What is the meaning of  free will?  As Muslims, can we use such term?  Where this term originated?  Can  you find this term in the Qur’an or the Sunah? 

We should choose words wisely.  Here I am including myself.  For years I was under the impression, free will was just the right term to use. When the question was asked, “What Allah gave us, (humans) that no other creation has?  My answer was: “Free will”, like a parrot I repeated this term over and over again. 

Free will is not a term Muslims should use.  Why?  Lets start with the meaning of free will?

 There is shirk involved in the use of this term.

Main Entry: free will

Function: noun

Date: 13th century

1 : voluntary choice or decision <I do this of my own free will>

2 : freedom of humans to make choices that are not determined by earlier causes or by divine intervention .

Can you will rain, fruit to grow or actually will for riches?

Allah’s Will is not like mankind’s will. When we will to do something, it may or may not happen. When Allah Wills something, that is exactly what happens.

And had Allâh willed, He could have made you (all) one nation, but He sends astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. But you shall certainly be called to account for what you used to do. [Qur’an 16:93]


Are we able to ascertain when we are going to die? Can we plant a tree, and say is going to give me much fruit, can you create anything and know if it’s going to die or not?  Are we so arrogant that we can compare ourselves with Allah All Mighty?  If you do you are comiting shirk.

All these valuable information about free will you can find it at

Insha Allah these serve as a reminder, in how to choose our words and how we should acquire knowledge and give dawah. 

Read Ayatul Kursi. It will tell you who Allah is, really is.

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Boricua Muslimah

Graduate from Rutgers Newark. Journalist, photographer and videographer.

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