Sunday, January 09, 2005

We are responsible for what we do

"Satan's influence" on man is not the primary cause of sin but its first consequence: that is to say, a consequence of a person's own attitude of mind which in moments of moral crisis induces him to choose the easier, and seemingly more pleasant, of the alternatives open to him, and thus to become guilty of sin, whether by commission or omission. Thus, God's "causing" a person to commit a sin is conditional upon the existence, in the individual concerned, of an attitude of mind which makes him prone to commit such a sin: which, in its turn, presupposes man's free will - that is, the ability to make, within certain limitations, a conscious choice between two or more possible courses of action.

- Muhammad Asad, The Message of the Quran

4 Comments:

Blogger crayon said...

...are you saying that "God", gives us 'enough rope' to see which ones of us will hang ourselves with it?

10:31 AM  
Blogger najm said...

lil, I wouldn't say it like that. God wants the best for us but He also wants us to want the best for ourselves as well. That means doing what He says. If we don't want what is best for us, then only we can be held responsible for making that decision of our own free will. Aamir, what page is this on in the book?

12:00 PM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

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12:15 PM  
Blogger karrvakarela said...

Assalamualaikum,

Crayon: Was going to reply but Najm's said it so much better. How've you been?

Najm: It's footnote number 117 to Surah Aal-e-Imran.

12:19 PM  

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