Recently I have been unable to even check my email and this thing was bugging me so I thought to make a quick post. I will give my own answer and edit it into the post soon InshaAllah but I just want to know what other people think.
Recently a Christian friend asked me a question and it applies to our faith as well.
“If God controls everything then how come it is said we have free will and will be accounted for our deeds?”
Looking forward to your answers.
I think the easiest was sometimes to make people who dont understand and genuinely WANT to understand is give the example of the parents. I know of a Hadeeth too in which it is said that Allah loves us more than (I think) the love of 90 mothers love combined.
In this case, let us take the example of our parents, they give birth to us and raise us and take care of us our entire lives. When we grow up , and we do something bad, the parents almost ALWAYS know. It is because they know us so well. Our parents know everything yet they do not control everything.
I think we could say the same for Allah although His knowledge of us is far more superior to our parents having of us, His presence is everywhere and He can see and hear us all the time. He knows our feelings and thoughts. It is Knowledge, not control. Having said that everything else is in His control. He has given us the freedom to choose as we want. Humans are the only species on Earth who have a free will and free thought. A stone would do as it has been programmed, a tree the same. I planted some herbs and flowers recently and I have NO control over its growth at ALL.
As the commentators put it, there are no doubt things which are pre destined, but they insure the order of the Universe. Allah is the Ar Rahman and Ar Raheem, even for our free will, we should thank Him million times a day…
JazakAllah for your comments.