Originally Posted by SDW2001
I have a problem with that statement because it ignores the notion of free will. And, it ignores the human capacity to make mistakes and misinterpret.
Well, that's your right. I'm just outlining the Islamic conception of Predestination.Wiki
Although to be fair, there are differing theological opinions as to the extent of it.
Uh...so why is the US called the Great Satan?
It is a quote of Khomeni's. It does not refer in the Persian to the actual Devil who is called 'Iblis' but means 'a devil' like you would say 'so and so is demonic' or something similar. Having said that he did actually call the US Iblis as well sometimes so it's a moot point.
There are many 'Satans' in Islamic theology, it is a plural or can be. Maybe people who use this term just want to suggest the US is something bad?
are not really evil though - they owe a lot more to the 'trickster' or 'fool' motif that is common in many traditional societies...as does Iblis who is even sometimes seen as a 'good Muslim' in some regards by some (admittedly heterodox) sects.
So if you're a follower/believer---everything you do is the will of God, regardless?
That's my understanding. There are different schools and interpretations though. Many get hung up on semantics but it is essentially a restating of the age-old philosophical debate that Christianity solved with 'the fall' but Islam had to address in different ways.
But everything is God's Will regardless in this view...it is actually a more accurate attempt at a theological solution to the main religious problem of 'evil' than Christianity imo.
In Christianity, evil exists, God has foreknowledge and man has free will so the major problem is to explain evil.
The usual answer is 'it comes from Satan'. Fine, but where does Satan come from? God created him. Why if he had foreknowledge?
It's a problem. Islam sidesteps it by saying; in essence there is only the will of God. And we cannot understand it. It's an orthodox view:
Hardcore Sunni Site and not my personal opinion - necessarily
Question: If Allah wills everything, then can we say that Allah willed me to do x and y sins, and Allah is responsible for my not repenting, and Allah willed that I am a bad Muslim
Answer: Yes, we can say that Allah Willed me to do x, y, and also z. Nothing moves or is brought to rest, except by the Power of Allah, in accordance with that which His Will specified and what He knew with His Knowledge.
Of course its possible. It's the only way we can explain the actions of Iran's leadership. They are perverting Islam for their own purposes. In the least, they are misinterpreting. Then these people are coupling that perverted faith with nuclear weapons.
Maybe. If what you say is true then they are certainly perverting it. One might argue Shi'ism in general is a corruption.
Though it is a fact that several Iranian Mullahs have issued fatwas
declaring nuclear weapons are haram
(ie forbidden in Islam) so if you take these Imams as being sincere in their faith (if not then all bets are off anyway and anything is possible) then you must expect that they themselves would take steps to stop any programme. Perhaps already are doing if it exists - it would not be something broadcast to the West.