God

Fire of Hell or Bliss of Heaven?

“Aise mat karo warna dozakh mei bhi jagah nahi milegi”.

Overheard an old lady telling her daughter,scolding her for arguing that there is nothing wrong with inter-religion marriages and cursing her that she won’t find refuge even in Hell for having such mindset.
The concept of Heaven and Hell is fed into our minds right from the beginning.
The masses are enticed to do only those things which would lead them to “jannat” after all that is our humble abode.
Do the “good deeds”and God will be pleased by you and you’ll end up in Heaven.
Both Quran and Bible promise of eternal paradise after death on the basis of your deeds. Hence,people refrain from doing bad deeds due to the fear of “Jahannum”.
Wonder if they would continue to practice the same if they were bereft of the knowledge of Hell and Heaven. What if there was no Hell or Heaven but just a hypothetical concept created to fuel the egos of the fundamentalists who keep on thrusting it on our faces.

Would we still raise our hands and make dua for our final destination to be Heaven after we die?

We say that Allah is Al-Wadud (The loving one) ; Al-Rahman (The kind one) and Al-Rahim ( The Merciful one) – The most beneficent and merciful. He is to be worshiped not because of the fear of the fire of Hell or the urge to go to Heaven but because of the fact that He is our creator.

“Rabe’a al-Adiwiyah, a great woman saint of Sufism, was seen running through the streets of her hometown, Basra, carrying a torch in one hand and a bucket of water in the other. When someone asked her what she was doing, she answered, ‘I am going to take this bucket of water and pour it on the flames of hell, and then I am going to use this torch to burn down the gates of paradise so that people will not love God for want of heaven or fear of hell, but because He is God.”

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