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20 June 2019 CE | 17 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Pluralism Rejected

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “By Him in whose hand is the soul of Muhammad, any person of this Community, any Jew, or any Christian who hears of me and dies without believing in what I have been sent with will be an inhabitant of hell.” [Sahih Muslim]

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has not forcefully made us Muslims, nor has Islam ever undertaken forced conversions as some other religions have. A person is free to live and die as a disbeliever in Islam and as a rebel to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), his Creator and Sustainer. However, let no one imagine that this means that all ways and philosophies of life are acceptable to Him (subhana wa ta’ala).

Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) states: “Whoever seeks a religion other than Islam will never have it accepted of him, and he will be of those who have truly failed in the hereafter.” [Quran 3:85]

This hadith confirms that no-one’s way or spiritual works are acceptable unless they conform to the Shariah (Sacred Law) brought by Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam). As for people prior to his prophethood, anyone who followed the messenger of his own time was guided, on the right path, and was saved. [Tafseer al-Quran al-Azeem]

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