Know that whatever befalls you was never going to miss you – Sharh as-Sunnah | Dawud Burbank [Audio|En]


Sharh as-Sunnah : Lesson 39 : Points 57-58
Shaykh Fawzan | Dawud Burbank [Audio|English]

Imaam Barbahaaree rahimahullaah said:

[57] And you should know that whatever befalls you was never going to miss you and whatever missed you was never going to come to you.

[58] And there is no creator along with Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.

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This is the text of the hadeeth just as the Prophet sallAllaahu `alayhi wa sallam said to Ibn Abbaas:

“And know that whatever befalls you was not going to miss you and whatever comes to you was never going to miss you.”[1]

Whatever strikes you was never going to miss you; whatever misses you was never going to come to you. Even if you eagerly sought after it and want it but it missed you then you should know that Allaah did not decree it for you and whatever came upon you was never going to miss you. So, do not say, “If only I had done such and such this wouldn’t have befallen me.”

His saying “And there is no creator along with Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic,” this follows on from the levels of preordainment and predecree. It contains a refutation of whoever says that the person creates his own actions. So, Allaah, He is the one Who is alone in creating, He, the Majestic and Most High. No-one can create along with Him. So, it is all from the creation of Allaah alone, He, the Perfect and Most High. And therefore, He, the Majestic and Most High says:

قُلْ أَرَأَيْتُم مَّا تَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَرُونِي مَاذَا خَلَقُوا مِنَ الْأَرْضِ أَمْ لَهُمْ شِرْكٌ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ ۖ ائْتُونِي بِكِتَابٍ مِّن قَبْلِ هَٰذَا أَوْ أَثَارَةٍ مِّنْ عِلْمٍ إِن كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ 

Say, “Do you see whatever you invoke besides Allaah, show me what they have created in the earth or do they have any share with Allaah in the heavens? Bring me any scripture, which came from Allaah before this Qur’aan, which states this or any remnant of knowledge, which proves it, if you are truthful.” (Sooratul-Ahqaaf (46), aayah 4)

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ تَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ لَن يَخْلُقُوا ذُبَابًا وَلَوِ اجْتَمَعُوا لَهُ 

Those whom they worship besides Allaah can never create even a fly even if they all gather together to do it. (Sooratul-Hajj (22), aayah 73)

أَمْ جَعَلُوا لِلَّهِ شُرَكَاءَ خَلَقُوا كَخَلْقِهِ فَتَشَابَهَ الْخَلْقُ عَلَيْهِمْ ۚ قُلِ اللَّهُ خَالِقُ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ وَهُوَ الْوَاحِدُ الْقَهَّارُ 

Or do they set up partners for Allaah who can create just as He creates such that the creation is confused for them. Say, Allaah is the Creator of everything and He is the one, All-Powerful Subduer. (Sooratur-Ra`ad (13), aayah 16)

And therefore, Allaah, the Majestic and Most High, described those who make images in His saying: (as part of Hadeeth Qudsi)

“So who is a greater wrong-doer than someone who tries to create like My creation.”

Meaning that he tries to produce the outward form of that which Allaah has created.

End of the narration mentions:

“.. let them then create a single grain of corn or let them create a single barley corn.”

Or in one narration:

“.. or let them create the tiniest ant.” [2]

No-one is able to do this and if someone is able to fashion the outward form (soorah), he is not able to produce life in it. The life is from the creation of Allaah, the Majestic and Most High, no-one is able to do it even if he can make a precise image and form or something, he is not able to breathe a soul into it and to put life into it. This is the creation of Allaah, the Perfect and Most High and therefore, it would be said to those people who make images on the Day of Resurrection:

“Give life to that which you created.”

In order to manifest their inability and as a punishment for them.[3]


[1] Reported by Al-Firyaabee in his book Al-Qadr and by Aajurree in his book Ash-Sharee`ah and Imaam Ahmad in his Musnad and this occurs as a hadeeth of `Ubaadah ibn asSaamit radiyAllaahu `anhu and declared saheeh (authentic) by Shaykh Al-Albaaniyy in his checking of Ibn Abee `Aasim’s As-Sunnah as part of the famous longer hadeeth.

[2] Reported by Al-Bukhaariyy (5,953) and reported by Muslim (2,111) from a hadeeth of Aboo Hurayrah radiyAllaahu `anhu.

[3] Reported by Al-Bukhaariyy (2,225) and reported by Muslim (2,110).

Ithaaful-Qaaree bit-Ta`leeqaat `alaa Sharhis-Sunnah
(A Gift To The Reader In Annotation Of Sharh As-Sunnah)
by Shaykh Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan
Translated by Aboo Talhah Daawood Burbank, rahimahullaah

Transcribed by Saima Zaher.

Posted with kind permission from Dawud Burbank rahimahullaah

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