HOW CERTAIN IS THE ATTAINMENT OF SALVATION IN ISLAM?

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In comparison with our eternal salvation, all other pursuits in our life become insignificant. Our salvation is also very much dependent on the strength of our spirituality. As such, it is important for Muslims to analyze how the achievement of salvation is taught in the Qur'an. The Bible highlights the significance of salvation by asking a very pertinent question in Mark 8:36: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Well, in this article, we will compare the subject of salvation in Islam with that of Christianity.

Submitted: November 15, 2012

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HOW CERTAIN IS THE ATTAINMENT OF SALVATION IN ISLAM?

A spiritual person is one who vigorously pursues doing the will of God in his life. As such, in order to gain salvation, one has to become a spiritual person. Therefore, any book that claims to show the path to salvation must in the first instance contain guidance to assist the seeker of salvation to develop into a spiritual person. However, it may come as a surprise for you to discover that the term “spiritual” does not appear in the Qur’an. Not even once. Is that not incredible? How can Muslims then seek spiritual guidance from a book that does not even mention that word at all? Imagine yourself wanting to learn tennis. So you go out and buy an instruction book on tennis. However, you find that the book does not mention tennis anywhere.That is the same with the Qur'an. Can a book that does not even contain the word spiritual explain salvation to you? Well, why is being a spiritual person so vital for salvation? The Bible answers this question in 1 Corinthians 2:11-15:

No one has come to know the things of God, except the spirit of God.Now we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God, that we might know the things that have been kindly given us by God.These things we also speak, not with words taught by human wisdom, but with those taught by the spirit, as we combine spiritual matters with spiritual words. But a physical man does not receive the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot get to know them, because they are examined spiritually. However, the spiritual man examines indeed all things, but he himself is not examined by any man.

Without spirituality, it is impossible to attain salvation. In Islam, “salvation” refers to the eventual entrance to heaven. What optimism regarding salvation is there for Muslims? What do Allah, Muhammad and the Qur'an reveal about salvation in Islam? To answer these vital questions, we will begin by considering a confession of Muhammad in the Qur'an:

Surah 46:9: Say: I am no new thing among the messengers (of Allah), nor know I what will be done with me or with you. I do but follow that which is inspired in me, and I am but a plain warner.” (Pickthall)

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 58, Number 266:

Narrated 'Um al-'Ala: “'Uthman fell ill and I nursed him till he died, and we covered him with his clothes. Then the Prophet came to us and I (addressing the dead body) said, "O Abu As-Sa'ib, may Allah's Mercy be on you! I bear witness that Allah has honored you." On that the Prophet said, "How do you know that Allah has honored him?" I replied, "I do not know. May my father and my mother be sacrificed for you, O Allah's Apostle! But who else is worthy of it (if not 'Uthman)?" He said, "As to him, by Allah, death has overtaken him, and I hope the best for him. By Allah, though I am the Apostle of Allah, yet I do not know what Allah will do to me," By Allah, I will never assert the piety of anyone after him. That made me sad, and when I slept I saw in a dream a flowing stream for 'Uthman bin Maz'un. I went to Allah's Apostle and told him of it. He remarked, "That symbolizes his (good) deeds."

These references should trouble any Muslim. Both the Qur'an and Hadith testify that Muhammad was not only unsure of the salvation of his followers in their afterlife but his own as well. If Muhammad himself is uncertain about his own salvation, how can he then lead Muslims to salvation? Listen to his confession, “By Allah, though I am the Apostle of Allah, yet I do not know what Allah will do to me.” If the “Seal of the Prophets” himself is uncertain of his own salvation, what hope is there for ordinary Muslims? Any religion that fails to provide the assurance of salvation to its own prophet will certainly disappoint its lesser adherents on the Day of Judgment. Yet, the Qur'an bears witness to the salvation of Jesus to a destination of glorious eternal life in heaven. Concerning Jesus Christ, the Qur'an testifies:

Surah 4:158:“God raised him up to Himself. God is Majestic and All-wise.” (Sarwar)

And since Jesus is alive in the presence of God, the Holy Bible testifies in Hebrews 7:25:

Therefore, he (Jesus) is able also to save completely those who come to God through him, because he is always alive to intercede for them.”

