Monday, November 28, 2005

Fate, free will, & CROSS-ROADSSSSS !!!

The question of fate and free will is one of the most intriguing topics in metaphysics and religion.

Muhammad Iqbal, the renowned Islamic poet, has written:

'Divine knowledge must be conceived as a living creative activity, to which the objects that appear to exist in their own right are organically related. By conceiving God's knowledge as a kind of reflecting mirror, we no doubt save His foreknowledge of future events. But, it is obvious that we do so at the expense of His freedom. The future certainly pre-exists in the organic whole of God's creative life, but it pre-exists as an open possibility, not as a fixed order of events with definite outlines.'

Time as an abstract concept- encompassing the past, present and future- is very much relative. It is, however, a great 'present' for the All-Seeing God. The whole continuum of time lies before Him in the shape of now. Knowledge is an act of creative activity and not the mere reflection of it. When He decrees a thing it happens and He sees it before it happens. God in Islam is therefore a free Creator with foreknowledge.

God's knowledge, however, is not like our knowledge. God's knowledge covers everything created, its past and its future.

... With God is the Decision, in the past and in the Future...
Surah 30 Verse 4

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