Friday, 6 May 2011

Can we do what we want?

Can we do what we want?
I have some questions about Islam, could you explain them for me? Are all of man’s actions, such as birth, death, his day-to-day behaviour, and all that he thinks about doing decreed by Allaah? Is our life programmed by Allaah before we are born? Or do we have freedom of choice and can we decide and do whatever we want, without that being controlled by Allaah? In brief, do we do whatever we want or what Allaah has created us to do?.


Praise be to Allaah.


It should be
noted that some of our circumstances are forced on us, and and we have no
choice in it, such as the day when a person is born, the colour of his skin
and eyes, and when he will die. All of these are matters over which people
have no control, rather they happen to them by force. Given that these are
matters in which people have no choice, they do not have anything to do with
Paradise or Hell, torment or blessing. 

But some
actions are the subject of choice, such as whether to believe or disbelieve,
or worldly matters such as choosing what to eat or drink, and where to

There is
nothing of that nature which is entirely outside the will and decree of

But how does
that happen? 

Belief in
al-qadar (the divine will and decree) is one of the pillars of faith. The
Muslim’s faith cannot be valid unless he accepts that everything comes from
Allaah. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 

We have created all things with Qadar (Divine Preordainments of all things
before their creation as written in the Book of Decrees
Al-Lawh Al-Mahfooz)”


Indeed, the
names of Allaah include al-Qaadir, al-Qadeer and al-Muqtadir (which refer to
His being All-Powerful). 

The heart of
the matter is that Allaah possesses the attributes of knowledge, power and

Based on
that, if people who do deeds want to do them, whether they are sins or acts
of obedience, then Allaah inevitably knows that, indeed He knew that in
eternity past, before He even created the universe. 

Then after
He knew it, He wrote it with Him, then when they wanted to do it, He willed
that they should do so. If He did not will that, then they would not do it.
He is All-Powerful,  and He is the Creator of people’s deeds because He is
the Creator of the human beings who do them. 

So all the
deeds of mankind are written with Allaah, because Allaah has prior knowledge
of them. This does not mean that Allaah compels people to do what they do,
rather they have freedom of choice with regard to their deeds. Allaah says
(interpretation of the meaning): 

“Verily, We showed him the way, whether he be grateful or

[al-Insaan 76:3] 

But their
actions are not compelled by Allaah, for Allaah does not force His slaves to
do anything. 

Imaam Ibn
Abi’l-‘Izz al-Hanafi said concerning a similar matter: 

If it is
said, How can Allaah will something that He is not pleased with and does not
like? How can He will it and create it? How can His will be reconciled with
His hatred for it? 

It should be
said (in response) that this is the question which has caused divisions
among the people and has caused them to follow different paths and

It should be
noted that what is willed may be of two types: that which is willed or
wanted for itself, and that which is willed or wanted for something else. 

That which
is willed or wanted for itself is that which is wanted and loved for what it
is and for the goodness it contains. So it comes under the heading of aims
and goals.  That which is willed or wanted for something else may not be
what is wanted, but it serves a purpose; it may not serve any purpose in and
of itself, even though it may be a means to attain that which he wants and
is aiming for. So it may be something that is disliked in and of itself, but
he may seek it because it serves a purpose and helps him reach what he
wants. So in this case he will have two opposing feelings, his dislike (of
the means) and his desire (for the end). There is no contradiction, as these
feelings are related to different things.  This is like unpleasant medicine
which the one who takes it knows will cure him, or like cutting off a wasted
limb when he knows that will save the rest of his body, or travelling a
difficult route when he knows that it will bring him to what he wants and
loves. The wise man would rather accept the disliked thing on the basis that
he is likely to get good results even though the ultimate end may not be
quite certain. So how about Allaah, from Whom nothing is hidden? He may
dislike something but it may not be against His will for it to exist,
because it may be a means to an end, and it may be a means to something that
Allaah likes. For example, Allaah created Iblees, who is the cause of the
corruption of religions, deeds, beliefs and human wills; but nevertheless he
is a means to a lot of things that Allaah likes, which result from the
creation of Iblees. For these things to exist is dearer to Allaah than if
they did not exist at all.

al-‘Aqeedah al-Tahhaawiyyah, 252-253.

Following note from Muslim Quran online Blog 

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