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He Cannot Attain Salvation Who Does Not Believe in the Messenger of Allah and Profess the Religion Brought By Him – Islamic Web Library

Book of Faith

He Cannot Attain Salvation Who Does Not
Believe in The Messenger of Allah and Profess
The Religion Brought by Him

(8/8) Abu Hurayrah (RA) has related that the Messenger of Allah

(S) said: “By Him in Whose Hand is the life of Muhammad, a

Jew or a Christian of the present Ummah [i.e., belonging to the

pesent age] who hears about me [i.c., the call of my

Prophethood reaches him] and, yet, dies without affirming faith

in the religion brought by me will, surely, be among the

dwellers of Hell.” (Muslim)

Commentary: The reference to the Jew and Christian in the above
Tradition is only by way of an illustration. What it aims at
emphasising is that when confirmed people of the Scripture, like
Jews and Christians, can not achieve deliverance without
acknowledging the Prophethood of Muhammad (S) and accepting
the Islamic Shari’ah as their way of life, one can imagine what the
end of the infidels and polytheists is going to be.

This Tradition clearly implies that in the current era of the
Prophet Muhammad (S) [which began with his raising up as the
Messenger of Allah (S) and shall endure till the Last Day] anyone
to whom the call of his Prophethood reaches but he does not
believe in him nor accept the religion revealed through him as his
own and dies in that state, will go to Hell, be he a Jew or a
Christian, i.e., the follower of an earlier Prophet and his Book and
way of Law.

Jn a nutshell, with the raising up of the Last of the Prophets oe
salvation is not possible without affirmation of faith in him and
acceptance of his Shari‘ah, Whoever may not have received the
knowledge of his mission or heard the call of Islam is. of course.
free from guilt. It is a fundamental principle of Islam and any doubt
or misgiving in respect of it can only be due to lack of appreciation
of the true significance of the mission of the sacred Prophet 4.

(9/9) It is related by Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (RA) that a person came
to Prophet (S) and said, “O Messenger of Allah! There is a
Christian who acts according to the Bible, and, in the same way,
there is a Jew who obeys the commandments of the Torah and
also believes in Allah and His Messenger, but does not profess
your Faith nor accepts your Shari’ah — tell us, then, what is the
verdict about them.” The Prophet replied: “The Jew or
Christian who received the knowledge of what | tell [i.e.. my
call reached him], and yet he did not become my follower is
sure to go to Hell.” (Daragutni!)

Commentary: The above Tradition is even more explicit than the
preceding one. It distinctly tells us that even though a Jew or a
Christian believes in Allah and His Messengers (ie., acknowledges
the Oneness of God and the mission of the Messenger) but follows
the Torah or the Bile in place of Shari’ah brought by the holy
Prophet 48, and regards it as sufficient for his salvation, he will not
attain deliverance. The same truth has been propounded in the
Qur’an in these words:

Say: If ye love Allah. follow me. Allah will love you and forgive you yours Sins,
(Aal-e-Imran 3:31}

This Hadith is narrated by Mawlana Badr Aalam in Tarjuman us Suna, v2
and I have reproduced it from there.

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