There is no place for the question, ‘How?’ in the Matters of the Unseen
by The Albaani Blog
Questioner: In the hadith of the Prophet’s Ascent to the Heavens, when the prayer was prescribed upon him صلى الله عليه وسلم and Moosaa عليه السلام asked him to go back [and ask for the number of prayers to be reduced] … how [exactly] was it?
Al-Albani: There is no ‘how’ in the matters of the Unseen, may Allaah bless you!
Regarding the matters of the Unseen, take [the following] as the principle and relax: there is no ‘how’ in the matters of the Unseen. People other than you twist and turn [this way and that], and go on at length but in the end they conclude with this word which you just said now, ‘How?’
There is no, ‘How?’ in the matters of the Unseen.
There is only total and complete faith, without [the question], ‘How?’
Because that world is metaphysical [lit. ‘… behind or beyond matter …’] as they say today, that which is beyond the intellect … our physical world cannot be compared to it and vice versa.
Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 28