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Is It Possible for a Scholar to Make Predictions? – Sa’ad Al-Faqih

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[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

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(FULL SESSION) Tough Questions on the Issue of Cosmic Laws – by Sa’ad Al-Faqih

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[Dr. Sa’ad Al-Faqih] Peace and Mercy of Allah be upon you. Praise Allah, Blessings and Peace be upon his Messenger. Welcome tonight, brothers.

We’re continuing with the series on Allah’s laws governing societies. This topic is worth spending time on, because it’s enlightening for us regarding many of the issues that we deal with individually and socially. On the level of society, the nation, on the global level as a whole. It explains history to us, and it explains many of the phenomena that are obscure to us. This is why it’s beneficial to talk about this, from several aspects. Tonight, we will answer a number of questions which we can say are disturbing and embarrassing on this topic. Because, those who read about Allah’s laws in society will notice certain issues that need to be clarified.

These questions come up constantly. People repeat them frequently. Some are repeated by most people, while others are repeated by people interested in this topic. Answering them is beneficial, and will complete one’s understanding of this issue, I.e., understanding Allah’s laws governing societies. I want to remind you that what is meant by Allah’s laws governing societies is these laws, these rules that govern societies, individuals like the laws of physics, chemistry, gravity, etc. Whoever does such thing, produces a particular result. Whoever avoids such thing, ends up with a particular result.

Well, a question, the first question, why aren’t the unbelievers afflicted by the calamities that affect us, such as death and expulsion, even though they have corruption, perversions, and they are unbelievers, after all, Allah has given them warnings of punishment because of their disbelief? Why don’t the unbelievers in Europe, America, China, Russia, Japan, suffer the calamities that we suffer, in terms of death and expulsion, even though they have corruption, perversions, disbelief, and impiety? Firstly, people throw this question around with short-sightedness as they only know the years that they’ve lived. They only know what they see on TV. They don’t read history, and they don’t know the nature of nations. Continue reading (FULL SESSION) Tough Questions on the Issue of Cosmic Laws – by Sa’ad Al-Faqih