Reward: Hereafter for non-Muslims leading a pious life

Q577 :If a non-Muslim leads a pious life, would he be rewarded by admission into heaven in the hereafter?

A577 : Islam states clearly that good actions merit reward from Allah if they are result of believing in Him. Without faith, any good action is deprived of its value. You could say that faith, or indeed believing in Allah, is the soul of any good action. Without it, it remains lifeless. While there is no denying the fact that some non-believers may have good characters and may be keen to do good actions, they undermine their own standing in Allah's sight by their lack of faith. When the Prophet was asked which people were best, he answered: "The best among them in pre-Islamic days are the best in Islam, if they get to know their faith well." The Hadith speaks of good people among non-believers. It adds, however, that such a good person will be distinguished by his goodness if he becomes a Muslim, and he could distinguish himself still further if he understands Islam well. This is due to the fact that these additional qualities had the proper motivation to his good actions and enhance his good character.

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