Does man think he will be left alone? Was he not just a drop of spilt-out sperm, which became a clinging form, which God shaped in due proportion, fashioning from it the two sexes, male and female? Does He who can do this not have the power to bring the dead back to life? (Al Quran 75:36-40)
Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
Nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults say they believe in heaven, according to a recent Pew Research Center poll. (The survey did not immediately offer a definition of heaven, though subsequent questions explored what respondents think heaven is like.)
Large majorities of all Christian subgroups say they believe in heaven, while belief is much less common among religiously unaffiliated Americans (37%). This unaffiliated group includes those who describe their religion as “nothing in particular” – half of whom believe in heaven – as well as agnostics (26% of whom believe in heaven) and atheists (3%).
While most U.S. adults also believe in hell, this belief is less widespread than belief in heaven. Roughly six-in-ten American adults (62%) say they believe in hell, though once again there are notable differences across subgroups of the population.
When it comes to the Muslims, far more believe both in heaven and hell. As indicated in the bar diagram below.
The hell described in the Quran and the Bible, seems particularly brutal and hellish, even as a metaphor, which is very hard to believe in times of peace and coexistence in the modern world, but until someone has seen the horrors of the modern warfare and the WWI, the WWII and the unspeakable horrors of the holocaust.
Albert Einstein, a man of peace, the man of the century according to the Time magazine, believed in determinism and therefore concluded that humanity is not responsible for their actions, what they do is merely inevitable. But, given the limitless atrocities of the holocaust, he could not extend this courtesy to Adolf Hitler and rightly so.
Does humanity need hell fire? Not me and if you are reading this, not you!
But, now examine the vulnerability of an innocent civilian in Israel, facing the horrors of Hamas on October 7 or an innocent child or a mother, who is still alive in Gaza and facing the daily threat of bombing in Gaza, put yourself in their shoes, hell does not only seem plausible but necessary.
Human psychology demands justice. If it is not delivered on the planet earth, it should be in the Afterlife.
The Quran and the Bible say, it will be. The All Knowing and All Powerful God of the Abrahamic faiths will make everything fair and square. There will be no circles of confusion of propaganda or eternal gaslighting. He will deliver absolute justice. He is All Knowing, He knows the limitations of each and every person and all the mitigating circumstances and with a 360 degrees perspective, He will deliver justice.
I am not writing for the Jews or for the Muslims. I am writing for the victims, regardless of their faith or nationality. It is not anti-Semitic not even against Zionism. Allah is the Master of the Day of Judgment!
Let me repeat the epigraph of this article from Surah Qiyamah or the Resurrection now: “Does man think he will be left alone? Was he not just a drop of spilt-out sperm, which became a clinging form, which God shaped in due proportion, fashioning from it the two sexes, male and female? Does He who can do this not have the power to bring the dead back to life?” (Al Quran 75:36-40)
Now, let me present a few articles that I and others have written about the Afterlife. If you want to see the whole of my collection, please click: Afterlife.