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Qur'an is the Source of Teachings

The Holy Qur'an is the original source of the doctrine which requires man to believe in fate. At the same time it tells him that they are the masters of their destiny. The Qur'an alludes to people the plurality of destiny also.

"It is He who has created you from clay, and them has decreed a term for you to live. There is another fixed term with Him". (Surah al-An'am, 6:2)

The Qur'an does mention the Protected Tablet, the Eternal Book and the ordained destiny. It says: "There is nothing green or withered, but is recorded in a clear Book". (Surah al-Hadid, 57:22)

But it also says: "Every moment He brings about a new manifestation of His Power". (Surah al-Rahman, 55:29)

Someone asked the Holy Prophet (s): "Has Allah finished what we are busy with, or are we doing something new". The Prophet (s) said: "He has finished and He has not". (Commentary on Usul al-Kafi by Mulla Sadra).

Adapted from the book: "Man and Destiny" by: "Shahid Mutahhari"

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