Did the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) forbid talking about destiny (Qadar)?

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said,

“Do not talk about destiny because destiny is the secret of God. Do not dare to explain the secret of God.” (1)

However, such sayings (hadith) coming from the Prophet Muhammad do not forbid us to try to understand destiny and they do not forbid us to talk about the issue of destiny  because the point is different here.  Destiny is separated into two parts:

The first one is related to human free will.

The second one is related to the events that happen beyond a person’s free will and control.

For example, to be male or female, the time period that a person was born, the place he or she was born and lived, a person’s lifetime, a person’s mother and father, being healthy or disabled, being beautiful or ugly, being rich or poor… Such cases can be given as examples of the second part.

In such cases, trying to understand the secret of God, destiny, by asking some questions, for example, asking questions like, “Why did God do so? are both meaningless and can cause a person to go to hell because, as a result of these questions, a person can rebel destiny, that is, predestination. These secrets will be understood in the after-life with all details.

Therefore, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Do not talk about destiny, because it is the secret of God. Do not dare to explain the secret of God”.  Here, the Prophet mentioned the second part of the destiny, which is beyond human free will.

However, thinking about the first part of the destiny is good and it is regarded as worshipping God. Muslim scholars tried to understand the first part of the destiny and they wrote books about it.

(1) Ala’uddin Aliyy-ul Ibn Husamaddin al Hindi, Kanzu’l-Ummal, Volume 1, p, 132 Update this post was spy on cell phone for http://topspying.com updated on may 27th 2015

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