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  1. There are verses where Quran clearly states how Allah is going to punish wrongdoers, hypocrites and those who didn't believe in Allah and his Messengers. But can we be certain about that Allah is surely going to put non-Muslim and wrongdoers in Hell? Can we say such things absolutely or do we have to leave this on Allah? There are 2 purpose I am asking this question, kindly give answer according to that prescriptive. 1. When I tell someone, non-muslim will not go to heaven, I feel little hesitated (I don't know why), I just want to confirm isn't it part of our believe to be clear that Allah mercy is for Muslims and only pure ones are going to Heaven. 2. I openly tell my friends even cruel Muslim who did wrong will not go to heaven, but they say "You should not say such thing as you don't know they might have repent and this decision only belongs to Allah". Is that so? Did Allah prohibit us to say such things, even regarding cruel rulers?
  2. I need help I sinned very bad. My sin is scaring me I fell like I'm going to go to hell when I was 14 years old I got tricked by the people I called friends they made me smoke weed I messed up very badly my dad is dead and I want to meet him again will I meet him will I go to hell or heaven please help me
  3. How come the hoor al ayn, or houris, get to be born and live in eternal pleasure in Paradise? How come we have to go through life and all, and then we finally get Paradise as a reward for our actions, but the houris are all just sitting there from the beginning, waiting to have infinite sexual pleasure with their upcoming husbands? They literally feel no pain at all, ever, and if anything they only feel pleasure.
  4. So now, from my understanding no one knows what their end game is, in the sense of heaven and hell. In islam at least. But this keeps getting challenged. For instance, I was reading an obituary from a gentleman of christian faith the other day and came across a line that I always seem to come across that goes a little like "Mr ____ was a very loved father, grandfather, and husband who is now in heaven". Every obituary I read is just like BOOM insta-heavan. This is not limited to Christianity, even in my own family, I've seen it. I recently had a family member pass away and her mother was saying that she wants to die and go back to her daughter in heaven. I wasn't being mindful and unfortunately blurted out "how do you know that your going to heaven?". She wasn't taken back by my question, rather, she said "when you know, you know". Why do so many people assume these days that everyone is just resting in heaven.... in our faith, is this allowed?
  5. Salaam brothers and sisters. This thread is about things that you want in the afterlife. I have been thinking long about this for a while. Let me start off with the things I want in my afterlife from this world. - My PC - My game systems and games. - All my sports equipments and bikes. - The Internet - Abilities that were not possible in this life. - Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Sprite, orange soda and all the other soft drinks I love to drink. What do you guys want in the afterlife?
  6. How can God justify giving eternal punishment to anyone? Our life is very short, and we can only commit a finite amount of sins, so how can god give eternity in hell for a finite number of sins? Even if someone spent a million years sinning how can god justify eternity, a million years of punishment at most, but eternity?
  7. Assalamualaikum everyone, This is my first post on Shiachat so lets see how it goes. Today I spoke to two friends about Islam again. They are both agnostic, one used to be a practising Christian, the other a Buddhist. We talked about religions and Islam and none of us seem to see eye to eye about most of it. What I got stuck on during our discussion is: How are non-believers/kafirs treated in Islam, particularly on Judgement Day? My knowledge is limited but I would like to learn more too about this, as its quite a relevant topic for non-muslims. Personally, I would like to believe that our Lord is omnibenevolent and that non-believers as well as believers of different religions will be judged by Allah according to the good and bad they have done in their lives. I was sent an excerpt from Surah Yunus, 10:4 specifically, saying: those who disbelieved will have a drink of scalding water and a painful punishment for what they used to deny. إِلَيْهِ مَرْجِعُكُمْ جَمِيعًا ۖ وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقًّا ۚ إِنَّهُ يَبْدَأُ الْخَلْقَ ثُمَّ يُعِيدُهُ لِيَجْزِيَ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ بِالْقِسْطِ ۚ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَهُمْ شَرَابٌ مِّنْ حَمِيمٍ وَعَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْفُرُونَ Now this was a Sahih International translation they found online. So, main question repeated is: how will non-believers and theists from other religions be treated and judged by Allah? Thanks
  8. Hello! I have a question: I've heard that all Shia Muslims, even those with more sins than good deeds will go (Inshallah) to heaven eventually after being cleansed in a temporary hell (Purgatory?), is it true? I look around me (Here in the West) and I see many Muslims who eat non-halal foods and even occasionally drink alcohol, however they claim they believe in the ''core'' which is the 'ultimate requirement'. Thank you for your time!
