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What is the destiny of non- Muslims in the hereafter?

What is the destiny of non- Muslims in the hereafter?

Answer

Whoever does not believe in our master Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is considered a disbeliever by all Muslims. However, Allah Almighty never punishes anyone until he receives the message of Islam—either Muslims who were led to disbelief out of ignorance or non-Muslims who did not receive the truth for which they become blame worthy. Allah Almighty says:
And Allah would not let a people stray after He has guided them until He makes clear to them what they should avoid. Indeed, Allah is Knowing of all things [9:115]

And never would We punish until We sent a messenger [17:15]
According to the apparent rules [of Islamic law] people are classified into Muslims and non-Muslims. This does not mean that Allah will punish non-Muslims who died without receiving the message of Islam. Their fate lies in the hands of Allah Almighty. He will either test them on the Day of Judgment as mentioned in some non-prophetic hadiths, or forgive them out of His generosity and grace as stated by a group of scholars who consider those people to be from ahl al-fatra [i.e. Those people who did not receive the message of Islam]
 

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