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Religious Studies

Islam: beliefs about life after death

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Islam and other faiths

The Qur’an (the Divine Book revealed to the Prophet Muhammad) says that Allah [Allah: The Islamic name for God in the Arabic language ] will also judge Christians and Jews:

Those who believe (in the Qur’an), those who follow the Jewish scriptures, and the Sabians and the Christians – any who believe in Allah and the last day, and work righteousness – on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

Surah 5: 69

Islam also teaches that Allah is merciful and forgiving; even people who have lived bad lives will be able to enter paradise when they have been punished and shown themselves to be truly sorry.

Not all Muslims agree that everything can be forgiven. They say there are some things that are so bad that they may never be forgiven. These things include Shirk, which is the sin of worshipping other than Allah. This is directly opposed to Tawhid, the belief in the Oneness of Allah.

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