In 2012 someone asked Dr Zakir Naik a question, he asked why in Islam does Allah say that the biggest sin is not believing in him or believing in any other God. This sin is unforgivable and He will send them to hell? Is Allah not being egoistic here?
The answer from Dr Zakir Naik was that Allah is not doing this for his own benefit. It’s for the benefit of the people because He knows what is best for them and knows that if they follow him mankind will be better and if they don’t the opposite, so he wants them to fear not to worship and follow him. Like a father hitting his son who really wants to put his hand in a fire. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRz6oNkOzec
Here’s my problem with this. The answer Dr, Zakir Naik gave only explains why Allah would SAY he will put people who don’t believe in hell, it does not explain why he actually would on the day of judgement. In fact if we take his answer as the truth then we have to wonder whether or not people will actually be put in hell on judgement day, because if Allah truly does not care except for the purpose of human life on earth He has no reason to actually follow through with the threat. In my opinion, because of the questioning that his answer leads to his answer cannot be correct.
My question is this, the answer Dr. Zakir Naik gives does not actually answer the brothers question. Why would Allah put anyone in Hell on judgement day? Actually the answer Dr Nakir Zaik gives is basically saying there is no reason to put people in Hell but reason to have people believe they will go to hell. Once we are dead why would it matter? besides to punish? and Dr Zakir Naik is saying the reason is not to punish, is he not contradicting the quran?
I know some people will think, because if He does not put people in Hell then it is an empty threat, but at that point we are already dead. So the threat can no longer be empty or real anyway because there is no life to live.
Even if someone committed an "unforgivable sin" as one would say in english, should that be a reason to stop belief altogether?
it is better to seek forgiveness than not to, and I think that people let themselves and others believe that there are limits where it's not worth going to Allah to seek forgiveness anymore.
What so, if by one interpretation something is unforgivable, you should just stop and not turn to Allah? Turn to Him no matter what.
He is the most forgiving, why would you forget about Him just because others pressure people to feel like it's not worth it at a certain point?
Do you get what I mean?
At a Muhammad Allah (الله) The Greatest Name
2 Ar-Rahman (الرحمن) The All-Compassionate
3 Ar-Rahim (الرحيم) The All-Merciful
4 Al-Malik (الملك) The Absolute Ruler
5 Al-Quddus (القدوس) The Pure One
6 As-Salam (السلام) The Source of Peace
7 Al-Mu'min (المؤمن) The Inspirer of Faith
8 Al-Muhaymin (المهيمن) The Guardian
9 Al-Aziz (العزيز) The Victorious
10 Al-Jabbar (الجبار) The Compeller
11 Al-Mutakabbir (المتكبر) The Greatest
12 Al-Khaliq (الخالق) The Creator
13 Al-Bari' (البارئ) The Maker of Order
14 Al-Musawwir (المصور) The Shaper of Beauty
15 Al-Ghaffar (الغفار) The Forgiving
16 Al-Qahhar (القهار) The Subduer
17 Al-Wahhab (الوهاب) The Giver of All
18 Ar-Razzaq (الرزاق) The Sustainer
19 Al-Fattah (الفتاح) The Opener
20 Al-`Alim (العليم) The Knower of All
21 Al-Qabid (القابض) The Constrictor
22 Al-Basit (الباسط) The Reliever
23 Al-Khafid (الخافض) The Abaser
24 Ar-Rafi (الرافع) The Exalter
25 Al-Mu'izz (المعز) The Bestower of Honors
26 Al-Mudhill (المذل) The Humiliator
27 As-Sami (السميع) The Hearer of All
28 Al-Basir (البصير) The Seer of All
29 Al-Hakam (الحكم) The Judge
30 Al-`Adl (العدل) The Just
31 Al-Latif (اللطيف) The Subtle One
32 Al-Khabir (الخبير) The All-Aware
33 Al-Halim (الحليم) The Forbearing
34 Al-Azim (العظيم) The Magnificent
35 Al-Ghafur (الغفور) The Forgiver and Hider of Faults
36 Ash-Shakur (الشكور) The Rewarder of Thankfulness
37 Al-Ali (العلى) The Highest
38 Al-Kabir (الكبير) The Greatest
39 Al-Hafiz (الحفيظ) The Preserver
40 Al-Muqit (المقيت) The Nourisher
41 Al-Hasib (الحسيب) The Accounter
42 Al-Jalil (الجليل) The Mighty
43 Al-Karim (الكريم) The Generous
44 Ar-Raqib (الرقيب) The Watchful One
45 Al-Mujib (المجيب) The Responder to Prayer
46 Al-Wasi (الواسع) The All-Comprehending
47 Al-Hakim (الحكيم) The Perfectly Wise
48 Al-Wadud (الودود) The Loving One
49 Al-Majid (المجيد) The Majestic One
50 Al-Ba'ith (الباعث) The Resurrector
51 Ash-Shahid (الشهيد) The Witness
52 Al-Haqq (الحق) The Truth
53 Al-Wakil (الوكيل) The Trustee
54 Al-Qawiyy (القوى) The Possessor of All Strength
55 Al-Matin (المتين) The Forceful One
56 Al-Waliyy (الولى) The Governor
57 Al-Hamid (الحميد) The Praised One
58 Al-Muhsi (المحصى) The Appraiser
59 Al-Mubdi' (المبدئ) The Originator
60 Al-Mu'id (المعيد) The Restorer
61 Al-Muhyi (المحيى) The Giver of Life
62 Al-Mumit (المميت) The Taker of Life
63 Al-Hayy (الحي) The Ever Living One
64 Al-Qayyum (القيوم) The Self-Existing One
65 Al-Wajid (الواجد) The Finder
66 Al-Majid (الماجد) The Glorious
67 Al-Wahid (الواحد) The One, the All Inclusive, The Indivisible
68 As-Samad (الصمد) The Satisfier of All Needs
69 Al-Qadir (القادر) The All Powerful
70 Al-Muqtadir (المقتدر) The Creator of All Power
71 Al-Muqaddim (المقدم) The Expediter
72 Al-Mu'akhkhir (المؤخر) The Delayer
73 Al-Awwal (الأول) The First
74 Al-Akhir (الأخر) The Last
75 Az-Zahir (الظاهر) The Manifest One
76 Al-Batin (الباطن) The Hidden One
77 Al-Wali (الوالي) The Protecting Friend
