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Do Sins Alter Destiny?

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Q: I would like to ask if sins change one’s destiny?


A: Whatever transpires is recorded in taqdeer. Allah Ta’ala has given man an equal choice and ability to carry out righteous deeds or evil deeds. Hence if a person carries out good deeds, he is rewarded and Allah Ta’ala blesses him in this world. Accordingly if a person carries our evil deeds, he becomes worthy of punishment and on account of his misdeeds evil consequences follow. All this is also recorded in taqdeer. Allah Ta’ala says in the Holy Qur’an:

وَمَا أَصَابَكُم مِّن مُّصِيبَةٍ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِيكُمْ وَيَعْفُو عَن كَثِيرٍ ﴿الشورى: ٣٠﴾

Whatever misfortune befalls you, it is due to what your hands have earned, and for many (sins) He grants forgiveness.

إِنَّ اللَّـهَ لَا يُغَيِّرُ مَا بِقَوْمٍ حَتَّىٰ يُغَيِّرُوا مَا بِأَنفُسِهِمْ ﴿الرعد: 11﴾

Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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