  9. Salam, I thought of discussing a topic that was not talked about in any of these forums since I felt it was a very important issue to discuss. Laziness & Procrastination in the eyes of Islams and ahlu el beit. How to deal with and how to overcome it? What are the seeds of Procrastination? And is it truly a product of the shaytan? Now this is what I think of all of this. 1. Due to Procastination and laziness we tend to loose out on many opportunities that is coming our way. 2. We become less active physically, spiritually and even mentally. 3. Due to lack of productivity we loose the essence in our life. We become empty inside with no meaning since we spend our time doing nothing and accomplishing nothing. 4. We never reach our potential. We keep on putting off doing the same thing over and over again so we literally end up getting stuck in the same square NEVER moving forward. And due to that we feel unhappy about ourselves and we start getting depressed about the state that we are in. 5. YES we do know what the solution to our problem is..WE KNOW that we have to get up and do whatever needs to be done to move forward in our life..not only to make ourselves better but also to improve the quality of our life whether it is spiritually, physically, mentally or financially. 6. We are our own obstacles so how can we overcome that?? And how can we defeat the "Laziness syndrome" ?? 7. What did the prophet P.B.U.H say about this? What did ahlu el beit say about this? 8. How can we use Islam to help us overcome this and live a better life? All of these interesting questions and statements I felt I should share with you so we can open our eyes to this issue. If you look around to see many of the wealthy people or people with power worked very hard to get to where they are..yes there is exceptions and yes there are certain people that abused power and got rich just by doing nothing but that is not what I am talking about. I'm talking about the people that got there by working hard. Why are we as muslims still lacking behind unable to produce great things and to get to great places? It is because we are unwilling to work hard and put all our energies toward reaching our goals. So how can we change that?? What do you guys think?? “Everyone who is being overtaken by death asks for more time while everyone who still has time makes excuses for procrastination” Imam Ali
  10. Women's Reward In Paradise?

    Salaam Alaikum brothers and sisters. I had a quick question regarding women's reward in paradise. I have heard some hadiths relating to men; however, I was interested in the realm of women. I am familiar with a few hadiths, but I was just hoping you could provide me with some more insight. Thank you.
  11. Sex Is Insignificant?

    How can we reconcile Islam rendering sexuality as both insignificant and the most pleasurable thing in existence? Keep in mind our destination will be heaven and sex will be the most engaged-upon activity in heaven. Is sex insignificant only in this world, but significant in heaven? Imam Ali (AS): “He whose intellect is complete finds sexual desires insignificant.” [Ghurar Al-Hikam, No. 8226] Imam Sadiq (AS): “Indeed, the people of heaven do not take delight in the pleasures of heaven more than sex; neither food nor drink has that much pleasure for them.” [Wasail Al-Shia, V. 20, Hadith 24929] It was asked of Imam Sadiq (AS): “If someone undresses his wife (and makes her naked) and looks at her, is there a problem?” He replied: “There is no problem, is there any better pleasure than this that exists?” [Hadiyah Al-Mutaqin, P. 111]
  12. In Islamic tradition it is the site where Adam fell to earth and where his footprint can be found https://youtu.be/AA8kzXDW4xk Adam's Peak or Seri Pada in Sirilanka which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Islamic and Christiantradition that of Adam, The footstep is covered by a handsome roof, and is guarded by the priests of a rich monastery half-way up the mountain, who maintain a shrine on the summit of the peak." And as mentioned in the Islamic history, Adam A.S fell on Serendib Mount in Sirilanka , and Eve (Hawa A.S) fell on Al-Marwa in Mecca, while the Satan was dropped in the lowest point on earth, a salty valley in Basra/ Iraq
