[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih] A sensitive question, but the answer is known. It says, “Is an erudite scholar, a scholar that masters Islamic legislation, history, can he predict the future through the lens of cosmic laws?” The answer is yes and no. Yes, in that he can give general outlines. He can tell that such state will collapse. Such injustice will be removed. Punishment will befall such nation. Such project will be successful. Such project will not be successful. This is yes. As for no, he won’t be able to pinpoint exactly by pinpointing the day, this is witchcraft and soothsaying. On a particular day, it will collapse, except in the case of the interpretation of dreams, as dreams are a part of divine revelation. But, as a science and analysis, yes, he can examine in a general fashion, in a clear fashion, with God’s assistance, saying that such regime will fall, he can say that it won’t last for a number of years, or months, but he can’t say that it will fall on a particular day. This is witchcraft. This is soothsaying. He can say that this nation will be afflicted by punishment, and he could turn out to be 100% right.
Like Ibn Taymiyyah said, “By Allah, you will be victorious.” They said, “Say, “By Allah’s will.” “ He replied, “I’m saying this as a matter of fact, not hope.” They were certain of victory, because they made use of the means of victory. So, yes, he can, in general. However, he can’t pinpoint the day, or the means or method, because that would be soothsaying and not a science. Another very sensitive question, and talking about it is a delicate issue, which is, “Is Fate– the term Fate that people use, and the predestination by Allah’s will, is it related to the issue of Allah’s laws?” Of course, it’s very much related to that, because Allah– ((Surely We have created everything according to a measure.)) These are the laws, but there is a difference between Fate and what Allah has predestined for his creation, the final predestination, Allah’s predestination for his creation occurs in two phases. The first phase is the phase of Fate (Qadar) in that if you do such thing, you will get such result, whether you are an individual, a group or a state. If you do such thing, you get such result. If you make use of means, this will produce results. This is the first phase. Continue reading Is It Possible for a Scholar to Make Predictions? – Sa’ad Al-Faqih