Originally Posted by JesusBeliever
(smile) And peace to you, Believer!
You know, I don't know what my
fate will be in the Next life, let alone yours. We must acknowledge God, and try our best to do what is Pleasing to God in this life... and then trust to His Mercy, Fairness, Kindness, Generosity and Love.
God Knows everything of who we are, our circumstances and how we've dealt with things in life. He Knows all our secret intentions and acts. He Knows the things that no one else knows. And that is why He is the Only One who can fairly Judge us, and Decide what should happen to us. (smile) He's very Compassionate, though, so He Stacks the deck in our favour. Whatever tiny bit of good we've done, He can Magnify many times. But whatever bad we have done, He only Counts as one bad deed.
(smile) I remember reading an Arab proverb years ago that said something like this: act as if you're not sure of going to Paradise yourself, but act as if you believe that others are going to Paradise. (smile) The idea is that we should always look to ourselves
and see how we
can improve. But look with humility, kindness and forgiveness to others.
There is no clear answer to your question, you see. We must all just soldier on and do our best... and trust in God.
Incidentally, reading the Qur'an is not an absolute pre-requisite for being a Muslim (one who struggles to submit to God's Will). (smile) But it sure helps to read it and get God's Guidance!
May God, the Guide to the Right Path, Help us in our efforts to understand His Will.