knowledge of my situation is
sufficient asking”?.

Answer

Praise be to Allaah.
These words were narrated from
Ibraaheem (peace be upon him)
when his people threw him into the
fire with the catapult. He was met
by Jibreel who asked him: “O
Ibraaheem, do you have any need?”
Ibraaheem said, “Of you, no.”
Jibreel said: “Then ask your Lord.”
Ibraaheem said: “His knowledge of
my situation is sufficient asking.”
Al-Baghawi mentioned this in his
tafseer (commentary) on Soorat al-
Anbiya’, and indicated that it is
da’eef (weak). (5/327).
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said
in Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (1/183):
The report which says that when
Ibraaheem was thrown into the fire
Jibreel said to him, “Ask (of your
Lord)” and he said, “His knowledge
of my situation is sufficient asking”
has no sound isnaad, and it is false.
Rather what is proven in al-Saheeh
from Ibn 'Abbaas is that he said,
“Hasbi Allaah wa ni’m al-wakeel
(Allaah is sufficient for me and He
is the best dispoer of affairs).”
With regard to Ibraaheem asking of
his Lord, this is mentioned in the
Qur’aan in more than one place, so
how could he have said, “His
knowledge of my situation is
sufficient asking” ??

Ibn Taymiyah also said (8/358):
With regard to his saying “His
knowledge of my situation is
sufficient asking”, this is false and
goes against what Allaah tells us
about Ibraaheem and other
Prophets and how they prayed to
Allaah and asked of Him. It also
goes against what Allaah has
commanded His slaves to ask Him
for, which is the good things of this
world and the Hereafter, such as
when they said (interpretation of
the meaning):
"Our Lord! Give us
in this world that
which is good and
in the Hereafter that
which is good, and
save us from the
torment of the Fire!"
[al-Baqarah 2:201]
And making du’aa’ to Allaah and
asking of Him and putting one's
trust in Him are all acts of worship
that are prescribed in Islam.

This hadeeth was also mentioned by
al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Da’eefah
(21). He said: It is one of the
Israa’eeliyyaat (reports from Jewish
sources) and has no basis in any
report that can be attributed to the
Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him). Some of the
Sufis adopted this meaning when
they said, “Your asking of Him is an
accusation of Him.”
Al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy
on him) said:
This is serious misguidance. Would
the Prophets accuse their Lord by
asking Him for various things?
Ibraaheem (peace be upon him)
said:
“O our Lord! I have made some of
my offspring to dwell in an
uncultivable valley by Your Sacred
House (the Ka‘bah at Makkah) in
order, O our Lord, that they may
perform As‑Salaat
(Iqaamat‑as‑Salat). So fill some
hearts among men with love
towards them, and (O Allaah)
provide them with fruits so that
they may give thanks.
O our Lord! Certainly, You know
what we conceal and what we
reveal. Nothing on the earth or in
the heaven is hidden from Allaah…”
[Ibraaheem 14:37-38 –
interpretation of the meaning]
Many du’aa’ of the Prophets are
mentioned in the Qur’aan and
Sunnah.

The one who says such a thing
seems to be unaware of the fact
that du’aa’, which means
beseeching and turning to Allaah, is
a great act of worship, regardless of
what need one is asking to be met.
Hence the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: “Du’aa’ is worship.” Then he
recited the verse (interpretation of
the meaning):
“And your Lord said: ‘Invoke Me [i.e.
believe in My Oneness (Islamic
Monotheism) and ask Me for
anything] I will respond to your
(invocation). Verily, those who scorn
My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me,
and do not believe in My Oneness,
(Islamic Monotheism)] they will
surely enter Hell in humiliation!”
[Ghaafir 40:60]

That is because in du’aa’ the slave
demonstrates his complete
submission to his Lord and his need
for Him and his dependence upon
Him. Whoever turns away from
du’aa’ turns away from worship of
Allaah. No wonder there are so
many ahaadeeth which enjoin and
encourage du’aa’, and the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) said: “Whoever does not
make du’aa’ to Allaah, He will be
angry with him.”
This was narrated by al-Haakim,
who classed it as saheeh, and al-
Dhahabi agreed with him. It is a
hasan hadeeth.

And the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: “Ask Allaah for everything,
even a lace for your shoes, because
if Allaah does not make it easy for
you to obtain it, you will not be bale
to obtain it.” Narrated by Ibn al-
Sunni (no. 349) with a hasan isnaad,
and it has corroborating reports in
the hadeeth of Anas which was
narrated by al-Tirmidhi (4/292 and
others).
In conclusion, this report which is
attributed to Ibraaheem (peace be
upon him) could not have been
uttered by any Muslim who
understands the importance of
du’aa’ in Islam, so how can it have
been said by the one who called us
Muslims?

Silsilat al-Ahaadeeth al-Da’eefah,
1/29.

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