In a very significant way, the Qur'an also alludes to the salvation of Christians:

Surah 3:55: “Behold! Allah said: ‘O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee of the falsehood of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection.” (Yusuf Ali)

The Day of Resurrection” refers to the time of the end when evil doers are punished and true believers are rewarded. Since the followers of Jesus are made “superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection,” they can be confident of their salvation. Otherwise, it would be meaningless for the Qur'an to speak of them as being “superior to those who disbelieve.”

In spite of all the grandiose things spoken about Muhammad by Muslims, he is of no real value to them. Listen now to his admission in the following Hadith:

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 51, Number 16:

Narrated By Abu Huraira: When Allah revealed the Verse: "Warn your nearest kinsmen," Allah's Apostle got up and said, "O people of Quraish (or said similar words)! Buy (i.e. save) yourselves (from the Hellfire) as I cannot save you from Allah's Punishment; O Bani Abd Manaf! I cannot save you from Allah's Punishment, O Safiya, the Aunt of Allah's Apostle! I cannot save you from Allah's Punishment; O Fatima bint Muhammad! Ask me anything from my wealth, but I cannot save you from Allah's Punishment."

Muhammad’s inability to guide Muslims to the “Right Path” is also testified in the following Qur'anic verse:

Surah 72:21: Say: Say, “I possess no power to harm you, nor to guide you.” (Khalifa)

It is not in my power to cause you harm, or to bring you to the Right Path." (Hilali-Khan)

Do Muslims really understand the gravity of Muhammad’s statement when he said, “I possess no power to guide you” or “to bring you to the Right Path”? This means Muslims cannot depend on Muhammad to guide them to salvation. Is it not a prophet’s duty to guide the congregation of God to the “Right Path”? Would it really be wise for Muslims to place their eternal salvation in the hands of this man? Muhammad was not only unsure but he was also fearful about his future.

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23, Number 454:

Narrated Masruq: 'Aisha said that a Jewess came to her and mentioned the punishment in the grave, saying to her, "May Allah protect you from the punishment of the grave." 'Aisha then asked Allah's Apostle about the punishment of the grave. He said, "Yes, (there is) punishment in the grave." 'Aisha added, "After that I never saw Allah's Apostle but seeking refuge with Allah from the punishment in the grave in every prayer he prayed."

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23, Number 459:

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle used to invoke (Allah): “(O Allah) I seek refuge with you from the punishment in the grave and from the punishment in the Hell fire and from the afflictions of life and death, and the afflictions of Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal.”

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23, Number 455:

Narrated By Asma' bint Abi Bakr: Allah's Apostle once stood up delivering a sermon and mentioned the trial which people will face in the grave. When he mentioned that, the Muslims started shouting loudly.

Aside from the fact that it took a Jewish lady to inspire Muhammad’s belief in the torment of the grave, he also frightened his followers with this unscriptural teaching. They “started shouting loudly.” Does Islam give Muslims the assurance to face their eternal future with confidence?

The following accounts reveal that the early Muslims were left with utter hopelessness and uncertainties regarding their salvation by their Prophet. They were left with a very gloomy future threatening over them.

Surah 19:71: “There shall be none of you but shall descend into the same (hell): This is an established decree upon thy Lord.” (Sale)

Ibn Kathir is one of the greatest expositor of the Qur’an. In his exegesis on Surah 19:71, he cites three accounts to enlighten Muslims on the implication of the Qur'anic phrase, “Every one of you will enter it (Hell).” These accounts will provide us with an opportunity to see the kind of hope that Muhammad gave and left for Muslims. These early recorded testimonies are closer to the truth regarding the outlook of the early Muslims than the lies that are written by Muslim apologists today. The narrations are candid and free from the distortions that are so common today. We have to thank Ibn Kathir for his honest narration of these true life accounts.

