Provision is controlled by Allaah in every respect

Question: How can Rizq (provision) be provided and determined by Allaah when I can increase my daily work to attain more Rizq? How can Rizq be decreed and determined for me so that I cannot increase or decrease it? Are there any books that clarify these issues? Please guide us!

Answer: Rizq is from Allaah. He creates, determines, gives, bestows and provides the means for gaining it. A servant uses ways and means whether they are easy or difficult, a lot or a little. Allaah pre-destines and provides the means out of His Mercy… read more here.

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Allaah making someone a means for obtaining provision or averting harm for another

Question: Is there any human who can provide sustenance to other creatures or protect them from harm?

Answer: Allaah is the All-Provider, Owner of Power, the Most Strong. It is He Who answers those in despair when they call upon Him, removes evil, and repels harm. As for humans, Allaah may make them only a means of providing sustenance for others and repelling harm from them… read more here.

Ruling on the belief of a person that the Murshid (spiritual guide) gave him a child

Question: What is the ruling on the belief of a person that the Murshid (spiritual guide) gave him a child, or that decrease and increase in sustenance are a result of invoking someone other than Allaah?

Answer: Whoever believes that children are a gift from someone other than Allaah, or that someone else can increase and decrease his sustenance is considered a Mushrik (one who associates others with Allaah in worship), whose Shirk is even worse than that of the pre-Islaamic Arabs and other disbelievers during the time of Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time of ignorance)… read more here.

Sex-change operations

Question: We read in some Arabic newspapers about some surgeries that are performed by doctors in Europe by which a person’s existing sexual characteristics are changed to those of the other sex. Is this true? Is it not considered interference in Creator-specific matters, bearing in mind that Allaah is solely the Creator and Fashioner of all forms of life? What is the Islaamic ruling on doing so?

Answer: It is beyond the ability of any created being to change a male into a female or vice versa. This is neither their concern nor within their capacity, regardless how knowledgeable they may be about matter and it properties. This is in the Hands of Allaah Alone… read more here.

Allaah creating seven earths and seven heavens

Question: Is there an Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) or Hadeeth which states that there are seven earths? It is a controversial issue among us. If so, in which Soorah of the Qur’aan or in which Hadeeth is this stated? May Allaah reward you the best.

Answer: It is authentically established in the Glorious Qur’aan that Allaah the Exalted created seven earths, just like He created seven heavens, as Allaah the Exalted says (what means): It is Allaah Who has created seven heavens and of the earth the like thereof (i.e. seven). His Command descends between them (heavens and earth), that you may know that Allaah has power over all things, and that Allaah surrounds all things in (His) Knowledge. (Al-Talaaq, 65:12)… read more here.

The claim that the rock of Baytul-Maqdis is floating into space

Question: Some people say that the Rock near Al-Masjid Al-Aqsaa (the Mosque in Jerusalem), where the Prophet (peace be upon him) started his Mi`raaj (Ascension to heaven), is suspended in the air by the Power of Allaah. Guide us, may Allaah reward you!

Answer: Everything is firmly settled in its normal location by permission of Allaah whether it is in the heavens or on earth, including the Rock mentioned in this question… read more here.

Limits of thinking about Allaah’s Creation

Question: The question states: “We have children whom we want to encourage to reflect upon Allah’s Creation. What holds the land that exists on the surface of water, and prevents it from falling into the water? They said that ‘The earth consists of seven layers and there are inhabitants in each one of them’. Among the claims they presume is that: ‘One of the earth’s layers is hotter than Hellfire. It is where Allaah places the souls of sinners and disbelievers.’

They also claim that the two angels Haaroot and Maaroot are being punished under the earth. Please, tell us about their punishment! May Allaah reward you with the best”.

Answer: Firstly, There is no land on top of the waters surface for you to ask about what is preventing it from falling. Only the air and the sky are above the water. All universal elements are held by Allaah’s Omnipotence. Allaah (Exalted be He) says… read more here.

A person who believes that someone other than Allaah is managing the universe

Question: Is a person who believes that someone other than Allaah is managing the universe considered a Kaafir (disbeliever)?

Answer: Whoever believes this is considered a Kaafir, because he has associated partners with Allaah in His Lordship. He is even worse in disbelief than many of the Mushrikoon (those who associate others with Allaah in worship) who set up partners with Allaah in His Divinity… read more here.