[quote=Sunniva]When I was a Muslim that was what I was taught. When both my maternal grandparents dies within a week of each other I was told by my then-husband and other Muslims that they were in Hell now.
No one bothered to offer their condolences or console me, but they over and over again said that my grandparents were in Hell. My grandparents were baptised Lutherans and very kind and loving people. It made no sense that God was so cruel to condem two such good people to Hell.
I guess this was one of the many reasons for me to loose faith in Islamic teachings.I have to admit that I was never a good Muslim after Islamic standards, but quite the Cafeteria Muslim.
Our Catholic Christian faith is more including and give hope. Even hope for my Muslim father-in-law who was a devout Muslim who had a very kind and soft heart and never spoke bad about anybody or lift his hand to hurt anybody.
I now have hope that I one day will see my grandparents in Heaven and even a hope of seeing my father-in-law (since he never heard about Jesus as the Son of God).
But Islam teaches that those who died before Muhammad were born or never have heard about Islam can come to Paradise (the Muslim Heaven) if they believed in and worshipped One God.
Islam also teaches that people who die before the age of reason or who are mentally retarded since they never attain reason (according to Islamic teachings) go to Paradise.
The age of reason is set to be the time when a girl gets her first period and a boy have is first wet dream. I’m sorry that I don’t have any links to any sites for this since this is what I was taught by other Muslims. And the Islamic world consists of a great number of different denominations with their own interpretation of the Quran and the Traditions (Hadith). In other words there are many versions of Islam.
Sunniva, I am very sorry that no one comforted you from your grandparents’ deaths. The thought that ‘all non-muslims go to Hell’ is false and rediculous. Since your parents were Lutheran and kind, they’re obviously in Heaven. On the other aspects you’ve mentioned, Islam seems to at least make some sense. Just forget what those Muslim extremists said and look forward to a happy reunion with your grandparents someday!