Qur'an Difficulty:

When/how are the fates determined?

Sura 97:3,4 says, "The night of power is better than a thousand months. The angels and the spirit descend therein, by the permission of their Lord, with all decrees."

Sura 44:3 also says, "Lo! We revealed it on a blessed night."

To Muslims, the "Night of Power" is a blessed night on which fates are settled and on which everything relating to life, death, etc., which occurs throughout the year is decreed. It is said to be the night on which Allah's decrees for the year are brought down to the earthly plane. In other words, matters of creation are decreed a year at a time.

Contradicting this, Sura 57:22 says, "No affliction befalls in the earth or in your selves, but it is in a Book before we create it." This means it is written in the Preserved Tablet, being totally fixed in Allah's knowledge before anyone was created.

Also contradictory is Sura 17:13: "And every man's fate We have fastened to his own neck." This says that man alone is responsible for what he does and what happens to him.

Contradictions in the Qur'an
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