Get the (Eternal) Hell Out of Islam

Seven reasons why Islam rejects the idea of eternal hell.

Earlier this month I asked a Muslim friend to help resolve an important question: Does Islam teach that hell is eternal? It started as a simple conversation:

“Is God merciful, compassionate, and just?”

“Yes, absolutely,” he replied.

“Is hell eternal?”

“Yes, absolutely,” he replied again.

“So, a merciful, compassionate, and just God would send a finite creature with finite knowledge of sins to infinite damnation and hellfire? Does that make sense to you?”

My question made him uncomfortable. As I suspected, he didn’t have an answer. However, I refused to attempt just rationalizing the issue. If the Qur’an and Hadith taught eternal hell, I wanted to know. So I dove into a study of both.

I arrived at an undeniable conclusion: Islam does not teach eternal damnation for anyone. Here are seven reasons why Islam rejects the concept of eternal hell — for Muslims and everyone else:

1. The Qur’an rejects eternal hell

Proponents of the “eternal hell” theory often cite three verses to support their position. First, Qur’an 5:38,“They will wish to come out of the Fire, but they will not be able to come out of it, and they shall have a lasting punishment.” Second, 4:138, “Those who believe, then disbelieve, then again believe, then disbelieve, and then increase in disbelief, Allah will never forgive them nor will He guide them to the way.” Finally, 5:73, “Surely, whoso associates partners with Allah, him has Allah forbidden Heaven, and the Fire will be his resort.”

In claiming these verses establish eternal hell, such proponents commit at least five errors.

First, they translate azaabummukeem in Qur’an 5:38 as “never ending” instead of “lasting.” Arabic lexicon holds that azaabummukeem here does not mean “never ending” but instead “very long.” It takes a middle ground — hell is limited, but lasting enough that people will want to escape and will be made to stay longer.

Second, eternal hell theorists ignore Qur’an 7:156: “‘I will inflict My punishment on whom I will; but My mercy encompasses all things.” How can hell last eternally if God’s mercy encompasses “all things?” This also establishes the scope of 4:138 cited above to apply only as long as a person remains in disbelief — which will not extend beyond this life.

Third, the Qur’an specifically compares and gives context to what God means by “forever” in the context of heaven and hell with side-by-side verses. Regarding hell in Qur’an 11:107-108, God says, “As for those who will prove unfortunate, they shall be in the Fire . . . . abiding therein so long as the heavens and the earth endure, excepting what thy Lord may will.”

The following verse about heaven uses the same language, with one distinction: “But as for those who will prove fortunate, they shall be in Heaven; abiding therein so long as the heavens and the earth endure, excepting what thy Lord may will — a gift that shall not be cut off.”

In a direct comparison, the Qur’an clarifies that heaven is “a gift which shall never be cut off,” while eternity is not at all mentioned regarding hell. Qur’an 11:108 says hell’s inmates will come out when God pleases — God’s mercy descends and encompasses his punishment.

Fourth, Qur’an 39:54 says, “. . . despair not of the mercy of Allah, surely Allah forgives all sins. Verily He is Most Forgiving, Merciful.” In reading the Qur’an as a whole, rather than in isolated fragments, it is clear that God forgives all sins.

Finally, taking the phrase “those who associate partners with God . . . Fire will be their resort” to mean eternal hell misses the common-sense approach. This phrase is no different than “those who are patients . . . the hospital will be their resort.” A patient remains in the hospital until he is healed, and then leaves. Hell will serve as a reformatory stage from which they will eventually exit with God’s mercy and grace.

2. The Hadith Qudsi reject eternal hell

Hadith Qudsi are conversations between God and Prophet Muhammad that are not part of the Qur’an. While not as authentic as the Qur’an, Hadith Qudsi are acceptable provided they do not contradict the Qur’an. The Hadith Qudsi are clear that hell is not eternal. As recorded in Bukhari 4:54:16, God says, “When Allah completed creation He wrote in His Book which is with Him on His Throne, ‘My Mercy overpowers My Anger.’”

If hell reflects Allah’s anger and his mercy exceeds his anger, then hell can only be temporary. Eternal hell would mean that Allah would be infinitely angry — His anger exceeding His mercy.

3. The hadith reject eternal hell

Most Muslims agree no one knew Islam better than Prophet Muhammad. As his noble wife Ayesha described him, “Muhammad was the walking Qur’an.” Numerous hadith attributed to Prophet Muhammad make clear that while heaven is eternal, hell is temporary.

