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|       In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the All-Merciful       |\
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Assalamu Alaykum, 

The following questions about purpose of creation  were kindly answered 
by Shaykh Odeh Muhawesh.


Salaams

Ummulbanin Merali - Acting Moderator [ABDG-A]

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QUESTION
The way I understand it, the Almighty Allah is all-knowing. That is, He 
knows when someone is going to be born and when someone is going to die. He 
knows whats going to happen tomorrow and whats going to happen ten years later. 
He knows when the world is going to end and when the 12th Imam AS is 
going to reappear. He knows what I will do tomorrow and what you will do 
tomorrow.  I base this assumption on the fact that when people do not expect 
something to happen and it happens, then they say "Whatever was written 
for you, happened." Am I correct?
If the answer is Yes, then what is the purpose of mens creation. I know 
that we have been brought to this world for a test. But if Allah knows 
how I am going to live my life, and that if I am going to heaven or hell 
before my being born, then why put me to test when he knows the result?
Can you please provide some elaboration on the subject.
Also can you recommend a good book regarding the subject.

ANSWER:
The answer to this question is simple, first Allah did not create you to
test you, but so that you worship Him..as is clearly stated in the Quran.
With that, the test you are refering to is being brought to this present
life so that you
act, and the results of your actions shall lead you to either Heaven or
Hell. This test is not for Allah to know how you will act, but for you to
act and come about with your results. Allah does not need to test you to
know how will you act...I hope this is clear..

Second, There is a vast differnece between knowing something and causing it.
Someone who has AIDS-nastajer Billah- knows that he is to die, or someone
who is sentenced to death at a certain hour, knows that he is to die, does
that make those people the doers of dying at those moments? NO, not at all..

The Fact that Allah SWTA knows what is happening to you now and tomorrow, is
different than Allah causing you to do good or bad. Allah created the causes
of every action, and left it ot you to choose what you want. Now it is up to
you to take whatever path..
Allah knows what path you will end up taking, but he will give you the
choice for taking that path. Allah knows if you are bad, if you are going to
repent, that is why there is  bada..if you are eating poising as we speak, I
know that you will kill yourself, but I know that if you go to the hospital
in time, you will be saved..what responsiblity do I have in your actions,
aside from knowing them?

I suggest that you read Ayatullah Subahni's book"Albada" in Farsi and Arabic..

Please let me know if you need further explaining..

May Allah put the light of clearity in our hearts..

Allah knows best

Abu Muhammad




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