Does God deliberately misguide some people?

In this verse, it sounds like God deliberately misguides some people. Please explain,

“Those whom Allah (in his plan) wills to guide – He opens their breast to Islam; those whom He wills to leave straying – He makes their breast close and constricted, as if they had to climb up to the skies; thus does Allah (heap) the penalty on those who refuse to believe.” – 6:138

I highlighted the answer to your question!

The will of God is not arbitrary; it’s meritoriously targeted. God makes that point over and over and over in the Quran. For example,

“So that God may torment the hypocrite men and hypocrite women and the men and women who associate others with Him in worship; and that God may accept repentance from the believing men and believing women. And ever is God Forgiving and Merciful.” (33:73)


“How shall God guide a people who disbelieved after their belief and had witnessed that the Messenger is true and clear signs had come to them? And God does not guide the wrongdoing people. ” (3:86)

And God emphasizes His fairness over and over. For instance,

“Indeed, God does not do injustice, [even] as much as an atom’s weight; while if there is a good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward. ” (4:40)


“Do the disbelievers await [anything] except that the angels should come to them or there comes the command of your Lord? Thus did those do before them. And God did not wrong them, but they had been wronging themselves. ” (16:33)

My question was, the meaning of WILLS in this context.

For example, can some people not be Muslim because of Allah’s WILL?

God’s will is not random. He does not will people at random to be guided and other people at random to go astray. That would be unjust and He does not do an atom’s weight of injustice.

His will has been that those who accept Him He will guide and those who reject Him He will leave astray. He does that because it has been His will to let man have a free will. As a result of that, and because He does not do injustice to anybody, His will has been in response to man’s will.

Hope that makes it clearer.

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