People who haven’t heard of Islam. Will they enter hell?

The Condition of People who don’t Know About Islam

Allah says
((We have not sent thee but as a universal (Messenger) to men, giving them glad tidings, and warning them (against sin), but most men understand not.)) 34:28

People of Fatra will be tested in the Hereafter. There will be a person sent to order them to do good. If they obey him, they will enter the Paradise. If they refuse to obey, they will be punished with Hell.”

وَمَا كُنَّا مُعَذِّبِينَ حَتَّى نَبْعَثَ رَسُولاً

“And never do We punish any people until We send a Messenger (to make the Truth distinct from falsehood).” (QS. Al Isra/The Night Journey: 15)

In the Day of Resurrection, there would be a deaf man, who couldn’t hear anything, an idiot, a senile man, and a person who died during the time of fatra. The deaf one said, “O Lord, at the time when Islam came I was deaf, and didn’t hear about Islam at all.” The idiot said, “O Lord, when Islam came, I was tied by the brats inside a well.” The senile man said, “O Lord, when Islam came, I was losing my intelligence.” The person who died during the time of fatra said, “O Lord, there were no messengers who enjoin me to Islam.” Then they were tested according to the nature of their hearts towards obedience. A messenger was sent to order them to enter the Hell. The Prophet said, by Allah, if they entered it, they would find it cool and they would be saved.” (Narrated by Ahmad, no. 16344, Thabrani 2/79. Classified as valid hadith by Al Albani in his work, “Silsilah Ash Shahihah” no. 1434).

There is also a similar hadith narrated by Abu Huraira but the last sentences were:

فمن دخلها كانت عليه برداً وسلاماً، ومن لم يدخلها سحب إليها

“Among them, those who obeyed and entered the Hell would feel the coolness of it and eventually be saved. Whereas those who hesitated to enter it, instead would be dragged into it.” (Narrated by Ahmad no. 16345).

By: Ask A Muslim

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