Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],
Sorry. Long article. couldn't cut it in half. A QUESTION:
A questioner asks:
"I am confused. If The God has already decided my destiny including my belief then how do I have free choice? if the God has chosen me not to be among the believers or the non-believers then I do not have any choice?"ANSWER:
This important question, about whether man has free choice or not, have perplexed many amongst mankind and it is of paramount importance to understand and comprehend the reality of the matter of fate or destiny, and the test of the application of the faculty of intelligence and the free choice which The Almighty God has bestowed on mankind as a test, the outcome or result of which will determine the state of the person in the eternal life of the Hereafter.
We would just like to clarify here what is the actual reality of Fate or Destiny. To get a fuller understanding of Fate, it can be divided into two parts:Part-1:
One part of Fate is things over which the person has absolutely no control. For example, Whether one will be born male or female, what will his provision be, and what day, date and place he will die. These are the Decisions and Decrees of Allah Alone, and no matter what a person does, he cannot change his Decreed sex from male to female, or change his appointment with death, etc. On all such Decrees of the Creator where man has absolutely no control, he will neither be questioned regarding these Decrees of the God, nor will he be held accountable in the least for the fulfillment of any of these Decisions of the God.Part-2:
The second part of fate is not a Decision or Decree from the God, but is the Absolute and Perfect Knowledge of the All-Knowing, All-Wise Lord. For example, it is written down before one is born whether he will be a good or evil person: but it is not as if Allah (I seek refuge in Allah from saying this) is unjust, and has already condemned someone to be evil, so he has to become evil!!! Because Allah is the All Knowing, He already knows from His Absolute Knowledge and Wisdom, what the person with the given free choice and intelligence will do in the future; and thus what is written is not a Decision from the God, but rather a documentation of the Absolute and Perfect Knowledge of the God.
In whatever thing man has absolutely no control or choice to choose, he will not be held accountable for them in the Just and Supreme Court of the Almighty God; but in whatever things man has a choice or a free choice to choose amongst several options, he will be held accountable for choosing that option.
To understand and comprehend the true concept of Fate and Destiny, one must learn to appreciate the difference between the Lord All-Mighty being the All-Knowing and His being the All-Just!
Fate or Destiny is nothing more than the documentation of the Absolute and Perfect Knowledge of our Lord All-Mighty of the conditions and the choice each in creation will make, which He Commanded to be written and preserved even before the creation of anything in the Heavens and the earth! Allah is not bound by the dimension of time, as His Perfect and Absolute Knowledge comprehends and envelopes everything of the past, the present, and the future! from [link] with little changes
IT IS NOT FINISHED YET. -I just didn't want to make a very long article-. please read the continuation here:
I hope this was beneficial
If I am right, it is from the God. if I am wrong, it is from myself.