Saturday, 7 July 2012

Will only Muslims go In Heaven?

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Will Only Muslims Go In Heaven?

Bismillah Hir Rehman Ir Raheem
Start In the Name Of Allah The Most Beneficent The Most Merciful

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Many Muslims make a statment that only Muslims will go in Heaven , However they are with the wrong belief. Allah had Mentioned in Holy Quran chapter 2 verse 62:

"Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Nazarenes*, and the Sabians, whoever believes in God and the Last day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear upon them, nor shall they grieve."

It also states:
Those who believe, and those who are Jewish, and the Sabiens, and the Nazarenes*; whoever of them believes in God and the Last Day and does good works, then they will have nothing to fear nor will they grieve. [5:69] 
*commonly translated as "Christians" but more likely refers to the followers of Jesus of Nazareth, hence Nazarenes.

We come to know this is a part of the section actually addressed to the Jews who had made their faith more of a racist i.e. excluding creed and believed (and they still believe) that only Jews would enter the Blissful Paradise.

Even the Christians have the idea of Vicarious Atonement that suggests that only by belief in Christ one can find salvation otherwise, they say, ‘all your deeds are like filthy rags.’ I remember never in my discussions I found even a single Christian, not even priests, able to categorically explain as to what will happen to those who passed away before Christ’s (PBUH) birth including the Jewish Prophets.

Here the Quran dispels the notion of attributing any such idea to the Noble Faith of Islam for its taste is different. The Jews i.e. Israelites before Christ (PBUH) who believed in Allah and the Last Day were infact Muslims and thus in the Hereafter they’ll earn the reward for their Faith and deeds. Same goes for the Christians before the Last Prophet (PBUH) declared his prephethood and the Sabians as well (we cannot with utmost surety say who they actually were).And this is supported by the reports about the point of revelation of this Ayah.

Ibn Kathir with reference Ibn Abi Hatim narrates:
‘Salman Farisi (RA) said, ‘This verse was revealed when I made a mention of the of the prayers and fasting of those believers whom I had met before coming to the Holy Prophet (PBUH)’
(Ibn Kathir in his commentary to this verse) (If we recall the story of Salman Farisi (RA) then we see that it goes exactly in line with what is written above)

Some Non-Muslims also cliams that Quran contradicts itself by stating the verse:
“If anyone desires a religion other than Islam, never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost (All spiritual good).” (3:85)

Prophet Said:
"It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) observed: By Him in Whose hand is the life of Muhammad, he who amongst the community of Jews or Christians hears about me, but does not affirm his belief in that with which I have been sent and dies in this state (of disbelief), he shall be but one of the denizens of Hell-Fire." (Sahih Muslim, Hadith 284)
This is conclusive!

Now the Question arises whether the Christians and Jews go to Heaven?

Yes , Ofcourse They will have a Reward with their Lord but only those Christians and Jews, which had faith In God (Allah) anf worked rightousness, before arrival of Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.b.u.h) that is why Salman Farsi ( A close Comapanion ) narrates about the verse 2:52

‘Salman Farisi (RA) said, ‘This verse was revealed when I made a mention of the of the prayers and fasting of those believers whom I had met before coming to the Holy Prophet (PBUH)’

Quran states:
And if the followers of the Book had believed and guarded (against evil) We would certainly have covered their sins and We would certainly have made them enter gardens of bliss. And if they had observed the Torah and the Gospel and that which was revealed to them from their Lord, they would have enjoyed happiness from above and beneath them, there is a party of them keeping to the moderate course, and (as for) most of them, evil is that which they do. [5:65-66]

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