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Why is a Christian sure about going to Paradise and a Muslim not?

1. Is the Qur’an giving certainty to Muslims?

The Qur’an is only creating an atmosphere of doubt about entering Paradise or not. A Muslim is uncertain to escape hellfire:

“Those whom they call upon do desire (for themselves) means of access to their Lord, - even those who are nearest: they hope for His Mercy and fear His Wrath: for the Wrath of thy Lord is something to take heed of” (Qur’an 17:57).

Muslims think that they cannot be sure about going to Paradise, because the Qur’an is saying that Allah decides and a human being cannot know that he is saved:

"Then, he whose balance (of good deeds) will be (found) heavy, Will be in a life of good pleasure and satisfaction. But he whose balance (of good deeds) will be (found) light,- Will have his home in a (bottomless) Pit. And what will explain to thee what this is? (It is) a Fire Blazing fiercely!" (Qur’an 101:6-11).

A Muslim is not sure to which side he belongs. Allah created a man to do good or evil:

"Knowest thou not that to Allah (alone) belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth? He punisheth whom He pleaseth, and He forgiveth whom He pleaseth: and Allah hath power over all things" (Qur’an 5:40).

A Muslim doesn’t know who will be with Allah in Paradise. Therefore the Qur’an cannot give certainty to a Muslim about going to Paradise.


2. Is Muhammad offering certainty for Muslims?

The Qur’an is clear that Muhammad cannot help the Muslim to enter Paradise:

"Of no profit will be my counsel to you, much as I desire to give you (good) counsel, if it be that Allah willeth to leave you astray: He is your Lord! and to Him will ye return!" (Quran 11:34).

"If thou art anxious for their guidance, yet Allah guideth not such as He leaves to stray, and there is none to help them" (Quran 16:37).

"Say: To Allah belongs exclusively (the right to grant) intercession: to Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth: In the End, it is to Him that ye shall be brought back" (Quran 39:44).

Therefore the Qur’an denies that Muhammad can be a mediator for a Muslim to enter Paradise. See also Quran 7:188, 4:123 and 9:80. So what is the benefit of it, when every human being has to suffer hell, before the righteous ones are selected from those who go to hell?
What about Muhammad as an example for Muslims to enter Paradise? Also this is not an option for a Muslim, because Muhammad doubted about entering Paradise:

“Say, "I am not something original among the messengers, nor do I know what will be done with me or with you. I only follow that which is revealed to me, and I am not but a clear warner." (Qur’an 46:9).

Also other documents in Islam are telling that Muhammad had no certainty to go to Paradise [1].


3. Are Christians sure about going to Paradise?

While Muslims are trying to obey the laws of Allah remain uncertain about salvation, a Christian is sure about going to Paradise. The Christian will answer a Muslim to the question “What must I do to be saved”? with [2]:

“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).

It is necessary for a Muslim to understand to be saved by the love and grace of God. Islam has no Savior. A believer in the mighty Savior Jesus Christ is always certain about going to Paradise. The only salvation for mankind is provided by Jesus Christ, Word of God. By the sacrifice of the righteous Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin, the believer has certainty about entering Paradise. There are more verses in the Holy Scripture that confirm going to Paradise for believers in the glorious Jesus Christ:

“I am the Resurrection and the Life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies” (John 11:25).

"My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:2-6).


4. Conclusion

A Christian is certain about going to Paradise. A Muslim lives and dies, not sure of his salvation. The Christian, on the other side, has accepted Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of his sin and is certain. This good news about the love and grace of God is something a Christian wants to share with his Muslim friends.


Notes:

[1] Sahih al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 51 and Volume 5, Book 58, Number 266.
[2] E.M. Hicham, How Shall They Hear? Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims, Ambassador Publications, Belfast, 2009, 88.

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