Al-Allaamah Rabee’ Bin Haadee Al-Madkhali – may Allaah preserve him – said:
So everything that Allaah has written for mankind from good and bad will definitely reach him and there is no escape from it.
مَا أَصَابَ مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي أَنفُسِكُمْ إِلَّا فِي كِتَابٍ مِّن قَبْلِ أَن نَّبْرَأَهَا ۚ إِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ عَلَى اللَّهِ يَسِيرٌ
لِّكَيْلَا تَأْسَوْا عَلَىٰ مَا فَاتَكُمْ وَلَا تَفْرَحُوا بِمَا آتَاكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ لَا يُحِبُّ كُلَّ مُخْتَالٍ فَخُورٍ
[No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (Al-Lauh Al-Mahfuz), before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allah. In order that you may not be sad over matters that you fail to get, nor rejoice because of that which has been given to you. And Allaah likes not prideful boasters.] (1)
This is from the fruit of true belief in the decree (Qadr) of Allaah, that you do not rejoice (in a haughty manner) with what you have been given from blessings and good, and do not be arrogant and insolent.
And [also from the fruit of true belief in Qadr] is that you are not sad due to what has passed you by from the worldly enjoyments. This is because being sad does not benefit you. And you will not receive anything from these worldly enjoyments except what Allaah has written for you.
So if this belief is firmly established in the soul of the believer, the intensity of these calamities (to the believer) become lessened, and (subsequently) he avoids the evil of haughtiness, insolence and rejoicing [in an arrogant manner] that might afflict one who doesn’t believe in the Qadr, and we seek Allaah’s refuge [from that].
And the mention of this Ayah:
وَإِن يَمْسَسْكَ اللَّهُ بِضُرٍّ فَلَا كَاشِفَ لَهُ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ وَإِن يُرِدْكَ بِخَيْرٍ فَلَا رَادَّ لِفَضْلِهِ
[And if Allah touches you with hurt (calamity), there is none who can remove it but He; and if He intends any good for you, there is none who can repel His Favour.] (2)
[This Ayah] means: that Allaah has decreed the good and the bad. So if harm befalls you, then no one can lift it except Him [Allaah]. So if He wants good for you [from blessings], even if all the people on earth come together they will not be able prevent that good from you. And the hadeeth of Ibn Abbas is in accordance with this Ayah (And know, that if all the Nation come together to benefit you with a thing, they will not be able to benefit you except with what Allaah has written for you. And if they come together to harm you with a thing, they will not be able to harm you except with what Allaah has written for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried). (3)
Al Majmoo’ – The Explanation of ‘Aqeedah of the Salaf (Volume 2: Page 216). Author: As-Saaboonee.
1. Soorah Al-Hadeed: verses 22-23
2. Soorah Yunus: verse 108
3. Tirmidhi, declared Saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani: Dhilaal al-Jannah vol.1 pg. 138)
Taken from the telegram channel of Al-Allaamah Rabee’ bin Haadee Al-Makhdali