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Islam and Pre-destination
Question asked by Asad.
Posted on: Thursday, June 29, 2006 - Hits: 2757

What is the concept of pre-destination in Islam?

The idea of determination regarding the guidance of the human beings is totally opposite to the Qur'anic law of guidance. This idea leads us to the conclusion that the Almighty has created the world and human beings for amusement, which of course is not true. The Holy Qur'an says:

Do not those who believe know that, had Allah willed, He could have guided all mankind? [13:31 ]

The Holy Qur'an at another place makes it clear that there is no compulsion in the matter of religion. The Almighty has made sure that the guidance stands apart from the misguidance and remains clear to all. Now it is upon people to adope either of the two ways. In this world no one is going to be forced to accept faith or reject it. If it is then the element of test is removed from the whole scheme and it only turns out to be a child play. Allah, the most High, is above this kind of child play.
However, various matters of our life are predetermined. For example the test I have been put through is predetermined. I cannot change my circumstances. My place of birth, my family, relations, social and financial circumstances are always predetermined. It is my response to the kind of test I am put through where I have been given full freedom to act.


Tariq Hashmi,
Research Assistant, Studying Islam

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