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Heaven is the place where people believe that the souls of the good people go after their lives. For some, it is high above in the sky from where you can gaze upon the earth and earthly beings. For yet some, it is entirely a different universe or not physical at all. Heaven is a major belief in all the religions and all religions teach people to do good to go to heaven after their lives on earth. But there are major differences in the concepts of the heaven in all these religions. There is a very contrasting difference between the heaven of Christian and that of Muslims.

For Christians, the way to reach heaven is through salvation. Belief in the Christ and living according to His principles are the ways to attain salvation in the teachings of Christianity. A person who attains salvation is said to go to heaven and become eternal. For Muslims, the teaching is that only Muslims will go to heaven. The pagans or whom the religion refers as Kafirs, are not bound to reach heaven. So being a true Muslim is what can make them reach heavens. So is the teaching.

In Christianity, only elected people are fortunate to reach heaven and attain eternity. It is considered as more of an abstract experience. There are many sects in Christianity itself, and each sect has a concept of the heaven. Roman Catholics believe that people entering a purgatory are eligible to reach heaven while the Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox people believe that God has the final say on who can enter heaven and who cannot. For Christians, heaven is a calm place of good people, saints, and kids. There are rivers, angels, good food, and happiness everywhere.

In the Quran, heaven is described as a place where there is a huge garden, a river flowing by the side, and there are fruits and shades from the trees. There are different levels of heaven in Islam. The highest being Paradise and the lowest is Khuldi. Heaven is known as Jannat in the religion.It is often compared to jewels and good food. It is described as a place where there is happiness, all wishes are fulfilled, and lifestyle consists of costly robes, perfumes, jewels, and exquisite banquets. The foods include milk, scented wine, fruits, and poultry. The immortals can rejoice with their relatives in heaven and every wish fulfilled instantly.

The heaven of both the religions is depicted in the holy books and the followers believe that. Though there are no proofs, but yet the followers believe the wordings in these holy books.

Summary:

1.In Christianity, heaven is attained by the belief in Christ and following his principles. In Islam, only those who live as Muslims go to heaven.
2.For Muslims, heaven is a place full of happiness, food, costly robes, perfumes, and jewels. The heaven of Christians is modest with calm atmosphere, angels, and happiness.
3.Heaven is attained through salvation for Christians and for Muslims, living by the principles of Islam, makes them reach heaven.


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21 Comments

  1. Actually, in Islam, its not necessarily true that only Muslims go to heaven.

    First, those who were not exposed to Islam, have a chance to go to heaven if their good deeds outnumber their bad deeds. Those who were exposed but lets say not enough, only God knows their destiny, Islam does not claim to know how God will judge each one based on his/her circumstances.

    Secondly, its taught that the people of the book (jews, christians and muslims) will eventually go to heaven if their good deeds outnumber their bad, even though they might visit hell for a good period of time 😉

    I just wanted to clarify those 2 points, because I felt it was inaccurate. I like the idea of the comparison.

    • I’m shocked by your clarification. Plz do increase ur knowledge before making any wrong clarifications.
      In Quran, it is clearly stated that ANYONE who believes in one Allah & do good deeds will go to heaven.
      I don’t know how are you saying that christians who make Allah’s son will go to heaven?

      • well in Quran when it’s said Allah it’s equal to God and is said that God of Jesus and Moses and Mohammad is the same as God of Abraham and call it Allah

        • The God of ABRAHAM , Isaac and Jacob is the God also of Ishmael who is Abrahams son through Hagar .
          The conflict is dispensed with believing that all have sinned and come short of what God intended mankind to be .
          The only buying back of a soul is through the shedding of blood or Qurban of an innocent man; NO ONE WAS AND IS INNOCENT TO SAVE A SOUL FROM HELL , THEREFORE GOD HAD TO BECOME FLESH AND BLOOD . That’s why He chose a womb to be birthed in with no natural method of conceiving .
          Understand O reader .. that God is Spirit so he made man in His Image .. your breath is Spirit , you have a Soul (5sense realm) and you live in a physical flesh and blood body ..
          now when u die you body perishes back to dust but your spirit and soul will Live On … the question all humanity must answer while they live here is WHERE WILL THEY SPEND ETERNITY .. all arguments cease at The Cross of an innocent sacrifice Jesus !

