Divine Will and Predestination In the Light of the Qur'an and Sunnah - Umar al-Ashqar

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Author: Shaikh Umar Sulaiman al-Ashqar

Islamic Creed Series 8

Translated By: Nasiruddin Al Khattab

Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House (IIPH) 2003

Pages: 158 Binding: Hardcover

Review

Is this is a matter which is directly relevant to the day-to-day life of Muslims, or is it an obscure topic best left to the debates of philosophers and theologians? Does it imply that Muslims are “fatalists” who see themselves as helpless in the hands of an indifferent fate? Attitudes towards the divine will and predestination have always influenced Muslims’ daily activities. In this book Dr. Umar S. al-Ashqar explores this topic in depth explaning it in clear terms for the ordinary Muslim. Drawing always on the Qur’an and Sunnah, and on the words of the greatest scholars such as Ibn Taymiyah, he covers some of the historical debates that took place within the ummah on this matter, explains the correct view, that of Ahl as-Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah.

The true Islamic concept of Divine Will and Predestination is an empowering notion. Whilst all that happens takes place within the framework of divine will, man has freedom of choice within those parameters. This is a matter which is of interest and concern for all Muslims, one which will bring many benefits, both in this world and in the hereafter.

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