Originally Posted by Nitro Zeus
Yes, I understand what is meant. But this is a wrong concept that Jesus pbuh is the spiritual son of God. To keep stating spiritual son of God would indicate that our creator has shared His divinity with us, so we are now all His spiritual sons and daughters (inheritance). This can lead to problems whereby in Islam we are His servants/ibaadis.
Allah swt without doubt has chosen some over others with special favors and miracles (prophets, saints, righteous). These prophets are sent by Allah to guide us towards Him. The power and authority that have been bestowed cannot be comparable with the power and authority of Allah. For instance, in the Quran, Allah has told us in many places to "obey Allah and obey Prophet Muhammad" pbuh. This does not mean that they are both on equal authority/power, what it indicates rather is the high level of importance and high value of the authority Allah has given to Prophet Muhammad pbuh. And, we also know that Allah has in the mirage/ascension of the Prophet Muhammad pbuh given him leadership over all the prophets, whereupon he lead them all in prayer.
"Ibn Kathir (Allah have mercy on him) narrates a hadith, “Then I left and it was not more than a little while when a lot of people gathered, and someone called for the prayer and the prayer was established.” He (the Prophet ) continued, “So we stood in lines waiting for someone to come and lead us, then Jibra’il took my hand and asked me to lead the prayer, and I did. After the end of the prayer Jibra’il asked me, ‘O Muhammad, do you know who prayed behind you?’ I said, ‘No’. He said, ‘Every Prophet sent by Allah swt prayed behind you.’ Then Jibra’il took my hand and we ascended to heaven.”
If, she rejects what is being said you would have done your part. But it is really conflicting with her belief previously that she does believe that Jesus is not God, but now a son of God. If, one were to say that it seems that person is still falling into error.
The essence of God can be understood in His attributes. - He is the first and the last, the uncomparable one, the owner of all, the all encompassing. etc
Our belonging to Him doesn't mean we are part of Him or share in His divinity
. The power and authority given to some elevates them over others. Without diminishing or increasing Allah's essence.
Allah knows best,
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You can pray for those who are still alive to be guided and make attempts to correct them. Nothing more is required as our duty. Each soul will be accountable for what has been earned and rewarded justly. Keep in reminder that all things and persons are easily replaceable in this life. If we both and us all were to die, it's an easy matter for God to create another set of humans and jinns/creation to worship and serve Him. Those who die without accepting Islam after it was presented to them with the best of manners, efforts and certain knowledge they only have themselves to be blamed.
Allah knows the hearts, circumstances and intellect of everyone of His servants best.
One example of this is the prophet's uncle.
Imam Bukhari relates a hadith in his Sahih:Sa’eed ibn al-Musayyib narrates from his father: “When the time of the death of Abu Talib approached, Allah’s messenger (S) went to him and found Abu Jahl ibn Hisham and ‘Abdullah ibn Abi Umayyah ibn al-Mughira by his side. Allah’s messenger (S) said to Abu Talib: “O uncle! Say: There is none worthy of worship besides Allah, a sentence with which I shall be a witness for you before Allah” Abu Jahl and ‘Abdullah ibn Abi Umayyah said, “O Abu Talib! Are you going to denounce the religion of Abdul Muttalib?” Allah’s messenger (S) kept on inviting Abu Talib to say it (i.e. There is none worthy of worship besides Allah) while they (Abu Jahl and Abdullah) kept on repeating their statement untill Abu Talib said as his last statement that he was on the religion of Abdul Muttalib and refused to say, There is none worthy of worship besides Allah.’ Then Allah’s messenger (S) said, “I will keep on asking Allah’s forgiveness for you unless I am forbidden (by Allah) to do so.”
(Sahih al-Bukhari no:4399 and Sahih Muslim no:35)
Thereafter the verse of the Holy Qur’an was revealed:
“It is not fitting for the Prophet and those who believe that they should invoke (Allah) for forgiveness for pagans even though they be of kin, after it has become clear to them that they are companions of the fire.”
(Al-Qur’an 9:113 Surah al-Tawbah)
With regards to Abu Talib being a Muslim or not, the muhadditheen (commentators of hadith) are of two opinions. The vast majority are of the opinion that he did not accept Islam. The above-mentioned hadiths and verses of the Holy Quran in relation to them suggest and support this opinion. However, the remaining muhadditheen argue that at the time of his death he was found to be murmuring something which was not audible. ‘Allamah Shibli No’mani states on the authority of Ibn Ishaq that at the time of Abu Talibs death his lips were moving. Hadhrat Abbas (R) (who was a non-believer at that time) put his ear next to Abu Talib and informed the Prophet (S) that he was saying the words which he, Prophet (S) had instructed Abu Talib to say, i.e. the shahadah.(Seerat al-Nabi vol:1 pg:157)
Personally, I am inclined towards the former (majority) view because the Quran has made it clear of Abu Talib's fate. Allah knows best, May Allah help us to chose the right path and stay on it. Ameen. And, what is even more valuable to remember is that all our love for others, i.e relatives, spouses, children will/should have a limits.
"On the Day a man will flee from his brother
And his mother and his father
And his wife and his children,
For every man, that Day, will be a matter adequate for him."
- Quran, Chapter 80: 34-37