    • Assalam U Alaikum .

      the above given 2 points were rong that heaven is only for those people when their gooddeeds outweigh bad deeds.The criteria for heavan is that with good deeds emaan is necessary ,emaan on Allah,His Prophets(all including Hazrat Muhammad PBUH),Maliakah,His books(all including Qauran e Majeed), good or bad luck and the day of judjemant .

      so if any one who has emaan but no good deeds will not go to heaven and also if any one has gooddeeds but not emaan will also not go to heaven.

      • No one knows how ALLAH will estimate weather people go to Jannat or Jahannam because there are many ways people change in life. For example if a man is grown up with doing lots of sins then at a certain time in life he changes and starts to do lots of good deeds then he has a good change in going to Jannat but we still will never know where we are going to go until the day of jugement.

  2. the American Christain Society says:

    http://www.amercianchristiansociety.com

    The idea of a permanent hell with no escape or no hope CONTRADICTS who God is as a creator. Sorry, but so does the idea of a permanent heaven where things never change and we accept the idea that some of us are in hell with no hope.

    “Hell” is really a process of refining ones soul and repairing what is broken.

  3. The Islamic view of Jannah(Paradise), is explained in the Quran and several Hadith. The idea of Paradise in Islam is total pleasure. Even though we will be in a renewed creation, we will receive the pleasures that give us humans liking here on Earth, only a vast amount of times better. There will be no pain, illness, death, hatred, or any of the other evils and plagues that effect us here in this lifetime. Allah(God) has promised the people of Paradise all that they may desire. I as a Muslim, have heard some Christians deny the Islamic view of Paradise and say it is too “carnal”. But what human would not like to have the reward of wearing the finest silk robes and gold and silver bracelets, drinking out of crystal glasses the finest wine that doesn’t intoxicate, or having the tastiest meats and sweetest honey, juiciest fruits and creamiest milk that will never spoil. Reclining on thrones of gold and precious stones, being waited on by servants. Living in mansions built of bricks of gold and silver in a Paradise so beautiful that the gravel is diamonds, pearls and sapphires and the scent of paradise is of saffron and musk where the temperature will always be perfect, and having spouses of elegant beauty for pleasure and desire? People of the world go on vacations everyday where the weather is nice and they’re being served in elegant hotels and relaxing on beaches but only for limited time periods and call it paradise on Earth. Where in Paradise all of these things that I have mentioned as rewards and even more will be a ton of times better, and for all eternity. But the greatest reward for the people of Paradise will be to see the light of Allah Whom no man has ever seen before. Why would any single person view this as too carnal? Allah created us all and knows what it is that we desire for pleasure, so He promises to us in this life, as His servants, to worship Him alone associating no other partner along with Him, perform righteous deeds and when we sin, to seek His forgiveness then we shall receive an eternal life of bliss…And Allah never fails in His promise. He states in the Holy Quran: What reward is there for good other than good? (55:60). So I present to you friends, accept Allah’s oneness, submit to His will worshipping Him alone, seek His forgiveness, and fear Him as your Lord and may He bless us all as His believing servants with Paradise, the greatest reward to achieve.

    • Islam’s view of heaven is very superficial and unrealistic. Why would God give you men or women in heaven for pleasure or desire?? You’re forgetting the big picture. That goes against God. Why look forward to the materialistic things like people obsess over on Earth? The Heaven in Bible seems more realistic to me because when people die and go to heaven of course it would look beautiful but we are there for GOD, NOT for ourselves. We’re there worship him and be in peace. Not be granted materialistic wishes. If you want that you might as well stay on Earth… That’s when you know the Quran is man-made, when heaven is only fitting for humans…

      • One thing that you don’t realize is that the gift of Paradise is not for Allah(God) it is for us as humans. Allah mentions in the Quran that He is free of all needs worthy of all praise. There’s nothing we can do for God He does anything and everything He desires. When He determines a matter He only says to it “Be” and it becomes. So the blissful enjoyments of Paradise aren’t for God they’re for us. God doesn’t have a need for having us in Paradise as His servants. He is Almighty God and is far above blissful joys that we desire as humans. God doesn’t have to eat drink and enjoy sweet fruits and sexual pleasure that we do as humans. By saying we as humans are there in Paradise for God its like saying He needs us, which is surely not the case. You should switch it around because we definitely need God, and during this test of life that He gives us, first we must realize that we need Him and His guidance or we will never win. So those of us who worship God alone, and seek His guidance and His forgiveness and perform righteous deeds He basically says “Here is your reward, here is Paradise. This is what you wanted. I will give you as my servant whatever you desire, it will be the best you can possibly have and you shall have it for all eternity” but to those who disbelieve, associating partners in worship with God, taking His revelations by way of jest, doing evil deeds and asking for neither His forgiveness nor guidance He basically says” Here is your reward, here is Hell fire. This is what you wanted. I will give you as my servant the worst punishments you could ever imagine.” and sadly for those to whom God grants no mercy shall remain there and be punished over all eternity.
        So what we have to grasp here is that God didn’t create us because He needed us, remember God existed by Himself. He doesn’t need us for anything. He created us to worship Him alone and to need Him. So those of us who understand this He rewards us with what we want and desire for ourselves. But for those who don’t get it He rewards them with the worst punishment possible.

    • I definitely agree with Lee. First of all, I would NEVER submit to Allah. Why? 1. My faith and actual experience with Jesus Christ. 2. As a woman, where do I go and get out of this “Muslim Heaven”? Men get 70 something virgins and pleasures, what about women? If all there is to heaven is pleasures such as silk robes, drinking wine, and sex….I’m honestly not really excited. I can do all of this here right now. Instead, I prefer and DO believe in a heaven in which we worship the only one and true God. We are made to worship. It is in our DNA. Why do you think people worship literally anything? Teenagers worship singers, artists, etc. or men/women might even worship luxury, sex, and pleasures. So, to me, the Muslim heaven seems like it’s very man-centered and even to the point of worshipping and idolizing luxury, sex, and pleasure. On the other hand, I myself want to experience the glory of God and worship Him every day of my eternal life. Christian heaven is a heaven in which it is not about us. It is definitely not man-centered. It is God centered. Jesus deserves all the glory and honor forever and ever. I have had small glimpses of feeling God’s love and glory. It’s AMAZING. We aren’t doing a favor to God by worshipping Him in spirit and in truth. We are the ones getting the favor. It’s something supernatural beyond our comprehension. Please, I urge you to really think about it, to look into it. It’s very important to always question. I’ve questioned and received the answers. Jesus answers. Seek and you shall find. His Word is alive, and I urge you to look into this. You’re very passionate about it and I admire that. Fill your soul with the truth. God bless you!

      • One question I’ll start with is why not submit your will to Allah(God). In the bible that you live your lifestyle by and devotionally follow, it says in Mark 14:35 and in Matthew 26:39 that Jesus himself fell on his face prostrated to God and submitted his will to Him. So the man that you hold as your leader submitted to God so shouldn’t you follow his lead?
        Secondly what you have to realize is in the Quran the original language is Arabic which is a masculine language, meaning: unlike our English language, where if speaking to a group of people that consists of males and females you would address them as ” you all” and gender wouldn’t matter at all, whereas with Arabic if you have a group of females with absolutely no males then you would use the Arabic feminine word form to address them. But if there is even one single male amongst them you would then have address the group in Arabic by using the masculine word form. So because in the Quran God is speaking to men and women the masculine word form is used. So when referring to pleasures in Paradise, God says that men will receive what men in general desire. Not to say that women in paradise wouldn’t like 70 men to have for themselves, but in general these are things that women do not desire as much as men do. To cover that women shall get what they want in Paradise God specifically says in the Quran that “THE PEOPLE(not just men)OF PARADISE SHALL HAVE ALL THAT THEY DESIRE.”(50:35). So this includes men and women. So generally speaking women are into beauty and elegance for pleasure where men are known to desire women…. not to say that men don’t like elegance and beauty and women don’t like lots of men in Paradise you receive exactly what you personally desire.
        Yes you can do these things here now, but not having the best, and for all eternity. The wine in Paradise will give you no intoxication, the food never spoils or rots. There is no disease nor illness nor death. No hatred nor jealousy nor violence as in our world today. Everybody will be of the same age in Paradise. We will have mansions and gardens and vineyards and any and everything else that our souls could possibly desire. Most of all the greatest gift of Paradise is to be able to actually see our creator with our own eyes whereas the people doomed to Hell will never see His light and will view this as the worst possible punishment.
        S0 to enjoy the bliss of the afterlife you must submit to Allah(God) just as all of His prophets, including Jesus the son of Mary did in this life. So seek Allah. May He forgive all of us as His believing servants for all of our sins great and small, and guide and keep us on His straight path. For those whom He chooses to guide none ca

        • n lead astray, but those whom He leaves to stray none can guide

          • Very interesting point. Thank you for answering.

            However, you just described everything that the world desires as Paradise. “Women are into beauty”….and mansions, gardens, vineyards, everything that our soul will desire will happen. That’s the flesh. Those are worldly desires. Jesus said “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16. Why would heaven have things that our FLESH desire? Everyone has a desire for riches and fame and beauty. Of course. Does that get you closer to God? Does it glorify God? Does you having a mansion or the best perfumes get you in a closer relationship with God? Definitely not. It’s not to say that you can’t have it, but if your soul years for that, God isn’t the center of it all.

            As for Jesus prostrating to God, yes, it happened. Why? Because we believe Jesus IS God. That is where the trinity comes in. I’m not going to go into it because this requires a huge paragraph on its’ own, but it’s the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are ONE God. Can we fully understand it? Nope. I heard one time someone say this “When man creates a religion, he creates a God that he can understand. Only in the Bible, do you find a God that is fully incomprehensible and beyond our understanding.”

            There is also a video I recently saw saying that the koran gives Jesus His name. “Word of God, Spirit of God, Jesus Christ.”
            It also mentions that Jesus created a live bird from mud…..So Jesus gives life? He heals?

            The koran also states that God created the Universe through the word……Is word the creator or creation? It’s creator.

            What did the koran state Jesus’s name was? “Word of God…”

            Sounds like the trinity. Father, son, and the Holy Spirit for US humans to try to understand our great and mighty God.

        • May God bless you Rashid..and your efforts..I am realy impressed by your teachings…

      • God will creat a new heaven and earth for his children and I just don’t think that the Islamic heaven will be part of it

    • paradise in Islam is beautiful & understandable for everyone.

