When non-Muslims study Islam, there are many different teachings of Islam to other religions. One of them was the Prophet who did not die to bear the sins of his people even though he was a mercy to all.
Why is that? Scholar from Toronto, United States, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty explained that the main reason is because Islam does not recognize the concept.
According to the Quran, Allah, with his infinite mercy, forgave Adam and Eve for their disobedience. That is why there is no concept of ‘innate sin’ in Islam, unlike any other religion.
Innate sin means that since Adam and Eve committed the first sin, all mankind is shrouded in sin and that all human beings are born sinners. Islam rejects this and the Qur’an says that no soul can bear the deeds of others.
So in Islam, all children are born pure and innocent. Only when humans reach the age of puberty will their sins be withheld against them.
Furthermore, Islam also rejects humans who need a ‘savior’ to die for the sins of man. Instead Islam teaches that the only real way for every human being to attain salvation is to surrender their will exclusively to Allah with sincere obedience, worship and good deeds.
In addition to the above reasons, there are a number of arguments why Islam does not recognize the sin of ransom. That’s the explanation as follows:
First, Islam does not recognize the concept of original sins.
Adam’s sins were his own. In the Quran Allah has forgiven Adam and Eve when they repented. All things are returned to the mercy of Allah SWT.
Therefore there is no concept of Adam bequeathing to his descendants original sin, and therefore there is no need to establish redeemer for those sins. In surah Al Baqarah verse 37 it is mentioned:
فَتَلَقَّىٰ آدَمُ مِنْ رَبِّهِ كَلِمَاتٍ فَتَابَ عَلَيْهِ ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ
“Then Adam received a few words from his Lord, and He accepted his repentance. Indeed, Allah is merciful, the Almighty.”
Second, everyone is born of a fitrah (without sins).
This is because there is no original sin, everyone is born in a state of fitrah. We acquire sin later by our own conscious and willful actions. Prophet Muhammad صلى اللل عليي وسلم in a narration mentions:
كُلُّ مَوْلُودٍ يُولَدعَلَى الْفِطْرَةِ
“Every child is born in a state of fitrah (or a natural state of innocence).”
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Third, Islam teaches that Allah is All-Compassionate and Compassionate.
He is not bound by the rules of blood sacrifice to forgive His servants. Allah says in Az Zumar’s letter verse 53:
قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنْفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِنْ رَحْمَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ
Say, “O My servants who are transgressors against themselves! Do not despair of Allah’s mercy. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, He is the Most Merciful, the Most Merciful.
Fourth, sins is a personal responsibility.
Islam teaches that each individual is responsible for his or her own safety. It is not Ibraham, or Moses, or Jesus’ alaihimussalam, or Muhammad who can save us.
They are only able to save themselves through the grace of Allah جل جلاله. In the Qur’an verse 111 Allah جل جلاله says:
وَمَنْ يَكْسِبْ إِثْمًا فَإِنَّمَا يَكْسِبُهُ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِهِ ۚ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا
“And whoever sins, he does it for himself. And Allah knows, The Wise.”
Fifth, prayer can be offered directly.
Any person, male or female, can go directly to God. God is closer to us than our own neck veins. Allah says in the Qur’an verse 16:
وَلَقَدْ خَلَقْنَا الْإِنْسَانَ وَنَعْلَمُ مَا تُوَسْوِسُ بِهِ نَفْسُهُ ۖ وَنَحْنُ أَقْرَبُ إِلَيْهِ مِنْ حَبْلِ الْوَرِيدِ
“And indeed, We have created man and know what his heart whispers, and We are nearer to him than the veins of his neck.”