The First Account

Abd-Elrazak cited Ibn Ayeena, who cited Ibn Abi Khalid, who cited Qyse Ibn Abi Hazim, who said that Abdullah Ibn Rowaha was putting his head on his wife's lap, he wept, his wife wept, he asked her: Why do you weep? "I saw you weeping so I wept" she answered. He said I remembered what Allah said "Not one of you but will enter it." I do not know if I will escape from it or not.

The Second Account

Ibn Qurair cited Abu-Kareeb, who cited Ibn Yaman, who cited Malik Ibn Magul, who cited Abu-Ishacc, who said: Abu Mysarah used to say every night before he goes to bed, I wish that my mother had not given birth of me, then weep. Someone asked him "Why do you weep Abu Mysarah?" "The Qur’an told us that we shall enter Hell, but we were not told that we will get out of it."

The Third Account

Abdu-Allah Ibn Al-Mubarak cited Al-Hasan Al-Basari: A man said to his brother: do you know that you will enter Hell fire? "Yes" his brother answered. "Do you know if you will get out of it?" he asked. "No" his brother answered. "Why do you laugh then?" From that time on he was never seen laughing till he died. (Ibn Kathir on Surah Maryam Vol. 3, page 129).

The above three narrations should serve as a warning example for Muslims today. Not only was Muhammad himself uncertain and fearful of his future but the same hopelessness/uncertainty was also manifested by the contemporaries of Muhammad. And the same uncertainties were also evident among the very Guardians of the Islamic faith – the Caliphs themselves.

Successors of the Messenger” by Khalid Muhammad Khalid, p. 70:

Caliph Abu-Bakr Al-Sadik said: "I have no trust concerning Allah's schemes, even if one of my feet is inside of paradise who can determine which deed is acceptable and which is not. You do all what you can do, and the accountability is with Allah. You ask him for acceptance."

If Abu-Bakr, Muhammad’s close companion and Guardian of the Islamic faith manifested such distrust in Allah, what does this show? In contrast to the hopelessness that Muhammad gave to Muslims, consider the assurance that Jesus Christ gave to his followers in the Holy Bible:

John 5:24: Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes in Him who sent me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

To compound the problem, the salvation of a Muslim is predetermined or predestined by Allah. While we find in the Qur’an the promise of heaven for those who do good deeds. yet at the same time, Islam’s predestination becomes fatalistic. Even if a Muslim desires to choose God’s guidance, he cannot do so without the will of Allah intervening in his “free will.” In other words, Allah decides if the individual will do good or not. This is sheer determinism. In Islam everything that happens, every action that takes place, either good or bad, is foreordained by the unchangeable decrees of Allah. This teaching not only proves that Allah is responsible for every evil deed that is committed in the world but it also shows that it is beyond the control of any individual to choose his destiny or to be in control of his actions. This also means that even the love that a Muslim may claim to have for Allah is not is own but one predestined by Allah. Can Muslims truly say that they really love Allah – on their own? Muslims should reflect on the following Qur'anic verses to see how much control they have regarding their salvation.

Surah 14:4: GOD then sends astray whomever He wills, and guides whomever He wills. (Khalifa)

Surah 7:178: Whomsoever Allah guides, he is the one who follows the right way; and whomsoever He causes to err, these are the losers.” (Shakir)

Surah 7:186: “Those whom Allah sendeth astray, there is no guide for them. He leaveth them to wander blindly on in their contumacy.” (Pickthall)

Whom Allah predestines to commit sin, cannot be guided by anyone – not even by Muhammad.

