by Ergun CanerView Bio
This is the Book; in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who fear Allah; who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what we have provided for them; and who believe in the Revelation sent to you, and sent before your time, and [in your hearts] have the assurance of the Hereafter. (sura 1:2-4)
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Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever can guarantee [the chastity of] what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs [i.e. his tongue and his private parts], I guarantee Paradise for him." (hadith 8.76.481)
The ultimate question in any religion addresses an eternal life after death: "What must I do to go to heaven?" In Islam, the answer to this question remains as mysterious and complex as was the founder of its religion, Muhammad.
The Qur'an hints that the believer in Allah can be confident of his or her eternal destiny, but there is no guarantee, even for the most righteous. So Muslims strive mightily to get to Paradise, but they continually fear that Allah will judge their arrogance and send them to hell. islamic tradition argues that the guarantee of heaven is as impossible to find as a chaste virgin and pure speech. Consequently, the devout Muslim makes every effort to please Allah and thereby obtain heaven. But fate (kismet) in the hands of the all-powerful Allah will decide the outcome.
Excerpted from "Unveiling Islam: An Insider's Look at Muslim Life and Beliefs" by Ergun Mehmet Caner, Emir Fethi Caner
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