  4. Yes you’re right. Paradise has all desires for us mankind (flesh creatures) that we enjoy. Just like Hell is a place that no human wants to go because of its torment. This is why God describes both of them to us, so we can put in our finite minds where we would like to go. Now as much as we imagine it,our minds cant comprehend the actual blissful joy of Paradise nor the actual painful torment of Hell. We are physical & spiritual beings which is why God promises us in Paradise things which will most pleasurable to us physically and spiritually & promises us in Hell things that will disgrace & torture us the most. In the Quran (55:60) God says “Is there any reward for good other than good?” basically saying in Paradise you shall receive all that you love and desire. God created us all and knows what we love. So who can give us what we love best other than our Creator alone? One thing to grasp about prophets is that God sent a prophet to every nation of people that He created. By doing this the prophet spoke in his native tongue, which was the language of his people, so they could relate to God’s message through him. In Jesus’ time the people were into, & very arrogant about their knowledge of medicine. So God sent Jesus as a prophet, firstly born of a virgin, then curing lepers & raising the dead, bringing to life a bird from dead clay saying to the people “what medicine can you come up with that can do a single one of these things” You cant so follow Jesus as your prophet who will lead you to Me as God.” All of Jesus’ miracles he performed were only through the power & will of God. So why would Jesus, as God worship someone who is equal to him as God?Another thing that is interesting is that in the entire Bible Jesus NEVER said the words to anyone “I am God so worship me” if Jesus knew he had godhead as part of the trinity, it seems he would have mentioned these words at least once. Just like God said” Thou shall have no god before me” He is saying ” I am God worship me alone” As for the “WORD OF GOD” many verses in the Quran state that when God determines a matter He only says to it “BE” & it is. So the word is BE is the word that was used to create not only Jesus but everything.“It is He who gives life and causes death; and when He decrees a matter, He but says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is.” (40:68)-“Indeed the likeness of Jesus to God as the likeness of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him, ‘Be,’ and he was.”(3:59)-“‘My Lord,’ said Mary, how shall I have a son when no man has ever touched me?“Thus it is: God creates what He wills: When he decrees a matter, He only says to it: ‘Be,’ and it is.”(3:49)

  5. Placing Allah(God) in a trinity with anyone as equals with Him is either lowering His standard or raising standard of others to be held as equals with the Almighty. However you look at it it’s wrong. God has always been & always will be unique & The One & Only. Now it is true, for instance that there has also only been one Jesus Christ(pbuh) but he was not the only man nor the only prophet. Just as there is only one Earth, but its not the only planet. There is only one Angel Gabriel but he’s not the only angel. However there is only one god & there are no others like Him. If anyone discusses the trinity I guarantee even though they say the 3 beings are 1, they will view them all as different beings. For example if Jesus was speaking to the Father or The Holy Spirit you would view him as speaking to 2 beings that look totally different but you still say they’re all the same being. In the Holy Qur’an 4:171 Allah says
    “O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul [created at a command] from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers. And do not say, “Three”; desist – it is better for you. Indeed, Allah is but one God. Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs” this shows God’s uniqueness & superiority over all other beings.

  6. You have no idea what you are talking about. Are you Christian? Well you could have fooled me. You are making it seem like God chooses who he wants and who he doesn’t want in heaven. That is ignorant and insulting to me as a God fearing man. I believe that if you believe that Jesus died for your sins then you go to heaven. God doesn’t chose if he wants you or not. Maybe that is one sect but don’t generalize Christianity like that bro.

  7. With all the religious knowledge, wisdom expressed in this web page, Allah/God would test the humans with all sort of desires. The hardest to resist is the hormone induced activity and you need the samadhi to withstand the temptations.
    Can you resist greed and hatred? Can you be smart and not ignorant like a cat who runs into the middle of the road and being knocked down by a running vehicle.
    Do you get angry over the mistakes of others, punishing oneself for the mistakes of others?
    So religious knowledge, wisdom of perspective and impermanence; the samadhi (being unmoved by the eight winds.) are important requisite to the syurga/heaven.
    The religious principles such as abstinence from killings, intoxicants, sexual misconduct, stealing/robbing and cheating will ensure you do not suffer on earth. Suffering will arise from those seeking or pursuing the 5 items in this para.
    For instance, one who is addicted to, say marijuana, will suffer from the lack of it. One who robs might be hunted down by police and will always suffer in hiding oneself, One who commits adultery might be killed by the woman’s husband or being spread AIDS, STDs etc. One who cheats the public might not fool everyone all the times.
    I can wirte further but need to do stop now first.

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