Posts

Why Did Allah Create Humans With The Potential For Evil?

When Allah first told the angels that He was going to place Adam as a Khalifa (vicegerent) on earth, the angels asked Him, “Would you place in it one who spreads corruption and who sheds blood?” Given the state of humanity, this is a profound question. How did the angels know? And why was it […]

Is It Haram to Like One’s Beauty and Appearance?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: Is it haram to like one’s beauty and appearance, because it can be classified as arrogance? Is it also arrogant to wear nice clothes, put on makeup and do our hair in front of women in order to show off our beauty? Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, […]

Free Will and the Divine Decree: A Reader

“And you cannot intend (to do anything) unless it is so willed by Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.” [Quran 81.29] Destiny and Human Responsibility in Islam Affirming Free Will and the Divine Decree Why Does the Qur’an Say Allah Misguides the Disbelievers? The Question of Free Will Is Iblis Really from the Jinn? […]

Do We Have Choice? And Does Allah Prevent That Choice from Being Realized?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: As Salaam alaikum, 1. Does Allah create our choices? 2. When we ask Allaah to give someone guidance how does Allah’s help to this person manifest itsef in regard to his free will? 3. When Allaah miraculously saves a Prophet or saves someone from some harm coming from the […]

Things Inconsistent With Accepting Fate – Imam Ghazali

Accepting Fate: “Complaining, no matter what the circumstances, is inconsistent with accepting fate. Criticizing food and finding fault with it is a rejection of what Allah Most High has destined, since blaming what is made is blaming the maker, and everything is Allah’s work. For a person to say that ‘poverty is an affliction and […]

Balancing Confidence and Humility and the Wisdom of Trials from Allah

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour Question 1: How can we balance self-esteem with humility? To me self-esteem means one loves oneself and consider themselves to be mostly good, yet Islam requires us to consider ourselves weak, broken and full of faults. Is it ok to do ‘affirmations’ by looking in the mirror and repeating statements […]

Affirming Free Will and the Divine Decree

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I’ve been having strong doubts about Islam due to difficulty accepting the belief in Qadr. This verse from Imam al-Tahawi’s creed strongly bothers me, for example. 83. The Garden and the Fire are created things that never come to an end and we believe that Allah created them […]