Y’all need to stop telling people they’re going to Hell…

Verily, those who have attained to faith
[in this Qur'an], as well as those who follow the Jewish faith,
and the Christians,
and the Sabians
–all who believe in God
and the Last Day and do righteous deeds–
shall have their reward with their Sustainer;
and no fear need they have,
and neither shall they grieve.

–Qur’an 2:62, 5:69

Read it and weep.

22 responses

  1. I believe… the religion is extinct. Possibly. But Prophet David had a book, and they followed that book. Supposedly it might have been Psalms. I've also heard that some of them were monotheist and some of them were polytheist, so it might have been a racial identifier as well as a religious one, though the Qur'an is referring to religion.

  2. I think Sabian could be used for anyone else with a religion. Perhaps another word for pagan or heathen? At the time I suppose everyone else was one according to all of the 3 bibles. So today, Hindus and other religions could be included. Buddhists also I suppose even though technically Buddhism doesn't have a G-d. I think the point is, to believe in G-d basically. And according to this, it doesn't matter which one :D

  3. I know this is an inappropriate place to write this comment but: I CAN NOW COMMENT ON YOUR BLOG :) So happy.

    Love the picture in the banner as well though.

    What happened to the poem at the top?

    Love love love

  4. LOL!! Ah, I have to do something with the banner. I can’t put the poem at the top anymore (I don’t think) because WordPress’s tagline appears to be just one line. =(

    • Yes, what Zeina said, and there is also this verse:

      And they claim, “None shall ever enter paradise unless he be a Jew” – or, “a Christian”. Such are their wishful beliefs! Say: “Produce an evidence for what you are claiming, if what you say is true!” (Qur’an 2:111)

      which warns Muslims at the time not to make the same mistake as Christians and Jews and claim that only Muslims will go to paradise.

  5. Thank you, Nahida and Zeina. I am troubled by the beliefs many people hold about hell because the concept seems so uncompassionate. It has been interesting to learn about your perspective on this and on Islam through this blog.

  6. In those parts of India under Islamic rule, the Muslim rulers eventually extended the concept of Ahl al Kitab to include Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Zoroastrians and others. Whether this was due to political convenience or mutual religious acceptance (or a combination) is unclear.

    Note that it’s difficult to generalise about Hinduism because it’s a highly syncretic religion with many different schools. Although there are strong polytheistic elements in Hinduism, there are also monotheistic themes that date back to its earliest scriptures. There are too many examples to mention. E.g. “He is One, though the wise call Him by various names: Indra, Rudra, Varuna, Agni.” (Rg Veda) I’m not going to list them all, but you can certainly find quotes to support monotheism if you’re so inclined.

    Having said that, even if Hindus believe in one God, there is no prohibition against associating our God with qualities: Mother (Devi, Parvati), King (Rama), Beloved (Krishna), or worshipping them in the form of idols. We also believe that humans can be incarnations of God (avatars).This would be considered shirk, an unforgivable sin in Islam.

    But then again, Christians also associate qualities with their concept of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), and they do make images and statues of Jesus, Mary and the saints. And they believe that Jesus was a manifestation of God, yet the Quran says they have nothing to fear on Judgement Day. So perhaps it’s not as clear cut as it seems.

    Anyway, I’m an atheist and I don’t believe in an afterlife, so I suppose this shouldn’t matter to me. But I’ve always been interested in religion from a cultural point of view.

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