Islamic Creed Series - Book 8 - Divine Will and Predestination
This concept is the last pillar of faith. Because Muslims believe in predestination, does this mean that they are hopeless fatalists, surrendering to the claws of fate? Dr. ‘Umar al-Ashqar explores this topic in depth, explaining it in clear terms for the ordinary Muslim. Drawing always on the Qur’an and the Sunnah, and on the words of the greatest scholars of Islam such as Ibn Taymiyah, he covers some of the historical debates that took place within the Ummah on this matter. The true Islamic concept of divine will and predestination is an empowering notion. While all that happens takes place within the framework of the divine will, people have 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.
This book includes topics such as:
- The definition and pillars of belief in Qadar (Predestination)
- Laylat al-Qadr and the decree
- The benefit of believing in Qadar
- Why people go astray with regard to Qadar
- Schools of thought on Qadar
And many other eye-opening topics!
About the Author:
Dr. ‘Umar Sulaymân al-Ashqar is a professor in the Faculty of Islamic Law at the University of Jordan. He was previously the Dean of the Faculty of Islamic Law at al-Zarqa’ University, also in Jordan. Dr. al-Ashqar was born in Palestine in 1940. His family later moved to Madinah, Saudi Arabia, and he attended the Islamic University of Madinah, where he completed his bachelor’s degree. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees from al-Azhar University in Cairo.