Decree & Destiny: Free Will or Determinism (Revised Edition)

Table of Contents

    • Historical Background
    • Chapter 1: Decree and Destiny in the Qur'an
      • Qadar (decree) and Qada’ (destiny) in Language
      • A Definition of Decree and Destiny
      • God, the Originator of All
      • Man’s True Impotence
      • The Inevitability of Death
      • The Knowledge of the Outcome of Destiny
      • The Ultimate Dependence
      • All Creation’s Dependence upon the Creator
      • The Ultimate Record
      • Man’s Freedom within God’s Order
      • Measure and Bounds
      • Fixed and Changeable Decrees
      • Man’s Unification with the Decree
      • The Qur’an, the Overall Knowledge
      • Reality Guides to Itself, by Itself
      • Heedlessness
      • Prevaricators and the Role of the Prophets
      • The Ways of Reality
      • The Gift of Discrimination
      • Why Diversity and Duality
      • Why Some People Cause Themselves Injustice
      • The Disconnected Ones
      • Modes of Destiny
    • Chapter 2: Prophetic Traditions and Teachings
      • Creation and the Command of God
      • The Origin of Good and Evil
      • Compulsion and Delegation
      • Will and Power
      • The Extent of the Capability of the Bondsman
      • Freedom, Action and Outcome
      • God’s Covenant with Man
      • Knowledge of the Decree
      • The Nature of Action
      • Contentment with the Decree
      • Man’s Rizq (Provision)
      • The Finality of God’s Decree
      • The Purpose of Creation
      • Decree and Destiny, the Secret of God
    • Chapter 3: Affliction, the Ultimate Remedy
    • Chapter 4: Selected Topics Related to Decree and Destiny
      • Determinism
      • Certainty and Change
      • Cause and Effect
      • Choice within Bounds
      • Man’s Choice
      • Collective Destiny
      • Revealed and Acquired Knowledge
      • The Law of Opposites
      • Justice
      • Reward and Punishment
      • Every Rule has an Exception
      • Miracles
      • Kismet (Qismah) – Luck, Fortune
      • Supplication and Prayer
      • Causality and Repentance
      • The Search for Happiness
      • Why People Differ
      • Selective Search
      • Fate or Freedom
      • The Creator and Created
      • A Better Destiny
      • The Free Man
    Key Terms: Allah; `aql; `aqala; ayah; ayat; din; hadith; haqiqah; iman; jabarut; kafir; kuffar; kufr; lata`if; malakut; malaka; mü'min; nafs, self; rizq; ruh; shari`ah; shirk; sunnah; surah; rashid; ummah; amma; zakah

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