  13. (bismillah) (salam) I hope you are all in the best of health and Imaan. As we all know belief is one of the fundamental requirements for success in the afterlife: "By time! Verily, man is at loss, except for those who believe and perform goods and exhort one another to the truth and to endurance." - Surah Asr While these verses and numerous others in the Qur'an constantly remind us of the importance of belief, I have wondered if many of us born Muslims really fulfil the requirements as they were meant to be met. Most converts - from any religion to any other religion, whether Islam or not - can safely claim that they tried to find the truth and have arrived at whatever they found most logical. Even if they were ultimately wrong, they can at least excuse themselves by telling God that they tried their best. Can we do the same, however? Can we truly say that we believe not because we were born into the religion but because we believe? Are we sure that we aren't Muslims simply because we have a bias toward the religion? Over the years, I have become more and more certain that while the test of the non-Muslims is to oppose their bias against their against Islam, ours is the exact opposite: to be introspective and examine our belief while considering our bias for the religion. And, the more I consider this, the more I realise that many of us have failed utterly in this regard! Consider the following verses: [2:170] …they say, "Rather, we will follow that which we found our fathers doing." Even though their fathers understood nothing, nor were they guided?" [5:104] …they say, "Sufficient for us is that upon which we found our fathers…" Do you believe were only relevant to the pagan Arabs and don't apply to us? How many of us can satisfactorily answer the problem of evil? How many of us even know about and properly understand the problem of evil? How many of us will just stand silently? And, how many of our answers will just be lip service to what we heard some Sheikh say in some lecture, when we don't even understand half of it? Even if we think we have the answer, how many of us would now present it to an atheist to see if it actually holds up to scrutiny? If we have never even entertained these questions, are we not the same as the pagan Arabs, sheep who have simply followed in their forefathers' footsteps? While you must have heard numerous how we are lucky to have been born into Islam, I have often wondered whether this has made us lax, as we have simply started to believe that just because we are Muslims, we have successfully fulfilled the belief part of the criteria. Would a just God give a man who had to fight his family, his friends and, most important, his own self to validate Islam the same "pass" as He would to someone who claims to be Muslim but doesn't even understand the basics properly, let alone being able to justify them? If we've never even tried attacking Islam, or considered the arguments made by other religions, if we've simply lived in this bubble for all your life, as many of us have, I highly doubt we will be labelled as Muslims on the Day of Judgement and that we will be granted the Jannah that we deem our birth right! In conclusion, if you were born as a non-Muslim, can you truly answer that, with the way you have lived your life, you would have become a Muslim?
  14. Sallam Will we cease to exist? Not in this world, obviously this world has a certain life time. I am asking about the next world, once we achieve what we being examined for here? Will I exist for eternity, with the permission of God, or will there be a time when I come to an end, a time when God wipes me out of existence? Please answer, I lose a lot of hope when I think there will be a time when I just won't be. Is this where myath applies? Tell me something that will show me that I will exist.
  15. Unfortunately there are people in this world who are in poverty. People without homes and without clothes, without food and water etc. How are these people expected to prayer to God. I understand that this is a very small minority of the world's population but how is someone living in a poor country in Africa expected to prayer when they don't even have water to perform wuduh. Or a woman/man expected to cover their bodies when they don't have clothes? I don't know maybe these people are let off because of their situation, I'm not suggesting God forces us to do things we can't, but I was wondering what your opinions are?