According to one collection of hadith, the Prophet Muhammad said, “Surely a time will come over hell when its gates shall be blown by wind, there shall be none in it, and this shall be after they have remained therein for many years.” Likewise, Sahih Muslim 1:368 records, “Allah will bring out people from the Fire and admit them into Paradise.”As Allah declares His power to take people out, hell is not eternal.

4. Islam does not monopolize salvation

It is not for humans to say how God will judge. Indeed, no guarantee or promise exists that every Muslim will go directly to paradise after death or that every non-Muslim is automatically hell-bound. Islam is the only ancient religion that does not monopolize salvation exclusively to its adherents. Instead, Islam teaches that non-Muslims can and shall attain paradise.

The Qur’an declares in 2:62, “Surely, the Believers, and the Jews, and the Christians and the Sabians — whichever party from among these truly believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds — shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve.”

Islam also teaches that hell is not designed for torment, but reform. All must first be cleansed of sin before entering paradise. This cleansing may be of incorrect beliefs — held by non-Muslims and misguided Muslims — or for sinful actions. Hell is the reformatory abode for purification after death. Qur’an 101:9-10 declares, “But as for him whose scales are light [upon judgment], hell will be his nursing mother.”

This verse makes no distinction between a believer and a nonbeliever. Yes, Islam teaches that hell is a painful experience, but Islam defines hell as a nursing mother designed to purge sin before admitting a soul to paradise.

5. Islam teaches that we are all ultimately saved by God’s grace

Like the Bible, the Qur’an teaches that faith without works is dead. Ultimately, however, Islam teaches that we are saved by God’s grace. Islam teaches that as Master of the universe, God bestows his grace on whomsoever he pleases for whatever reason he pleases — without need for sacrifice. Our works are not for God, but for humanity’s benefit. Thus, as God’s grace  ultimately saves us, hell cannot remain eternal.

6. God is not sadistic

If hell is eternal, the only logical conclusion is that God is sadistic. Consider this: if God is all-knowing, then surely He would know before He created a being whether that being would receive eternal hell. Yet, grace and mercy are God’s greatest attributes in the Qur’an, followed by his justice. The idea that the Creator of the universe would demand eternal damnation for the sins of an insignificantly few years by comparison is perhaps the greatest argument against God. If any creator is that ungracious, unmerciful, and unjust to knowingly create a soul only to torment that soul for eternity, then such a being displays such immorality that even wild beasts are above it. Such a being is many things — sadistic, unjust, immoral– but God it is not.

7. We shouldn’t worry so much about the eternal destination of others

Why is it so important to some believers that people go to hell eternally — or that they go to a heaven that excludes all others? The Qur’an reminds Muslims to leave judgment to God alone. To those who insist on judging, the Qur’an retorts in 2:95-96, “Say: ‘If the abode of the Hereafter, with Allah, is solely for you to the exclusion of all other people, then wish for death, if you are truthful.’ But never shall they wish for it, because of what their own hands have sent on before them; and Allah knows the wrongdoers well.” Qur’an 2:112 adds, “And they say, ‘None shall ever enter Heaven unless he be a Jew or a Christian.’ These are their vain desires.” Ultimately, how God judges someone is between Allah and that person.

The Messiah Ahmad writes, “It is contrary to God’s perfect attributes that once a person has been condemned to hell, only the Divine attributes of chastisement should be manifested. . . . [I]n the end all will attain salvation as the hand of God is unlimited and no one can be left out of it.”

Image: Mohammad, Buraq, and Gabriel visit hell. 15th century Persian painting.

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  • nwcolorist

    It’s hard to argue about a plan like Quasid Rashid presents. Almost to good to be true.

    • Mahmud

      He is a disbeliever himself, he totally misquoted 2:62 and his last point is totally sick. The eternal fate of humanity is of the greatest importance.

      • Sam

        2:62

        VERILY, those who have attained to faith [in this divine writ], 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.

    • Mahmud

      It is untrue by the way and his plan is absolutely pathetic, based on extreme misquoted and outright lies.

  • David Tiffany

    Evidently your article is not up to public discussion, as you deleted my previous comment.

    • Mahmud

      Try as he might, no matter what he deletes it will be an additional sin to his sin. He has invented lies upon Allah and His Messenger and lied against the ayat of Allah aza wa jal. He has added disbelief to his disbelief.