Surah 5:40-41: Knowest thou not that unto Allah belongeth the Sovereignty of the heavens and the earth? He punisheth whom He will, and forgiveth whom He will. Allah is Able to do all things….He whom Allah doometh unto sin, thou (by thine efforts) wilt avail him naught against Allah. Those are they for whom the Will of Allah is that He cleanse not their hearts. Theirs in the world will be ignominy, and in the Hereafter an awful doom.” (Pickthall)

Every action is predetermined by the unchangeable “Record” of Allah:

Surah 6:59: And with Him are the keys of the Ghaib (all that is hidden), none knows them but He. And He knows whatever there is in (or on) the earth and in the sea; not a leaf falls, but he knows it. There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry, but is written in a Clear Record. (Hilali-Khan)

In other words, Muslims cannot work out their own salvation. Their salvation is decided for them by Allah. A Muslim can strive as much as he wants – to apply the teachings of the Qur'an in his life – but he cannot unless it is willed by Allah for him do so. Can you, as a Muslim, not feel the hopelessness of your situation?

Now, note the difference in the way Jehovah deals with his worshippers. As a God of justice, he knows it is injustice to predestine someone to commit wrong and then punish that person for it. Unlike Allah, Jehovah lovingly dignifies his worshippers with the freedom to make a decision regarding their salvation. Salvation is assured for any who choose to live by the teachings of his Word, the Holy Bible. There are no over-riding factors. Christians are given the freedom to work out their own salvation.

Philippians 2:12: “Keep working out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”

Incredibly, a Muslim’s salvation is also dependant on the community’s evaluation of him or her.

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 2, Book 23, Number 448:

Narrated By Anas bin Malik: A funeral procession passed and the people praised the deceased. The Prophet said, "It has been affirmed to him." Then another funeral procession passed and the people spoke badly of the deceased. The Prophet said, "It has been affirmed to him". 'Umar bin Al-Khattab asked (Allah's Apostle)), "What has been affirmed?" He replied, "You praised this, so Paradise has been affirmed to him; and you spoke badly of this, so Hell has been affirmed to him. You people are Allah's witnesses on earth."

According to Muhammad’s logic, even tyrants will have a place in Paradise if they have enough support of the people. Has it ever occurred to Muhammad that many of the prophets of God were rejected by the people and were detested by them?

The despair and uncertainty displayed by Muhammad, Caliph Abu Bakr and the early Muslims shows that salvation by choice is an improbability in Islam. And with despair and uncertainty comes fear. In fact, salvation is a gamble in Islam and the dice lies in the hands of Allah. As for the true worshippers of Jehovah, there is no dread in them regarding their salvation.

Isaiah 12:2: Behold! God is my salvation. I will trust and not be afraid; for Jehovah, even Jehovah is my strength and my might, and he became my salvation.”

For Muslims to gain true freedom and true salvation, they must look for it elsewhere. They must turn to Jehovah – the God of Salvation.

Psalms (Zabur) 25:4-5: Make me know your own ways, O Jehovah; Teach me your own paths. Make me walk in your truth and teach me, For you are my God of salvation. In you I have hoped all day long.

Where is Prophet Muhammad Right Now?

Each time when Muslims make a reference to Muhammad, they say “Peace be upon him.” They say this to bless and honor Muhammad. The command to add this blessing after mentioning Muhammad’s name is based on the Qur’anic injunction that is found in Surah 33:56:

Lo! Allah and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe! Ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation. (Pickthall)

However, in order for Muslims to send their blessings upon Muhammad, they must know exactly where their Prophet is right now. It might come as a shock for Muslims to know that according to the most authentic Hadith in the Muslim world and substantiated by a Qur'anic verse, their beloved Prophet is in Hell. Yes! The Prophet of Islam is in Hell. And together with him are his pious followers who have passed away in death till now. And Muslims who are living now will also share the same destination when they die. Unbelievable? Examine now for yourself what the Qur'an and authentic Islamic sources teach on this very crucial subject.

Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 12, Number 770:

Narrated Abu Huraira: The people said, "O Allah's Apostle! Shall we see our Lord on the Day of Resurrection?" He replied, "Do you have any doubt in seeing the full moon on a clear (not cloudy) night?" They replied, "No, O Allah's Apostle!" He said, "Do you have any doubt in seeing the sun when there are no clouds?" They replied in the negative. He said, "You will see Allah (your Lord) in the same way. On the Day of Resurrection, people will be gathered and He will order the people to follow what they used to worship. So some of them will follow the sun, some will follow the moon, and some will follow other deities; and only this nation (Muslims) will be left with its hypocrites. Allah will come to them and say, 'I am Your Lord.' They will say, 'We shall stay in this place till our Lord comes to us and when our Lord will come, we will recognize Him. Then Allah will come to them again and say, 'I am your Lord.' They will say, 'You are our Lord.' Allah will call them, and As-Sirat (a bridge) will be laid across Hell and I (Muhammad) shall be the first amongst the Apostles to cross it with my followers. Nobody except the Apostles will then be able to speak and they will be saying then, 'O Allah! Save us. O Allah Save us.'

There will be hooks like the thorns of Sa'dan in Hell. Have you seen the thorns of Sa'dan?" The people said, "Yes." He said, "These hooks will be like the thorns of Sa'dan but nobody except Allah knows their greatness in size and these will entangle the people according to their deeds; some of them will fall and stay in Hell forever; others will receive punishment (torn into small pieces) and will get out of Hell, till when Allah intends mercy on whomever He likes amongst the people of Hell, He will order the angels to take out of Hell those who worshipped none but Him alone. The angels will take them out by recognizing them from the traces of prostrations, for Allah has forbidden the (Hell) fire to eat away those traces. So they will come out of the Fire, it will eat away from the whole of the human body except the marks of the prostrations. At that time they will come out of the Fire as mere skeletons. The Water of Life will be poured on them and as a result they will grow like the seeds growing on the bank of flowing water...”

Muslims may find the above narration incredible. Again, this shows the ignorance of Muslims regarding their religion. There is no ambiguity in this Hadith. It clearly states that Muhammad and his followers are in “Hell.” According to this Hadith, Muhammad is not in heaven but in “Hell,” awaiting for the arrival of the “Day of Judgment” to get into heaven. And he will be the first to cross the bridge with his followers to go to heaven. Please note, this bridge (As-Sirat) is “laid across Hell” and serves as an exit to heaven. Since the bridge is “laid across Hell,” Muhammad has to be in “Hell” for the Hadith to speak of him as being among the first to use it to come out from there.

The “Day of Resurrection” or “Qiyamah” refers to the time of the end. This means, even as you are reading this article, Muhammad is in “Hell” awaiting to be rescued. This fact is further substantiated by the admission that even pious Muslims who pray regularly will be consumed by fire, leaving only the “marks of their prostration” untouched. According to the above Hadith, the bodies of those in “Hell” will be consumed by fire. “At that time – the Day of Resurrection – they will come out of the Fire as mere skeletons.”

In corroboration with the above Hadith, the Qur'an says that all Muslims – every single one of them – will be taken to Hell.

Surah 19:71: “It is the inevitable decree of your Lord that every one of you will be taken to hell.” (Sarwar)

There is not one of you who shall not pass through the confines of Hell.” (Dawood)

And the very next verse tells us:

Surah 19:72: “Then (Thumma) We shall rescue those who kept from evil, and leave the evil-doers crouching there.” (Pickthall)

Afterwards (Thumma) we will deliver those who shall have been pious, but we will leave the ungodly therein on their knees.” (Sale)

The word “Then” (Thumma) used in this verse exemplify that there is a chronological order of events. First the entry into Hell. “Then” being saved from it. Note the wordings of Surah 19:72: “We shall rescue those who kept from evil, and leave the evil-doers crouching there.” You only “rescue” someone who is in some kind of danger. However, this rescue operation will only take place on “Judgment Day.” Until then – for centuries – pious Muslims will be consumed by fire. Only the dark spots on the skin of their foreheads caused by years of prostration to Allah will escape the effects of the fire. This is Allah’s reward for their faithful prayers to him.

Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0349:

They (the angels) would recognise them in the Fire by the marks of prostration, for Hell-fire will devour everything (limb) of the sons of Adam except the marks of prostration. Allah has forbidden the fire to consume the marks of prostration. They will be taken out of the Fire having been burnt

Al-Jalalayn’s Tafsir on Surah 19:71 (“Not one of you but will pass through it: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be accomplished”), gives the following clarification:

Not one” means that there will be none. “Of you” means all people. “But will pass through” means the entry into hell. “A decree which must be accomplished” means it is a certainty and a judgment from which Allah will not relent. (Translated from Arabic) Source: www.al-islam.com.

Tafsir by Ibn Kathir on Surah 19:71:

Surah 19:71: “Not one of you but will pass through it: this is, with thy Lord, a Decree which must be accomplished.”

Imam Ahmad narrated that Sulaiman Ibn Harb narrated that Khalid Ibn Sulaiman narrated that Kathir Ibn Ziad Al- Barsani narrated that Abu Sumaya said, "We differed about the meaning of ‘Passing through it’ (wari-duha). For some of us said that no believer will enter hell and others said all (people) shall enter it and then Allah will save those who have done righteousness. Then I met Jabir Ibn Abdallah and I informed him that we differed about the meaning of, ‘Pass through it,’ and he replied that, “Everyone shall enter it.” (Tafsir by Ibn Kathir on Surah 19:71, Translated from Arabic)

Another Tafsir by Ibn Kathir on Surah 19:71:

Narrated by Abdel Razak, narrated by Ibn Ayena narrated by Amru who told us that he heard Ibn Abbas feud with Nafi Ibn Al-Azraq regarding the meaning of, ‘Entering (Al-wurood).’ He said it meant ‘Entering (Hell),’ but Nafi disagreed. Thus Ibn Abbas read (Surah 21:98) “‘Verily ye, and the gods that ye worship besides Allah, are but fuel for Hell! To it will ye surely will enter (Wardan),’ and asked did they enter or not? He also read (Surah 11:98) ‘He will go before his people on the Day of Judgment, and lead them (Awrada-hum) into the fire: but woeful indeed will be the place (Wird) to which they are led (Al-mawrud)!’ Did they enter or not? As for you and I, we will enter it but let us see if we will exit from it and I don’t see Allah taking you out of it because you lie (regarding its meaning).” Nafi then laughed.

Narrated by Ibn Jarir, narrated by Atta who stated that Abu Rashid Al-Harury, who is called Nafi Ibn Al-Azraq, said, "They (the believers) will not hear hell’s roar." So Ibn Abbas responded, "Woe to you! Are you insane? What of Allah’s verse (Surah 11:98) ‘He will go before his people on the Day of Judgment, and lead them (Awrada-hum) into the fire,’ and also the verse (Surah 19:86) ‘And We shall drive the sinners to hell being lead (Wirdan)’? And also the verse (Surah 19:71) ‘Not one of you but will pass (Waridu-ha) through it’? By Allah, the supplication of those who lived previously used to be, ‘O Allah take me out of hell fire peacefully and allow me to enter paradise victorious.’" (Tafsir by Ibn Kathir on Surah 19:71, Translated from Arabic) Source: Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Saudi Arabia.

Who is Ibn Abbas? Ibn Abbas (618 C.E.–687 C.E.) was a paternal cousin of the Prophet Muhammad. He is revered by Muslims for his knowledge. He was an expert in Tafsir (exegesis of the Qur'an), as well as an authority on the Islamic Sunnah. He knew exactly how Islamic terms are understood and applied. And according to him, all Muslims, including Muhammad, will enter and taste Hell-fire.

Let the Qur'an itself give us a classification of the “Islamic Hell”:

Surah 74:28-30: “It leaveth not (any thing unconsumed), neither doth it suffer (any thing) to escape: It scorcheth men’s flesh: Over the same (are) nineteen (angels appointed).” (Sale)

The difference between Allah and Jehovah is that Allah promises Hell-fire for his worshippers while Jehovah promises Eternal life. It is a tragic that all Muslims are waiting for this “fiery destiny.” As noted, Muhammad is in Hell. But what about Jesus Christ? Concerning Jesus Christ, the Qur'an itself testifies in Surah 4:158:

But Allah took him (Jesus) up unto Himself and he is in the heavens.” (Hilali-Khan)

Jesus is in Heaven while Muhammad is in Hell. Thus, it can be seen that the difference between Jesus and Muhammad is the same as the difference between Heaven and Hell.

