Friday, 31 August 2012

Have Faith In Divine Preordainment

Allah SWT said: Verily, We have created all things with Qadar (Divine Preordainments) before their creations, as written in the Book of Decrees (Al Lauh Al Mahfooz) - Quran 54:49. Allah SWT said: He to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and Who has begotten no son and for Whom there is no partner in the dominion. He has created everything, and has measured it exactly according to its due measurements - Quran 25:2.

One of the greatest gifts I received from Allah SWT in my journey as a muslim (convert) is very specifically the above verse. It happens to be one of the pillars of faith. Let me share how this has touched my life and as a dakwah to all. Having strong faith in Divine Preordainment will bear many fruits for all of us in terms of an improvement in character, blessings in this world, and reward in the Hereafter. If we, too, have faith in Divine Preordainment, we will, Inshallah, enjoy the same fruits and blessings as follows:

1.The fulfillment of one’s duty to worship Allah SWT – by acting according to the implications of that faith (one of the six pillars of Iman), one is worshipping Allah SWT which is the purpose for which mankind was created.

2.Faith in Divine Preordainment helps save on from Shirk (associating partners with Allah in worship). One who believes in Divine Preordainment believes that only Allah can harm or benefit, honor or humiliate, raise or demote. This knowledge helps the believer to stay far away from Shirk.

3.A person who correctly believes in Divine Preordainment becomes brave and courageous, since he knows that he will not die when another person wants him to die, but only when Allah SWT has decreed for him to die.

3.Patience and a willingness to endure hardships for future rewards: When one believes in Divine Preordainment, one knows for certain that the tests of life ultimately come not from one’s antagonists or from a random series of coincidences, but instead from Allah SWT. With this knowledge and belief, the true believer knows that, if he patiently endures the trials and hardships of life, Allah SWT will reward him with a reward that is much greater than the patience and sacrifices that are required of him; on the other hand, when one believes that the tests and trials of life are random coincidences, one won’t feel that one has a strong reason to be patient and endure hardships with steadfastness.

4.A restful, peaceful heart: When one knows that it is upon him to strive and that it is for Allah SWT to decree results, one will not feel restless or agitated when things go contrary to his plans. Such a person knows that Allah SWT is Most Merciful and Most Just; therefore, whatever He decrees for His slaves is what is best for them. A heart and mind that are at peace is what every person desires, but only those who have faith in Divine Preordainment can achieve that sense of peace to its fullest degree.

5.Contentment, self dignity, and freedom from servitude to created beings: A believer of Divine Preordainment knows that his sustenance is in the Hand Of Allah SWT, Who provides for him and is sufficient for him. He also knows that he will not die until he receives in full amount the sustenance that Allah SWT has decreed for him. So no matter how hard it is that others try to provide him with or prevent him from sustenance, they will only be able to do that which Allah SWT has decreed for them to. A sense of contentment is the resultant of such knowledge. Rather than hope for help from another human being, the believer expects and hopes for help from Allah SWT alone. The fruits of having faith in Divine Preordainment are many.

At some point in my life, I was guilty of trying to craft my future but I was humbled by the belief that this iman was pre-ordained by Allah SWT.

Thank you for reading this and Inshaallah the state of our Ummah will be brighter.

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