      • Sam

        (28:55)

        …and, whenever they heard frivolous talk, having turned away from it and said: “Unto us shall be accounted our deeds, and unto you, your deeds Peace be upon you – [but] we do not seek out such as are ignorant [of the meaning of right and wrong].”

  • aslamali6

    Problem here is the authors Ahmadiyya background which has no place in Islam

    • Mahmud

      And furthermore, all his arguments are falsehood.

    • DB

      You morons have no place in this world and certainly not in heaven. You blatantly disregard the fact that you are not to judge others, their deeds or their belief. Hoping for an eternal hell for you narrow minded dumb asses.

  • http://muslimmediareview.blogspot.com AymanFadel

    assalaamu alaykum. I believe the same thing. I cannot reconcile in my mind mercy with hell, much less eternal hell. I don’t find Brother Qasim’s textual arguments too convincing, but I’m no exegete. For example, I don’t know how one could consider hell textually as redemptive or reformatory rather than punitive and retributive. But I frankly ignore textual meanings that I don’t like. His last point is much more important: “We shouldn’t worry so much about the eternal destination of others” Each individual should do his best. Regarding people ignoring the viewpoint because he identifies as Qadiani/Ahmadi, I think that is small thinking. Nothing he said here, with the exception of the final statement, has uniquely “Ahmadi” content. If you disagree with his points, then explain what is wrong with those points, not the person who said them.

    • Mahmud

      wa alayk

      “His last point is much more important: “We shouldn’t worry so much about the eternal destination of others””

      That is absolutely sick. Allah and His Messenger made it clear to us that disbelievers will not enter Paradise and that they will be in the fire of hell for all of eternity. That absolutely matters if you have any ounce of compassion for yourself and others.

      • Sam

        10:99

        And [thus it is:] had thy Sustainer so willed, all those who live on earth would surely have attained to faith, all of them: dost thou, then, think that thou couldst compel people to believe,

  • Aatif Iqbal

    How would you explain 72:23? “And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, then surely for him is the Fire of Hell. They are eternally (abiding) therein forever.”

    • Mahmud

      He can’t, he is a kaffir.

      • Aatif Iqbal

        Ah, Shaitan sends his takfir trolls

        • Mahmud

          1) I’m not a troll or sent by Shaytan

          2) If you fail to accept Qadyani’s are disbelievers, you are a kaffir yourself

          3)So enjoy yourself a little while and we’ll see who is right in the end

          • Sam

            Is it not to God alone that all sincere faith is due? And yet, they who take for their protectors aught beside Him [are wont to say], “We worship them for no other reason than that they bring us nearer to God.” Behold, God will judge between them [on Resurrection Day] with regard to all wherein they differ [from the truth]: for, verily, God does not grace with His guidance anyone who is bent on lying [to himself and is] stubbornly ingrate!

            39:3

  • dawudisrael

    Lots of errors:
    -God will admit NOT admit just anybody from hellfire into heaven. This is for Muslims ONLY that were in Hellfire as purgatory for their sins, temporarily, they will be admitted into Heaven — this is for Muslims EXCLUSIVELY. Not any random person.
    -Qur’an 101:9-10 is translated strangely — nursing mother?
    -“The Messiah Ahmad” was a known British colonial agent in India

    This article represents a Ahmadiyya viewpoint — not a Sunni nor Shia viewpoint. Many strange whimsical interpretations.
    Mercy and hellfire are not mutually exclusive. Everybody has a fair chance to decide their fate in this world.

    di.

    • Mahmud

      You are correct. The author here is Qadyani and this is universally accepted among Muslims as a non-Muslim group.

      As for that Messiah of theirs being a British agent or what not, you know better than I. But he was certainly a Dajjal.

    • Sam

      Would you be so kind as to provide where in the Quran it states “God will admit NOT admit just anybody from hellfire into heaven. This is for Muslims ONLY that were in Hellfire as purgatory for their sins, temporarily, they will be admitted into Heaven — this is for Muslims EXCLUSIVELY. Not any random person.”?

      And isn’t everyone born a muslim?

      7:172

      AND WHENEVER thy Sustainer brings forth their offspring from the loins of the children of Adam, He [thus] calls upon them to bear witness about themselves: “Am I not your Sustainer?” – to which they answer: “Yea, indeed, we do bear witness thereto!” [Of this We remind you,] lest you say on the Day of Resurrection, “Verily, we were unaware of this”

  • Elyse Claassen

    The evidence is compelling, I believe. Personally, just knowing the God is infinitely merciful completely disproves eternal Hell, but it’s nice to know there’s evidence in Quran and hadith also.
    Also, if you don’t agree with brother Rashid, then don’t hide behind your disapproval of Ahmadiyya. Instead, use evidence to support your view.