  16. As salam alaikum, For some background: My mother is Hindu but more spiritual,doesnt believe in rituals etc., dad neutral about religions and a lot more spiritual, and brother is a downright atheist - I'm Muslim lol..and all of us live together so some of our discussions can be..well..interesting and disturbing.. Based on these discussions, I have a question: What is the purpose of creation and afterlife, as per Islam? I understand the purpose of our temporary earthly life is as a test to ensure jannah in the hereafter, through the worship of our creator....but then what? We enter jannah, live there...and then? Whats the point really? My dad asked me this...and I dodged the question coz I wasn't very sure on how to handle it....his view is that we don't know what happens after death, n there is no way to experience it, so how can you just believe something a book says? Mum believes in re-incarnation and the idea that the soul needs to be freed...but after its freed after several thousands of lifetimes, we don't know what will happen... My brother says: well we have no idea what happens once we die - so live this life fullest...following religion or rituals will not allow you to maximize your potential in terms of career and the rest coz it takes up too much time...in terms of creator and universe, he says "there's no way I would think that there is a creator who created this universe...its all physics and quantum mechanics" I ask him who created gravity, how did all of that exist? He says we are not qualified enough in the field of physics to know that...there may be 10 to 15 people in the world who can tell you what existed before the Big Bang and how it was created....but we are not at that level of education, but surely you cannot believe that a God created it...that would just make life so boring - imagine not being able to use your own critical analysis and science backed evidence of the existence of physics laws...and just coming to a conclusion of "oh one creator created all of this"...thats just plain silly and provides no intellectual stimulation in his opinion... They all see religion as being something just for people who haven't got a career or are not educated, to be happy and content with whatever little they have..in the false hope that there will be something better after death, so its ok if there's no money etc now...therefore they will not strive for the most, and will be more focused on religious things... All of them truly believe that religions are all man made to control and manipulate crowds who cannot think for themselves...but for critical thinkers like them (especially my super highly educated brother), it is a joke and very sad to think that you would need to live within certain limits set by someone (something) else....unless its the law of the state, noone else should have any authority over your being except yourself....he doesn't agree with a creator or soul or any of that...and immorality and morality to him is a social construct - the only things which all humans can agree are immoral are those that hurt others: murder, stealing, rape, and sometimes cheating but not always.....he can't understand why marriage is such a huge deal and premarital sex or LGBT is a problem...or the concept of chastity...according to him its all in the heads of people and society has formed it that way - in nature however, if we look at animals, there are many who are homosexual, and there is no such thing of premarital issues, or even issues with one night stands...so why do humans have to make such a big deal and complicate life so much? So based on the above viewpoints, there are many times I don't know how to answer them because I just can't deal with their perspectives...its inconceivable for me to ever think of the idea of not believing in a creator...I have pursued the quest for God since I was a kid...so I really need help answering some of these questions.. My belief is that life is temporary and it is there as a test for the hereafter....but what happens if we go to heaven, or hell for that matter...what is the purpose of getting gardens in which rivers flow? What happens after that? Yes our souls can get close to God, but then what? And ok God will punish those in hell, keep punishing them continuously, but then what? What's the point there? Why would a God do that anyway? What does He get by putting us in heaven or hell? These are the kind of questions I'm afraid to answer, but I really do need something to understand this..and I'm becoming curious of this as well..I'm sure there is a reason I don't know it yet, and I may even believe if Allah has said it is not for us to know, but that won't work with my family...so any help would be greatly appreciated in this matter... I know there are several different points - opinions on all would be great...but the most crucial is the purpose of creation, hereafter and the rest... JazakAllah...
  17. (bismillah) (salam) I hope all of you are in the best of health and Imaan. So, I think we all know of the aHadith that say that the love of Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them all) is a prerequisite for entering Heaven. But, I have also heard of aHadith in many Urdu lectures that list those who will not love Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them all) and one of these is an illegitimate child. I get why that they can't be judges, etcetera as a precautionary measure but what about loving Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them all). I mean, it's not the child's fault whatever sins his parents. Plus, not being able to love Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them all) would mean that, according to the other Hadith, they can't also go to Heaven. So, is there any explanation to this or are these Hadith which make this claim dha'eef?
  18. Assalaamu Alaikum. How to increase the Thawab / Hasnat / rewards of Salah , Saom, Charity , Ablution and othet Ibadats ?
