Predestination And Accountability


My children, aged 16-19 years usually ask me lot of questions to understand our religion. One of their recent questions has forced me to seek your help.

We Muslims believe that Allah has written in the Bok (Taqdeer) all that we are going to do in our life, even before our birth. We cannot do anything outside what has already been decided by Him as our fate. We are like "actors" who are following the directions of the director, the "GOD". Then if we do wrong things in our life, or commit sins etc., that too is as per our fate. Then why will He be punishing us on the Day of Judgment.

Kindly help me answer this question in details.


A good teacher knows whether his student passes the exam or not even before the exam. Does that mean if the student fails the exam then it is not fair?

God knows what we will do but we are still responsible for what we are doing as it is us who has decided to do it.

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