What shall happen to children on the Judgment Day?
The reward or the punishment that a
man shall face on the Day of Judgment will be the result of the intentional and
consciously done good or bad deeds. Children who die before reaching the age of
mental maturity shall obviously not deserve to be punished for their mistakes
- whether in adhering to any beliefs or in adopting any practices. The
is very clear in this respect that only those who reject the
after the truth has become completely apparent to them, shall be put to
punishment in the hereafter. It, therefore, seems far from the concept of mercy
and justice that a child be put to punishment.
Thus, in my opinion, a child shall
not be put to punishment. However, the question remains that if a child shall
not be put to punishment, would he then be rewarded with the eternal bliss of
paradise, like other honest seekers of the truth. This question cannot be
answered, as no guidance has been given in this respect in the Qur'an
or any reliable narrative ascribed to the Prophet
(pbuh). Nevertheless, we can rest assured that whatever the
eternal fate of such children it shall be decided by the just and the
ever-merciful Lord of the worlds. Therefore, even if we do not possess any
knowledge of that fate, we can be hopeful that such children shall be dealt with
in a manner most suited for the ever-merciful Judge.
Answer published by Moiz Amjad
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Hadith Regarding Fate of Children on the Day of Judgment