    • Mahmud

      There is NO evidence for temporarily hell for disbelievers in the Quran and Sunnah-this man is a liar. Also, Qadianis are total disbelievers and this man is among them.

    • Mahmud

      Allah explicitly promised disbelievers eternal fire in the Quran. Please don’t listen to this lying disbeliever from the Qadyani group lest you become a disbeliever yourself.

      • Sam

        Can you support your assertion with Ayah?

  • Rabbi Raachel Jurovics

    Judaism also teaches that “the righteous of all nations have a share in the world to come (afterlife).”

    • Mahmud

      And Allah and His final Messenger have taught us that the only way to salvation is Islam. The rest are punished in the fire forever and ever.

      • Tigger

        I know you’d like to believe that -but my friend it’s your ego talking. I think you’re in for a rather big surprise when you reach the ‘hereafter’.
        Aren’t you lucky that Al Rachman, al Raheem, al Kareem won’t damn YOU to everlasting fire for your pride?

        • Mahmud

          Tigger-Muslims believe in the promise of Allah and His Messenger. Disbelievers, even the ones who claim they are Muslim, reject that promise.

          And fyi, I am not proud. I have no idea whether I will be damned to everlasting fire. I fear it and I hope for Paradise from my Lord. I seek to enter it and follow the guidance given to me and to other Muslims-and the very first step is to be in a state were you deeds may be accepted. And that is only Islam because Allah and His Messenger promised that the deeds of whoever disbelieved are nullified in the akhirah and that there is no way out for them from the fire.

          It’s not my ego talking. Rather, I believe Allah and His Messenger. Now if you disbelieve-that that is your burden to bear.

          • Tigger

            “the very first step is to be in a state were you deeds may be accepted.” Correct.
            However, if you seriously believe that Allah would condemn good people then I rather think you’ve misunderstood the message.
            (Not all muslims share your viewpoint.)

          • Mahmud

            I haven’t misunderstood. Rather, if you fail to accept this, you have disbelieved in Allah and His Messenger and you have rejected the consensus of the entire Ummah.

            Abu Talib was a good man but his good deeds would not help him. He is in the fire.

            مَّثَلُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِرَبِّهِمْ ۖ أَعْمَالُهُمْ كَرَمَادٍ اشْتَدَّتْ بِهِ الرِّيحُ فِي يَوْمٍ عَاصِفٍ ۖ لَّا يَقْدِرُونَ مِمَّا كَسَبُوا عَلَىٰ شَيْءٍ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ هُوَ الضَّلَالُ الْبَعِيدُ

            The example of those who disbelieve in their Lord is [that] their deeds are like ashes which the wind blows forcefully on a stormy day; they are unable [to keep] from what they earned a [single] thing. That is what is extreme error.

            And FYI, Allah defines disbelief, not modernist deviants or other disbelievers. Someone claiming to believe in Allah while he is a Jew for example is actually disbelieving Allah aza wa jal because he is disbelieving His Messenger. Any type of kufr guarantees one the fire no matter how good his deeds were.

            If you fail to accept that, you’ve left Islam yourself. Allah defines what is good, not you or me. Allah promised to nullify the deeds of the disbelievers and he promised to bar them from Paradise. Their disbelief outweighs any of their good deeds.

            If not all Muslims share my viewpoint, it’s because they haven’t received the message properly or they are disbelievers themselves who think they are Muslim. But NO one has the right to claim Allah will admit some disbelievers into Paradise and still claim he is a Muslim. Even if he thinks he is a Muslim he is a kaffir.

          • Tigger

            .sūrat l-kahf (The Cave) 103 – 108
            Say, [O Muhammad], “Shall we [believers] inform you of the greatest losers as to [their] deeds?
            [They are] those whose effort is lost in worldly life, while they think that they are doing well in work.”
            Those are the ones who disbelieve in the verses of their Lord and in [their] meeting Him, so their deeds have become worthless; and We will not assign to them on the Day of Resurrection any importance.
            That is their recompense – Hell – for what they denied and [because] they took My signs and My messengers in ridicule.
            Indeed, those who have believed and done righteous deeds – they will have the Gardens of Paradise as a lodging,
            Wherein they abide eternally. They will not desire from it any transfer. (Tr Sahih International)