  19. How Is Allah Fair?

    (bismillah) (salam) wa rahmatullah wa abarakatu Now, I am going to try and answer a question as I go along in this piece. How is Allah subhantalla fair? How is it that when suffering is going on in this world, that the World can be a fair place . Two names of the most high (of the 100) point this out to us: The Judge (Al-Hakim) The Just (Al-Adil) Now, this is a question which I have been asked my many non muslims, but also something which I have pondered on throughout my life. How is it that God can be fair, whilst there is an immense level of suffering in this world. One basic answer people give to this question, as their answer is that Allah in fact makes sure that he who suffers in this life, has a lesser punishment thatn he who does not suffer in this life. By punishment, I am referring to al barzakh (comparable to Catholic purgatory) whilst also Jahanam, the equivalent of hell. This is an easy answer to this question, however, we must go even further still. Now in Islam, there are 7 heavens. Paradise itself is commonly described in the Qur'an. The highest level of Paradise is Firdaws (فردوس), which is where the prophets, the martyrs and the most truthful and pious people will dwell. In contrast to Jannah, the words Jahannam and Nār are used to refer to the concept of hell. However, some may then go on to say that if two people will qualify for a certain stage of Jannah, how can it be fair if one of these people was more pious, committed fewer sins etc. Some people will then reply to this argument, and go on to say that in fact, it is barzakh which is what leads to people being made equal- I.e. the person who had fewer sins than the other will have a lesser punishment in barzakh, to get them equal on the so called "points scale". So this is a clear answer. However, a slight issue is this, for the purification in barzakh to be the case, we must see that Janna and jahanam or both in stages, so that when one enters any of these stages in either heaven and hell, they are at the same level on this "points scale" (what I am referring to is that punishment and good deeds increase your "goodness", while bad deeds decrease your goodness). However, in Islam, according to hadiths, the punishment in the grave is equal to all. To understand the punishment of the grave in Islam, we must look at the following hadith: Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah's Apostle said, "When (Allah's) slave is put in his grave and his companions return and he even hears their footsteps, two angels come to him and make him sit and ask, 'What did you use to say about this man (i.e. Muhammad)?' The faithful Believer will say, 'I testify that he is Allah's slave and His Apostle.' Then they will say to him, 'Look at your place in the Hell Fire; Allah has given you a place in Paradise instead of it.' So he will see both his places." (Qatada said, "We were informed that his grave would be made spacious." Then Qatada went back to the narration of Anas who said;) Whereas a hypocrite or a non-believer will be asked, "What did you use to say about this man." He will reply, "I do not know; but I used to say what the people used to say." So they will say to him, "Neither did you know nor did you take the guidance (by reciting the Quran)." Then he will be hit with iron hammers once, that he will send such a cry as everything near to him will hear, except Jinns and human beings What I want to know is how can people be purified in barzakh if it is clear that according to hadiths such as the one underneath that only those who fail these questions will get punished: Al Bara Ibn 'Azib said: "We went out with the Prophet of Allah......Then a crier will call from the heaven: 'He has lied, so spread a bed for him from Hell, clothe him from Hell and open for him a door into Hell. Then some of its heat and pestilential wind will come to him, and his grave will become restricted, so his ribs will be pressed together.' Jarir's version adds: 'One who is blind and dumb will then be placed in charge of him, having a sledge hammer such that if a mountain were struck with it, it would become dust. He will give him a blow with it which will be heard by everything between the east and the west except by men and jinn, and he will become dust. Then his spirit will be restored to him.' Yet again, this is contrary to the idea that those who are not quite good enough for jannah will be punished to purify them for it. Then some people will go on to say that ahh, but only those who are perfectly pure will pass these questions. This is in contrary to the idea that barzakh is pure justice. What I would like to know is that how is it that there are clear punishments in barzakh (as described in the hadiths) which according to the teachings of the prophet (pbuh) happen to all those who fail these questions, whilst it is also clear that in Islam, Allah is all just. How is it possible that the person who is fairly righteous gets the same punishment in barzakh as he who is more righteous, even though they will both end up in the same stage of heaven. Would this mean that these hadiths are incorrect, because they describe the idea that all who are punished in barzakh are punished equally? Would it be that the punishment in barzakh is in fact relative to ones sins, rather than the same fore everyone? Or would it be that the blessing in heaven and the punishments in hell are in fact purely relative to the good deeds one has made (such that if I have done better deeds than another person but we are both in heaven, then I will have a better house than him in heaven)? Therefore at which point is it that the punishments/ blessings are equal- in heaven/ hell; or in barzakh? It must surely be either of them as otherwise it would get rid of the idea that God is all just. Or is it that these hadiths where all who fail the questions get a certain punishment will be purely equal are in fact metaphorical? Please, constructive debate below, Wasallam wa rahmatullah
