Predestination to Damnation
But deceiving is not the most Satanic trait of Allah's character revealed by the Qur'an: the most Satanic is the declared object of his deceptions - his creating multitudes of jinn and men to be tortured for ever in Hell. And here we find yet another contradiction in the Qur'an, which disproves its claims. We read that jinn (demons) share the same torments as men:One Muslim's Despair
(Sura 51:57): 'I have not created Jinn and men but that they should worship me.'
(Sura 7:176): Moreover, many of the jinn and men we have created for Hell.
(Sura 11:120): And unto this we created them: for the word of thy Lord shall be fulfilled, 'I will wholly fill Hell with jinn and men together.'
(Sura 32:13): Had we pleased we had certainly given to every soul its own guidance. But true shall be the word which is gone forth from me - I will surely fill Hell with jinn and men together.
(Sura 55:40-44): On that day shall neither men nor jinn be asked their sin; By their tokens shall sinners be known, and they shall be seized by their forelocks and their feet: This is Hell which sinners treated as a lie. To and fro shall they pass between it and boiling water.
(Sura. 22:40): These, the Faithful and the Infidels, are the two disputants who dispute concerning their Lord; but of those who have disbelieved, garments of fire shall be cut, and boiling water shall be poured down upon their heads.
(Sura 33:65-7): Verily God hath cursed the infidels, and hath got ready the flame for them. For aye shall they abide therein; none to befriend them, no helper shall they find! On that day when their faces shall be rolled in fire.
(Sura 4:59): Those who disbelieve our signs we will in the end cast into the fire: so oft as their skins are well burnt, we will change them for fresh skins, that they may taste the torment.
(Sura 78:21,24,31-34): Hell shall truly be a place of snares... No coolness shall they taste therein nor any drink, Save boiling water and running sores...But for the God-fearing a blissful abode, Enclosed gardens and vineyards; And damsels with swelling breasts, their peers in age, And a full cup.
So, according to the Qur'an, those who did not believe because Allah decreed that they were predestined for Hell and therefore could never believe, will suffer these horrendous tortures for eternity because they did not believe what he willed they could not believe!
Moreover, not only are those Allah has decreed to mislead pre-destined to these horrible physical tortures in Hell but, despite the declaration that there is to be no compulsion in religion and Muhammad is only a warner, in grossest contradiction of both declarations are the commands to crucify, behead and mutilate those unwilling to become Muslims - although they were never destined to be Muslims who escape Hell but, at best, Muslims who believe but still go to Hell!:
(Sura 2:258): Let there be no compulsion in religion.
(Sura 7:183,187): Will they not bethink them that their companion Mohammed is not jinn-possessed (some translations: 'has not unsoundness in mind')? Yes, his office is only that of a plain warner.... But I am only a warner, and an announcer of good tidings to those who believe.
(Sura 22:48): Say 'O men! I am only a warner.'
So the warning Muhammad brings to many is that this future in Hell awaits them - and there is nothing that they can do about it! And in the meantime treat them in this way:
(Sura 47:4): When ye encounter infidels, strike off their heads, till ye have made a great slaughter among them.
(Sura 8:12): I will cast a dread into the hearts of the infidels. Strike off their heads, then, and strike off every finger tip.
(Sura 66:9): O Prophet! make war on the infidels and hypocrites, and deal rigorously with them. Hell shall be their abode! and wretched their passage to it.
(Sura 5:38): Only, the recompense of those who war against God and His Apostle ... shall be that they shall be slain or crucified, or have their alternate hands and feet cut off, or be banished the land.
In every religion its doctrines of God and of Man stand or fall together. Not only does the Gospel of Christ reveal the character of God to be infinitely Self-sacrificing Love to save sinners, in complete contrast to the 'god' of every other religion, but its doctrine of man presents the same contrast revealing that God has created man in His own image and after His own likeness (Genesis 1:26,27). Completely ignoring this Divine revelation concerning man the Jews, like Plato, made, God to be wholly transcendent. It was partly this that made them reject Christ's claims to be Deity incarnate as blasphemy, and develop their Unitarian concept of God which makes Divine Incarnation impossible. Muhammad made the same mistake in his concept of God, likewise believing it to be blasphemy to say that Jesus was incarnate Deity.
The Qur'an, as we have seen, shows with its many inaccurate references to Old Testament characters and events, and Talmudic legends, how Muhammad mimicked the Jews badly! By deliberately rejecting the revelation of both God and man in Unitarian belief both placed an unbridgeable gulf between God and man. But the very fact that God made man in His image and after His likeness proved there are no barriers to the incarnation of the eternal Son of God in human nature; nothing of a spiritual nature to prevent the indissoluble union of His Divine life with the sinless manhood of the Virgin-born Son of Mary. The moral unity between God and perfect man as made in His image is perfect.
Moreover, only the Gospel of Christ reveals the infinite difference between the value God still sets on every man as made in His image and after His likeness, though a sinner, and man in every other religion, especially in the Qur'an. The Gospel of Christ reveals that God did not think making His incarnate Son to be the world's sin-bearer by imputing to Him the iniquity of us all (2 Corinthians 5:18-2 1), and His bearing in our stead the infinite judgment of God on that son (1 John 2:2), too great a price to pay to redeem us from the condemnation and power of sin, and recreate believers spiritually through the new birth (John 3:1-21):
1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him." 3 Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." 4 Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" 5 Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' 8 The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit." 9 Nicodemus said to him, "How can this be?" 10 Jesus answered him, "Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this? 11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen; but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God sent the Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. 18 He who believes in him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God.
