Does Freedom mean doing whatever someone happens to want? If not, how should real freedom be understood?

Freedom means, Liberty of the person and the capacity of free will if it is legitimate.

According to the most common freedom understanding which we teach to our kids in the schoolbooks, A right, or power to engage in certain actions without interfering anybodies rights and privileges. That is to say, people are not free to interfere others rights.

Islam pictures a wider frame in this ground. It is also forbidden for one to damage him/her, and to be against him/herself. The body, the spirit, and the mind are all entrusted to him/her for a certain time. Moreover, man is not free to treason to this trust.

Man cannot commit suicide for this life is not his/her personal property. He/she cannot even cut his finger, how can he/she commit suicide. Yet one cannot use alcohol and drugs because he/she is not the maker of that mind.

Therefore, according to Islam real freedom is neither to harm ones self nor to harm others, and to use his/her will power within the limitations.

Considering that human is subject to Allah (swt), creation of Allah (swt), and he/she is not the one who rotates this world, he/she is not the one who make the seasons; a young lady in a spring day cannot go out with a dress as she wishes and excites others desires. As she does not have right to rebel to God, she does not have right to cause others to sin, to wound their souls, and to spoil their dreams.

Freedom has aspects concerning both the world life and the hereafter. Its aspect related with the hereafter is ones using his/her will power for both benefaction and harm as he/she wishes and his/her undergoing a trial in this world. Its aspect related with the world life is humans as a single species being in many fields of activity, having countless types of occupations. Humanity can exercise and has already exercised so many professions from carpentry to architecture, from being an artist to being a physician. Humans are free to study in any fields of science. They can do any good or any prayers as they wish. All these become manifest in the hereafter as separate heaven ranks for all believers. That is indeed missing a point if only recall heaven when it is said hereafter; there is also realm of hell. Rebellious souls who do not want to become bounds by any restrictions by miscomprehending the meaning of the freedom perform many sins and mutinies. And these cause the different stages of torments of the Hell.

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Adedayo Thomas

Sir, With due respect to your age and knowledge. If Heaven and Hell is created as a choice for mankind, will it be right to say a person have the freedom to commit treason? or do harm to oneself without interfering on the right or freedom of another?

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Thanks for your comment.

As it is stated in the article. People are not free to interfere others rights. Therefore, according to Islam real freedom is neither to harm ones self nor to harm others, and to use his/her will power within the limitations.

Some people will want, in this world, to do deeds that will be worthy of entering Paradise and Allah will create those deeds and as a result, those people will go to Paradise.

Some people will want to commit deeds that will necessitate entering Hell and Allah will create those deeds and they will go to hell by committing those deeds.

Allah created every person in a clean nature and as a good person in essence. Every person has a tendency towards both the good and evil. A person’s responsibility depends on which one he tends more. Allah created a potential Abu Bakr and Abu Jahl in each person.

Man has properties that are suitable for deeds that will lead him both to Hell and to Paradise. Man can do the deeds that will lead him to Paradise or to Hell with the partial free will given to him. All of the responsibility for it belongs to him.

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