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Is it true that it is Allah swt who is guiding me towards such things?


Assalamu alaykum wrwb!
I am a Hindu by religion and I was introduced to Islam a few years ago by someone very close to me as a person. I have learnt a lot from the person as well as through self-exploration. Islam teaches us not to believe in things blindly. To question the things that creates doubt in our minds. That is why Allah made us Humans and gave us an intelligent, palpable brain, we can ask questions and increase our knowledge as well as imaan. My question pertains to a very simple yet perplexing query. It is said in Quran that Allah swt only guides those who He wills to and He leads astray those who He wants to. Since I have been trying to learn about Islam and increase my knowledge and Imaan through my own efforts (reading Quran, doing dhikr, following Islamic rules, fasting on Ramadan, learning arabic, being grateful to Allah etc) is it true that it is Allah swt who is guiding me towards such things? Is It indeed Him who wanted me to get introduced to this beautiful religion or was it just a matter of coincidence that I came across it? I hope these questions are answered so that my imaan increases twofold.
Jazakallah khair.


Wa Alaykumussalam

Thank you for your query.

First of all, I would congratulate that you are amongst those whom Allah had showed them the right way.

It has been proven in theology that man is of free will and Quranic teachings are in no conflict with this fact and actually emphasize this point. Yet since some Quranic verses interpret and explain others, one must put different verses next to each other in order to understand their true meanings. The word “idhlal”(which means to mislead) has been related to Allah (swt), Shaytan and others in the Quran. Allah’s (swt) misguidance isn’t initial meaning that He isn’t the one who initially causes it. His misguidance solely belongs to those who have paved the way for their own misguidance using their own will and by making the wrong choice. In verse 26 of surah Baqarah, Allah (swt) states: “Thereby He leads many astray, and thereby He guides many”. At first, it might seem that this verse is implying that guidance and misguidance have an imposing side to them and that they solely depend on the will of Allah (swt), while the end of the verse sheds light on the truth and tells us that the true origin of one’s guidance or misguidance are his/her actions.

Indeed, it is God who guides but if the initial acceptance of guidance isn’t from our side then Allah(swt) leaves people on their own. So we must try to open the doors of mercy of His side. The more efforts we make and try to get closer to Him, He will make us get closer to Him and the same way, the further we get away from Allah, He will leave us on our own resulting in our misguidance.

Always thank Allah(swt) for the light and guidance He had shown you and keep yourself busy by learning more about Islam to see this is only the best and unchanged religion whereas other religions are changed and not supported by Allah. As Allah mentions Islam to be the best religion in His sight, in Surah Aale Imran(chapter3), verse 19:

إِنَّ الدِّينَ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ الْإِسْلَامُ ۗ وَمَا اخْتَلَفَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ إِلَّا مِنْ بَعْدِ مَا جَاءَهُمُ الْعِلْمُ بَغْيًا بَيْنَهُمْ وَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ سَرِيعُ الْحِسَابِ

Surely the (true) religion with Allah is Islam, and those to whom the Book had been given did not show opposition but after knowledge had come to them, out of envy among themselves; and whoever disbelieves in the communications of Allah then surely Allah is quick in reckoning.

Keep the doors of mercies opened for you. The more you learn the better the understanding will be regarding Islam and Allah(swt).

وَلَقَدْ ذَرَأْنَا لِجَهَنَّمَ كَثِيرًا مِنَ الْجِنِّ وَالْإِنْسِ ۖ لَهُمْ قُلُوبٌ لَا يَفْقَهُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ أَعْيُنٌ لَا يُبْصِرُونَ بِهَا وَلَهُمْ آذَانٌ لَا يَسْمَعُونَ بِهَا ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ كَالْأَنْعَامِ بَلْ هُمْ أَضَلُّ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْغَافِلُونَ

Certainly We have winnowed out for hell many of the jinn and humans: they have hearts with which they do not understand, they have eyes with which they do not see, they have ears with which they do not hear. They are like cattle; indeed, they are more astray. It is they who are the heedless.

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Please feel free to ask any question regarding Islam.

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider