Advanced search
Visit
15949
Last Updated: 2014/06/23
Summary of question
Can Satan and angels know our thoughts or only Allah knows them?
question
Can Satan and angels know our thoughts or only Allah knows them?
Concise answer
Knowledge of the unseen is prerogative of God. None other than God has knowledge of the unseen independently of God. However, every existent that has been allowed by God to have knowledge of the unseen can read our mind and can see the unseen. In other words, only God has knowledge of the unseen. Whenever He wants and deems appropriate, He opens the gate of the unseen to prophets and angels and whenever He desires, He closes the gate of the unseen to them and forbids them from knowing the unseen.[i]
Most surely, some guarding angels are aware of some of our thoughts[ii], though according to some narrations, some of our thoughts remain hidden to them and only God knows them. Imam Ali (A.S) in his Dua' Kumayl (Kumayl Supplication) says:
«... وَ جَعَلْتَهُمْ شُهُوداً عَلَیَّ مَعَ جَوَارِحِی وَ کُنْتَ أَنْتَ الرَّقِیبَ عَلَیَّ مِنْ وَرَائِهِمْ وَ الشَّاهِدَ لِمَا خَفِیَ عَنْهُم‏...»[iii]
"…Thou hast ordered the two noble scribes to confirm whom Thou hast appointed to record all my actions and to be witnesses over me along with the limbs of my body, whilst Thou observeth over me besides them and wast witness to those acts concealed from them…"
According to the holy verse which says "And (there is) a safeguard against every rebellious Shaitan",[iv] the Satan climbed up, due to their satanic trait, to hear the angels and when they came down to earth, they claimed that they had knowledge of the unseen. That is why, the Lord saved the heavens from the evil of satans and whenever they want to climb up, they are repelled with piercing flames.[v]
 

[i] Najafi, Khomeini, Muhammad Jawad, Tafsir Asaan, vol.4, p. 386, Tehran, Islamiyah, first edition, 1398 A.H.
[ii] Man does not utter a word unless there is an angel guarding and ready to fulfill its mission (i.e. record) at the same instant.  Q, 18.
[iii] Tusi, Muhammad bin al-Hasan, Mesbah al-Mujtahid wa Selah al-Muta'abbed, vol.2, p. 849, Beirut, Fiqh al-Shi'ah Institute, first edition, 1411 A.H.
[iv] Saffaat, 7.
[v] Saffaat, 10.  Except such as snatch away something by stealth, and they are pursued by a flaming fire, of piercing brightness.
Question translations in other languages
Comments
Number of comments 0
Please enter the value
Example : Yourname@YourDomane.ext
Please enter the value
Please enter the value

Thematic Category

Random questions

  • What kind of wilayah (authority) did the Holy Prophet (s) mean in Ghadir Khum?
    8448 Traditional 2012/03/14
    Considering that the Prophet (s) appointed the Commander of the Faithful, Ali (a.s) in an absolute and general way, the Holy Prophet's authority in its entirety, irrespective of whether it is mystical, religious or political, is also proven for Ali (a.s.). ...
  • If a woman has not received alimony for 5 months, is she considered divorced?
    7827 Laws and Jurisprudence 2007/01/06
    Executing a divorce, in Islam, is a choice which pertains to the husband; hence, women cannot divorce themselves from their spouses. The husband’s not paying his wife’s canonically-required expenses (nafaqah) does not constitute a right to divorce. Consequently, the issue of ...
  • Is there any tradition (hadith) regarding octopus?
    7943 Laws and Jurisprudence 2014/08/04
    We haven’t found any tradition in which using octopus as food be considered impermissible. However, we can infer this forbidden from other traditions (ahadith) in which the main rules have been stated in this regards. This means, any types of marine animals which haven’t scale are being ...
  • Why is it necessary to give Sahm-e Imam to a qualified Mujtahid?
    8506 Laws and Jurisprudence 2012/05/19
    Given the fact that qualified jurisprudents are the general representatives of the Imam of Time (atf) during the period of occultation and that, in order for the Islamic laws not to remain unperformed and the portion of Imam not to be wasted, they are allowed to spend ...
  • I believe in God and pray to Him, but sometimes I don’t know how to picture him.
    6057 Traditional 2012/02/15
    Essentially, picturing God and moving towards embodying and picturing God is wrong, because God isn't physical and cannot be pictured or imagined. God is a reality and at the same time, in all realities. He is One, but not like any other thing. He is present everywhere, and ...
  • What does Islam say about Prophet Isa (pbuh) walking on water?
    23925 Traditional 2009/07/19
    One of the ways for identifying prophets is through miracles; extraordinary actions that can't be taught or learned by normal people that others aren't capable of doing.[1]Prophet Isa (pbuh) had several miracles, namely: awakening the dead, curing those born blind and curing ...
  • What is Mudharabah?
    9276 Laws and Jurisprudence 2009/07/19
    Continue... ...
  • Was Prophet Adam the eighth person to live on earth?
    38967 Contextual study 2009/12/17
    According to Islamic teachings firstly: there is no doubt that Prophet Adam was the first person of the current generation of human beings and that this generation are all born from him. Secondly, before Prophet Adam there were humans that lived and were called Insans or "nasnases", but ...
  • What is the ruling of committing sin under compulstion?
    7478 Laws and Jurisprudence 2011/05/08
    According to religious teachings, religious duties are contingent upon one’s free will and choice, meaning that if one does something out of free will, he will deserve to be rewarded or punished. It is on this basis that one of the cases of exemption from ...
  • Was the Prophet of Islam (S) a prophet at birth?
    6516 وحی، نبوت و عصمت 2018/10/22
    The prophethood of the Prophet of Islam (S) can be considered as having two aspects: 1. The first aspect of prophethood is tantamount to prophetic mission and the beginning of a procedure which involved promulgation and propagation of the religion as well as the establishment of the ...

Popular