Dear Dr. Shabbir. Respected Uncle.
I recall reading, might it be in one of your books. That you have also studied philosophy.
I might be wrong, but that does not change the fact that i would still like to hear of your opinion of it.
Free will for the human species is a term widely disputed from decades past.
But for all I've read. I have yet to come across an Islamic perspective on free will.
I have yet to read the Qu'ran. So i am unsure as to whether it is mentioned in greater detail or not.
None the less I'd like to hear your opinion on it. Do we really have the free will to chose?
Considering that those who do not follow the divine laws of Allah would suffer in their after life.
One could argue that free will isn't so much free will in that sense(thinking that no human in his/her right mind would chose willingly to suffer such a pain).
Are our paths laid out for us to begin with?
I mean, does the individual follow his destiny set by Allah, or are we free to chose our own way of life according to the divine laws of Allah.
If we have a set path before us(destiny if you will), then we don't really have free will as every choice we take in life was determined beforehand?
Sinners will be sinners, believers will be believers?
I hope this isn't asking too much of you.
But it is a subject of great interest for me at the moment.
I hope you and/or others will give their thoughts in this thread.
I apologize beforehand if this thread/thought is insulting or non-islamic to some.
A vivid reader of the forums.