No one’s good deeds can lead to paradise… Except when they do!

No one’s good deeds can lead to paradise

Muhammad said, 

“No one’s acts can lead to paradise.” 

They asked, “Not even you, Messenger of God?” 

He said, “Not even me, unless God enfolds me with His favour and mercy. So fulfil your commitments and draw near. Let no one wish for death. If you are one of the righteous, it may be that your blessings will increase, and if you are one of the wrong-doers, it may be that you will repent.”

(Bukhari) (By Paul Williams on February 4, 2017 https://bloggingtheology.net/2017/02/04/30154/)

Except when they do!

God has promised those that believe, and do deeds of righteousness; they shall have; forgiveness and a mighty wage. S. 5:9

The weighing that day is true; he whose scales are heavy — they are the prosperers, and he whose scales are light — they have lost their soul for wronging Our signs. S. 7:8-9

And those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness — We charge not any soul, save according to its capacity; those are the inhabitants of Paradise, therein dwelling forever; S. 7:42

Then there succeeded after them a succession who wasted the prayer, and followed lusts; so they shall encounter error save him who repents, and believes, and does a righteous deed; those — they shall enter Paradise, and they shall not be wronged anything; Gardens of Eden that the All-merciful promised His servants in the Unseen; His promise is ever performed. S. 19:59-61

And We shall set up the just balances for the Resurrection Day, so that not one soul shall be wronged anything; even if it be the weight of one grain of mustard-seed We shall produce it, and sufficient are We for reckoners. S. 21:47

Then he whose scales are heavy — they are the prosperers, and he whose scales are light — they have lost their souls in Gehenna dwelling forever. S. 23:102-103

The servants of the All-merciful are those who walk in the earth modestly and who, when the ignorant address them, say, ‘Peace’; who pass the night prostrate to their Lord and standing; who say, ‘Our Lord, turn Thou from us the chastisement of Gehenna; surely its chastisement is torment most terrible; evil it is as a lodging-place and an abode’; who, when they expend, are neither prodigal nor parsimonious, but between that is a just stand; who call not upon another god with God, nor slay the soul God has forbidden except by right, neither fornicate, for whosoever does that shall meet the price of sin-doubled shall be the chastisement for him on the Resurrection Day, and he shall dwell therein humbled, save him who repents, and believes, and does righteous work — those, God will change their evil deeds into good deeds, for God is ever All-forgiving, All-compassionate; and whosoever repents, and does righteousness, he truly turns to God in repentance. And those who bear not false witness and, when they pass by idle talk, pass by with dignity; who, when they are reminded of the signs of their Lord, fall not down thereat deaf and blind; who say, ‘Our Lord, give us refreshment of our wives and seed, and make us a model to the godfearing.’ Those shall be recompensed with the highest heaven, for that they endured patiently, and they shall receive therein a greeting and –‘ Peace!’ S. 25:63-75

And He answers those who believe and do righteous deeds, and He gives them increase of His bounty. And the unbelievers — for them awaits a terrible chastisement. S. 42:26

Then he whose deeds weigh heavy in the Balance shall inherit a pleasing life, but he whose deeds weigh light in the Balance S. 101:6-9

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