One of the most sickening analogies made by the Barelwis is that they will give examples of the devil and other shameful deeds in order to prove the full knowledge of the unseen [ilm al-ghayb] for the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). They state that since such lowly creatures have knowledge about such evil and distasteful matters, surely the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) would know about it too. Such arguments were given by Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan in his book Ja al-Haq. He tried to justify the knowledge of such evil deeds in detail on p. 48 of his book:
“The deniers [of ilm al-ghayb] raise the question whether the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) has knowledge about evil things [such as] theft, fornication, black magic, poetry, because knowing this is deficiency. Tell us, does Allah know about these things? That is why they have considered the knowledge of the devil and the angel of death more than the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). This is similar to the Majus stating that Allah is not the Creator of evil things….
[Every] Single thing that any form of creation has knowledge of, is necessary for the Prophet [to know about it].”
[Ja al-Haq, Lahore: Maktaba Islamiya, p. 48] See original scan: https://barelwism.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/ja-alhaqzinailmeghayb.jpg
In this whole chapter of his book, Mufti Ahmad Yar Khan tries to justify the knowledge of evil deeds performed by the creation and other unsuitable knowledge. According to his absurd logic, knowing the knowledge of bad things in detail performed by the creation such as the devil is necessary or else it would mean, according to his understanding, that they have more knowledge than the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam).
We seek refuge from such foolish reasoning. From the above quote we can sum up the following grave mistakes:
1. His analogy and comparison of the knowledge of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) with lowly creatures such as the devil and other shameless deeds. Look how the author does not shy away from bringing in lowly creatures such as the devil, the accursed, in his example. He goes on mentioning other shameless deeds such as fornication.
2. His comparison of the Prophet with Allah. Look how he states that “Does not Allah has knowledge of evil deeds?” Perhaps the Barelwis have hard time to understand that there is a difference between Creator and creation.
3. His useless accusation against those who try to defend the honour of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) from such pathetic examples, claiming that the other party deems the devil more knowledgable than the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam). We seek refuge from such evil thoughts!
If only the Barelwis had read the Qur’an when He said about His Prophet in Surat Yasin:
36:39. And We have not taught him poetry, nor is it meet for him.