Allah's Bestowed Takqua


What assurance does one have that he or she will be in Paradise? How sure are we that we will be resurrected together with the righteous in case Allah wills that we die now? What hope do we have as we face the coming Day of Judgment?

To many people there is only one answer to these questions. They say that their salvation depends upon by their being good and doing good. Many of us believe that our good deeds carry a great amount of merits to offset the bad deeds that we have done. If we have more good deeds than the bad ones, then Allah will reward us with admission to the Gardens of Paradise. Therefore, we conclude that our assurance to salvation lies on the goodness and religiosity that we perform for Allah.

There is only one path to the Gardens of Paradise. The Fatiha ("Opening Chapter") of the Noble Qur'an calls it as the Straight Way. It is "the way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray." Surah 1:7 Allah said, "Verily, this is My Way, leading straight: follow it. Follow not (other) paths: They will scatter you about from His (great) Path. Thus doth He command you that you may be righteous." Surah 6:153.


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