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Decree/Predecree is a pillar of Islam. Insha’Allah, we will learn more about it and strengthen our faith (eeman) in the process. 

If you are interested in the audio version of the text, follow this link Al Qadaa wal Qadar Introduction (Understand-Islam.net).


Al-Qadaa’ wal Qadar in Brief

Dr. Saleh As-Saleh
Based on the book “The Salaf’s Understanding of Al-Qadaa’ wal Qadar“
(Allah’s General Pre-Decrees and Their Particular Executions)

Understand-Islam.net Published: 2006

The belief in al-Qadar (general and particular decrees) is one of the main pillars of Islamic Faith. Most Muslims believe in this, however, a few really understand it. The aim of this article is to clarify this concept to the minds of the ordinary Muslim and to the revert. We ask Allah to benefit Muslims and hope that some questions pertaining to this matter are answered after the reader completes this article.

Let us first review or explain the meaning of al-Qadar.

Al-Qadar is sometimes mentioned with al-Qadaa’ in the same statement. If so then each has a distinct meaning. However, when they are mentioned separately, then either one comprises the other.

So when they are stated together, then al-Qadar means that which Allah has eternally pre-ordained (in due measure) pertaining to His creation. On the other hand, al-Qadaa’ means that which Allah has decreed for His creation from existence, annihilation, or change. In this sense, al-Qadar preceeds al-Qadda’ when combined in the same sentence.

The belief in al-Qadar is obligatory as Allah stated in several verses of the Glorious Qur’an:

“Verily, We have created all things with Qadar.” (Qur’an 54 al-Qamar 49)

An example of a Prophetic saying about al-Qadar:

“No slave of Allah will (truly) believe until he believes in Al-Qadar, its good and bad, from Allah…” (Saheeh At-Tirmidhi)

Journal Assignment

Write one benefit you gained from this week’s reading. And here are several questions to further explore in your journal.

  1. What is the proof that belief in al-Qadar is obligatory?
  2. Where can we find a Prophetic saying about al-Qadar?
  3. How do we know when al-Qadar and al-Qadaa’ have distinct meanings?
  4. What did Allah create with Qadar?
  5. What is the (religious) meaning of al-Qadaa’? Of al-Qadar?
  6. List one benefit from the reading assignment.

Additional Work

Find-n-Seek Puzzle

Al-Qadaa’ wal Qadar Lesson 1 Word Search [pdf]
contains 12 long words

Al-Qadaa’ wal Qadar Lesson 1 Word Search [pdf]
EASY–contains 6 short words

Use for beginning writers (What is Copywork?), or to help memorize information. The copy work below is print not cursive.


Surah al Qamr 54:49 Large  [pdf]
18-Poing Text Size

Surah al Qamr 54:49 Regular [pdf]
14-Point Text Size


Qadar Hadith Tirmidhi Large [pdf]
18-Point Text Size

Qadar Hadith Tirmidhi Regular [pdf]
14-Point Text Size

Printable Paper
One-Inch Blank Lines