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Can Mother Teresa, a non-muslim, go to heaven by Hussain Nadim (Read it before this one) made me think Why can’t she go to Heaven? I too, was of the view that yes, she cannot go to heaven because she was a non-muslim; but not anymore! But one thing important. I AM NO ONE TO DECIDE WHO GOES TO HEAVEN AND WHO TO HELL. THIS POWER AND ALL POWERS REST WITH ALLAH ALMIGHTY.

So? Let’s get rolling then… But one thing you need to keep in mind is that this is a special case. Special provisions shall be made in this case…. So what special case and special provisions? Mother Teresa was not a woman who enjoyed worldly pleasures and its glitters…she lived for and lived with the pain of human suffering.

Allah in Surah Hud, verse 15 & 16, states that: Those who desire the life of the Present and its glitter to them We shall pay (the price of) their deeds therein― without diminution. (15) They are those for whom there is nothing in the Hereafter but the Fire: vain are the designs they frame therein, and of no effect are the deeds that they do! So Allah talks about those who desire the life of present-in no way talks about non-believers.

But what is meant by “life of present” then? Yes, those who have deviated from His teachings to enjoy in the transient world through different forms of delights, pleasures etc…let me not mention them! These are the people who desire the life of present and its glitters not those who tirelessly work for the sake of humanity, for helping the poor and needy, orphans. Those who work for humanity give up the worldly glitters. They give up the worldly desires… So let me make it straight. Those who desire life of glitters….are rewarded on earth of the good deeds they do and ultimately rest in hell. Period. In no way those non-believers who do good deeds all their life are going to hell. It’s not referred to in this ayat to which all of Muslims keeps referring too. So now why do we refer to this that non-muslims will be rewarded for their good deeds on earth? It’s because of a little confusion. So what confusion? Non-believers are not referred to in this verse. Yes in tafseers, non-believers (Christians and Jews ) are mentioned but they are referred to as Munafiqs- those who used to pray, fast, used to pay zakat but for only showing off etc….referred to as Munafiqen-i-Makah, or Munafiqeen-i-Medina in Islam. These munafiqs had only one objective; to destroy Islam through their own sabotaged acts. Those munafiqs who might have had done any good work in their life would be rewarded on earth. The tafseers by almost all Islamic scholars do refer to these non-believers but in no way refer to the entire race, class of non-believers, non-muslims. Yes time and again it has been mentioned in Quran that non-believers (referred as Kufar) will be sent to hell but what about those non-believers who sacrificed all worldly glitters and lived for uplift of

Humanity…Will sending them to hell be justice? Islam is a practical religion. This is what I have learnt in my school, college, university. So sending Mother Teresa to hell would not be against all norms of practicality.