Sahih Muslim | Book 1 | Chapter 78

Narrated by Ibn 'Abbas
It is narrated on the authority of Ibn 'Abbas that he (the Holy Prophet) saw (Allah) with, his heart.

Narrated by Ibn Abbas
It is narrated on the authority of Ibn Abbas that the words: "The heart belied not what he saw" (al-Qur'an, liii. 11) and "Certainly he saw Him in another descent" (al-Qur'an, liii. 13) imply that he saw him twice with his heart.

Narrated by
Abu Bakr b. Abi Shaiba narrated it on the same authorities.

Narrated by Masruq
It is narrated on the authority of Masruq that he said: I was resting at (the house of) 'Aisha that she said: O Abu 'Aisha (kunya of Masruq), there are three things, and he who affirmed even one of them fabricated the greatest lie against Allah. I asked that they were. She said: He who presumed that Muhammad (may peace be upon him) saw his Lord (with his ocular vision) fabricated the greatest lie against Allah. I was reclining but then sat up and said: Mother of the Faithful, wait a bit and do not be in a haste. Has not Allah (Mighty and Majestic) said: "And truly he saw him on the clear horizon" (al-Qur'an, lxxxi. 23) and "he saw Him in another descent" (al-Qur'an, iiii. 13)? She said: I am the first of this Ummah who asked the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) about it, and he said: Verily he is Gabriel. I have never seen him in his original form in which he was created except on those two occasions (to which these verses refer); I saw him descending from the heaven and filling (the space) from the sky to the earth with the greatness of his bodily structure. She said: Have you not heard Allah saying. "Eyes comprehend Him not, but He comprehends (all) vision and He is Subtle, and All-Aware" (al-Qur'an, v. 104)? (She, i.e. 'Aisha, further said): Have you not heard that, verily, Allah says: "And it is not vouchsafed to a human being that Allah should speak unto him otherwise than by revelation, or from behind a veil, or that He sendeth a messenger (angel), so that he revealth whatsoever He wills. Verily He is Exalted, Wise" (al. Qur'an, xii. 51)She said: He who presumes that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) concealed anything, from the Book, of Allah fabricates the greatest lie against Allah. Allah says: "O Messenger ! deliver that which has been revealed to thee from thy Lord, and if thou do (it) not, thou hast not delivered His message" (al-Qur'an, v. 67). She said: He who presumes that he would inform about what was going to happen tomorrow fabricates the greatest lie against Allah. And Allah says "Say thou (Muhammad): None in the heavens and the earth knoweth the unseen save Allah" (al-Qur'an, xxvii 65).

Narrated by Dawud
Dawud reported on the same authorities the hadith as narrated above by Ibn 'Uliyya and added: She ('Aisha) said: If Muhammad were to conceal anything which was sent to him, he would have certainly concealed this verse: "And when thou saidst to him on whom Allah had conferred favour and thou too had conferred favour: Keep thy wife to thyself and fear Allah, and thou wast concealing in thy heart that which Allah was going to disclose, and thou wast fearing men while Allah has a better right that thou shouldst fear

Him.

Narrated by Masruq
Masruq reported: I asked 'Aisha if Muhammad (may peace be upon him) had seen his Lord. She replied: Hallowed be Allah, my hair stood on end when you said this, and he (Masruq) narrated the hadith as narrated above. The hadith reported by Diwud is more complete and longer.

Narrated by Masruq
Masruq reported: I said to 'Aisha: What about the words of Allah: "Then he drew nigh and came down, so he was at a distance of two bows or closer still: so He revealed to His servant what He revealed" (al-Qur'an, liii. 8-10)? She said: It implies Gabriel. He used to come to him (the Holy Prophet) in the shape of men; but he came at this time in his true form and blocked up the horizon of the sky.