Recently I noticed a lady who works for a Christian apologetics group here in the UK making stuff up about Islam concerning women in Paradise. She alleged unmarried and childless women do not go to Paradise according to Islam. This is an utter falsehood.
However, this is an opportunity for us to relay some important information concerning Paradise.
Firstly, girls (and boys) who die before puberty, do they go to Paradise? Yes
The scholars are unanimously agreed that the fate of Muslim children -- if they die after the soul has been breathed in and before reaching puberty -- is Paradise. See here for more
This is some comfort for those parents who have lost children. May Allah make it easier on them and make them firm on the deen. Ameen.
Secondly, are unmarried and divorced women forbidden from entering Paradise? No.
Allah does not look at somebody's status in this life. He looks at their piety. Being married is not a criterion to get into Paradise.In fact the lady who did not marry in this life (for whatever reason) will be married in Paradise. This again is comfort for the women who are struggling to find partners.
If a woman does not get married in this world, Allaah will grant her a spouse in whom she will find delight in Paradise. See here for Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen's view.
As far as we understand, the blessed Mary (p) was unmarried too - she's certainly in Paradise! :)
Thirdly, are women who are childless (without children) forbidden from entering Paradise? No.
Again, Allah is not going to judge you on whether He blessed you with children or not. It comes down to piety again.
As we have already seen, unmarried women are allowed in Paradise so clearly the same applies to childless women. Although, as Shaykh Abu Yunus says in the video, women will be able to have children in Paradise. This is comfort for those ladies who cannot have children in this world.
May Allah make us all amongst those who enter Paradise.
Seen as this post was sparked by the lies of a Christian missionary lady, I'd like to ask her what does her religious view offer women when it comes to paradise. Here, we have seen the Islamic view offers comfort to the ladies who have lost children (their children are in Heaven) and those ladies who are unable to have children are comforted too (they can have children in Paradise). What about the lady who is finding it difficult to find a life partner and experience love in a spousal relationship? Islam offers the lady the comfort that she will be married in Paradise. What does her Christian view offer?
Islam offers the person exactly what they need psychologically and emotionally.
Islam has a superior view of the Afterlife. Christians, please look into Islam with an open mind. I invite Christians to Islam.
Here's the video correcting the Christian missionary lady
If the video does not play, please see here.
The following text is taken from Islam Helpline. It's pertinent to this subject:
Firstly, the sacred institution of marriage is considered an extremely preferred Sunnah (voluntary act), and not a Fard (obligatory act) in Shariah.
Thus as un-natural as remaining unmarried might be, if one chooses to remain unmarried for any reason, to the best of our knowledge we have not across anything in the authentic and established hadiths which declare that those who choose never to marry (man or woman) will be forbidden to enter Paradise!
Your friend who told you that unmarried woman will be forbidden to enter
Paradise should be asked to provide evidence from the Quran or the Sunnah for her declaration! If she cannot provide the evidence for her declaration from the Quran or the Sunnah, and we assure you there is none, then know with absolute certainty that the declaration is a mere figment of her imagination and her invention and nothing to do with the Guidance of Truth revealed by Allah Subhanah!
If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
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