Is it true that Nabi Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) could see everything both front and back at the same time without turning?
Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) said:
‘… by Allah your concentration in the salah and your [method of] ruku’ are not hidden from me. I am indeed able to see you from behind my back.’
(Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 418)
This is one of several Hadiths on this topic.
Hafiz Ibn Hajar (rahimahullah) writes;
‘The apparent meaning of this Hadith shows that this was a condition specific to salah. However, it is possible that it was a perpetual ability of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) as is reported from [the Tabi’i] Imam Mujahid (rahimahullah).
Imam Baqiy ibn Makhlad (rahimahullah) mentioned that Nabi (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam) could see in the dark just like he could see in the light.’
(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 419. Also see Ghayatus Sul of Ibnul Mulaqqin, pg.299)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar