However, I do have one question which has been in my thoughts for the last couple of days and never has been before, weirdly enough. It's about Hell. I always understood that it is only just for Allah (SWT) to create a reward, (Jannah/Paradise) and a punishment, (Jahannam/Hellfire) for us. After all, life for us Muslims is percieved as being a test by Allah (SWT) which we must strive to succeed in to compliment our spiritual needs, (through the 5 daily prayers etc). What I don't understand is why punishment in Hell will be for an eternal period for finite sins.
Walaikum Assalam, A Muslim
I am really glad that you got yourself to doubt at least some parts of your religion. Sadly, many people don't do that and resort to Zakir Naik YouTube videos for an answer, completely ignoring the possibility that maybe, just maybe there might be something wrong with the religion that they follow.
I heard a sermon once heard the local imam say in a Jummah prayer sermon which stuck on my head, which was Quran (28:56), sura al-qasas -
"Indeed, [O Muhammad], you do not guide whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided." ( I vaguely remember now, but I think this was the verse).
Right now, less than one-fifth of the human race
practise Islam. So, ask yourself this,why has Allah intelligently designed 6 billion people that are currently alive, only to misguide them and doing so, to condemn them to eternal hell fire after their death. Many of these people never would have even heard of Islam, or gotten exposed to it to accept the teachings of it, take for example the aboriginal people of Australia. Why were all the well known prophets of Allah only sent to the Middle East? Couldn't Allah send a few messengers to East Asia, Australia or the Americas?
This would be the equivalent of, a high school math teacher writing the hardest exam imaginable to intentionally fail everyone in a class of 20, but he secretly gives the actual question sheet and worked solutions to only 4 of his favourite students the day before the exam so that they can get very good grades, under one condition- they have to promised to worship him and bow down to him for as long as they live. Would you call him the most merciful?
Would that be fair treatment? This is essentially what Allah is doing right now.