Qadaa & Qadar

Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,

Naught of disaster befalleth in the earth or in yourselves but it is in a Book before we bring it into being – Lo! that is easy for Allah – [57:22]

“The pen has been raised and the pages are dried.” The matter is determined, the pre-decrees have been written, nothing shall ever happen to us except what Allah – the Mighty and Sublime – has ordained it for us. What has reached you was not to miss you and what missed you was not to reach you.

If this creed takes root in you and is established in your heart, the worn-out becomes a bonus, the trial a gift, every incident an award; and “If Allah desires good for one, He tries him” becomes a medal. So, no worry will afflict you from a sickness, child’s death or wealth-related loss, or home burning, for the Maker – the most High – has pre-destined and the decree has reached. So is the choise; and the prime choice belongs to Allah – the Mighty and Exalted. The reward is established and thesin is atoned for.

Salutations to the people of trials for their patience and pleasure with the One Who takes and gives, the ONE WHO withholds and showers (blessings);

He will not be questioned as to that which He doeth, but they will be questioned. [22:23]

Neither will your afflictions subside nor your disquietness nor the whisperings in your heart unti lyou believe the Qadaa and Qadar. The pen is dried regarding what you will meet; so, do not destroy yourself grieving over them. Do not think that it is from your capability that the wall was kept from falling, the water prevented from spilling, the wind forestalled from blowing, and the glass prevented from breaking. This is not right at all. Despite you and I, the decree will come to pass, the pre-destined will be executed and the written must occur:

Then whosoever will, let him believe, and whosoever will, let him disbelieve.[Suraah al-Kahf:29]

Accept the Qadar before you are encircled with the soldiers of resentment, nagging and lamentation. Acknowledge the Qadaa before you become swallowed up by regret from different angles.

So, be rest assured when you follow the means (to achieve anything), and you have done all in your power and then, what you had dreaded occurred. For this is what should have occurred. Do not say: ‘If I had done such-and-such, such-and-such would have occurred’ but say: ‘(This is) Allah’s decree and He does what He Will.’

[Transcribed from the book  “30 Ways to Attain Happiness” by Muhammad bin Abdillah Ash-Shaayi’]

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2 thoughts on “Qadaa & Qadar

  1. I think most of the grief that people cause themselves in this Dunya is because of their inability to accept the Divine Decree of Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala.

    I mean, stress, anger, grief, depression all these things happen because we cannot accept it when something we don’t like happens and we cannot let go. In contrast, if we could just stop lamenting over the “IF”, then maybe we would be one step closer to accepting that whatever happens, happens with the Will of Allah and there’s nothing we can do to change that!

    Did you know that in Maldives, in the schools, the Islamic Studies teachers are forbidden to go into detail about the Qadaa & Qadr? It’s only mentioned in passing when explaining the six articles of faith. Lol, suffice to say, me and my friends used to get all muddled if we started discussing the Divine Decree!!

    You know the hadith about du’aa where it says that the du’aa is the only thing powerful enough to change the decree? How do you reconcile this hadith with the fact that everything is predestined?

    Oh God, was that a blasphemous question? That’s one of the reasons I get very nervous if someone asks me something about the Qadaa & Qadr, because what if I transgress into kufr territory while trying to answer? Auzubillahi!!

    • Subhan Allah sis, very true.. you put it nicely. I think when the eemaan is not strong, one will find it difficult to reconcile their misfortune with Qadar. Something to reflect on ourselves when we are faced with difficulties and how we deal with it.

      That’s so strange!!! How can the schools not even discuss about Qada’ and Qadar when it’s a part of eemaan?! I think it is one of the most important article of faith considering misfortune can befall us anytime.

      Yeah I think I read that hadith before too sis.. and I guess one explanation is that, you make dua and if Allah wills it, He can change our fate. If not, we trust that Allah knows best for us. I thought I remember reading something about this before but I doubt I can explain it succintly. Allahu Alam.. why don’t you try asking Islam-QA? 🙂 There’s a hadith about this.. but it doesnt exactly answer your question:

      ‘Imraan Ibn Husayn said that a man from the Muzaynah or Juhaynah tribe came to Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu alayhi salaam) and asked him: “O Messenger of Allaah! Do you consider the actions of humankind and their struggles preordained for them and written for them in Qadar, or something written for them only after the message came to them from their prophet, when there will be evidence against them? He replied, “Rather it is something preordained for them.” The man exclaimed, “Then what is the point of our actions?” The Prophet (sallallahu alayhi salaam) replied, “Allaah makes the way easy for whoever He created for each of the two abodes. Confirmation of that is in Allaah’s Book: “By the soul and He who created it, and then inspired it [to know] what corrupts it and protects it.’”

      (Sahih Muslim, Vol. 4, pp. 1394-5, no. 6406)

      I don’t think it’s a blasphemous question sis hehe.. I’m curious what the scholars has to say about this!

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