Who Goes to Heaven

Allah the Almighty commands:

“Surely those who believe, and the Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians; whoever believes in Allah and the last day, and works for goodness, they shall have their reward from their Lord. There is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.” (2:62)

Those who are not informed of a prophet’s message, are only obligated to be a monotheist and to live a decent life according to their knowledge. Those who are informed of a prophet’s message are obligated to believe in that message and to live their lives according to it. Being informed of a prophet’s message means to see and understand the prophet’s certification, which is the book he brought. Then, the person bears witness to the true unarguable knowledge as he had seen the messenger with his eyes. The certification of Prophet Muhammad is Quran. People who haven’t read or listened Quran from a language he can understand, cannot be considered as being informed of the message.

Allah the Almighty commands:

“Say: Oh people of the Scripture! You have no basis until you observe the Torah and the Gospel and that which is revealed to you from your Lord. Things which has been revealed to you from your Lord shall make many of them increase in transgress and disregard. So, grieve not for that folk of concealers. Surely those who believe, and the Jews, and the Sabians, and the Christians; whoever believes in Allah and the last day, and works for goodness; they shall have no fear, nor shall they grieve.  Certainly, We made a covenant with the children of Israel and We sent to them messengers. Whenever a messenger came to them with what that they do not desire, they denied some of them and killed some of them.” (5:68-70)

“Those who follow the messenger, the illiterate prophet, whom they find written down with them in the Torah and the Gospel, (who) enjoins them good and forbids them evil, (who) makes lawful to them good things and makes unlawful to them bad things, (who) relieves them from their heavy burdens and the shackles which were upon them. Those who believe in him, and honor him, and help him, and follow the light which has been sent down with him, shall attain what they hope for.” (7:157)

In these religions of Hebrews, Christians and Sabians; there is the common belief of Allah’s existence, His oneness, and the hereafter. The expression ‘good actions’ mentioned in the verses vary according to a person’s knowledge. As the previous verses state plainly, those who are informed of the message of the last prophet have to follow it by accomplishing the good actions defined there.

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Date: Sep 7, 2009