Originally Posted by IbnAbdulHakim
Not necessarily, bro.
On second thoughts, maybe I don't believe in karma. However I do believe in divine retribution and attribute of Allah being Al-Hakim Al-'Adl
and since this world and all creation is His, we are all subject to His justice, which in His ultimate wisdom, knows when to punish, forgive, reward etc.
We are too small to understand His Ways. However consider this for an instance:
An accident. A truck and a small car. Both drivers were killed instantly. The small car had a family passenger and they were all injured seriously.
To the average mind, this has been most unfortunate. Some of us may even stoop so low to actually blame God for letting this happen. But neither of us can understand that this is part of the Divine Plan.
The driver of the truck may have been on his way to commit crime. He may have been planning to pick up some illegal package to be delivered to some organized crime & drug syndicate so that more people will suffer as result. God may have caused the accident because He wanted to prevent the man from committing the sin.
The driver of the small car may have been an 'alim
and a salih
. It was his time, after a life of piety, kindness and mercy. He may have been worthy of paradise so God decides he can have it sooner.
The injured family members. Ambulances come to rescue them. The rescue workers get paid for doing their job of rescuing people in pain and distress. It is the way God gets their bounty (rizqi)
to them, ensuring that they have a job and a pay. It doesn't matter what people think how God should feed His creatures but that's how He is known as ar-Razaq
, the Giver of Sustenance. It seems cruel in the eyes of average person, but it is necessary and God does not care what you think how He should administer His affairs. In addition to that, it gives lesson to the passerby and those who reflect (ulul albab
). They learn that Allah gives life, and He can take it away in an instance, thus the mortality of men reminds us to be humble and always in remembrance of Him.
The orphans. They will be taken in by those who wish to adopt them and shower them with mercy. Again, God gives chance to people who wish to do Him service, and if it is not for Allah, it is for the betterment of other people who will be thankful to Allah. Allah reminds us in the Qur'an to be kind towards orphans, and to feed them and clothe them and not to selfishly spend their inheritance. We see the accident as cruel twist of fate, but it is in fact, the way Allah opens up opportunities for people to do good and earn His mercy.
And for us Muslims, death is not the end, but the beginning.