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Belief in the Divine Decree (al-Qadar)

essential part of eemaan

It is an essential part of eemaan to believe in al-qadar.

The word ‘al-Qadar’

Al-qadar is an Arabic word which originally means ‘measure or amount whether of quantities or qualities’. The verb form of this word means, among other things, ‘to measure or decide the quality, quantity, or position of something before one actually makes it.’

It is obligatory upon every Muslim to believe in al-qadar. Once ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab swore by Allah and said, “If anyone who does not believe in the Divine Decree had with him gold equal to the bulk of [Mount] Uhud of gold and then he should spend it [in the way of Allah], Allah would not accept that from him unless he affirms his faith in the Divine Decree.” {Saheeh Muslim, English Translation, Vol. 1, p. 2)

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Eemaan (Faith)

The essential elements of eemaan

What is Eemaan?

What is true eemaan, or faith? Who is a true believer (mu’min)? What are the essential elements, or articles, of eemaan? These questions are of vital importance. In fact, this is what Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) explained to Angel Jibreel when the latter asked him about eemaan.

When Angel Jibreel asked the Prophet (pbuh), “What is faith (eemaan)?” He replied, “It is to believe in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, the Last Day, and to believe in the Divine Decree (al-qadar), both the good of it and the bad of it.”

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