WHAT IS THE SPIRIT? 17: 85

وَيَسـَٔلُونَكَ عَنِ ٱلرُّوحِ‌ قُلِ ٱلرُّوحُ مِن أَمرِ رَبِّى وَمَآ أُوتِيتُم مِّنَ ٱلعِلمِ إِلَّا قَلِيلاً (٨٥)

They will ask thee concerning the Spirit. Say: The Spirit is by command of my Lord, and of knowledge ye have been vouchsafed but little. (85)

Tafseer by Dr. Farhat Hashmi

Riwayah: Rassool Allah was walking in a field, he passed some Jews the jews stopped and asked him (pbuh) about the “spirit” They argued amongst themselves for a moment but one of them insisted and asked him( pbuh) about “the spirit”

Prophet Muhammad was silent for a few moments and the narrator states that I knew that he was getting a revelation by the intensity of his silence and focus.

He then recited this ayah:

They will ask thee concerning the Spirit. Say: The Spirit is by command of my Lord, and of knowledge ye have been vouchsafed but little. (85)

Ilm (knowledge) is of two types :

1.  Material things that can be touched, seen etc

2. Those pertaining to those that are unseen and cannot be touched seen or heard

Human research can explore the first type, but does not have the knowledge base for the unseen

The second type of ilm is beyond the reach of human intelligence and access. The ilm of the Spirit is beyond the limited intellect of the human brain. Thus Allah Subhanataala states that your knowledge is limited, and cannot understand this.

Even to understand the Quran the material knowledge of the world needs to be understood and investigated.

End Tafseer

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