  20. Are You Ready?

    Do u have any preparation to cross this? Prepare yourslf before the time come
  21. Humanity Created For Paradise?

    (bismillah) (salam) -I recently viewed Hassanain Rajabali's lecture regarding the "Justice of Allah" 3 questions: -Is there any earlier discussion regarding this topic? -Are there any ahadith's supporting this perspective or is it solely grounded upon the Qur'an? -If we will all ultimately attain paradise, including unbelievers, why is hell considered as eternal after all? If so please also explain this verse; ÎóÇáöÏöíäó ÝöíåóÇ áóÇ íõÎóÝóøÝõ Úóäúåõãõ ÇáúÚóÐóÇÈõ æóáóÇ åõãú íõäÙóÑõæäó162-2 If the approach to Allah's mercy is as such, many paradoxical questions will be answer without great difficulty. For those of you who have not seen the lecture;
  22. Salam , I badly want to know about Hadiths/ Quranic verses that talk about children who die young. As in, what happens to them (like we have barzakh thing to go through before heaven or hell is decided for us?) , some say they directly go to heaven, and if someone were to provide me with more information, I heard a speaker who said that the children of Shia-e-Ali when they die young and reach heaven, Prophet Ibrahim nurtures them with the milk from Shajar-e-Tooba and takes them all under his guardianship till the day of Resurrection, where they will be reunited with their parents forever. I also heard that innocent children actually act as interceders on the day of judgement for their parents so Allah swt out of His Infinite Mercy reunites the parents with their child in Heaven to compensate for the separation they suffered in this world? And because the child went as a masoom, he will neither be rewarded or punished but will be sent to heaven because Allah is Arrahamur rahemeen..so if the parents dedicate any Surah or anything like you do for those who died after attaining puberty, Allah may elevate their ranks in Jannah?? I am sorry but I seem to have become restless ever since my 6 months old left me..whatever things I have been hearing about don't seem to console me, I feel like people keep telling me all this so that I stop crying..I trust my SC friends more for their knowledge.. .Please please, for the sake of Aal-e-Muhammad, tell me of anything or whatever you know in this matter. I'll be very grateful to you all!
