Question ID: 28762

Some Muslims think that it is possible for non-Muslims to enter jannah. They use as their proof the hadith that says that one who says la ilaha illallah (there is no god but Allah) will enter jannah. They also use the ayaat of the Qur’an in which it is said that Allah forgives all sins except for shirk (associating partners with Allah). Therefor, they say that as long as a non-Muslim believes in one god and does not commit any shirk, he may be admitted into jannah one day even though he may have to be punished in jahannam for some time due to his disbelief. In other words, the eternal punishment from Allah is only for those people who commit shirk. I have contacted a few ulama regarding this issue, but, perhaps due to their busy schedules, they have either not given a detailed enough reply or they have not replied at all. I am looking for a detailed refutation of this belief so that I can show such people that this belief is inconsistent with the overall teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah and also against the consensus of the ummah?

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Asked on April 28, 2008 12:00 am
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Tauheed is not sufficient for Aakhirat salvation. One has to believe in all the messengers and in the finality of Nabi Muhammad (S.A.W). See 4/150 "Those who disbelieve in Allaah and His Messengers" . Thus disbelieving in messengers renders one a disbeliever, also one who rejects the revelations are disbelievers. As 45/11 explains "and those who disbelieve the revelations of their Rabb." All what the Nabi (S.A.W) staes is revelations. In Ahadeeth sufficient evidence is there to prove Disbelievers will go to hell.
In 2139 'But they who disbelieve and deny Our Revelations, such are rightful owners of the fire. They will abide therein forever'
also see Surah Nisaa 15 and Surah Tauba 9/63.
The concept that Hell will be actually destroyed is false.
In the Quraan concerning the disbelievers when the word 'Abbdaa' is used it clearly denotes 'forever' - there is no second translation for this.
Logically if there is no eternal punishment for the disbelievers then what is the point of judgement, accountability, responsibility, retribution.
Then that is akin to the theory of 'atonement' and parading an open licence to commit the worst heinious crime thinkable. Then what is the purpose, object, significance and good of Ibaadat?
For every action there is a reaction, thus for every person, Believer, disbeliever a place.
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Answered on April 28, 2008 12:00 am