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.
- Is it not a torture to restrict ones freedom?
- Why are there restrictions for personal freedom in Islam? Why are humans not given the right of living as they wish?
- Is it permissible for a person who is biologically and physiologically a man or a woman to have an operation and be equipped with some of the features and organs of the opposite sex just because he/she feels as a member of the opposite sex?
- Could you give information about being in a state between fear and hope?
- Could you give information about the qada (compensation) of missed fasts and paying ransom (fidyah) for those fasts?
- I committed an unjust act towards somebody years ago. Then I talked to him and he forgave me. However I cannot get rid of the pressure of my conscience. I repented and asked Allah for my forgiveness. How will I know if Allah has forgiven me?
- Is there a hadith like this?; “No one will enter Paradise based solely on his deeds”.
- There are narrations about rewards (sawabs) which will be given to the prayers cited. What are the conditions for deserving rewards promised for prayers? Can anyone citing that prayer deserve that reward?
- How many missed (qada) can be performed the most a day? If a person who did not perform salah for ten years wants to perform them as qada and performs a hundred missed prayers a day, are these salahs accepted?
- Could you give information about people who do not fulfill the requirements of religion although they say they believe and they are Muslims?