>> Saturday, January 1, 2011
I have this friend who is an atheist but she’s just the sweetest person you can imagine and she’s always trying to help others. Even more than Muslims. Is she really going to go to hell?
This is a question that a lot of us struggle with at one point in our lives. Who is going to go to heaven? Who is going to go to hell?
Why not? The thing is we have to remember that Allah is the Most Just. When we say Allah is Just, we don’t mean it lightly. We mean that in His Kingdom, which spans the heavens and the earth, He is fair to every single creature. We mean He is Just 100% of the time. And on the Day of Judgment, this attribute of His will be highlighted. The Day of Judgment is all about justice and mercy.
Is it really fair of Allah to equate someone who did their very best to follow His Commands with someone who didn’t really care? Is it fair to equate someone who gave up their own personal desires with a person who did whatever he wanted? I mean think about it- just take the act of praying. Is it fair for Allah to equate a person who got up very sleepily in the dawn and made wudoo in the freezing water with someone who slept soundly and didn’t have a care in the world? And this happened again and again and again…. Now think about every single time a Muslim has to do something he or she might not really feel like it? And think about the opposite- how many times a Muslim can’t do something he wants to because Allah forbade it. Do you see what I’ m saying? How is it fair to all of us if atheists were given the same reward we were promised?
Let’s say a father has three sons.
On the other hand, there’s Ahmed, Sammy’s younger brother. He’s a B+ student who tutors his classmates for free. Ahmed always tries to make his dad happy and though he sometimes messes up, he always apologizes.
Allah says in the Quran:
Have you made the providing of water for the pilgrim and the maintenance of al-Masjid al-Haram equal to [the deeds of] one who believes in Allah and the Last Day and strives in the cause of Allah? They are not equal in the sight of Allah. And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people. (19)