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Unique aspect of Hereafter in Islam

 

Introduction

When religion is discussed, many people first consider different forms of worship. Most religions go into detail on spiritual aspects and other matters related to people''s personal life like funeral after death, rites after birth, marriage, divorce, family affairs, living a healthy and successful life etc. The responsibilities towards our fellow human beings and the consequences of failing in that responsibility are not highlighted and a person is not made accountable for it.

This has led people to believe that they would be forgiven for any transgressions they do on other fellow human beings if they just do the spiritual aspects correctly. For example: a man who swindles public money donates gold and silver to temples and expects his sins against the society to be forgiven. Some take a dip in the holy river to wash away their sins and some confess their sins to a priest to seek forgiveness thinking this will get them the pardon from God.

Islam on responsibilities of Human Beings:

GOD HAS DIVIDED THE DUTIES OF HUMAN BEINGS INTO:

  • Duties towards God
  • Duties towards fellow human beings

God has made the importance of our duties towards our fellow human beings explicit in many verses.

A few examples of it from the Quran and Hadith:

Worship Allah and associate nothing with Him, and to parents do good, and to relatives, orphans, the needy, the near neighbor, the neighbor farther away, the companion at your side, the traveler, and those whom your right hands possess. Indeed, Allah does not like those who are self-deluding and boastful.

[Quran 4:36]

Righteousness is not that you turn your faces toward the east or the west, but [true] righteousness is [in] one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets and gives wealth, in spite of love for it, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask [for help], and for freeing slaves; [and who] establishes prayer and gives zakah; [those who] fulfill their promise when they promise; and [those who] are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. Those are the ones who have been true, and it is those who are the righteous.

[Quran 2:177]

Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessing be upon him) said:

He will not enter Paradise whose neighbor is not secure from his wrongful conduct.

Sahih Muslim: Book 1: Hadith 74

Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessing be upon him) said:

None can believe until he wishes good to others what he wishes for himself

Sahih Bukhari Volume 1, Book 2, Number 13

Prophet Muhammad (May peace and blessing be upon him) said:

He who has in his heart the weight of a mustard seed of pride shall not enter Paradise. A person (amongst his hearers) said: Verily a person loves that his dress should be fine, and his shoes should be fine. He (the Holy Prophet) remarked: Verily, Allah is Graceful and He loves Grace. Pride is disdain of the truth (out of self-conceit) and contempt for the people.

Sahih Muslim: Book 1: Hadith 164

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