People have told me that it is unfair how Islam says that non-Muslims are all going to hell, regardless of whether or not they have done good deeds in this world. Why is this fair? Shouldn’t they be rewarded for their good deeds, and how are they supposed to know about Islam if they were born and raised in a non-Muslim family?
In short, according to the Holy Quran and the principles of Islam, only the following people will end up in hell:
– People who deny the existence of God and thus do not worship Him, are denying the most obvious truth, and so there is no place for them in paradise.
– People who learn the truth about Islam but reject it because of worldly desires, arrogance, or whims.
As for people who believe in other divine religions and are good people, and who never learnt the truth about Islam, they will be rewarded for their good deeds and can end up in heaven.
Answered by: Sheikh Mansour Leghaei
For more information, you can refer to the lectures of Sheikh Mansour Leghaei, one of the prominent panelists on this website, who has dealt with this issue in length in his series titled ‘Journey to the Unseen World’ Vol.1 lessons 17 to 20.