Do Not Be Misled

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To summarize as to what does it mean for a Muslim to expect in the Hereafter is comprehensively defined in the following verse of the Qur’an, Chapter 36, Verse 54;

Submitted: February 22, 2018

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"Amal Sey Zindagi Banti Hai Jannat Bhi Jahanam Bhi,
Yeh Khaaki Apni Fitrat Mein Naa Noori Hai Naa Naari hai"

Dr. Iqbal

Translation;

By action life may become both paradise and hell..

This creature of dust (Human being) in its nature is neither of light nor of fire..

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This write-up is specifically meant for followers of the Religion of Islam. However those having faith in other Religions may also refer to it for guidance and reference, if they so desire.

There are approximately two billion Muslims in the world or about twenty four (24) percent of the world’s population follows the Islamic faith. The Muslim countries contribute about eight (08) percent of the global GDP and about thirty seven (37) percent of their people are unable to read or write.

So on one hand it is a dismal scenario for such a large number of people negatively impacting the whole world, yet on the other hand it is an excellent opportunity for improvement!

It would be a long discussion to determine the drivers and the causes and resulting effects for their prevailing plight and offering suggestions for the general uplift of the Muslim population around the globe.

The main objective of this article is to identify and highlight the Core Issue that is the major cause for their retardation and subsequently draw the attention of Muslim men and women around the world who have the intellectual capacity to appreciate and comprehend the logic in order to make the necessary changes to the way they think and live their lives and become productive members of the global community.

They are also expected to spread, if convinced, the word of wisdom around by reaching out to those who are not as educated, privileged and informed as they are.

The subject issue is the very foundation of their Faith. Islam is a monotheistic Religion, belief in one God, Muhammad pbuh being the last Messenger of God, the Qur'an as the Final Book of God while believing in all the previous Divine Religious Scriptures and last but not least, having unwavering conviction and faith in the Afterlife, on the Day of Judgment when they shall be risen from the dead and their accounts shall be presented before them.

To summarize as to what does it truly mean for a Muslim to expect in the Hereafter is comprehensively defined in the following verse of the Qur’an, Chapter 36, Verse 54;

Chapter 36, Ya-Sin, Verse 54:

So today no soul shall be wronged, and you shall not be recompensed but what you have done.

The verse is further elaborated below;

This Day no person will face the least injustice, nor will you be rewarded for other than what you had been doing."

Furthermore:

Chapter 37, As-Saffat, Verse 39:

"And you are requited only for what you have done."

Therefore the simple equation derived from the aforestated verses is;

Deeds = Reward

I wonder that despite such a clear manifestation given in the Holy Qur’an, why Muslims believe that by offering certain supplications or reciting some verses and or following rituals will guarantee them a reward in the Hereafter?

If you receive any such messages from anywhere, which I am sure you do, that such and such supplication or recitation will promise you a spot in the paradise, no matter how authentic the source may appear, they are totally incorrect because such unsupported claims blatantly contradict the very 'intent' and 'message' of the Holy Qur’an.

The message of the Qur’an is the absolute FINAL verdict. All other references are either fabricated, designed to mislead and divert you from the right path, or, they were mere result of information distortion, something which was misunderstood or imagined if not altogether fabricated, communicated by various senders, acknowledged by receivers and then finally assumed the status of 'Accepted' as an inviolable truth and the very basis of Faith.

Your reward will depend on your deeds, that being the truest form of justice and is what the glorious Qur’an asserts and affirms, something an intelligent reader grasps with conviction as it makes perfect sense.

What other argument would you need to understand this simple fact?

Acceptiing this fundamental and straightforward reality will prove to be a major driver that will transform the entire Muslim world.

Offering supplication and recitation of the Holy Qur’an is highly recommended and all Muslims should practice it besides the mandatory prayers as it helps us become good human beings and in creating a better society. Our place and status in the Heaven as stated clearly in the Holy Qur'an will however be solely determined by our good deeds that we perform in this world.

I believe the other Religious Scriptures like The Torah and The Holy Bible may have similar messages meant for Humankind.

One such reference is quoted below from the Holy Bible;

Revelation 20:11-15

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Cheers!

 


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