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As I may have mentioned before, I am a huge fan of cruises. Although I haven't gone on one yet this year, I usually go on at least one or two every year. Where the cruise actually goes is wholly unimportant to me. Half the time I sleep through the stops anyway, and just stay on the boat. I just like having no cell phone, having great food available 24/7, and sitting on the back of the boat watching the waves.

It takes a certain type of person to enjoy a cruise. Usually that person is an old person. My friend Jonah and I are the two exceptions. I think we've gone on two cruises together, and each time we were the only people remotely close to our age. So much for meeting the hot ladies pirate-style.

On one such cruise we woke up at our usual time - 3pm. The boat was docked in Mexico, and was leaving at 5:30, meaning that everyone had to be on the boat at 5.

Belief in Divine Decree

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The sovereignty of the heavens and the earth belongs to Allâh. Allâh’s Will is all-pervading and nothing good or evil falls outside its orbit. It is His Will that prevails everywhere. Not even a leaf stirs without His Will andnot a sparrow falls to the ground unless He wills so. He is Wise and Loving, and whatever He does must have a good motive and meaningful purpose although our limited intellect may fail to understand it fully. The concept of predestination in Islamdoes not mean the helpless abandonment of human beings to an unwelcome fate. The basic principle of predestination and freewill is that man is neither completely the master of his fate nor is he bound to the blind law of predestination. The idea that Allâh has a foreknowledge of everything does not imply that human beings have been completely deprived of the freedom of action. The knowledge given to man to discriminate between good would be of no useif he had no choice to act on his own. Man would not be subjected to questioning on the Day of Judgment if he were not ultimately responsible for his actions. He would not be rewarded or punished for matters over which he had no control or freedom. He would not be held accountable for histransgressions if he were not endowed with freewill and if everything happens according to divine decree. Right and wrong have been clearly defined and man has been endowed with intelligence to distinguish between them. There are two paths before him and he has been provided with the freewill to choose either ofthem. The uphill path leads to salvation, whereas the downhill path leads to eternal torment and ruin.

"Let him who will believe, and let him who will, reject (it): for the wrong-doers We have prepared a Fire. " [The Qurân Ch: 18 Al-Kahf, V: 29]

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