  23. (Note to moderators, i couldn't think of the *best* place to put this thread. If you see a better place, please do move it to there, i have no objection to such a thing.) I'll start this off with a little introduction, sorry to lengthen it but i feel it is important to the post. Please do read on, i'm sure you'll find it interesting. Lets begin. I was going for my evening run, as i usually do but tonight i heard something that wasn't usual. I heard a man screaming, a woman screaming and i saw the man throwing around things. My first instinct of course would of been to call the police but i was trying to figure out how serious the situation was, maybe just a minor dispute or misunderstanding. My second instinct would be to go over there and protect the poor woman or at least try diffuse the situation. I feel it is my moral duty to do such a thing and i will always stand up for others, no matter the cost. I would do this every time without fail, at least i believe i would stand up in a situation and not just cower away or ignore the wrong being done. I am not a Muslim but someone was hatefully arguing against religion and Islam, i stood up for Islam and did my best to open their eyes and protect people being targeted. I might not agree with Islam but i will protect, with every single inch of myself, your right to practice your beliefs and to be free from hate. I will stand up for all. Thankfully, the dispute between the man and woman looked minor (misunderstanding) and in any case, one of their neighbours just arrived in their car and they would inevitably sort it out. However, it got me thinking... What if i went over there to try break up this dispute and the man was armed. This isn't the nicest part of town and it isn't exactly unusual; one of my friends had a gun pulled on him, several people i know have been mugged around here; its not the safest place. So, i was imagining, say i went over there to protect this poor woman the best i could and the man was armed and he had stabbed me or something like that. It got me thinking, what happens to me if i die? Now, I'm agnostic but that doesn't mean i totally reject the afterlife either. I currently do not hold such a belief but my beliefs aren't the primary question of this topic, as you will soon see... I've tried to live my life the best i can according to the morals i think are best. Indeed, we probably share many similar morals, i assure you of that, without going into too many personal things that would make me uncomfortable. These things include romantic relationships to a degree, ethics, diet (vegetarian, obviously different but haven't had any pork ect in 10+ years) ect. I'm not trying to score points or anything or boast. I am a human being like you and im sure we have all done some things we wish we hadn't. I just wished to give a general idea of myself. You have my word that i am honest about all these things i say. It got me thinking, i share similar values to religious people and i am good people like they are(most anyway, not the hateful or intolerant). Also, they do good deeds partially or entirely out of love for God and because they know it is what God wills. They do it out of want for virtue and want for heaven. They try not to sin because they do not wish to displease God and they do not wish to end up in hell. Obviously, they are good people like I and wish to do good things for the same reason i do but they have additional motivation. I do my good deeds not out of want of reward or heaven but just because i believe it is the right thing to do and i wish to do them. Surely this is also virtuous, if not more virtuous (i think so anyway but i dont want to argue over this point much) because there is no motivating factor or reward. I like to study comparative religion and all the religions of the world. It has came to my attention that all three books/Abrahamic religions, regardless of how good of a person i am, seem to say i get a ticket to a place full of interesting volcano's, mustard ( i hate mustard) and fire. I am hellfire bound as they say. No matter how good my deeds are, if i don't do them with God in mind or to please God apparently i am bound for the hellfire. Obviously, i don't really enjoy being told all my good deeds are worthless in the grand scale of things and i don't like being told i am going to hell for being a good person or even going to hell for that matter. I dont really want to believe a loving God would still put me in such a place for being a good person but thats why i came here, to get everyones views. It got me thinking, imagine i died when that situation happened, where would i ultimately end up from the perspective of all the major religions. So, please do share your opinions. I know it isn't the most polite thing to tell me I'm going to hell and i won't exactly enjoy reading such a thing but a truth is a truth. If you believe it to be the truth please don't be afraid and tell me as such. I won't hold any personal thing against you of course. Perhaps, also, if you could please include a little explanation, to make it easier for me to digest. (I'm not sure if all Muslims hold one view to this issue or there are many different views by many different scholars and interpretations, same goes for all other religions but i'm happy to see a diversity of views and all view points.) (I also realise the fact you are not divine, you are a fallible human being like I and you are not Allah/god/brahman/ect... I realise you obviously can not know such a thing for certain and it is up to the supreme force to decide. I am not taking anyones words about the literal truth, so do not worry about misleading me. I just want to know what your religion and particular scholar you follow/ your beliefs say about where i will go and even what you personally think, which is also very important to me.) Edit: I put a poll in so those who were a bit cautious of telling me where i would end up or just out of politeness or respect did not wish to do such a thing could voice their opinion as well, the poll seems to of not worked. Apologies to those people but really, please do speak your mind, i won't hold anything against you, i promise. Regards, -kingpomba
  24. Mercy said to precede His wrath, but the picture Quran protays is wrath preceding mercy by a long shot. It's only "believers + obedient + not disobedient + no desire of this world + not being astray" that makes you recepient of his mercy if you disobey God, you will be in hell if you desire this world, you will be in hell if you disbelief in faith, you will be in hell if you are astray, you will be in hell I don't see how his mercy is preceding his wrath. Can anyone answer, this is important. We follow Ahlul Bayt (as), so apparently Shias should be able to answer questions like this.
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