Some Muslim skeptics still wonder how this great pandemic trial could all be due to sins from us or anybody on earth. Their confusion?

Despite all sound texts cited so far, they philosophize that were it truly so, Muslim countries ought to be worse hit as the non-Muslim world is arguably more committed to the ethos of an egalitarian society, welfarism and social justice as Muslims have abandoned their duties (?)

We add: Yes, but with more of disbelief in the existence of the Creator and total disregard for His right to give laws to regulate human life – as if only the heavens belong to Him (if He exists at all). That is worse!

The one who denies Allah’s existence or His right to be worshipped is a total disbeliever; the one who affiims faith in Him and His Messenger (Muhammad, Sallallaahu aláyhi wasallam) and His right to be worshipped but is only selfish, greedy and lustful is -hopefully- still a believer.

Truly, both individuals have sinned, but to varying degrees. If they both die in these conditions, the believer may be forgiven with punishment as it pleases Allah, but not so the disbeliever with all his ‘kindness’. He is doomed for everlasting fire. Take heed!

(إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَعَنَ ٱلۡكَـٰفِرِینَ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُمۡ سَعِیرًا * خَـٰلِدِینَ فِیهَاۤ أَبَدࣰاۖ لَّا یَجِدُونَ وَلِیࣰّا وَلَا نَصِیرࣰا)
[Surat Al-Ahzab 64-65]

Verily, Allah has cursed the disbelievers, and has prepared for them a flaming Fire (Hell).Wherein they will abide for ever, and they will find neither a Wali (a protector) nor a helper.

But describing some Muslims who will return from Hell Fire to Paradise, the Messenger of Allah said:

فَيَدْخُلُونَ الْجَنَّةَ فَيَقُولُ أَهْلُ الْجَنَّةِ: هَؤُلَاءِ عُتَقَاءُ الرَّحْمَنِ.
[ناصر الدين الألباني، التعليقات الحسان على صحيح ابن حبان، ٣٧٦/١٠]

They will eventually enter Paradise and the inmates of Paradise will say: “These are the ones who have been set free by the Merciful One.”

The creed first!

Written by: Sheikh Murtala Adedokun, Hafidhahullah, on his Facebook page.