“If You Knew What I Know…”

salamu `alaykum

The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said:

‏لو تعلمون ما أعلم لضحكتم قليلا ولبكيتم كثيرا

“Verily, if you knew what I know you would laugh less and weep more.”

(Bukhari, Kitab al Riqaq #6004)

Ibn Hajar `Asqalani (Allah have mercy on him) states in his Fath al Bari:

والمراد بالعلم هنا ما يتعلق بعظمة الله وانتقامه ممن يعصيه والأهوال التي تقع عند النزع والموت وفي القبر ويوم القيامة , ومناسبة كثرة البكاء وقلة الضحك في هذا المقام واضحة , والمراد به التخويف . وقد جاء لهذا الحديث سبب أخرجه سنيد في تفسيره بسند واه والطبراني عن ابن عمر ” خرج رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إلى المسجد فإذا بقوم يتحدثون ويضحكون , فقال : والذي نفسي بيده ” فذكر هذا الحديث . وعن الحسن البصري ” من علم أن الموت مورده , والقيامة موعده , والوقوف بين يدي الله تعالى مشهده , فحقه أن يطول في الدنيا حزنه “

“What is meant by “knowledge” here is what is related to the greatness of Allah and His vengeance against he who disobeys Him, the states that arise with extirpation, death, in the grave, and the Day of Judgment. The appropriateness of weeping much and laughing little within this context is clear, and what is indicated by it is fear.

It is narrated from Hasan al Basri (Allah have mercy on him) that, ‘He who knew about death and its furnishing, the Day of Judigement and its appointed time, and the spectacle of standing between the two hands of Allah (s: a reference to Allah’s mercy and wrath), then it is proper and right that his sadness and anxiety (due to his knowledge of these events) arise in this world.'”

And Allah Knows Best




Filed under Hadith

7 responses to ““If You Knew What I Know…”

  1. anon

    r u saying he knew the day of qiyamah
    according to hasan basri

  2. salamu `alaykum

    I would assume what is meant is knowledge that the Day of Judgment will arise, not necessarily its *exact* time. wa`d generally means “promise, pledge”.


  3. umara

    asalamu alaykum sidi,
    yours is definitely one (out of four) of the most beneficial blogs on the net. request for duas, wasalam.

  4. salamu `alaykum

    Barakallah feek and May Allah grant you all good in this life and the next.


  5. omar

    This is a very scary hadith… can you put one up of hope… so that we can realize the tremendousness of Allah’s mercy?

    was Salam.

  6. salamu `alaykum

    I’ll put one up soon, Omar.


  7. eydan bukhari

    (disclaimer: my post is relying on memory from two years ago and thus will require secondary verification to hold any weight; otherwise, it should either be an impetus to research the merits of my post or ignore it completely.)

    i recall shaykh abdullah adhami discussing this hadith during the 2005 msa east zone conference in new york. he said that often times this hadith is not discussed in its entirety. he proceeded to relate the complete narration of the hadith. i had heard this hadith quoted many times but i remember that this was the first time i had heard anyone introduce this part of it. if my memory serves me somewhat well, shaykh adhami might have said that when the Prophet (sal’allahu ‘alayhi wa sallaam) said this (“verily, if you knew what I know you would laugh less and weep more.”) to his companions, angel gabriel later came to him and said something to the effect of, “but they dont know what you know so…” i dont want to complete the paraphrased quote because i dont want to make any unsubstantiated insinuations, but it was something like “be easy with them” or something else in the same spirit.

    my two minutes of research has shown that all the accounts of this hadith that i read online end at the same place this one does. finally, id like to emphasize the content of my disclaimer; if my post isnt confirmed, ignore my comments.

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