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Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

:bulletred: I got inspiration for a new topic :la:
there is this guy coming to my page to attack Islam (he is a Christian). sadly, his mistake is that he is following the same wrong pattern many missionaries follow: vilify Islam and then conclude that Christianity is the truth (proof not necessary). But a statement he made attracted my attention. he said: "I believe God doesn't Judge us based on our past." I thought, well, it's cool. but I wonder if this opinion really reflects this guy's religious doctrine. it doesn't really matter. but I thought it's good idea for a new article.

WARNING: This article is about one of the BIG differences between Christianity and Islam. if you feel offended about conflicting subjects and opinions opposite to your belief, I suggest you read no more. :D

from the Catholic Encyclopedia… :
Original sin may be taken to mean:
(1) the sin that Adam committed;
(2) a consequence of this first sin, the hereditary stain with which we are born on account of our origin or descent from Adam.

for those who didn't understand this definition, it basically means that thousands of years ago, a certain man called Adam ate from the forbidden fruit, so the whole of mankind will go to hell. he didn't ask our opinion, but we are still guilty because we are his descendants. we inherited what's called the Original Sin.

first, We should know that the idea of original sin is found in Christianity (but not all Christian sects believe in original sin), not in Judaism nor in Islam; its scriptural foundation, for those who believe it, is in the New Testament teaching of Paul (not Jesus -peace be upon him-)
for those who don't know Paul, he was a guy (originally called Saul of Tarsus) who never met Jesus -peace be upon him-. he persecuted the disciples of Jesus and was a big enemy of the early Christians. later, he claimed that Jesus -peace be upon him- appeared to him so he started preaching a Christianity. but what he preached was totally different from what Jesus preached. (these are not my words, but Christians' words. if you want to check more, just google "Paul vs Jesus") among the differences is the Original sin.

Now let's explore this issue from Christian and Islamic viewpoints:

:bulletred: Christian view of the Original Sin:
Basically, the idea is that God created humans to live eternally in Heaven, and that when Adam ate from the tree from which he had been forbidden, God punished him through death and banishment from Heaven. They further assert that as death was inherited by his progeny, so too was the sin of their father, which was a permanent stain on the hearts of humanity, never to be removed except through a sacrifice so great that it would oblige God to forgive humanity. This sacrifice would be nothing other than the sacrifice of God himself, incarnate in His “son” Jesus. Therefore Christianity deems all of humanity as damned to Hell for the sin of Adam from which they could never be cleansed, except through the belief that God died for Adam’s sin, ritualized as Baptism, through which Christians are ‘born again’ into the world, but this time free of sin.
So we see that the concept of ‘Original Sin’ forms the basis of various Christian beliefs, from the crucifixion of Jesus to the concept of salvation.

:bulletred: Islamic view:
Islam strictly promotes the notion that the punishment of sins will only be faced by those who commit them. Sin is not a hereditary trait or ‘stain’ passed to one’s progeny one generation to another. All people will be accountable to what only they themselves did in this life. And nobody pays for another person's sins. Therefore, even though the Qur'an mentions the "mistake" of Adam -peace be upon him- and how he was banished from the Garden, it places no responsibility on the shoulders of his progeny. None of the Prophets of God (Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Solomon... -peace be upon them all-) were known to have preached this concept. Rather, oin Islam, salvation from Hell and attainment of Paradise was achieved through the belief in One God and obedience to His commandments, a message preached by all prophets, including Jesus and Mohammed -peace be upon them-.

As for the sin of Adam -peace be upon him-, the Qur'an tells that he repented for his sin. God revealed to him words with which to repent, which he then accepted from him. Through God’s acceptance of Adam’s repentance -peace be upon him-, Adam was cleansed of the sin which he committed. God in the Qur'an repeatedly ascribes to Himself attribute of mercy and forgiveness. we can't call him Merciful if he wouldn't forgive a repenting person.
If a person sins, all they need to do is truly repent from their heart, and they will find God Ever Merciful. Adam -peace be upon him- did sin, and the sin did stain his heart, but it was removed through his repentance. The Prophet Muhammad said:
“Indeed if a believer sins, a black spot covers his heart. If he repents, and stops from his sin, and seeks forgiveness for it, his heart becomes clean again. If he persists (instead of repenting), it increases until covers his heart…”

:bulletred: Endless Mercy and Endless Love:
Even if we were to say that Adam -peace be upon him- did not repent, that stain is not passed on to further generations. Therefore, we see that God does not need any physical sacrifice in order to forgive sins, and that no sin is too great for His Mercy; to say so would be to ascribe deficiency to His Excellence and Perfection. The Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- relates to us that God said:
“O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great at it.”

:bulletred: We are not perfect:
So Adam sought forgiveness for His sin, and God accepted it from Him. Another crucial point which must be mentioned is that God created humans with a free will, and He knew that humanity would sin. For this reason, no human is expected to be perfect. What is expected from humans is that they repent from their sin. The last prophet of Islam -peace be upon him- said:
“All children of Adam repetitively make mistakes, but the best of those who make mistakes are those who repent.”

:bulletred: THE INNOCENT:
The Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- said:
"No child is born but upon Fitrah. It is his parents who make him a Jew or a Christian or a Polytheist."
Islam teaches that every child is born innocent and sinless in a state of pure belief in the God. it has the faculty of knowing the God and recognizing his oneness. also knowing the right from the wrong to a certain level. this disposition or nature is called Fitrah in Arabic.
If the child were left alone, it would grow up aware of the God. but all children are affected by the pressures of their environment whether directly or indirectly.
if the child dies before reaching puberty and the age of understanding things and deciding for itself, it would go to heaven. regardless of the religion of his parents or their sins.

I just need to clarify something. Fitrah doesn't mean the Child is a follower of the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-. it simply means he is a believer of the God almighty and follower of the religion of the God: Islam.
the Arabic word Islam means total submission to the will of the God. (more of the meaning of the word Islam can be found here… )

:bulletred: Conclusion:
Islam preaches that a person must work righteousness and avoid sin to attain Paradise, and that if one sins, that they seek repentance for it from their heart. Through this and the Mercy and Grace of God, they will enter Paradise. Mohammed -peace be upon him- taught this, Jesus -peace be upon him- taught it as well. all the prophets of God taught this.
Islam does not deem that all those before the advent of Mohammed -peace be upon him- or those who never heard of him are doomed to Hell. Those who have never heard of the message of Islam are not held liable to follow Islam, and God will deal with them with His Perfect Justice on the Day of Judgment when no soul will be wronged. Infants and children of both Muslims and non-Muslims alike are in enjoyment in Paradise upon death. Due to the infinite Justice of God:


I hope that's beneficial.

for Christian readers, if I made any mistakes in defining the Christian concept of Original sin, please let me know.

I made the woman unveiled for 2 reasons:
a- a Muslim woman is not required to cover her hair in front of her children.
b- this concept of being born to the Fitrah, or to Islam, applies to all children, regardless of their parents' religious backgrounds. so even if the mother is not a Muslim, the new born child is.

Wassalaamu alaikum
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