            Show me where it says that disbelievers will not attain Paradise, or that hell is everlasting.
            For sure ‘Allah defines what is good, not you or me.’ – so why try to force your viewpoint? I’m sure you know the hadith about when one muslim accuses another … I for one am tired of having to reassure good muslims that they need not be fearful of Allah, that if, for example, they have pronounced a word wrongly they are bound for hell – which is what some wahabi has told them …

          • Mahmud
          • Tigger

            I think it’s a matter of interpretation.
            As long as someone continues in their ‘disbelief’ (though you and I for sure have different interpretations of that) they are stuck in that hell of their own making.
            But when they realise the error of their ways and repent, then Allah is merciful indeed. (I have evidence of this.)
            And I’m sorry indeed if you don’t believe in Ar rachman ar raheem…

          • Mahmud

            I do believe in Ar-Rahman ar-Raheem even if you disbelieve in him, You don’t have a right to your disbelief or your version. If you disbelieve and you have lied against Allah’s ayat and claims disbelievers don’t enter the fire, you are a disbeliever and there is no changing that until Allah guides you back or throws you into the fire which he promised disbelievers. This deen is not a free for all where we get what we desire. Your interpretation has no bearing on reality.

            Jahannam is real and filled with fire. Allah and His Messenger have made that clear. If you want to make your vain desire your god and follow your whims, thats one thing. But in that case you aren’t a Muslim. Your interpretation doesn’t change anything but it will destroy you in the end when you find yourlself questioned by angels in the grave and told that there is nothing good for you in the akhirah.

            It’s not a matter of “interpretation” it’s faith. Either you believe in it or you do not. So enjoy yourself a little while on this earth and soon you will realize the truth.

            In any case, I already believe Allah and His Messenger whether you do not. Allah and His Messenger promised disbelievers the fire of hell forever and if you want to go join them in that fire, go ahead.

          • Tigger

            ” if you want to go join them in that fire, go ahead.” Why, thank you for your kind invitation, Mahmud.
            I look forward to meeting you there … soon.

          • Mahmud

            “No? Allah doesn’t wish it?
            But that would put me above Allah, wouldn’t it? Which isn’t possible AFAIK. So it’s YOU who must be wrong, my friend.”

            Not true, don’t lie. Just because Allah allows you to disbelieve doesn’t meann you have a right to disbelieve. You would be putting yourself above Allah, not me fellow.

            “I look forward to meeting you there … very soon. Though I expect MY visit will be somewhat briefer than yours. ”

            You sound similar to the Yahud. Allah explicitly promised in the Quran that disbelievers will be in the fire of Jahannam forever and their will be no repentance for them. If you fail to accept that, you are a kaffir yourself and will burn in the fire forever. No thank you, I’d rather watch you from afar while you beg for water and never receive it because Ar-Rahman barred you from His mercy for eternity. If you want to be a kaffir, go ahead and enjoy a nice long stay. But I have no intention of joining you. And your stay won’t be brief. If you die a kaffir it will be forever.

            What’s hilarious is that despite explicit statement of Allah that disbelievers are in the fire of Jahannam forever and that there is NO repentance for them you seem bent on arguing against the Quran. Allah says in the Quran-

            ۚ وَمَا يَجْحَدُ بِآيَاتِنَا إِلَّا الْكَافِرُونَ

            “and in no way does anyone repudiate Our signs except the disbelievers.”

            It seems like even if an explicit statement comes from Allah you are bent on your falsehood. Therefore perish in it forever. Soon you will realize you are wrong but perhaps thats when you face the eternal fire promised for disbelievers instead of repenting sooner.

            Meanwhile, I’ll hopefully be in the good position watching you roast and scream forever(although hopefully I’ll be busy with other things)-

            وَنَادَىٰ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ أَصْحَابَ الْجَنَّةِ أَنْ أَفِيضُوا عَلَيْنَا مِنَ الْمَاءِ أَوْ مِمَّا رَزَقَكُمُ اللَّهُ ۚ قَالُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ حَرَّمَهُمَا عَلَى الْكَافِرِينَ

            And the companions of the Fire will call to the companions of Paradise, “Pour upon us some water or from whatever Allah has provided you.” They will say, “Indeed, Allah has forbidden them both to the disbelievers.”

            Once again-Allah explicitly promised eternal fire for disbelievers and that their is no repentance for them. You have no right to believe otherwise although Allah gave you the free will to believe otherwise just like he gave murderers the opportunity to murder. If you disbelieve that, you are a KAFFIR. Enjoy fire forever!!!!

