Of Choices, Decision and Fate

Assalamualaikum wbt.

One of the most striking features about the sort of lives nature has bestowed upon us and it is our ability to influence a certain number of events to go rather as we wish; rather than as we do not wish. The influence we have, when we are honest to ourselves about this, it is very partial. For a start, no past event is within our power to influence, and of all those events that might realistically be supposed to happen in the next few minutes, not very many of them are written in my power to bring about, or not bring about; as I choose.

Fortunately, some are. Whether or not I drink my coffee now, or let it go cold, it is up to me. If I am on a journey, whether I turn left or whether I turn right at a particular junction, is up to me. Most people do not give this fact about our experience very much thought, we can influence events that mostly we have no call to think about this fundamental function of human life. Obviously we think about the choices, which face us – what to spend our money on, which books to read – but we usually do not think in the abstract about the fact that genuine choices do await our decisions. We get on with our choices and live our lives, very rarely confirming to ourselves that yes, indeed it is up to me what happens next.

Of course I do believe in what has been fated on me. But the influences, options and kismet are actually related but not bound to be a curse. In Islam, the 6 principles of faith (Rukun Iman) compelled upon us so that we are on the right path and to believe with faith, it is much more significant than say. The famous Qada’ and Qadr regularly thought and reflected in our daily lives but how deep it is actually understood and believed?

One man goes out from his house after a fight with the mother. He drives in anger and cannot focus on road. A big lorry comes out from a junction that the man does not notice. An accident happens. The situation however overtimes wrongly judged made Qada’ and Qadr is responsible to take all the blames. 1) Whether or not the fight at the first place can be avoided? 2) Whether or not the angry driver should drive at such mental and emotion state? 3) Whether or not the optimal cause of accident has been written from the very beginning?

This is however the science of fate which is not my expertise. From the reading (Afroz Ali; Understanding Predestination and Free Will) still, I would have to consider that the causes of action can be influenced so that the options are rationally decided.

“Qadar is the Arabic word for Destiny. Qada' is the Arabic word for Decree. They may or may not be used interchangebly depending on the context. Essentially, Destiny is what Allah has decreed. Allah has knowledge of everything in his creation. Nothing occurs except by his will. Human beings are given free will, and it must be made clear that destiny does not have a cause-and-effect influence of the choices humans make. The choices that humans make are all within Allah's knowledge.” Source : Article

An individual has power to choose with options in his hand. It is however up to him with the timeline and space given to decide the best.

You don’t say it is fated when nothing much you do except being a couch potato and waiting for duit turun dari langit. You don’t say it is fated when you let yourself being bullied at the workplace and you do not stand up for yourself. You don’t say it is fated when you fail in exam with that poor class attendance record. Afterall, you know that the decision you made was not good enough but being human, you tend to blame something else; it is FATED. So we are living in the world where an entry should be made, “My life is such a failure and it is the responsibility of whoever that wrote it to be this way!”

The concept of free will is extremely simple. We are responsible for our own actions.


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