Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Imam Ali's Knowledge of the Quran

Here is a Ṣaḥīḥ (Authentic) ḥadīth on the amount of knowledge Imām `Alī (عليه السلام) had of the Qur’ān. This ḥadīth is found in a much larger ḥadīth. Also this ḥadīth is not only found in Shī`ah books, but it is found all over the Sunnī books as well. I have posted another ḥadīth where Imām `Alī (عليه السلام) says, “Ask me whatever you wish” (Click here).

«ما في كتاب الله عز و جل آية إلا و أنا أعرف تفسيرها و في أي مكان نزلت من سهل أو جبل و في أي وقت نزلت من ليل أو نهار و أن هاهنا لعلما جما و أشار إلى صدره و لكن طلابه يسيرة و عن قليل يندمون لو قد يفقدوني»
Imām `Alī (عليه السلام) said: “There is not an ayah in the Book of Allāh (عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ) except that I know its tafsīr, and in whichever place it was revealed, on a plain or a mountain, and in whatever time it was revealed, in the night or the day.’ – Pointing to his chest – ‘here there is abundant knowledge, but the seekers of it are few, and from the few they will regret when they lose me.’
1.       al-Sadūq, `Ilal al-Sharā`i’, ed. Muḥammad Ṣādiq Bahr al-`Ulūm, 1 vol. (Najaf, Maktabah al-Ḥaydariyyah, 1385), vol. 1, ch. 38, pg. 40


  1. assalamu alaykum

    What can you say about some hadith saying that imam Ali as knew quran when he was a baby ?

  2. Wa `Alaykum Assalaam,

    Those hadeeth are VERY Da`eef with many majaaheel (unknown people) and ghulaat people in the chain. They should not be paid attention to.

    Assalaamu `Alaykum

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