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 than 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;

Proclamation of belief

Salat (The 5 daily prayers)

Zakat (Obligatory Charity to relatives and needy)

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

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

The articles on this page concern Salat (The 5 daily prayers).   Which, include background and derivation of the Salat using Quran Alone and the Miracle of nineteen which is the integral part of the, Quran.