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|Mustafa Najmuddin Kapasi|
|In the Quran, it is mentioned that Allah knows what is in the womb of the mother, i.e., whether the child is going to be a boon for society, what will he do in his life, etc. Thus if Allah already knows whether a person is going to go Jannah or Jahannam then why is the Quran again mentioning to follow the straight path or taste the hellfire? Sir, the second question, please try and clarify in detail. Thank you.|
|Waleed Ahmed Najmeddine|
Salam Dear Brother,
Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam.
Allah has wrote His plan and kept it in what is called the “Preserved Tablet.” He had this plan before He created anything. Then, humans, like the jinn, were created with a free will.
We are free to choose between good and bad, between obedience to Allah and disobedience. This is one of the main distinctions between us and Allah’s angels, who do not possess this ability.
They are commanded and they obey Allah without fail; they do not ask why or why not. But Allah knew what would occur in all places and times before He wrote anything. Once His plan was written, fully knowing what would occur in His Creation, our destinies were set.
According to His divine decree He allows some of what we plan to do to be fulfilled while preventing other plans. This is all in His infinite wisdom and for His own divine reasons.
He has given us everything we need to live peaceful and prosperous lives, and the guidance of prophets to keep us on the straight path; however, we often refuse to follow His guidance. The results are that we suffer from negative choices or that we benefit from positive ones.
Salam and please keep in touch.