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Hi Ive been considering islam..but im just stuck on some things...I need answers to these three questions which have been sitting on my mind for sometime now...
Q. ...How can a man who dies at 20 yrs of age go to Hell just because he didnt die muslim?
Is god a religion or a spirtual bond?
I Believe god is not a religion, but a spirtual bond
as long as you have a bond with GOD,,,he is happy and your are happy.[/color][/b]
Before addressing your questions, I want to divert your attention to more vital questions when thinking about religion...
When you think about the countless blessings that have been bestowed upon you, this should lead you to wonder about the magnificence of such creations. Thinking about the eyes for instance, just looking at how they function, the benefit they provide you and the impossibility of creating an organ similar to them even with present technology, should lead you to the conclusion that:
Such a magnificent creation can only be the result of a magnificent Creator. An old lady once said:
\"Tracks in the sand prove the existence of a traveler, a new born baby proves the existence of a mother. So a sky full of stars, a world full of mountains and seas, does this not prove the existence of the One, the all Powerful creator.\"
The tremendous generosity and bounty of the creator who bestowed you with such a wonderful creation along with countless others. Just imagine your life without eyes.
Therefore such a magnificent creator, the one who bestowed you and everyone else with such bounties, including the blessing of life deserves your gratitude and worship.
So the more vital questions should be:
Who is my creator, the one who gave me life and created all things, and how do I find out about Him?
How do I show my gratitude to Him?
Which is the correct and authentic way to worship and show this gratitude to Him?
This is the first step, when you reach truth and conviction concerning these questions, then you should start worshiping your creator and study more, after this you will find the answers to the rest of your questions along with the answers to a lot of other issues.
However, I will answer two of your questions, but the third requires you to have preliminary knowledge of your creator before delving into the wisdom behind His actions. We should first affirm who our creator is, find out how to worship Him, then comes the issue of His actions and why He does things.
\"Is god a religion or a spirtual bond?\"
God is He who created you and everything in existence from nothing. He alone created you and bestowed you with life, needing no partners, and therefore deserves to be worshiped alone, associating no partners with Him in worship.
Pharoah asked Moses:
\"Who then, O Moses, is the Lord of you two?\"
Moses replied \"Our Lord is He Who gave each thing its form and nature, then guided it aright.
Who has made earth for you Mahdan (spread out); and has made roads (ways and paths) for you therein, and has sent down water (rain) from the sky. And We have brought forth with it various kinds of vegetation.
Eat and pasture your cattle (therein); verily, in this are proofs and signs for men of understanding.
Thereof (the earth) We created you, and into it We shall return you (death), and from it We shall bring you out once again (resurrection). The Quraan: 20: 49-55
In another verse, God describes Himself as:
Allaah (God) none has the right to be worshipped but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtake Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them (His creatures) in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never encompass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Kursi extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great. Quraan 2:255
A 'religion' is the way you worship your Lord. Islam is based on five pillars as I'm sure you’ve already heard, practicing your religion and believing in your Lord is the 'bond'.
\" as long as you have a bond with GOD,,,he is happy and your are happy.\"
I'm sure you would agree that the only way to find out what pleases God, is by Him telling you, and He has done so through the messengers that He sent. He did not leave us wondering in darkness trying to figure out how to please Him.
\"How can a man who dies at 20 yrs of age go to Hell just because he didnt die muslim?\"
Yes, and this is why you should first contemplate over the previous questions, and slowly start studying Islam, because this statement is incorrect, Allah does not punish anyone, even at the age of 90, just because they died as non-Muslims. Allah said:
\"And we never punish [anyone] until We send a messenger\"[Quraan 17:15]
This verse means that no one gets punished unless they are aware of the correct religion and then turn away from it. So if someone dies, at no matter what age, he would not be held accountable for what he does not know, even if he were 900 years old. It is only those who know the truth, and turn away from it that get punished. This is why Allah says, informing us of the future:
\"Every time a group is cast therein (Hellfire), its keepers will ask: \"Did not a warner come to you?\"
They will say: \"Yes, indeed a warner did come to us, but we denied him and said: 'Allah never sent down anything (of Revelation); you are only in great error.\"'
And they will say: \"Had we but listened or used our intelligence, we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!\"
Then they will confess their sin. [Qur'aan 67:8-11]
So you see, no one will be punished unjustly, only those that know and turn away from the truth will be punished, so the issue is not age, the issue is whether they knew the truth or not.
As for those who receive the truth open-mindedly and accept what their own intelligence, what their own surroundings affirm, then Allah says:
\"Indeed, those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah) and do righteous deeds, shall have the Gardens of Al-Firdaus (Paradise) for their entertainment. Wherein they shall dwell (forever). No desire will they have for removal there from.} [Quraan 18: 107]
As for your third question, then as mentioned previously, answering it requires you to have knowledge of more basic issues firstly and knowledge of Allah before knowledge of His actions, I pray that we can discuss this very issue with you after you have thought over the first three questions, as our (new) brother/sister in Islam.
Your statement however:
\"knowing that man is imperfect meaning, foolish, stupid ignorant, hardheaded etc\"[/color]
This is incorrect. Man is not foolish, stupid or ignorant. Rather man is intelligent, wise, able to think intelligently and use reason, invent rather brilliant things such as planes, space crafts etc. as is clear in this present day. It is God who bestowed man with intellect, something that He didn’t give animals a great deal of. So man should use his intellect when arriving at the truth, and praise His lord for bestowing him with it. Allah said:
\"Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, in the alternation of night and day, in the ships which sail through the sea with what benefits mankind, in the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and brings the earth to life therewith after its death, in the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth are indeed Ayat (proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) for people of understanding.\" [Quraan 2:164]