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Word That Relates to My Religious Experience”

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Word that relates to my religious experience”
One word that stands out for me above all others is a word in Urdu called ma-afi, which translates to salvation, forgiveness.   As long as I can remember, whenever I acted out, my parents would remind me of the fact that Allah (God) was watching my every move.   I was taught that whatever deed I commit will be judged and I will either be punished or rewarded for it.   For a Muslim, the purpose of life is to live and to please Allah so that they may enter Jana (paradise).   When a child reaches the age of puberty and becomes a man or a women, their account of deeds is opened and everything they do is recorded.   At the Day of Judgment, all of their deeds will be tried and their eternal fate will be decided.  
Salvation in Islam usually refers to the final entry to heaven.   According to the Quran, the only possible guarantee that one will ever attain salvation is that if the person believes in One God, or he associates Allah with other partners.   The sin that is most punishable in Islam is called a Shirk which means associating Allah with other partners, for instance, idol worshipping or worshipping anything other than Allah. People who die not believing in One God are eternally damned and will never receive salvation.   And those who believe in One God but reject his message are left on Allah’s mercy and their fate lies in Allah’s hand.   A person that converts to Islam testifies that there’s one God and none has the right to be worshipped but him.   And he also testifies in Allah’s prophet Muhammad (SWW) and accepts his message.   Islam acknowledges that just being a Muslim is not enough and one must earn his right to salvation.   And to earn that right, one must avoid sin at all cost.   If he has sinned, then he must repent and seek God’s forgiveness.   The repentance must be sincere and must come from the

bottom of his heart which is the only way to get God’s forgiveness.   According to Islamic teaching God is...


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