Belief in pre-destination is also an article of faith

Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Hadrat Abu Khizamah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated on the authority of his father, who said, “I asked the Messenger of ALLAH, “What have you to say about incantation and charms to which we resort to in relieving our pains and ailments and about medicines which we use during illness as also the devices that we employ for our protection. Do these repel the Divine Decree? The Apostle of ALLAH replied, “All these things are also by Divine Decree.” [Musnad Ahmad, Tirmizi, Ibn-e-Majah, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

Hadrat Abu Huraira (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: while (sitting in the Prophet’s mosque) we were arguing about Allah’s decree that the Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) came out to us and saw us engaged in arguments, he become extremely angry and even to this extent that his face became so red that it looked as if pomegranate seeds had been burst open on his cheeks. He then said, “Is this what you were commanded to do or was it for this purpose that I was sent to you (that you engage yourself in discussion of such important and delicate issues)? Beware your predecessors perished only when they argued about this matter. I adjure you, not to argue about it.” [Tirmizi, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

Hadrat Ali (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated the Messenger of ALLAH said, “The place which every one of you will occupy in hell or in paradise has been recorded.” When his hearers asked him whether they should not trust simply in what had been recorded for them and abandon doing good deeds, he replied, “Go on doing them, for every one is helped to do that for which he was created. Those who are among the number of the blessed will be helped to do appropriate deeds.” Then he recited: Then as for him who giveth and feareth Him. And testifies to the Good, Unto him therefore We shall indeed make easy the path to ease. And as for him who stinteth and is heedless. And who belieth the Good, Unto him therefore We shall indeed make easy the path to hardship. (92:5-10) [Ma’ariful Hadis]

After having done something it is forbidden to say: Would that I had not done it like this but would have done like that. The Messenger of ALLAH has said, “This opens the door for Satan’s mischief.” He further said, It is more helpful to say: Whatever has happened was Divine Decree and whatever He decrees must come to pass. [Zad-ul-Ma’ad]

Hadrat lbn Abbas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: I was behind the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) when he said to me, “Young man! I will tell you a few things, Keep ALLAH in your mind; He will guard you. Think of ALLAH and you will find Him near yourself. Whenever you have to ask for any thing, ask for it from ALLAH, whenever you need help, pray to ALLAH for it. Be sure that if all groups of people unite to confer any benefit upon you, they will simply be unable to do so, excepting what ALLAH has foreordained it for you and similarly, if they combine to do any harm to you, they can do you no harm except if ALLAH has decreed it. [Tirmizi, Hayat-ul-Mumineen]

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