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Why is a Christian sure that he is going to paradise and a Muslim is not?

Does the Qur’an create an atmosphere of trust to enter Paradise?

Does the Qur’an provide certainty to Muslims?

A Muslim is insecure about escaping 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 they cannot be sure that they are going to paradise because the Qur’an says that Allah decides and a person 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 which side he belongs to. Allah created 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 does not know who will be with Allah in paradise. Therefore, the Qur’an cannot give a Muslim assurance that he is going to paradise.

Does Muhammad provide certainty for Muslims?

The Qur’an is clear that Muhammad cannot help the Muslim 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 Quran denies that Muhammad can be a mediator for a Muslim to enter paradise. See also Qur’an 7: 188, 4: 123 and 9:80. So what is the benefit of having every human being undergo hell before the righteous are selected from those who go to hell? What about Muhammad as an example for Muslims to enter paradise? Again, this is not an option for a Muslim, because Muhammad was in doubt whether he would enter 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). Other documents in Islam also say that Muhammad had no certainty of going to paradise [1].

Are Christians Sure They Are Going To Paradise?

While Muslims try to obey the laws of Allah, remain insecure about salvation, a Christian is sure to go to paradise. The Christian will answer a Muslim to the question "What must I do to be saved"? with [2]: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). It is necessary for a Muslim to understand that he can be saved by the love and grace of God. Islam has no Savior. A believer in the mighty Savior Jesus Christ is always confident that he is going to paradise. The only salvation for mankind is provided by Jesus Christ, the Word of God. Through the sacrifice of the righteous Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, the believer has assurance of entering Paradise. There are more verses in the Holy Scriptures that affirm that they are going to paradise for believers in the glorious Jesus Christ: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me will live, even though 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).

Conclusion

A Christian is sure that he is going to paradise. A Muslim lives and dies, unsure of salvation. The Christian, on the other hand, has accepted Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of his sins and is sure of it. 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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