          • Tigger

            I’d rather watch you from afar while you beg for water and never receive it because Ar-Rahman barred you from His mercy for eternity.

            How kind, how thoughtful of you. But from your attitude it would seem you are there right now, while I’m happily enjoying the gardens with my friends. And WE are not miserly with our water. You may have some if you wish. :>D

          • Mahmud

            I’d pour some down on you if I COULD if I make to to Paradise, should you die rejecting Allah’s ayat, but Allah made it forbidden to the disbelievers. So the most a kaffir can have is this life.

          • Mahmud

            “Show me where it says that disbelievers will not attain Paradise, or that hell is everlasting.”

            إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَعَنَ الْكَافِرِينَ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ سَعِيرًا

            Indeed, Allah has cursed the disbelievers and prepared for them a Blaze.

            خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أَبَدًا ۖ لَّا يَجِدُونَ وَلِيًّا وَلَا نَصِيرًا

            Abiding therein forever, they will not find a protector or a helper.

            It says it right there, ayat 64-65 of Surah al Ahzab that disbelievers will be in the fire forever. Please understand that to be a Muslim you need to believe in the ayat of Allah aza wa jal.

          • Mahmud

            “For sure ‘Allah defines what is good, not you or me.’ – so why try to force your viewpoint?”

            I’m not forcing my view point. My viewpoint is the same as that of Allah and His Messenger. You are free to remain a kaffir in this life but I will continue to believe in my Lord whether you do or not.

            “I’m sure you know the hadith about when one muslim accuses another”

            If one Muslim accuses another Muslim of kufr, he has done a severe wrong. If one Muslim accuses a kaffir of being a kaffir, he’s told the truth. Islam is not a free for all. You don’t have the right to disbelieve and lie against the ayat of Allah aza wa jal and still think and claim you are a Muslim. If you disbelieve the ayat of Allah then you are a kaffir. It’s not of my choosing, it’s the truth.

            “I for one am tired of having to reassure good muslims that they need not be fearful of Allah, that if, for example, they have pronounced a word wrongly they are bound for hell – which is what some wahabi has told them …”

            Allah aza wa jal praises those who are fearful of him in the Quran. Words are dangerous and a few words can destroy a man. You would do well to be cautious. So do understand, this is of the greatest importance. Faith is mentioned before deeds in the Quran-understand that this isn’t about Wahhabi or otherwise, this is the consensus of the scholars, even the deviants of the past! No disbeliever can enter Paradise because he has been barred from it.

          • Mahmud

            Here is another set of ayat if you are confused-

            قُلْ هَلْ نُنَبِّئُكُم بِالْأَخْسَرِينَ أَعْمَالًا

            Say, [O Muhammad], “Shall we [believers] inform you of the greatest losers as to [their] deeds?

            الَّذِينَ ضَلَّ سَعْيُهُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ يَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُمْ يُحْسِنُونَ صُنْعًا4

            [They are] those whose effort is lost in worldly life, while they think that they are doing well in work.”

            أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِمْ وَلِقَائِهِ فَحَبِطَتْ أَعْمَالُهُمْ فَلَا نُقِيمُ لَهُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ وَزْنًا

            Those are the ones who disbelieve in the verses of their Lord and in [their] meeting Him, so their deeds have become worthless; and We will not assign to them on the Day of Resurrection any importance.

            EVEN if that person sacrificed his entire life in doing good, it’s nullified because of his disbelief. Allah is not in need of his good deeds. He has been ungrateful to His Lord because of his disbelief and the only place for him is the fire as Allah and His Messenger promised. There is no escape.

  • nwcolorist

    How can you have Heaven without Hell? Can there be light without dark, high without low, pleasure without pain?

    If we reject Hell, Heaven is meaningless.

    • Mahmud

      Jahannam is eternal for the disbelievers. Allah and His Messenger promised it and it’s the consensus of the Ummah. The Ummah does not unite upon error(we are informed of this by an-Nabi (SAW)) therefore this is the correct view.

      • Sam

        31:18

        “And turn not thy cheek away from people in (false] pride, and walk not haughtily on earth: for, behold, God does not love anyone who, out of self conceit, acts in a boastful manner.”

    • Sam

      Why would it be meaningless?

      Is life without prison meaningless?