78 Al-Muta'ali (المتعالي) The Supreme One
79 Al-Barr (البر) The Doer of Good
80 At-Tawwab (التواب) The Guide to Repentance
81 Al-Muntaqim (المنتقم) The Avenger
82 Al-'Afuww (العفو) The Forgiver
83 Ar-Ra'uf (الرؤوف) The Clement
84 Malik-al-Mulk (مالك الملك) The Owner of All
85 Dhu-al-Jalal wa-al-Ikram (ذو الجلال و الإكرام) The Lord of Majesty and Bounty
86 Al-Muqsit (المقسط) The Equitable One
87 Al-Jami' (الجامع) The Gatherer
88 Al-Ghani (الغنى) The Rich One
89 Al-Mughni (المغنى) The Enricher
90 Al-Mani'(المانع) The Preventer of Harm
91 Ad-Darr (الضار) The Creator of The Harmful
92 An-Nafi' (النافع) The Creator of Good
93 An-Nur (النور) The Light
94 Al-Hadi (الهادي) The Guide
95 Al-Badi (البديع) The Originator
96 Al-Baqi (الباقي) The Everlasting One
97 Al-Warith (الوارث) The Inheritor of All
98 Ar-Rashid (الرشيد) The Righteous Teacher
99 As-Sabur (الصبور) The Patient On
I like the last answer to the question best...let me try and see if I can add a bit of perspective. I reverted to Islam some 20 year ago now...and I remeber most the question I received from a brother after my first year as a Muslim. His question to me was "Why did you become Muslim.....I know many christians that are much better than any Muslim...I think you are wrong to convert"...well I was a bit shocked at his question....but here is the answer I gave him at the time...maybe it can help see things in a different light. I shouold be clear, this is in response to the question was about going to hell for an unforgivable sin, in my limitted knowledge,...may Allah forgive me if I am wrong and hopefully someone of greater knowledge will correct me..I think the only unforgivable sin...truely for which Allah does assure us that we will be thrown in hell is that of Shirk....dis-beliefe in Allah and /or associating partner with Allah. I must specify that to eb more accutrate ...if one dies in this state of disbelief or Shirk then he/she is promissed hell. Allah may forgive all sins exceot this one. If one repents during the life time then he is at the mercy of Allah....and that is the state we all live in because neither I nor anyone else has a certificate from Allah guaranteeing him/he paradise...so to me that is clear.
Now to elaborate on the fact that Christians or any other great/wonderful and kind person who does not believe in Allah should be in hell or not.
Let us think about how a country works...internally..let us consider the United States becaue although we may not all agree on the foreign agenda and its foreign policies...the internal laws are pretty good. Now consider the very best citizen in America, always pays his taxes, never ever breaks any laws, is respoectful of all other citizens, so on and so on.....but one day we discover that besides all of this....still he is a traitor and has been sending military secretes to the enemy of the country.......IN times of war....even hardned criminals have been released conditionally to go fight for their country and are often promised freedom if they return....but can the co0untry do this for the traitor.....you see...the traitor...no matter his qualities lacks that most important fundamental quality that distiguishes the parties.....in Allahs world...we are either with Allah or we are not...of course this does not mean that we all believe perfectly....but it does mean that we all aspire to a common objective of bettering the self and becoming closer to Allah in time...inchallah...the traito...does not hold this quality...this is a simple explanation to show why even the worst of Muslims is better than the best man who does not believe in Allah...he s simply not on the right team......in truth.....there is no team...there is only Allah...the one and only.
As a young christian boy I was always thought that God was fighting Shaitan, but as a Muslim...I began to understand that this was not possible....because it pre-supposes that Shaitan has power and has a chance of winning and this concept is simply impossible since no other has power but Allah. I have also tried to understand better the concept of punishment....you see...and let me be clear...this is my interpretation only....I am not a scholar not even very knowledgeadble to please do seek council from more knowledge individuals....but it has becoe my conviction that punishement is what happens in the here after...that is, what happens after death...not during the life....I have found that every problem/issue in life is simply a test/lesson Darse from Allah and that he sends this our way out of love...instead of Asking Allah to remove my problems...I have learned to ask Allah to help me understand the lesson he want me to learn from this test so that O may grow and I thank him for the love he has for me for testing me.
In any case...this is how I see things for now...may Allah guide us and bring us to clarity always.
Salam Alaikoum Yussef (Denis Leclerc)
Let me ask you before answering your question. Dd you really believe in one God ie Allahu SWA? If yes then u should have go back to islamic scholars bt sunni for you to understand what islam is all about before knowing Allah. cos HE says knows me before you worships me Thanks for your tym.
Of course, I have always believed in One God, Allah SWA...althought I understand your statement and spent some time studying at the Imam Malick institute in Bahrain although I am no scholar of course...I am unsure why you are asking / making this statement with regards to my point earlier....maybe my comment was mis-understood...