What does the Qur’an say about salvation? Do you have assurance that you will go to heaven?
Your first question, as I understand it, relates to the principles or the law of eternal salvation mentioned in the Qur’an. The Qur’an has promised salvation for those who possess the following qualities:
- True belief in one God only;
- True belief in the Day of Judgment and the life hereafter; and
- The balance of good deeds, done purely for winning the goodwill of God, outweighs that of bad deeds.
Besides the above positive qualities that an individual must possess to deserve eternal salvation, one should also be clear of the following negative qualities, which, in effect, are a negation of the above mentioned three positive qualities:
- A general attitude of arrogance and haughtiness in the face of any and every truth that comes one’s way;
- Intentional indulgence in any of the crimes that has been declared by God to deserve eternal punishment in hellfire. Some of these crimes are:
- Ascribing partners, associates or equals to the one God;
- Rejecting a prophet or a messenger of God, after it has become absolutely clear that the person, in question, is indeed a true prophet or a messenger of God;
- Killing an innocent soul or committing adultery etc.
However, it may be mentioned here that whatever crime a person may have committed, during his life, if he truly and sincerely repents for these crimes, corrects his behavior and honestly seeks God’s forgiveness, the Qur’an has promised forgiveness for such a person. Moreover, the Qur’an also tells us that besides the crime of ascribing partners, associates and equals to God, God may, for whomsoever He pleases (without being unjust), forgive any crime (including the one’s mentioned above). Nevertheless, God shall never forgive a person who associated partners to Him and did not repent or correct his behavior.
The above, in my opinion, is a brief explanation of the principles or the law of eternal salvation, according to the Qur’an.
Your second questions is:
Do you have assurance that you will go to heaven?
Yes. The Qur’an has given us assurance that if we live or sincerely try to live a life, which is in accordance with the above mentioned principles, God shall forgive us our mistakes and grant us eternal salvation. All those who are believers, muslims (i.e. a person who truly submits to the will and directives of God), obedient, truthful, steadfast in God’s way, charitable, pious, chaste those whose hearts are filled with God’s remembrance are indeed assured of eternal salvation by the Qur’an.
19th April 2000