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Destiny and Change
Destiny of life cannot be changed nor known. None would be unhappy if destiny could be managed by free will or advance intimation. Freewill and destiny are self –contradictory. Then how do we make choices? An example-it is akin to game of playing cards. After randomly shuffling the pack, players are distributed a set of unknown cards. Players win or lose by using those limited cards/choices, depending upon constraints of personal intelligence. At human level, they appear to playing of their own. At Divine level, availability of choices/cards is not in their hands; nor the intelligence or thought process triggered by a set of cards. At human level choices do exist. At Divine level, they do not.
If each individual is to determine his/her destiny, the world would be chaotic. Furthermore a person’s destiny is intricately interwoven with his parents, relations and society. Altering any single event means interfering in the entire societal fabric.
Sufism classifies mystics in two broad groups—the first who adhere to the Lord’s “raza” or “ahle-raza” or those who live in absolute surrender to His will, and others who seek mercy by “Duaa” or “ahle-duaa” category- those who pray for divine mercy with invocation if the “Lord so wishes”, because the Lord knows the best. Thus both groups endorse unqualified allegiance to supremacy of Destiny/Divinity.
Now the counter fact--life is also governed by principle of change. All that transpires or is bound to transpire shall change. Despite incontrovertible operation of destiny, it gets replaced or changed by another set of destined conditions any moment. Destiny and change are intertwined in temporal realm of “illusive Reality”. However the writer of destiny has no destiny and remains changeless.