Please explain in more detail. I am confused. To be honest with you, if I were given an option to be tested or not, I would have rejected to be tested. Since man is not perfect and the worldly desires arouse us every day, man is destined to be failed at one time (even though I ask for forgiveness and repent) or later or be disobedient to his Master. Was this an option for mankind? What could have been the consequences if I had rejected to be tested? Will I be judged for something I do not even remember such as accepting to be tested? I am just totally confused and lost on this reasoning. Please explain?
Please explain in more detail. I am confused. To be honest with you, if I were given an option to be tested or not, I would have rejected to be tested.
Although we may today wish that we chose differently, according to the Qur’an, when we were asked, we inclined to be tested. I’m sure you will agree that we often get ourselves into things and then when we are in the hustle and bustle of it all wish that we could remove ourselves from it.
In the Qur’an, God actually tells us that we decided foolishly and that the rest of His creation declined. Despite this, He made many opportunities available for us in order to give us the ability of succeeding in the test on earth. Through this test He also honoured us above the rest of His creation.
I think it would be better for us to accept things as they are and appreciate the good of things rather than wish things were different. It is important for us to remember that we are capable of succeeding in this test. So if we make an effort and reach our goal then we will receive such a great reward as is unimaginable and all our regrets shall than be forgotten. This is what we should concentrate on.
Had the full knowledge of our prior consent to be tested not been erased from our minds then I don’t see how testing us would have been possible. It would be a bit like giving you a test and providing all the answers along with the test paper. As you will appreciate, this defeats the very purpose of the test. However, our inherent knowledge of God could be a faint reminder of that trust. In the hereafter, we are assured that we shall fully remember that trust. Hence it is only for the purpose of the test that we have been made to forget this.
Since man is not perfect and the worldly desires arouse us every day, man is destined to be failed at one time (even though I ask for forgiveness and repent) or later or be disobedient to his Master. Was this an option for mankind?
Yes it was. Man was asked whether he wants to be placed in this test where he has the free will to choose between good and evil. Obviously, if you are being tested and have a choice to either give into evil or do good deeds, both are possibilities. However, what we are required to do in order to succeed is only to try our best. We should remain sincere. If we fall, then we should pick ourselves up and remain hopeful in God’s mercy. We should never despair. Thus Allah (swt) says:
Declare: “O my servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the mercy of Allah for Allah forgives all sins: for He is oft-forgiving, Most Merciful (Surah 39:53)
What could have been the consequences if I had rejected to be tested?
Since we did choose to be tested it is difficult to know what would have happened to us had we decided to decline. We are told that along with us the other creations like the heavens, earth and mountains too were given the choice and they did indeed decline. What happens with them is something that we do not know. However, since the reward and punishment that will be implemented on us is a result of the test, it seems clear that they will not receive a punishment. For sure, whatever God has in store for them will be based on His complete justice and mercy.
Will I be judged for something I do not even remember such as accepting to be tested? I am just totally confused and lost on this reasoning. Please explain? Thanks.
We will be judged for what we do on earth. If you make the best out of what God has given you then you have nothing to fear. We shall be judged with complete justice. Gaining paradise is something that we are very capable of. Thus, as I said, we should focus on this goal. Despairing over the choice that we made will not help us.
I hope this helps,