  • Guest

    How exactly is Islam the only ancient religion that does not monopolize salvation exclusively to its adherents? A millenium before Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism not to mention Taoism or Jainism or Zoroastrianism all advocated that there were multiple paths to God and that each one was as good as the other. What this world needs is a little less of the Abrahamic, messianic religions and a little bit more of the more spiritual, Eastern belief systems.

    • nwcolorist

      Wouldn’t it be nice if we could set the rules of salvation to our own liking. Similar to the way the public schools have loosened the standards for high school graduation.

      Sorry about that. God is merciful and gracious, but He’s also righteous and just.

  • manfrommadras

    How exactly is Islam the only ancient religion that does not monopolize salvation exclusively to its adherents? A thousand years before Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism not to mention Taoism or Jainism or Zoroastrianism all advocated that there were multiple paths to God and that each one was as good as the other. What this world needs is a little less of the Abrahamic, messianic religions and a little bit more of the more spiritual, Eastern belief systems.

  • Tigger

    I’ve recently been reading a rather long tract from someone who appeared to know a great deal more of his faith than I do, and he said hell was everlasting. (I happen to know it is not but my knowledge, being personal and experiential, is not something I can put up as an argument.)
    You have, however, given me the perfect rebuttal – based on the Quran and ahadith. Thank you so much. :>D

    • Mahmud

      He hasn’t. The consensus is that both are eternal.

      Furthermore, he misquoted the ayah to show that Jews and Christians of today can go to Paradise. This is entirely false. If we take the whole of the Quran and Sunnah we know that Jahannam is eternal for the disbelievers.

      He is a disbeliever himself.

  • Mahmud

    1) The author of this article is a disbeliever-he is among the Qadyiani group which is a disbeliever group. That does matter.

    2) The Quran does NOT reject the idea of an eternal fire-the truth is the opposite EVEN if this disbelieving liar will claim otherwise.

    إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا وَظَلَمُوا لَمْ يَكُنِ اللَّهُ لِيَغْفِرَ لَهُمْ وَلَا لِيَهْدِيَهُمْ طَرِيقًا

    Indeed, those who disbelieve and commit wrong [or injustice] – never will Allah forgive them, nor will He guide them to a path.

    إِلَّا طَرِيقَ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أَبَدًا ۚ وَكَانَ ذَٰلِكَ عَلَى اللَّهِ يَسِيرًا

    Except the path of Hell; they will abide therein forever. And that, for Allah , is [always] easy.

    Another set of ayat-

    إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَعَنَ الْكَافِرِينَ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمْ سَعِيرًا

    Indeed, Allah has cursed the disbelievers and prepared for them a Blaze.

    خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا أَبَدًا ۖ لَّا يَجِدُونَ وَلِيًّا وَلَا نَصِيرًا

    Abiding therein forever, they will not find a protector or a helper.

    3) The claim that hadith Qudsi declare a temporary hell is ENTIRELY FALSE. Just because Allah’s mercy overcomes his anger does NOT MEAN his punishment will not be eternal for disbelievers as he promised. Rather, those who failed to accept his mercy are not entitled to it and they will be punished forever and ever. To deny this is to deny the Quran.

    4) The claim that the remaining ahadith declare a temporary hell is also ENTIRELY false. The Messenger of Allah SAW made it clear ONLY Muslims get enter Paradise and that the ONLY ones who escape the fire are Muslims. Anyone using a false hadith or a specious argument to argue otherwise is in error,

    5) This liars claim that Islam does not monopolize salvation-this is ENTIRELY FALSE! Salvation is ONLY for Muslims, those of previous generations and those of these generations.

    To claim 2:62 means as this Qadiani liar means is to reject the rest of the Quran which condemns Jews and Christians as disbelievers who are damned to the fire!!!

    Salman told the Prophet ﷺ about those Christians and what he had seen of their works, and he replied, “They did not die upon Islam.” Salman said, “The whole earth darkened around me,” and he recounted their spiritual rigors. Then this verse was revealed, so the Prophet ﷺ summoned Salman and told him, “This verse has been revealed about your companions.” Then he added, “Whoever dies upon the religion of Jesus and in submission [lit. “upon Islam”] before he hears of me is in goodly state. But whoever hears of me today and does not believe in me has perished,” (Tabari, 1.323).

