To whomever this may concern
I have encountered a very touchy subject here on this website. Here is the tread I encountered forums.catholic.com/showthread.php?t=650617 it’s titled “According to the Catholic Church do Muslims go to heaven?”. This has caused me to contemplate about Islam, and what it means to me and if the answers listed are really true. I was particularly stunned a remark I saw “Outside the Church there is no salvation”. So does this mean that Protestants, too won’t go to heaven?
Now, I have had an obsession with the religion Islam for a while now (it’s been about six months or so), and I have learned quite a bit about the religion. One thing that astonished me, was when I learned that Allah, is the same God that I worship. Ever since, I always get this happy feeling when I see a little white cap or headscarf.
Islam has impacted me in such a way that when I wake up in the mornings, I automatically say “Praise Allah, I’m alive”—but always with the trinity in mind.
Because of my encounter with Islam, I
• like the culture
• I refer to God as Allah
• I’m learning Arabic (for travel and a personal goal that I want to achieve)
There have been many misconceptions about Islam, that unfortunately I used to believe: such as Muslim’s believe in jihad (holy wars, to spread Islam), which is so unture, because the Qur’an forbids forcing people to convert. Yes there were jihads in early Islamic days, but like the Crusaders, this was not a happy part of their religion’s history.
Often, I hear (or mostly read) the phrase: "The only way to heaven is through Christ."
I, personally think that God won’t judge us, whether we believe in HIM as trinity or not–as long as you’re belonging to the three monotheistic religions. Muslims agree that Jews, Christians and Muslims will enter Paradise/Heaven/Jannah, and someone gave me reference to this verse from the Qur’an: Al-Baqarah Chapter 2 : Verse 63
“Surely, those who believe and the Jews and the Christians and the Sabians - which ever party from among these truly believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good deeds, shall have their reward with their Lord, and no fear shall come upon them, nor shall they grieve.” – is Christian and Catholic doctrine similar?
I heard from a friend of mine who is a SDA (Seventh-day Adventist) that the ONLY way is through Christ, but if you’ve never been exposed to Christ, then God will judge you by the way you worshipped your god(s).
Moreover, Pope John II was the first pope to pray at a mosque and he even kissed the Qur’an! Surely this means that Islam has significance to the John Paul II.– this event has made me delve deeper into Islam, and I still believe that Muslims WILL go to Heaven with the Christians and the Jews.
I understand that that not everyone posting on this website is an expert, or even knows what they are saying, but the tread has really got me thinking and has muddled up my thoughts. This is why I am posting in the “Ask an apologetic” section.
I thank you for you time and energy in answering my question–I’ll really appreciate it.