Belief in Divine Preordainment

Muhammad Elsayed Muhammad

As we have shown, if we believe in the prophets and messengers, we must necessarily believe in all the news they have brought, and among the news they have brought in the Books sent down upon them is the Great Attributes of Allah Almighty. Also among this news is the Vast, Comprehensive Knowledge of Allah (Noble & Sublime) which is not preceded by ignorance, and that He (Noble & Sublime) encompasses all things with His Knowledge, as we have indicated previously. 

Among the news brought by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), when he was asked about faith was: belief in Divine Preordainment, otherwise known as fate. 

Belief in fate means: to believe that Allah (Glorious & Exalted) decreed all things, 

as the Almighty has said,

, {He has created everything, and has measured it exactly according to its due measurements.}

[Al-Furqan 25: 2]

This decree follows the Ultimate Wisdom of Allah (Mighty & Majestic), and that which necessarily results from this Wisdom, from praiseworthy intentions and beneficial outcomes for His slaves in their lives and in the Afterlife. 

Everything in the universe occurs by the Will of Allah (Mighty & Majestic), whether that is among the Actions of Allah Himself (Glorious & Exalted), the deeds of men, or the acts of His creatures. What Allah wills occurs, and what He does not will does not occur.  

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