Publisher: International Islamic Publishing House (IIPH)Author: Umar Sulaiman al Ashqar; Nasiruddin al Khattab (translator)
Divine will and predestination — is this a matter which is directly relevant to the day-to-day life of the Muslim, 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 divine will and predestination have always influenced Muslims' daily activities. In this book, Dr. Umar S. al-Ashqar explores this topic in depth explaining it in clear terms for the ordinary Muslim. Drawing always on the Qur'an and Sunnah, and on the words of the greatest scholars of Islam, such as Ibn Taymiyyah, he covers some of the historical debates that took place within the ummah on this matter, and explains the correct view, that of Ahl as-Sunnah wa'l-Jama'ah.
The true Islamic concept of this subject matter is an empowering notion. Whilst all that happens takes place within the framework of the 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.
This book is Volume 6 of the Islamic Creed Series by this author.