Introduction;

By Ijaz Chaudry

 

Islam or Submission is a gentle and easy religion.  However, there are requirements by this religion to make it in this life and also in the hereafter.  Like, the more sugar you put in the tea the sweater it gets, in Islam the more you work in the cause of God the higher rank you get.  (56:7-12) tells us that there will be three categories of places on the day of Judgement, Hell for the idol worshippers, lower, heaven for the righteous and upper heaven for the believers who were closest to God. 

 

God is Most Merciful and His Mercy dictates that He can forgive any sin He wills, except idol worship if maintained till death.  It makes no sense to worship anyone else other then God the creator of Heavens and Earth, because He is the one who created us, He is the one who provides for us, and to Him Alone we will submit when we die.  Hence, idol worship is a biggest sin in Islam.

For minimum salvation or lower heaven the requirement is not to set up any other god beside God, and to be united with those who also do this, and disregarding any race or religion one may belong to.

     Minimum Requirements for Salvation

[5:69]  Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the converts, and the Christians; any of them who (1) believe in GOD and (2) believe in the Last Day, and (3) lead a righteous life, have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

For high heaven, one needs to fulfil the religious practices.  All the religious practices are derived from the Quran these include;

1)     Proclamation of belief

2)     Salat (5 daily prayers)

3)     Zakat (Obligatory Charity to relatives and needy)

4)     Fasting in the month of Ramadan (if one can do it)

5)     Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca) once in life time if one can afford it and if Mecca is occupied by believers.

The articles in this section include information of these five steps.   Which, include derivation of these steps using Quran Alone and the Miracle of nineteen which is the integral part of the, Quran.

Observing these five steps brings, about certainty in God and the Hereafter which are integral part of making life happy here on earth and in the Hereafter.  Belief in Hereafter makes oneself amicable because if you know that everyone has to answer to the Most Highest Authority in the future, the not so savoury situations with regards to other people are more acceptable.