Man and His Destiny

This title deals with the Islamic point of view on fate and destiny. Martyr Ayatullah Mutahhari critically examines historical doctrines on predestination and free will put forth by various schools of thought in Islam including the Mu'tazali and Ash`ari. Based on the verses of the Qur'an and Islamic teachings of the Ahlul Bayt (a), Martyr Mutahhari determines the true and correct position of human free will and predestination from the Islamic point of view.

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  1. Short Biography of the Author
  2. Prologue
  3. Part 1: Fate and Destiny are the Words that Cause Alarm
  4. Part 2: Evil Effects of the Doctrine of Predestination
  5. Part 3: Onslaught of Christian Europe on Islam
  6. Part 4: Literal Meanings of `Qadha’ and `Qadar’
  7. Part 5: Freedom and Liberty
  8. Part 6: Human Distinction
  9. Part 7: A Glance at the Early Period of Islam
  10. Part 8: Qur’an is the Source of Teachings
  11. Part 9: Effect of Spiritual Factors
  12. Part 10: When a Divine Decree Comes, Man Feels Helpless
  13. Part 11: Divine Destiny and Material Compulsion
  14. Part 12: Special Logic of the Holy Qur’an
  15. Part 13: High level of the Logic of Islam
  16. Part 14: Some Hadiths to the Contrary
  17. Part 15: Could Allah’s Knowledge be Wrong?