Reading Texts: The Qadar Understanding of Hazrat Ali
An old man asked Hazrat Ali:
– Did our walking toward Damascus (Battle of Siffin) take place as a result of Allah’s qada and qadar? Tell us about it!
Hazrat Ali gave the following answer:
– I swear by Allah who makes plants and grass grow and gives life to creatures and I say wherever we go and wherever we stay is as a result of Allah’s qada and qadar.
– Then, we work in vain; it looks as if there is no reward for us...
– O old man! Allah gave you great rewards while you were going. He also gave you rewards while you were returning because you were not forced to do it. You did it of your own accord.
– Did qada and qadar not lead us?
– Alas! You think that qada stuck to you and qadar was fixed to you. If it had been like that, reward and punishment would have been annulled. There would have been no need for the threat of punishment, orders and bans. Allah would not have punished those who committed sins and would not have praised those who did good deeds. The one who did good deeds would not have been worthy of praise more than the one who did bad deeds. The one who did bad deeds would not have been worthy of condemnation more that the one who did good deeds. Those nonsense words are the words of idolaters, the armies of Satan, false witnesses and the blind who do not see the truth. They are the fatalists and fire-worshippers of this ummah. Allah gave people commands by making them free to choose. He prohibited some things to keep people away from them. He ordered easy things. He did not make people rebel by force or obey by pulling them. He did not send prophets in vain. He did not create the sky, the world, and the things between them in vain. “Such ideas are the thoughts of unbelievers; shame on them; Hell is awaiting them.”
Thereupon, they asked again:
– Then what is qada and qadar that leads us?
Hazrat Ali said:
– It is the order and decree of Allah; and he read the following verse:
“Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him.”
The old man stood up happily and said:
– You are a person that one can expect the consent of Allah by obeying you. You clearly explained a fine issue of our religion that we could not understand. May Allah give you the reward of it.”
- If everything is determined in our fate, why did Allah send us down to earth for testing? Does He not already know everything? He could have sent us to Heaven or Hell without testing, too; why did He not do so?
- The slander that Allah does not know the deeds that man will do..
- Since the good and the bad deeds of man were created by Allah, how can a person be held responsible for the bad deed that he commits?
- What is the wisdom behind the fact that belief in qada and qadar is included among the fundamentals of faith?
- If what we are going to do is determined in our fate, what is our fault? If Allah knows whether we are going to enter Heaven or Hell, why did He send us down to Earth?
- What is the Battle of Jamal? There are hadiths about the issue. Did Hazrat Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) and Hazrat Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) set off to fight for the caliphate? If so, how is it possible?
- Will you give information about showing consent to qadar and not cursing time?
- On Qadar (Destiny): Every aspect of Qadar is nice
- I wonder if prayer can affect qadar. Can we change our qadar through our prayer?
- Since Allah knows everything that will happen in pre-eternity, is it not true that He forces us to do that thing?