Why Can’t Good People Who Don’t Accept Islam Make It To Heaven?

Why Can’t Good People Who Don’t Accept Islam Make It To Heaven?


Why Can’t Good People Who Don’t Accept Islam Make It To Heaven? by Yusha Evans


This morning I'm just going to discuss one small issue, I want to share with you guys something that was discussed this weekend during the programs and this is the question that is asked by non-Muslims a lot. I get this question ask to me a lot, and it is also a question that I see answered inappropriately a lot as well or not answered correctly or not fully answered.

I've been asked many times about by non-Muslims or people who are not yet Muslim, I don't really like the term non-Muslim, it's a negation, I like to use the term that they're not yet Muslims because Allah (SWT) guide anyone at any time as He wills, I am asked by non-Muslims as well as Muslims and again I have seen this question asked and answered inappropriately, that if someone is a really good person, if they are a good person, you have a lot of people who are Christians who are good people, you have a lot of people who are Hindus, Buddhists, atheist, who might be good people, meaning there they are genuinely good people, they have decent morals, they have decent character, they help other people, they're philanthropists and whatnot and what have you, can they go to heaven? Can someone who is good who is not a Muslim, can that be the reason for them to go to heaven? And the answer to this usually is 'I don't know' or 'we don't know' and if you truly do not have that information and you're answering that question and honestly that you don't know, that's fine, so if the person is truly answering that question that they say 'I don't know', that's fine, but based upon knowledge we do know, based upon knowledge from the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW) we do know, we live in a time, in an era where ignorance about Islam is not an acceptable fact because there are so much information about Islam out there now, Islam has been talked about all of the time even though it's mostly negative or incorrect information about Islam, it's up to the human being to search for the truth of their life, so if someone has the opportunity to search about Islam and find out about Islam and has heard about Islam and they do not accept Islam and they die without Islam, they die without 'La illaha illa Allah', they die without 'Tawheed', we know that they cannot go into paradise.

This is known from the Quran and the Sunnah of the prophet (SAW). Only people of 'Tawheed' enter into heaven (Jannah) because the key to entering into heaven (Jannah), the Prophet (SAW) said that the key to heaven (Jannah) is 'La illaha illa Allah', so the key to paradise is 'Tawheed' and the people who enter into paradise will be the people of 'Tawheed'.

Now there is a difference of opinion about people who never heard about Islam and etc so on and so forth, we're not talking about that. We're talking about modern-day people in the West who had every opportunity to hear and find out about Islam or search about Islam, it's very easy to do so. People who die without Islam do not make it to paradise but their good will be rewarded, either Allah (SWT) will reward their good in this life by repaying them in this life and giving them good in this life or Allah (SWT) will lighten the punishment that they are going to receive because of their rejection of the 'Tawheed' in the next life.

Now, some people say that there is a verse the Quran, will go through a fewer evidences 'InshaAllah' (God Willing), that there is a verse in the Quran that says 'whether they be Jew, Christian, Sabian, whatever, 'no fear will be upon them nor shall they grieve', now this is a verse of the Quran but this verse was abrogated by the verse that 'those who seek a way other than Islam it will not be accepted from them', so the latter verse that 'those who seek a way other than Islam, other than 'Tawheed', it will not be accepted from them', this abrogates that previous verse.

Now let me give you an example, if there were one non-Muslim, if there were only one non-Muslim who would be able to make it to paradise because of their good deeds, if there was one non-Muslim that his good was good enough to take him to Paradise, which non-Muslim do you think that would be? Which non-Muslim would be the greatest one that would be able to make it to paradise just because of his good deeds? That one non-Muslim who his good could have taken him to paradise it would have been the Prophet's uncle Abu Talib. Abu Talib would be the one person who if he could make it to paradise on his good deeds alone without 'Tawheed', he would be the one, because after he died not accepting Islam, the Prophet (SAW) was given 'Wahi' from Allah (SWT) and number one 'You cannot guide whom you will, it is I who guide whom I wish and I know best who is guided'. He (Allah) also told him 'It is not appropriate for the Prophet (SAW) when he's seen that someone is a dweller of the fire because he died without 'Tawheed', to make dua (pray) for him', and then the Prophet (SAW) said that 'Because of the good of Abu Talib his punishment will be the least of those of the people of hellfire and his punishment would be the least in the fact that he will be made to wear a sandal of fire but that punishment will be so severe, that it will be so hot, that it will make his brain boil'. And that is the least punishment of the people of hellfire and that is for Abu Talib because of the good that he did, protecting the Prophet (SAW) and defending the Muslims before he died.

