What to know Many Muslims have been taught that everything that happens, by merit of it having happened, is God's direct will. As discussed previously, exaltation of God's power is held as a highest priority in Islam: much more than recognition of His love, integrity, truthfulness, or compassion.
The Biblical concept that God actively allows His will not to be done - more than that, that God has willingly allowed mankind to defy His will - can sound contradictory in semantics alone. Our language can hardly handle the complexity of this Truth. And yet, the Word of God reveals this. God, who has perfect power, has allowed mankind to reject Him: not because He's unable to stop this, but because His desire is for something greater.
The desire of God to have a relationship with His creation is absent in Islam, which may be why this ability to see the value of free will - of love given willingly from mankind, not only by command - is not more innately evident. In Islam, the relationship of man to God is defined as slave and master. In Islam, that relationship is a privilege. Like the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, Islam is defined by begging to achieve the honor of being a slave. What to say Listen as your friend applies this to the topic or passage they just read. Share that Jesus told his followers to pray that God's will would be done on earth as it is in heaven...a prayer that implies that what happens in this place is not automatically his will or desire. Ask your friend what they think about this. What are some examples of things that humans do that are not the will of God? Talk about God's purpose in allowing humans to defy him. Read Luke 15 as an example Jesus gave for how sinful humans behave. Listen as your friend processes the story. If your friend struggles to understand the love-relationship that God is willing to offer mankind, pause to read that passage. Read also John 1 and 3. Talk about how true love, trust, and fidelity can't be forced or commanded: they're given. (If forced, it's not love, it's fear. See 1 John 4:18-19). End with reading Romans 14:11 and 2 Peter 3:8-9. Although one day, every knee will bow...God is patient, giving time for us to willingly come to Him. Read Luke 15 one last time. Would it be acceptable for the son to reject his father's embrace? Is it honoring to his father to reject his offer of sonship instead of slavery? Listen as your friend reflects on the love of God, and pray for their eyes to be opened.