    Tabari comments:

    Therefore, the correct interpretation (ta’wil) of the verse is what we have just mentioned from Mujahid and Suddi; that those who believe of this Umma [community], and those who were Jews, and the Christians, and Sabaeans: whoever believed—of the Jews, Christians, and Sabaeans—in God and the Last Day, “their wage awaits them with their Lord; no fear shall be upon them, nor shall they sorrow.” The interpretation we first mentioned [in his Qur’anic exegesis a few pages earlier, that “whoever believes in and acknowledges the Resurrection after death on Judgement Day, and does good deeds, obeying God, shall have their reward with their Lord”] is closest to the literal content of the text, for Allah (exalted is His praise) has not chosen one segment of humanity above the rest in rewarding good works when they are accompanied by true faith. [Tabari, 1.320, 323–24, trans. Keller]

    Allah aza wa jal made it ABSOLUTELY CLEAR in an ayah that was revealed later-

    وَمَن يَبْتَغِ غَيْرَ الْإِسْلَامِ دِينًا فَلَن يُقْبَلَ مِنْهُ وَهُوَ فِي الْآخِرَةِ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ

    And whoever desires other than Islam as religion – never will it be accepted from him, and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers.

    6) It is true that we are only saved by Allah’s grace. But Allah’s grace does NOT extend to the disbelievers. He has cursed them and barred them from His mercy.

    وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِآيَاتِ اللَّهِ وَلِقَائِهِ أُولَٰئِكَ يَئِسُوا مِن رَّحْمَتِي وَأُولَٰئِكَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ

    And the ones who disbelieve in the signs of Allah and the meeting with Him – those have despaired of My mercy, and they will have a painful punishment.

    7) This liar accuses Allah aza wa jal of being sadistic because He promised disbelieving liars like him the fire of Jahannam for eternity if they do not repent. This fool doesn’t realize that according to his sick version of sadism, he is already accusing Allah aza wa jal of being unjust by punishing some with the lowest part of the fire.

    إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ فِي الدَّرْكِ الْأَسْفَلِ مِنَ النَّارِ وَلَن تَجِدَ لَهُمْ نَصِيرًا

    Indeed, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire – and never will you find for them a helper –

    What this kaffir does not realize is that it is entirely his fault he is a disbeliever and he has earned the punishment. Those who fail to repent or even qualify for forgiveness are not entitled to it. However, Allah in His mercy offered repentance for a limited duration-beyond which there is no repentance.

    إِلَّا الَّذِينَ تَابُوا وَأَصْلَحُوا وَاعْتَصَمُوا بِاللَّهِ وَأَخْلَصُوا دِينَهُمْ لِلَّهِ فَأُولَٰئِكَ مَعَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ ۖ وَسَوْفَ يُؤْتِ اللَّهُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا

    Except for those who repent, correct themselves, hold fast to Allah , and are sincere in their religion for Allah , for those will be with the believers. And Allah is going to give the believers a great reward.

    Right after this Allah aza wa jal says:

    مَّا يَفْعَلُ اللَّهُ بِعَذَابِكُمْ إِن شَكَرْتُمْ وَآمَنتُمْ ۚ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ شَاكِرًا عَلِيمًا

    What would Allah do with your punishment if you are grateful and believe? And ever is Allah Appreciative and Knowing.

    No doubt those who appreciate Allah aza wa jal will believe in Him the way he commands-not in falsehood.

    8) “We shouldn’t worry so much about the eternal destination of others”

    This is absolutely sick. Allah and His Messenger promised disbelievers an eternity of fire so whoever fails to believe that is himself a disbeliever.

    And to be so lacking in compassion that you will not label disbelievers as such and seek to show them the way out of their error despite the fact that they are promised the fire-to be so lacking in compassion is a sign that you have truly lost your humanity.

    • DawnOfHaqq

      Alhamdulillah! May Allah Ta’ala grant you abundant Thawaab for your excellent counterattack against the Ahmadiyya Kufr belief and his attempt to perpetrate baatil onto the Haqq, Ameen

      • Mahmud

        Oh, JazzakAllahu khair lol I was tensed for another rebuttal until I read your comment.

        • DawnOfHaqq

          Wa Anta Fa JazakAllahu Khair, brother. Keep on doing this kind of good deeds, brother – Amr bil Maruf, Nahy anil Munkar. SubhanAllah, Allah Ta’ala has gifted you with Deeni knowledge, so you can use it to glorify His Deen and proclaim His Haqq to prevent muslims mass being led astray! May Allah Ta’ala protect, increase and strengthen your Imaan, Taqwa and Ilm until the very last moment of your life, Ameen.

          • Mahmud

            wa iyyak, jazzakAllahu khair for your dua