Pearl of Wisdom
'He who places his trust in time has gone mad.'
Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib [as]
'Uyun Akhbar al-Rida (AS), v. 2, p. 54, no. 204
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Philosophy - Free Will or Pre-Destination
In the Holy Qur'an
And Allah has created you and what you make (37:96)
He said: Our Lord is He Who gave to everything its creation, then guided it (to his goal). (20:50)
In the Traditions
A person asked Imam Ali whether man has the power to exercise free will or not. If he has the power to do things, then how is it possible to say that there is no power to help but from Allah?
The Imam said, "You have ability by the Will of Allah, while He has it independently. If He endows you with it, that is His favour. If He takes it away from you, that means He is testing you. Iny any case, you should remember that whatever He bestows on you, He is still its owner. If He enables you to do a thing, that thing is still within His power."