Man is following a course set by Allaah and has freedom of choice

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    Man is following a course set by Allaah and has freedom of choice ​



    Does man has freedom of choice or is he following a course set by Allaah?.

    Praise be to Allaah.

    Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked this question and said: The questioner should ask himself whether anyone forced him to ask this question, and does he choose the kind of car that he drives? And other such questions. Then the answer as to whether he is following a course set by Allaah or has freedom of choice will become clear to him.

    Then he should ask himself whether accidents happen to him by his choice? Or whether he falls sick by his choice? Or will he die by his choice?

    And other similar questions. Then the answer as to whether he is following a course set by Allaah or has freedom of choice will become clear to him.

    The answer is that the things that the wise person does, he undoubtedly does by his choice.

    Listen to the words of Allaah (interpretation of the meaning):

    “So, whosoever wills, let him seek a place with (or a way to) His Lord (by obeying Him in this worldly life)!”

    [al-Naba’ 78:39]

    “Among you are some that desire this world and some that desire the Hereafter”

    [Aal ‘Imraan 3:152]

    “And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it, with the necessary effort due for it (i.e. does righteous deeds of Allaah’s obedience) while he is a believer (in the Oneness of Allaah — Islamic Monotheism) — then such are the ones whose striving shall be appreciated, (thanked and rewarded by Allaah)”

    [al-Isra’ 17:19]

    “he must pay a Fidyah (ransom) of either observing Sawm (fasts) (three days) or giving Sadaqah (charity — feeding six poor persons) or offering sacrifice (one sheep)”
    [al-Baqarah 2:196]

    But if a person wants to do something and he does it, we know that Allaah has willed it.

    Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “To whomsoever among you who wills to walk straight.

    And you cannot will unless (it be) that Allaah wills — the Lord of the ‘Aalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists)”


    [al-Takweer 81:28-29]

    Because His Lordship (ruboobiyyah) is complete and perfect, nothing can happen in the heavens or on earth except by His will.

    With regard to things that happen to a person or that he does without choosing or willing them, such as sickness, death and accidents, they are purely divine will (al-qadar) and the person has no choice or will with regard to them.

    And Allaah is the Source of strength.



    Majmoo Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, vol. 2.
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    brother i feel we have been given free will in this world to do as we wish .Allah swt has the power over everything . when we try to strive towards good we are helped towards the path and if we strive for bad we are given free rope to go there.
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    man is trial in life

    good explanation.in this situation we need our scholars to take help and do good work.so that we live good life and get our purpose.Allah send us to do good work and get jannah.:tti_sister::shake::mashallah:
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    Baarakallahu feek, May Allah increase you in knowledge
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    SubhanaAllah, that was a beautiful read. Some of us get upset sometimes at the outcome in our lives, but if we realize that it is the qadr of Allah, then we will be content. If it was meant for anyone to wake up for fajr because Allah (SWT) has decreed it, then no one nor thing can change that, that person will indeed wake up for fajr. But if it was written by Allah (SWT) that they will oversleep, then no alarm or wake up call can wake them up for fajr because it is the qadr of Allah, it is His decree.

    Some people say that if it was up to them then they will or won't do so and so, and they are not comfortable with the idea of Qadr, but if you think about it, Your Lord is the creator of you and everything surrounding you, and He knows the seen and the unseen, therefore you should be comfortable with His Qadr because He knows what is best for you and what is not good for you. Allah (SWT) says in the Qur'an that "you may like a thing but it is bad for you, and you may dislike a thing and it is good for you". Therefore, you should be comfortable with Allah's decree because He knows whats best, and May He lead us all to light and Jannatul Firdous Ameen!

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