Let us analyze Surah 3:55 once again to comprehend the full implication of this verse. Concerning the followers of Jesus Christ, this Qur'anic verse plainly states:

Surah 3:55: “Behold! Allah said: ‘O Jesus! I will take thee and raise thee to Myself and clear thee of the falsehood of those who blaspheme; I will make those who follow thee superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection.” (Yusuf Ali)

Allah said: "O Jesus! I am going to recall you (from your mission) and raise you up to Myself. I will clean you of those who rejected you and exalt your followers above the unbelievers until the Day of Resurrection; then to Me shall be your return and I shall judge those matters in which you have been disputing. (F. Malik)

The above statement in the Qur'an reveals the superiority of those who follow Jesus.Those who follow Jesus are Christians. Of course, this does not apply to those who are Christians in name only but to those who are his true faithful followers. These are the ones who will be exalted. They are exalted, not because of any personal superiority on their part but on account of truly submitting to the teachings of Christ as it is revealed in the Holy Bible.

According to the above Qur'anic verse, Christians will be “exalted” or made “superior” until the Day of Resurrection. The Day of Resurrection or Qiyamah refers to the “time of the end.”

For Christians to be exalted until the time of the end, true Christianity must existin this worlduntil the “time of the end.”

Fortrue Christianity to exist in this worlduntil the time of the end,true Christians must be present in this world until the "time of the end."

For true Christians to be present until the time of the end, they must have a righteous standing with God until the“time of the end.”

Forthem to have a righteous standing with Goduntil the time of the end,they must be guided righteously until the “time of the end.”

For them to be guided righteouslyuntil the time of the end, the Holy Book in their possession must remain true until the “time of the end.”

For the Qur'an to testify that the followers of Jesus Christ will be made superior to those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection,” the above detailed stages regarding the favorable standing of Christians must be accomplished precisely. And this would vitally include the integrity of the Bible which is in their possession. This means that even right now as you read this article, true Christians are present in this world and in their possession is the uncorrupted Word of God – the Holy Bible.

The above Qur'anic verse proves beyond any doubt that the Holy Bible is indeed sufficient for the outworking of the Christian’s salvation, both now and in the future. Thus, we can be confident that the teachings of the Bible will remain as the authoritative guidance for mankind for all eternity. Therefore, the claim that the Qur’an was sent to replace the Bible or that the Bible is corrupted is a deliberate lie. Concerning the Holy Bible, it is stated:

2 Timothy 3:16-17: All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for instruction in righteousness,that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.

If the Bible provides such an encompassing knowledge of salvation for mankind, would there then be a need for another book to show us the truth about God? Islamic leaders discourage their followers from reading the Bible. Muslims will do well to consider the teachings of the Bible. Their eternal salvation depends on it. The path to salvation cannot be found in the path that leads you to Hell, even momentarily.

Sadly, most Muslims have chosen to follow the recitation of a single, 7th century illiterate whose book is the direct opposite of how God chose to reveal the way of salvation over a period of 1600 years by means of the inspired accounts of numerous prophets and legions of witnesses. Surah 19:71 must be extremely disturbing to Muslims, who can only look forward to Hell-fire immediately upon their death

If Christians are made superior until the Day of Resurrection as the Qur'an itself testifies, where do you think will be their final destination? Muslims should seriously consider whom they want to follow, the one who is in Hell or the one who is raised up to be with God in heaven? And they must also consider whom they want to worship – Allah who promises “Hell-fire” or Jehovah who promises “Eternal life”? Allah, Muhammad, Islam and the Qur'an make it clear that “Hell” is a certainty for all Muslims. It does not have to be your destiny. You can choose to follow the true God who will show you the way to everlasting life.


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