Word that relates to my religious experience”
One word that stands out for me above all others is a word in Urdu called ma-afi, which translates to salvation, forgiveness. As long as I can remember, whenever I acted out, my parents would remind me of the fact that Allah (God) was watching my every move. I was taught that whatever deed I commit will be judged and I will either be punished or rewarded for it. For a Muslim, the purpose of life is to live and to please Allah so that they may enter Jana (paradise).
When a child reaches the age of puberty and becomes a man or a women, their account of deeds is opened and everything they do is recorded. At the Day of Judgment, all of their deeds will be tried and their eternal fate will be decided.
Salvation in Islam usually refers to the final entry to heaven. According to the Quran, the only possible guarantee that one will ever attain salvation is that if the person believes in One God, or he associates Allah with other partners. The sin that is most punishable in Islam is called a Shirk which means associating Allah with other partners, for instance, idol worshipping or worshipping anything other than Allah. People who die not believing in One God are eternally damned and will never receive salvation. And those who believe in One God but reject his message are left on Allah’s mercy and their fate lies in Allah’s hand. A person that converts to Islam testifies that there’s one God and none has the right to be worshipped but him. And he also testifies in Allah’s prophet Muhammad (SWW) and accepts his message. Islam acknowledges that just being a Muslim is not enough and one must earn his right to salvation. And to earn that right, one must avoid sin at all cost. If he has sinned, then he must repent and seek God’s forgiveness. The repentance must be sincere and must come from the
We are the Perfection of Imperfectness The question of the co-existence between rationalism and religion has been argued by many philosophers, such as Descartes. The compatibility between rationalism and religion has brought up many different ideas and thoughts. I do not think that both can be compatible. In English, the word rationalism derives from the Latin word ratio, which means reason. We ...
bottom of his heart which is the only way to get God’s forgiveness. According to Islamic teaching God is forgiving and merciful but he is also very wise. God’s mercy must not be taken for granted. Sin in Islam is not a state of mind but is seen as an action that a person commits after they reach puberty. Heaven and Hell in Islam consists of 7 levels for both of them. The more a person sins the higher his Hell level is, and the more a person does good the higher his level of heaven will be. Those that believe will eventually enter heaven but first will be punished for their sins. Just asking for God’s forgiveness does not have a guarantee for salvation, so a Muslim must always keep his past sins in mind and ask for forgiveness throughout his life.