It says in the Quran that GOD "guides whomever He wills, and punishes whomever He wills" and that "..if GOD wanted, He could have guided everyone on Earth ..."

On this basis, GOD doesn't seem gracious and merciful. Why would GOD put in place a system/test where He decides who He guides and who He punishes ?? This doesn't seem fair to me.

If in The Beginning nothing existed except GOD, and there were no humans, etc, so no pain or misery, why has GOD put in place a system which He knows many people will fail - and end up suffering in Hell for their failure.

Why, from nothing, put in place a test which GOD knows many people will fail and suffer a terrible torment for their failure. These people didn't ask to be born.

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"Allah disdains not to use the similitude of things, lowest as well as highest. Those who believe know that it is truth from their Lord; but those who reject Faith say: "What means Allah by this similitude?" By it He causes many to stray, and many He leads into the right path; but He causes not to stray, except those who forsake (the path)," [2:26]

"Say, 'The truth is from your Lord': Let him who will believe, and let him who will, reject (it): for the wrong-doers We have prepared a Fire whose (smoke and flames), like the walls and roof of a tent, will hem them in:" (Quran 18:29)

"Those who believe, and work righteousness,- their Lord will guide them because of their faith: beneath them will flow rivers in gardens of bliss." [10:9] "…He guideth to Himself those who turn to Him in penitence," (Quran 13:27)

"And those who strive in Our (cause),- We will certainly guide them to our Paths: For verily Allah is with those who do right." (Quran 29:69)

"Allah chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn (to Him)." (Quran 42:13)

mankind does in fact have free will. Allah (swt) guides the people who believe and work righteousness and causes only the transgressors to stray.

Also, in response to why Allah (swt) doesn't lead everyone to the light, remember that this life is a test for mankind; what would be the point of a test if everyone is given the answers? If Allah (swt) had so willed, the world would be one (as the following verse explains):

"If Allah so willed, He could make you all one people: But He leaves straying whom He pleases, and He guides whom He pleases: but ye shall certainly be called to account for all your actions." [16:93

Christians try their best to make issue of certain Quranic verses and argue that Allah Himself misguides people. They use many different verses. Today lets have wholesome look into the issue and unveil the slanders against the Noble Faith of Islam.

"But to those who receive Guidance, He increases the (light of) Guidance, and bestows on them their Piety and Restraint (from evil)." (Quran 47:17)

Meaning of 'Allah guides whom He Wills…':

Man has the choice:

Other passages of the Quran refute such an interpretation. Quran infact maintains that Allah has made the Truth and Falsehood clear and now man has the choice to accept either of them.

"By the Soul, and the proportion and order given to it; And its enlightenment as to its wrong and its right; Truly he succeeds that purifies it, And he fails that corrupts it!" (Quran 91:7-10)

"Say, 'The truth is from your Lord': Let him who will believe, and let him who will, reject (it): for the wrong-doers We have prepared a Fire whose (smoke and flames), like the walls and roof of a tent, will hem them in:" (Quran 18:29)

Those whom Allah guide:

Now we see who does Allah guide and whom He leaves straying and at the same time Allah also clarifies who what is for whom.

"…He guideth to Himself those who turn to Him in penitence," (Quran 13:27)

"And those who strive in Our (cause),- We will certainly guide them to our Paths: For verily Allah is with those who do right." (Quran 29:69)

"Allah chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn (to Him)." (Quran 42:13)

Those whom He misguides:

And similarly He plainly tells us;

"…He causes not to stray, except those who forsake (the path)," (Quran 2:26)

"…but Allah will leave, to stray, those who do wrong: Allah doeth what He willeth." (Quran 14:27)

How does Allah misguide?

Now is the question as to how Allah misguides? This is plainly told in the Quran.

"If anyone contends with the Messenger even after guidance has been plainly conveyed to him, and follows a path other than that becoming to men of Faith, We shall leave him in the path he has chosen, and land him in Hell,- what an evil refuge!" (Quran 4:115)

So Allah misguides the evil doers and those who reject the guidance brought by the Messenger by letting him follow the path they choose.

Meaning of the saying that 'Allah seals the hearts..':

Some people argue that when Allah Himself says that He puts seal on the heart of disbelievers then why are they to be blamed for their acts. Such arguments come only because of the basic misunderstanding of the whole issue.

Allah seals the hearts of only those who stubbornly reject the message or simply as explained above, Allah seals the hearts of those who reject the second degree of guidance which is universal and only needs one own will to be attained. So we see that whenever Allah says something on these lines in the Quran it's always about the stern rejecters of Truth e.g. Quran 2:7, 4:168 & 16:106-109. All such passages talk about those who reject the Truth and do no show the will to follow the Right Path.

Summary:

The gist of the matter is that Allah grants guidance to all by making the Truth and Falsehood clear through His signs within our own selves and the phenomenon around and through the Holy Prophets and the scriptures and everyone is free to follow it. One who hearkens to the message and shows yearning Allah guides him further but one who rejects the Truth Allah lets him follow the way he likes (Quran 4:115) and withholds the further degrees of guidance from him, seals the hearts of such and lets him astray.

NOW LET ME TURN THE TABLES!

Christian missionaries keep saying such things about Quran and malign Islam but they 'forget' for the same applies to their Book of Authority, Bible, as well.

God hardened the heart of Pharaoh according to the Bible:

At least at six places Bible tells that Gods hardened the heart of Pharaoh and he against the Will of the God did not let the people of Israel go.

"And the LORD said unto Moses, When thou goest to return into Egypt, see that thou do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in thine hand: but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go." (Exodus 4:21)

Same thing is repeated in Exodus 7:3, 10:1, 10:20 & 10:27.

See how God hardens the heart of the greatest transgressor. Those who speak against Quran, what they have to say about this?

God didn't give Israel the heart to perceive and eyes to see…:

Here are more interesting things for the Christians who malign Islam.

"Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day." (Deuteronomy 29:4)

"He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them." (John 12:40)

'(According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.' (Romans 11:8)

God in the Bible misleads the Prophets even:

There are many who refer to Quran 7:16 and 15:30 wherein Satan is reported as slandering Almighty Allah to have mislead him but in the Bible even the Prophets, the chosen one of the God say that they are mislead by Him.

"O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants' sake, the tribes of thine inheritance." (Isaiah 63:17)

"And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel." (Ezekial 14:9)

What about this? Can some Christian explain?

Remember Christ (PBUH) said: "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)

INDEED ALLAH KNOWS THE BEST!

...by Waqar Akbar Cheema

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Just because your guided doesn't mean your free from punishments. This verse reminds me that god the all mighty needs no one to aid him , but is able to aid ALL. God hears sees and knows all that which we do not. Therefore it is hard for us to understand why all people do not have a relationship with their creator. What we have to realize is its in the person. Just like a student in school. A teacher can only push the student so much and the rest is up to the student. Also do not forget that god is not unjust to any of his creation. He knows best. We have to have that trust and faith in him. Also brother when god created Adam allahi salim, his home was in heaven., not earth until they didn't listen and opened their selves to sin. Even after they were cast out of heaven god forgave Adam allahi salim. I hope you find what your looking for god willing . I am also going to post a couple hadiths for you. (PS. All human kind is guided by the books and messengers) Take care and assalaam alaykum!

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