A Treatise Regarding the Divine Decree and
Foreordainment By Shaykh Muhammad Al-Uthaymin
The foreordainment and divine decree continue to be a point of
contention within the Ummah, of old and latter times. It is reported
that the prophet ﷺ came out to his companions whilst they were debating
regarding the Qadar and he prohibited them from doing so and informed
ما أهلك الذين من قبلكم إلا هذا الجدال
“Nothing destroyed those who were before you except this disputation.”
However, Allah has facilitated the affair for His believing slaves, the
pious predecessors, who traversed upon the path of balance in that which
they know and say; and it is that the foreordainment of Allah, the
Exalted, and His divine decree is from His Lordship over His creation.
Thus, it enters into one of the three aspects of Tawhid into which the
people of knowledge have categorized the Tawhid of Allah, the Mighty and
The First Aspect: Tawhid Al-Uluhiyah (Oneness of Allah’s Worship); and
it is to single out Allah, the Exalted, with worship.
The Second Aspect: Tawhid Ar-Rububiyah (Oneness of Allah’s Lordship);
and it is to single out Allah with creation, ownership, and management.
The Third Aspect: Tawhid Al-Asma was-Sifat (Oneness of Allah’s Names and