Thus we must be made in the image and likeness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17-6:8) through the 'new birth' of the indwelling Holy Spirit, so perfectly fitting the redeemed to dwell for ever 'in the eternal light, through the eternal love':
17 Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 1 Working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says, "At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation." Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3 We put no obstacle in any one's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments, tumults, labours, watching, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, forbearance, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, 7 truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute.
When we read passages such as this containing the promise that 'in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them' we cannot help but notice the tragic and desperate plight of those trapped in Islam. Revisiting these passages we decided to add this account of the despair and false hope given to many Muslims, such as 'Imran' on the Islamic website http://www.zawaj.com/askbilqis/i-committed-zinaa - as you can read below.
Before you start reading bear in mind that:
we have not corrected any material from these web-pages (high-lighting in red is to help you think about the issues);
note how many times quotations are from outside of the Qur'an;
they never address the issue of 'predestined fatalism' which is the true teaching of Islam;
they try and cover sin with 'good works' while ignoring the clear Qur'anic teaching that only sin 'in ignorance' can be repented of;
'Imran' clearly states that he knew it was 'wrong' - so he did not act in ignorance';
when statements, such as 'the repentance of His servants,' are mentioned how do you know if this applies to you or, like Muhammad, you will still die not knowing if you will go to Paradise?;
no mention is made of the fact that repentance and 'good works' etc. will make no difference if you have been predestined to join the jinn in Hell!;
no one can escape Hell by committing suicide if they are predestined to go there - killing yourself will only get you there quicker!;
it is really easy to escape Hell, just accept the Biblical Jesus as your Saviour and you have eternal life FROM THAT VERY MOMENT and the power of the Holy Spirit for the rest of your life on earth to help you fight and overcome sin and the wickedness of the world!;
Muhammad and his Qur'an has nothing to compare with this glorious Gospel of Christ - this is why only ignorant people in the West are without excuse in embracing Islam - those who are brought up in the religion or terrified into embracing it under Islamic rule have some excuse, but this will not save them on judgement day;
I need some help and guidance. About a month ago I meet this girl at work. She is Pakistani. She moved from London to Manchester, and she has no family or friends here, so I decided that I would help her get settled down and help her make new friends. One night she called me over to her flat saying that someone had broken in, so naturally I went over. Once I got there she started saying she wants to have sex with me. At first I said no, it's wrong but then she started to kiss me and I could not resist.
Since that awful day it has been playing in my mind over and over again. I don't know what I should do; I know it is forbidden in Islam… what will happen to me? Will I be in hell for the rest of my afterlife? Or is there something I can do now that will help me?
Before this mistake I was planning to go Hajj this year but I decided not to go because what I did. Please can you help me as I don't know what to do and I have contemplated taking my own life, because of my stupid action!
This problem is taking over my life, i cant sleep at night i am not eating properly. My family is starting to ask what's wrong with me but I can't tell them. I need some help and guidance and what will happen to me!
Imran from UK'
This question is answered by Wael Abdelgawad, the AskBilqis.com and Zawaj.com Editor and Administrator:
Dear Imran, As-Salamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah,
I can see that you are experiencing a lot of anguish over this matter. I will divide my answer into two parts. In the first I will address the issues of suicide, guilt and zinaa. In the second part I will discuss the way to forgiveness in Islam.
PART ONE: GUILT
Suicide is NOT a Solution
Before anything else, you must put thoughts of suicide out of your mind. I'm sorry to say this, but I have little patience with people who talk about suicide. What kind of a solution do you think that is? It is not a solution, it's just an expression of lack of faith. A Muslim does not think this way.
Allah says the Qur'an,
"Allah does not burden any soul with more than it can bear. It gets every good that it earns, and it suffers every ill that it earns." (Sûrah al-Baqarah: 286)
Suicide in itself is a big sin, because you are giving up on Allah's guidance, mercy and forgiveness, and you are usurping Allah's right, that is to give and take life.
Suicide does not solve any problem. All you do is compound the problem by adding to your own burden of sin. Furthermore, you visit grief upon your family and friends.
There was one recent case of a woman who committed suicide; her sister was so upset by this that she in turn killed herself; and at that point the entire extended family, including uncles, aunts and cousins, was in turmoil and confusion. The family members began to pull apart and separate contact with each other to protect themselves from the effects of the family's disintegration.
Would you want to do this to your family?
So I want you to dispense with this talk of suicide and do not even consider it in any way. There is always a better course of action and a way out.
Conscience and Guilt
Brother Imran, it's good that you are aware of the serious consequences of your actions. I hope that you will continue to increase in imaan and taqwaa, and in your understanding and practice of the deen. Insha'Allah you will continue to mature as a human being and a Muslim.
The fact that you have a lot of guilt over this situation is a good sign. Our souls can speak to us in different ways, and one of the voices of the soul is guilt. It is your conscience at work, letting you know that you have done something wrong. It is a painful feeling, as it should be, because that pain is what prevents us from committing the sin again.
There is a hadith in Sahih Muslim that is narrated by An-Nawwâs (ra):
"I asked the Prophet of Allah about righteousness and sin, and he said: 'Al-birru (righteousness and piety) is good character, and sin is that which disturbs your heart, about which you do not want people to know.'"
So the disturbance you are feeling in your heart is because you have committed a serious sin, and you are aware of it.
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