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Submitted by Pied Piper (Saudi Arabia), Sep 18, 2015 at 02:42

Fatalism may not completely help in explaining Muslim life, but without it, any description of the Islamic experience is seriously flawed. That is to say, fatalism and its epigones constitute a foundational component of Islamic reality.

The Hadith is replete with this kind of inspiration. For example, in Nawawi's 40 Hadith we get the famous line:

رفعت الاقلام وجفت الصحف (The Pens have been Lifted and the Pages have Dried)

A poetic yet clear admonishment that whatever happens in the world has long since been decreed by the Creator.

Even the Koran will advise the believer that his every action and even intention has been pre-determined in a realm not of this Earth. Thus the Sura of the Cave (K18: 23-24) proclaims:

٢٣ وَلَا تَقُولَنَّ لِشَا۟ىْءٍ إِنِّى فَاعِلٌ ذَٰلِكَ غَدً

٢٤ إِلَّآ أَن يَشَآءَ ٱللَّهُ ۚ ...........

"Refrain from proclaiming your future action without also affirming its realization only "If Allah so Wills It"........ (my translation).

Allah's potency and transcendence are universal and unimaginable by man. Whether this worldview is ultimately compatible with the modern world is at the core of the current troubles in the Middle East. So far, the score card doesn't look very promising


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1Daniel Pipes is too optimistic about the possibility that a moderate Islam can evolve [755 words]traehOct 10, 2015 04:46225548
Israel should send troops to arrest Abbas for inciting violence. He is not above the law [396 words]YJ DraimanOct 9, 2015 02:42225525
Theological or sociological? [101 words]Jason POct 3, 2015 08:04225431
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What about Islamic terrorists? [60 words]
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Predestination is an idea. . . [22 words]Elisha benAbuyaSep 18, 2015 21:33225111
Fatalism and God's Will [34 words]
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1الرافعات سقطت or The cranes crashed (fell) and 9/11 [87 words]dhimmi no moreSep 18, 2015 12:40225101
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2al-Qada' wa al-Qadr [102 words]dhimmi no moreSep 22, 2015 09:10225086
3SUBMIT, inshallah akhbar! [75 words]Uncle VladdiSep 18, 2015 01:26225085
2Islam is only the fatalistic idolatrous excuse of predetermined might-makes-right [1194 words]Uncle VladdiSep 18, 2015 01:13225084
Misinterpreted verse [44 words]DajjalSep 18, 2015 19:57225084
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possible explanation [115 words]VijaySep 20, 2015 13:03225083
Are Muslims and Westerners really different from each other? [1850 words]Michael SSep 17, 2015 16:31225082
2Judeo-Christianity teaches self-reliant free-will and personal guilt, while islam only teaches alibi-excuses. [432 words]Uncle VladdiSep 18, 2015 17:43225082
different bible [245 words]Michael SSep 22, 2015 17:37225082
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Educational Update [110 words]Uncle VladdiSep 25, 2015 19:14225082
King Judah and Muslim v Westerner fatalistic attitudes [215 words]JoeRuOct 1, 2015 18:09225082
Fascinating Info, but Message not entirely clear [177 words]Ron ThompsonSep 17, 2015 15:57225081
A very different example [108 words]VijaySep 17, 2015 14:07225079
They Are Not The First [171 words]Barry BlackSep 17, 2015 14:05225078
Man is a devil. [30 words]
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steven LSep 17, 2015 13:50225077

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