Pearl of Wisdom
'The right of he who does a kindly act towards you is that you thank him and mention his kindness; that you reward him with beautiful words and supplicate for him sincerely in that which is Doubt between you and Allah. If you do that, you have thanked him both secretly and openly. Then if you are able to repay him one day, repay him.'
Imam Ali ibn Hussain Zayn al-'Abidin [as]
al-Khisal, p. 568, no. 1
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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."