Mohd: "Isn't it unfair if good non-Muslims go to hell?"
> That is why i am sure that in future, this"Silence on Self"Will
> unite all people wishing to go beyond religious denominations and
> dogma."Transcendental reality demands another means of knowing, > and this is direct experience, anubhava, not sense perception, not
> even experience through an idea or mental picture, but direct
> experience. It is the self-luminousness of reality as consciousness,
> its immediate self-evidence as awareness, which enables it to be
> directly known." (A.M. Halliday, Freedom through Self-Realisation)
Dear Violet and All,
i have already registered the domain names silenceonself.org and silenceonself.com last October 13, 2007. This"Silence on Self" approach will be increasingly important and relevant in the future i.e., after February 21, 2013. i believe many seekers will be attracted to this deep and 'secular' approach. By secular i mean you need not follow any religion whatsoever but the collective essence and synthesis of them all. If the Self can be proved to be the esoteric collective core of all religions and holy scriptures then it will be easier for seekers to realize their own Self too. That is why i was overwhelmed by the prospect that this approach will definitely succeed because of the new knowledge, and more to come, that will destroy divisive dogma, falsehood and ignorance:
> Swami Rama Tirtha's Meeting with the Muslims
> Food For Thought
> The knowledge is so vital, original and enlightening that it took me
> some time to fathom its immensity and depth. i am really exhausted
> to even comment on them because ...... it is profoundly enlightening
> and refreshingly original a knowledge, one that i never heard
> before. i need some time to let it sink into my consciousness.
And if you uphold the heart and soul of the Torah, Bible and Qur'n - The Last Judgment and Resurrection as declared by the Adi Shakti Shri Mataji- and remind the believers of the absolute necessity to attain their Self-realization in order to participate in this Blossom Time there is so much scope and hope for the future. The holy scriptures of the East, unrivalled in their detailed knowledge of the Self, will greatly compliment the strictly monotheistic Abrahamic religions and bring about true healing and enlightenment. Only then will they know that everyone is an idol worshiper except those who maintain Silence on Self.
But there is much work to be done before www.silenceonself.org can go online. This site will be exclusively for those who want to move beyond the religions, rituals and dogma. i can tell you off the cuff that they will be really intelligent, deep and well-versed seekers. That is why it will take us many years to accomplish the task of setting this final and most precious jewel in the crown. Till then let's just concentrate on the existing sites, assured that the best is yet to come.
regards to all,
Note: Let me give you one example of how the future will increasingly work in favour of Shri Mataji's Divine Message to humanity. It is in the form of a superb question raised by Mohd, a Singaporean. He asks, "Isn't it unfair if good non-Muslims go to hell?"
The answer by Counselor Shahul Hameed generally applies to all humans. However, it explicitly includes all devotees of the Adi Shakti given the fact that they are the first to submit to God Almighty's Will and Warning to participate in the Resurrection (The Night of Power and Fate [Al Qadr]) as it precedes the End (The Day of Noise and Clamour [Al Qariah]). The Quran, without any question, insists unequivocally that a clear warning must be issued before any punishment or calamity. Without question, that is what Al-Qiyamah andf Al Qadr is all about.
Right now the overwhelming majority of their followers just do not want to venture into the Divine Forest due to countless species of religious trees, sect saplings and atheist undergrowth marring their way. Over the years we will gather ever more knowledge and evidence to forge a collective harmony and much deeper understanding of all religions so that more and more seekers/believers submit to the Divine Message and get their Self-realization. Reading the answer to Mohd's question"Isn't it unfair if good non-Muslims go to hell?" cannot but raise our hopes, strengthen our faith and nourish our conscience that we are moving in the right direction. After all, there is only the Self to be realized ............ no matter the religious background and name for God Almighty.
All we need now is the patience, unity and forbearance to sustain this collective desire.
regards to all,
Name of Questioner: Mohd - Singapore
Title: Isn't it unfair if good non-Muslims go to hell?
If I may ask, are the non-believers deemed to go to hell?
If that is so, then isn't it unfair if there are non-Muslims who are (in conduct) way better than some Muslims, but still destined for hell?
Topic: Interfaith Issues, Human Rights, Non-Muslims
Name of Counselor: Shahul Hameed
Assalamu 'alaikum wa rahmatullah, thank you for your question.
You know, we have to find answers for questions like the one you have raised here, by consulting the Holy Qur'n and hadith of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). That is because these two are the original sources and foundations of Islam.
So, let us go to the Qur'n to find what it says about the fate of Non-Muslims:
Those who believe (in the Qur'n), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in God and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
Surah 2 Verse 62
Here we find that Islam teaches that all people whether technically Jews or Christians or even Sabians (an ancient religious group) are entitled to be rewarded from God. That is on the condition that they believe in God and the Day of Judgment and lead a good life.
This is quite different than the Jewish and Christian beliefs. Jews believe that the Children of Israel are the ones specially chosen by God for all His blessings. Similarly Christians maintain that those who believe in Christ's atonement are guaranteed of heaven, irrespective of their actions. Unlike both these groups, Islam holds that any one who leads a good correct life, here on earth, on the basis that there is a God Who is the Supreme Ruler and Judge of all His creatures, will be rewarded in the hereafter.
Here we need to understand who a Muslim is. A Muslim is a person who submits to God. It is not the name of a caste or race. That is to say, any human can be a Muslim if:
(a)He believes in one and only one God.
(b)He leads a good life by submitting to that one God.
One can ask whether this also is an exclusivist stand. The answer is that there cannot but be a dividing line between good and evil. Those who court evil are naturally excluded from Divine Grace. It is a law of nature, (in other words, God's own law) that we are destined to face the consequences of our decisions and actions. A person's action is considered good or bad based on the intention behind it. The Prophet (pbuh) has said:
'Actions are judged on the basis of intentions.'
For example, think of a person who unknowingly gave poison to a patient, thinking that it was medicine. If the patient dies as a consequence, we do not consider that person a murderer. It is because the sincere intention was good. Thus, we can see that many apparently bad actions need not really be bad and vice versa. We can go a little further and say that good intentions in themselves become good, if they are based on the right philosophy or the right belief. As for our earthly life, we should take care that our actions are motivated by the right purposes, arising from the right beliefs.
Islam provides a philosophy, a world-view, in which the source of all good is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. This means that the way of life Islam teaches is divinely ordained and that it is quite in conformity with the principles on which the whole universe functions. It is the same Creator Who has decided that His reward is for those who follow His laws. There is no real sense in saying that He should reward those who deny, even His existence!
A non-Muslim, by definition, is a person who does not recognize God as a Sovereign Law giver Who rewards the good and punishes the bad. For this reason, he has no claim to any reward from God. He may be doing apparently good deeds; but his good deeds are not based on seeking to do God's will. So they can only get the instrumentally good results that they can naturally have in this world, and not the reward of the other world which can only come from morally good acts.
As for Muslims, who apparently hold the right beliefs - they will get the Divine reward only if they lead good lives derived from the right beliefs. Islam, unlike Christianity, does not teach that faith alone can save a person. Both faith and exerting effort are necessary; they are the two sides of the same coin.
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