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Looking at the views of two different religions about the same topic, 'life after death'.

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God sent his prophets on the earth to teach people that god creates them and he has given a purpose of living this life in his remembrance and eventually he will raise them to see how they have followed his instructions. Thus the belief in life after death is an improvement point of believing in god. They laid so much emphasis on this that even a slight doubt in the belief of life after death meant denying God. So this made all other beliefs meaningless. Almost every religion has this belief but depending on the teachings of the scriptures the views might be different. For example some explain the term of passing the test in this world by continuously being reborn until they have reached perfection and this is known as reincarnation and some think it as a resurrection of the soul and other talk about the body resurrection. People of faith believe that the belief in life after death makes a believer to behave in an appropriate way, as he knows that if he did some thing wrong he will be punished and for a good deed there is a reward in hereafter. Based on this Islamic teaching the belief about life after death is very necessary as the Hadith below explains. "You must believe in Allah, His messengers, His holly books, in the last day and life after death." [HADITH] Basically this Hadith explains the whole Islamic belief and testifies that the belief in last day and life after death is necessary as this gives the meaning to this life and purpose for it. ...read more.

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They will have fruits therein; they will have any thing they wish. Greetings of peace from most merciful lord." (36:55-58) The verse above describes the rewards for the person in heaven and encourages Muslims to obey God. God uses the words spouses and comfort to show Muslims that sure in this life they have the restrictions but that is for a limited time and if they obey God and stay in their boundaries then God will make sure that they have every thing they wish for with best wishes of God. However Islam also gives Muslims the concept of hell, which gives the fear to Muslims and helps them to be more conscious of God and what they do in their lives by having the idea of Allah's punishments for those who do wrong and disobey him. In Quran Allah says: "O, You who believe, save yourselves and your families from a fire whose fuel is men and stones..." (At- tahreem: 6) By studying the verse above a many Muslim will obviously get shocked as the fuel of fire is described as men then he or she will try their best to not to become that fuel of the fire. Muslims think that this life is an opportunity to change for better, to obey Allah and worship him, as he deserves to be worshipped. As Allah in Quran says: "And spend of that which we have provided you, before the death comes to one of you and he says 'my lord! If only you defer me for a little while, then I should give sadqah and be among the righteous.' ...read more.

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This emphasises the belief that the good will be remembered and the one who does good will be rewarded. This judgment allows Christians to think the purpose of this life and to focus on their actions, as they have to be judged by God one day, which will affect their eternal life. "Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out-those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned " (John 5:28, 29, NIV). This emphasis that the good will be rewarded and go to heaven and bad is going to go in to hell a punishment. After looking at the views of two different religions about the same topic, 'life after death', I found that there is no lot difference between the concepts of events thought to be taken place at the judgement day e.g. the hell is described with the same meanings in both holy books and however among both religions there are different ideas. According to both religions the belief in life after death is important and that there shall be an eternal existence beyond the grave for every human being who has lived on earth. Although there is no right or wrong answer to whether or not life after death exists as no body claim to be an authority on life after death, for as yet none of us have entered in that other life. Ghulam Ghaus 12MH 1 A Study Of Muslim And Christian Beliefs About Life After Death ...read more.

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