Anonymous said: I disagree with your sentence: "God grants several righteous individuals from several religious backgrounds to enter heaven due to their efforts". It's clear in the Qur'an that (unless you aren't exposed to Islam, for that wallahu 'alam) one is not to achieve heaven if he doesn't believe in Allah & His prophet PBUH (even though you're good as a person), as it's shirk. It's up to you if you believe it to be that way, but I'm pretty sure the Qur'an never said as such. You're a pluralist aren't you
It is clear that you have jumped to conclusions and have not given me the benefit of the doubt. Furthermore, taking the Quran in fragments and assuming the worst of your Muslim brother by derailing his credentials is absolutely disrespectful.
The Qura’n is to be taken holistically, and should not be taken in pieces. As you could have read, I go out of my way to not only define Islamic terms like Shirk or Kufr in their puritanical Arabic sense, but also their reclaimed meanings as used by Muslims later on. Shirk literally means to willingly ascribe with God a partner, albeit knowing that Islam is the truth. From an extended sense, you can use this to anyone that ascribes with God a partner linguistically, but the meaning of the term is focused on the Polytheist Qurashites that denied Islam and made Kufr(Or as known in Arabic to bury the truth).
You probably have to brush up more on the Quranic chapters as it reveals knowledge contradictory to your rhetoric that anyone that doesn’t believe in God will go to hell.
As we see in the Quran:
1. إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالصَّابِئُونَ وَالنَّصَارَىٰ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
Indeed, those who have believed [in Prophet Muhammad] and those [before Him] who were Jews or Sabeans or Christians - those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness - no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve.[Quran 5:69]
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالنَّصَارَىٰ وَالصَّابِئِينَ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
Indeed, those who believed and those who were Jews or Christians or Sabeans [before Prophet Muhammad] - those [among them] who believed in Allah and the Last Day and did righteousness - will have their reward with their Lord, and no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve. [Quran 2:62]
3. لَتَجِدَنَّ أَشَدَّ النَّاسِ عَدَاوَةً لِّلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الْيَهُودَ وَالَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا ۖ وَلَتَجِدَنَّ أَقْرَبَهُم مَّوَدَّةً لِّلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الَّذِينَ قَالُوا إِنَّا نَصَارَىٰ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ بِأَنَّ مِنْهُمْ قِسِّيسِينَ وَرُهْبَانًا وَأَنَّهُمْ لَا يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ
"You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers [to be] the Jews and those who associate others with Allah ; and you will find the nearest of them in affection to the believers those who say, "We are Christians." That is because among them are priests and monks and because they are not arrogant." [Quran 5:69]
4. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُونُوا أَنصَارَ اللَّهِ كَمَا قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ لِلْحَوَارِيِّينَ مَنْ أَنصَارِي إِلَى اللَّهِ ۖ قَالَ الْحَوَارِيُّونَ نَحْنُ أَنصَارُ اللَّهِ ۖ فَآمَنَت طَّائِفَةٌ مِّن بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ وَكَفَرَت طَّائِفَةٌ ۖ فَأَيَّدْنَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا عَلَىٰ عَدُوِّهِمْ فَأَصْبَحُوا ظَاهِرِينَ
O you who have believed, be supporters of Allah , as when Jesus, the son of Mary, said to the disciples, “Who are my supporters for Allah ?” The disciples said, “We are supporters of Allah .” And a faction of the Children of Israel believed and a faction disbelieved. So We supported those who believed against their enemy, and they became dominant. [Quran 61:14]
Now you can obviously quote verses that explicitly condemn disbelievers to hell, but the context behind every verse is that the Disbelieving Christians or Jews or Polytheists at the time were well-aware of the Prophethood of Muhammad, had seen the miracles, and had willingly opposed him for their own hedonistic purposes, by which the verses are directed to them.
You cannot simply believe that someone that has a very vague idea of Islam is going to be thrown into hell because of their rudimentary image of it, while it requires people like you to go out of their way to actually educate them.
On the day of Judgement, people will latch onto you and lament about how you had given them a bad image of Islam and they had gotten a distorted image.
Ultimately, there are many Hadiths as well, that also indicate that God grants whomever he wills access to Heaven through his mercy, and that it is actually considered a minor Shirk to play the role of God in condemning peoples to hell.
I would watch my words before condemning someone to hell if I were you.