Poem: Why free will is good for man – Mevlana Rumi (Mathnawi p162)
God said, “Do thou grant his earnest request,
Enlarge his faculty according to his free will.
Free will is as the salt to piety,
Otherwise heaven itself were matter of compulsion.
In it’s revolutions reward and punishment were needless,
For ’tis free will that has merit at the great reckoning.
If the whole world were framed to praise God,
There would be no merit in praising God.
Place a sword in his hand and remove his impotence,
To see if he turns out a warrior or a robber.
Because free will is that wherewith ‘we honour Adam’,(Quran17:72)
Half the swarm become bees and half wasps.
The faithful yield honeycomb like bees,
The infidel yield store of poison like wasps.
For the faithful feed on choice herbs,
So that, like bees, their chyle yields life-giving food,
Whilst infidels feed on filth and garbage,
And generate poison according to their food.”
Men inspired of God are the fountain of life;
Men of delusions are a synonym for death.
In the world, the praise: “Well done, faithful servant!”
Is given to free will which is used with prudence.
If all dissolute men were shut up in prison,
They would all be temperate and devout and pious.
When power of choice is absent actions are worthless;
But beware lest death snatch away your capital!
Your power of choice is a capital yielding profit,
Remember well, the day of final account!