DOES GOD INFRINGE OUR FREEWILL?

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ANSWERING MISCONCEPTIONS IN LIGHT OF THE QUR’AN _______________________

QUESTION ; IF GOD GAVE US FREEWILL, WHY THEN DOES HE INFRINGE ON OUR FREEDOM?

I have been asked this question several times by individuals and as Allah had willed it, I gave them answers. The question was raised by an atheist yesterday and I think there is a need to write on it for academic and reference purpose.

The argument is that, if God actually gave us freewill meaning we can do whatever we want, why then does HE restricts us from doing some things like taking innocent life, adultery, stealing etc?. The question seems to be intelligent if not looked at deeply, if viewed from a non-myopic angle, the answer is not far-fetched .

It is indeed true that God gave us freewill, being able to choose between what is right and wrong. That he infringes on our freedom is untrue. God gave us freewill to do whatever we want. If you want to steal, God will not stop you from stealing. If you want to lie, you are free to lie. If you want to do good, you are free to do good. So, the freewill is not infringed at all. It is just that for every action, there is a recompense, so God says in the Qur’an,

“Then as for one whose scales are heavy [with good deeds],

He will be in a pleasant life.

But as for one whose scales are light,

His refuge will be an abyss.

Qur’an 101 verses 6-9

Hence, it would be wrong to think our freewill is being infringed, were it to be infringed, we would all be dummies. So, God doesn’t stop us from any action we want to take, to him is our return and for every deed, there is a reward so He says in the Qur’an,

“So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it,

And whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.

Qur’an 99:7-8

So, the question is cleared. God says, don’t lie. Majority of us lie on daily basis. Why then should we ask why God infringes

on our freewill when He doesn’t. Those who fear him would make sincere repentance and turn to him in sincere devotion.

One may then ask, If God gave us freedom to do whatever we want either good or bad, why must he then pay good with paradise and bad with hell?

It is expedient for us to understand that it is HIS system not ours. The fact that some could ask why there is recompense for good and bad shows that the person has knowledge of good and bad which confirms God’s word in the Qur’an regarding the soul, He says,

“And [by] the soul and He who proportioned it

And to its enlightenment as to its right and wrong

So, everyone’s soul can discern when it has done wrong or right, this is what also makes an atheist, free thinker question what is good and bad because they have a soul that discerns right from wrong, So, God proceeds in the same chapter,

“He has succeeded who purifies it(the soul),

And he has failed who instills it [with corruption].

Qur’an 91:7-10 Therefore, Since everyone is conscious of what is good and wrong, recompensing the former and the latter with what is appropriate is no injustice at all.

Conclusively, Narrated ’Al ibn Ab lib: We were in the company of the Prophet in a funeral procession at Baqi Al- Gharqad. He said, “There is none of you but has his place written for him in Paradise or in the Hell-Fire.” They said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Shall we depend (on this fact and give up work)?” He said, “Carry on doing (good deeds), for every body will find it easy to do (what will lead him to his destined place).” Then he recited: ‘As for him who gives (in charity) and keeps his duty to Allah, and believes in the Best reward from Allah (i.e. Allah will compensate him for what he will spend in Allah’s way). So, We will make smooth for him the path of ease. But he who is a greedy miser… for him, we will make smooth the path to misery ‘ (92.5-10). ________________________________

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Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman

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