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Why do I have to believe in Allah to go to heaven


I was told if I dont believe in Allah, I will burn in hell. I’m a good person. Why do I burn in hell if I dont believe in allah??


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query.

  1. Having faith in God is the fundamental and base of a religious life. A person who doesn’t have faith and proper ideology cannot be good in actions and deeds.
  2. Like driving, if one wants to drive nicely, he needs to follow the proper way and stay on the same highway. The same way it is required to have an ideology and faith in God to move towards that proper highway.
  3. Do we believe this life to be less than the highway? Of course not. Life is not just this worldly life, there is Barzakh and the Hereafter. In order to have a prosperous and successful Barzakh and Hereafter, we need to live a good life.
  4. Do we have faith in Doctors? If yes then why do we have faith in them? This faith itself leads us to act upon Doctor’s instructions and consume the medicines. A person who doesn’t have faith in doctor and doesn’t take the prescribed medicines is in loss and eventually would die because of not having faith in the Doctor.
  5. What is the criteria of calling ourselves to be good? What if there are two groups calling themselves to be right. In this case, on what basis and criteria would you judge? If you judge either of the groups, what is your criteria? Therefore, we understand that the criteria should be given by the Creator who created us and knows the best of us. He knows us better than us.
  6. When we sign-up in any sports club, we have to accept and follow the rules and regulations of that club. Suppose there’s an unregistered footballer who plays better than the registered players, still he would never be selected as he has neither signed up nor following the rules and regulations of that club.
  7. All sins are forgiven according to Surah Zumar/53:

قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنْفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِنْ رَحْمَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ

Say [that Allah declares,] ‘O My servants who have committed excesses against their own souls, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed Allah will forgive all sins. Indeed, He is the All-forgiving, the All-merciful.

According to the below mentioned verses of Surah Nisa Allah forgives all the sins except shirk:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَغْفِرُ أَنْ يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَٰلِكَ لِمَنْ يَشَاءُ ۚ وَمَنْ يُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا بَعِيدًا

Indeed Allah does not forgive that any partner should be ascribed to Him, but He forgives anything besides that to whomever He wishes. And whoever ascribes partners to Allah has certainly strayed into far error. (Nisa/116)

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا ثُمَّ كَفَرُوا ثُمَّ آمَنُوا ثُمَّ كَفَرُوا ثُمَّ ازْدَادُوا كُفْرًا لَمْ يَكُنِ اللَّهُ لِيَغْفِرَ لَهُمْ وَلَا لِيَهْدِيَهُمْ سَبِيلًا

As for those who believe and then disbelieve, then believe [again] and then disbelieve and then increase in disbelief, Allah shall never forgive them, nor shall He guide them to any way. (Nisa/137)

From the above-mentioned verses of the Holy Quran, we understand that God forgives all the sins except Shirk.

So, a person who believes in Allah and follows the path shown by Allah(swt) will go to paradise.

I will recommend you to read more about “Why should we know God” from the following link:


Syed Haider