Who deserves Paradise, a Muslim or a non-Muslim?
On one hand, it is possible that someone known to be a Muslim may end up in Hell like the Munafiqun (hypocrites). They called themselves Muslims and were known by the same title, yet the holy Qur’an clearly stated that they will end up in the lowest depth of Hell forever. On the other hand, there are many who were not called Muslims but they may end up in Paradise because of their love for God and submission to Him.
A Muslim and a non-Muslim who do not submit to God may turn out to be the same. If they both commit Shirk (associating partners with God) have the same punishment for the crime. There are non-Muslims, who close their eyes when TRUTH is presented to them, but many Muslims do the same too.
We are all going through a similar test, where we must overcome our emotions and must decide whether our loyalties lie with God or not. Everyone, a Muslim or a non-Muslim, will have to go through finding the TRUTH because after the death of all the prophets, no one can claim to have an absolute knowledge of the religion.
Everyone’s situations are different from others. There are those who are born Muslims but ignorant of God’s law or have the knowledge but they do not follow it. There are those who are born Muslims but they were brought up into the Right Path and followed it correctly. Such people have an important responsibility of striving to be on that path and to inform others about it.
Only God alone knows who the real Muslim is. God, The All Just, is going to settle the accounts with absolute Justice on the Day of Judgment. Only those who unconditionally submit to Him are going to be the successful ones.
- My Intentions (sirajuldeen.wordpress.com)