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Is our destiny pre-determined by GOD? Does GOD choose who is evil and who is good? How come GOD didn't make all of us good if He is the "Most Merciful" and "Most Just"?
Only little knowledge was given to us:
"They ask thee concerning the Spirit (of inspiration). Say: 'The Spirit (cometh) by command of my Lord: of knowledge it is only a little that is communicated to you, (O men!)' (The Noble Quran, Noble Verse 17:85)"
In a capsule or a nutshell, basically whatever you decide to do with your life, and whatever decisions you take and actions you commit, - even though they were by your own free will, - they are still by Allah Almighty's Will AND CONTROL 100%. The way I personally understand it is as follows:
1- Osama Abdallah was born a male, Palestinian, has a university degree, has a certain job, looks a certain way, etc...
2- Osama Abdallah lives on a planet and in a life where his FUTURE POSSIBLE ACTIONS are all laid out clearly before Allah Almighty.
What does FUTURE POSSIBLE ACTIONS mean? It means that Allah Almighty Knows exactly what Osama Abdallah would be doing today and will be doing 20 years from now if Osama became an atheist say 5 years ago. All of the actions and decisions that I would've taken as an atheist, - which I right now obviously do not know what they would've been, - all of them are clearly known to Allah Almighty. So in other words, while it is in Allah Almighty's Hands and Will and Knowledge and Control what each creation WILL DO and WOULD'VE DONE, but Allah Almighty still left it to us to decide which roads to take in our existence, whether here on earth or beyond.
I am very sure it is INFINITELY MORE COMPLEX than this. But I hope this somehow helps explain it for you. Our initial social and financial start in life is determined by Allah Almighty.
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Hello there, I wonder if it's possible for all people to be Muslims, or does the contradict the fact that the majority of people are infidels according to the holy Quran?
As'salamu Alaikum dear brother,
Great question. In principle and in theory, everyone should be and could be a Muslim:
However, Allah Almighty also promised that He will fill Hell with the infidels:
[007:018] He said: Get out of this (state), despised, driven away; whoever of them will follow you, I will certainly fill hell with you all.
[011:119] Except those on whom your Lord has mercy; and for this did He create them; and the word of your Lord is fulfilled: Certainly I will fill hell with the jinn and the men, all together.
[032:013] And if We had pleased We would certainly have given to every soul its guidance, but the word (which had gone forth) from Me was just: I will certainly fill hell with the jinn and men together.
[038:085] That I will most certainly fill hell with you and with those among them who follow you, all.
This brings the question are we pre-destined to either Hell or Heaven? Or do we surely have full control over our Wills? This reminds me of the Bible's story of king David, and how GOD Almighty promised him that He will turn his wives into prostitutes as a punishment for him (David):
I mean did these women have control over being turned by GOD Almighty into prostitutes? Did they have any power to reverse it?
While Islam declares that our destiny is not pre-determined, but Allah Almighty also, at the same time, Has full control over everything, so does Islam also declare. This is one of the topics that are pretty much impossible to get to the bottom of:
Allah Almighty is the GOD and Controller of everything, akhi. I personally limit my thoughts to this. I do not go beyond this. I do not dwell into questions like how can GOD Almighty not have a beginning, for example. Or do we have control over our destinies? I leave it to Allah Almighty.
I have zero knowledge of where and how I existed before my mother got pregnant with me. So the earthly and finite logic of the atheists doesn't work with GOD Almighty. Indeed, as Allah Almighty told us:
"They ask thee concerning the Spirit (of inspiration). Say: "The Spirit (cometh) by command of my Lord: of knowledge it is only a little that is communicated to you, (O men!)" (The Noble Quran, 17:85)"
I hope this helps, Insha'Allah.
But the Quran says that و ما اكثر الناس و لو حرصت بمؤمنين so this means that all people can't be Muslims, or what?
مؤمنين means Believers, not Muslims. A Believer is higher than a Muslim:
[049:014] The Arabs said, "We are Mu'mens (believers)." Say, "You have not believed; what you should say is, `We are Muslims (submitters),' until belief is established in your hearts." If you obey GOD and His messenger, He will not put any of your works to waste. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
Like I said brother, in theory and principle, everyone is expected and can be a Muslim. But again, this is a topic that is well beyond our earthly logic as I explained above.
I hope this helps, Insha'Allah.
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