Originally Posted by *charisma*
Just have something to add.
We have chosen to participate in this test personally:
Indeed, we offered the Trust to the heavens and the earth and the mountains, and they declined to bear it and feared it; but man [undertook to] bear it. Indeed, he was unjust and ignorant. Quran (Al-`Ahzab - 72)
But realize that this test is not for Allah to examine whether you are rightful or not. He already knows the intentions you will have in your lifetime and the choices you will make.
Allah is the only one who knows the future.
This test is for you and for you alone. It’s purpose is only to record your deeds.
Suppose we did not get this test.
One day, Allah takes you and throws you in Jahannam…just like that!
Your obvious reaction will be like: “why? What did I do to deserve this?”
Allahs reply would be something like “because I know you better than yourself”
But you would not understand this answer. For you, it will look unfair.
By taking this test you are making your very self as a witness of your deeds.
Second, Allah is so merciful, that he made Jahannam almost impossible to enter.
For every good deed planned and executed you will get multiple credits.
For every bad deed planned but not executed you will get credits.
For every bad deed planned and executed you will get one sin, but only if you do not regret it and make tawbaah within x time (do not know this exactly)
If you have imaan in your heart with the weight of a mustard seed, your final destination is Jannah.
So you must do a lot wrong if you want to end up in Jahannam.
For what I know, both Jannah and Jahannam are eternal. Once entered, you will never leave.
People with Imaan who have done a lot of wrong, will be punished severely for their sins until they have no more sins and will enter Jannah for eternity.
People with no Imaan who have lived a good life, will be rewarded generously for their good deeds, until they have no more good deeds, and will enter Jahannam for eternity.
Your grave can be a garden of Jannah or a pit of Jahannam for this purpose but it is not the real thing.
The eternal Jannah or Jahannam is only accessible after Judgement day when you have to cross the Sirat Bridge.
So it just boils down to believing or not believing.
Last but not least, you cannot imagine how mercifull Allah is. So, serving 70 years, and get rewarded for eternity may sounds unlogical to you, but then again…Allahs wisdom and mercifulness is beyond our grasp of understanding.