Religion - Islam

Fate in Islam is also known as predestination, qadar or divine destiny.   Muslims are frequently confused about fate and often wonder if they have their own choices or if Allah has already given them their life path. Muslims believe that they can make their own choices Allah has ultimate control over our destiny from these choices made. Allah being the one only god, knows the outcome of all Muslim’s decisions and in the Quran it is stated that “ everything that will happen throughout all creation was already written”.

There is a quote in the Surah Al-Hadid, verse 22 that says: “ No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but it is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (Al Lawh Al Mahfooz) before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah.”

This quote tells Muslims that Allah is the ultimate controller of fate and destiny.

The belief in fate or Qadar is based on four things:
  1. Everything Happens by the Will of Allah 
  2. Allah Predestines the Fate of Every Soul. 
  3. Allah Predestines Our Wills
  4. Man is held accountable for what Allah has willed for him since Man must will to believe 

There are 5 stages to fate:
    • The command of Allah that is written in Al-Lawh Al-Mahfuud before the creation of the universe. This destiny written in the preserved tablet is never changed and encompasses everything that will be.
    • Allah made a divine decree after the creation of Adam. Allah took out all of the descendants of Adam and asked them "Am I not your Lord?" and all of the humans responded, "We testify that you are our Lord!" Then Allah decreed to them who shall go to paradise and who shall go to hell.
    • The Life-time decree. This occurs when a person is in the womb of the mother, specifically 120 days after conception. Allah sends an angel to put a soul into the person, and the angel writes down the decree that Allah has made; his life-span, his sex, his sustenance and whether he will be a dweller of paradise or a...