So if Abu Talib could not make it to paradise based on his good deeds then there is no one, there is no one after him that could have made it to paradise because of their good deeds. So good deeds alone are not enough to make it to heaven (Jannah) even for the Muslim, even for the Muslim. We find a 'Hadith' in the collection of Imaam Muslim narrated by Abu Huraira, where he said the Prophet (SAW) told us, the companions 'Do not think that because of your good deeds you will enter into paradise', and they asked 'Not even you O Messenger of Allah, your good deeds are not even enough to take you to paradise?', he said 'Not even me unless Allah forgives me', meaning that everyone who makes it to paradise will make it because of the forgiveness of Allah (SWT), meaning that we cannot do enough good to repay Allah for all the gifts He has given us, we cannot do enough good to repay Allah for our eyesight, our heart, our lungs, the air that we breathe, the water that we drink, the life that he gave us, the guidance of Al-Islam, there is no way you could live long enough and do good enough to make it to paradise because we always make mistakes, and mistakes, and mistakes, and do sin, do sin, do sin, and Allah (SWT) could punish us even for one sin, Allah could punish us in hellfire forever for one sin because He did not create us except but to worship Him.

So this is what I wanted to discuss this morning slightly, is that the reason why people who are good cannot make it to paradise with their good alone, is because the only way you enter into paradise (Jannah) is with 'Tawheed' and the forgiveness of Allah (SWT). Your worship of Allah (SWT) alone becomes the reason that Allah (SWT) decides to forgive you or not, and if He forgives you, you make it to paradise (Jannah), but those who have done good in this life and who have not accepted Islam will be repaid, no one will be done unjust, everyone will be repaid for that which they have done, so Allah (SWT) would either repay them in this life with their good return for good or he will lighten their punishment in the next life, because there are levels to hell just like there are levels to heaven, there are descending levels of hell which each level descent is stronger and more severe and there are ascending levels of paradise (Jannah) which each ascending level is greater and more praiseworthy and better.

So this is how we are supposed to answer this question, that people who are good people but are not Muslim and who do not accept Islam and do not accept 'Tawheed' in this life even though they have every opportunity to do so, then they cannot enter into paradise but they can have their rewards given to them either in this life or lightening of their punishment the next life. This is part of the correct 'Akidah' of the Muslims, this is the correct 'Akidah' of the 'Sunnah wal Jamaa', this was the correct 'Akidah' of the Prophet (SAW) and his companions and our self and this is how we should answer this question.

We can answer this question kindly, we can answer this question with wisdom and with the justice but we also have to be truthful because Allah (SWT) commands us in the Quran 'Oh you who believe, have taqwa for Allah and speak the truth, and say that which is correct'. So if you are a 'Daie' you are not allowed, you are not permitted to speak anything else other than the truth, you are either to speak the truth or you just remain silent on the matter and if you do not know, you say 'I do not know', and if you truly do not know when you say 'I do not know' then that is a correct answer, 'I don't know' is a correct answer for one who does not know, but to know this answer, to know it and to not say it just because you don't want to hurt someone's feelings or you don't want someone to maybe have an ill attention or aversion towards Islam, that is not appropriate because we are not the one who decides whether a person is guided to Islam or not guided, that is the decision of Allah (SWT), we are allowed only to speak the truth, and the truth of the matter is that without 'Tawheed', especially in our modern day where people have all the opportunities afforded to them to find out the truth about the religion of Al-Islam, without 'Tawheed' one cannot enter into paradise, and that is just a clear-cut fact, it is the evidence in the Quran and it is evidence in the Sunnah of the Prophet (SAW).


 Why Can’t Good People Who Don’t Accept Islam Make It To Heaven?

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