The opinions expressed by students do not represent the views of Ramallah Friends School (FBS) and Friends United Meeting.
My Faith

Do you believe your religion is the only true one? – Magali (Mexico City)

My religion, Islam, came as the last and is the completion of the 3 religions of God (Christianity, Judaism and Islam). As a Moslem, my religion asks me to believe in and respect the other 2 religions. All 3 religions ask for belief in one and only God and his prophets, with little differences. Since Islam completes the other two, it contains more updated information for people to believe in. As a result, it is better than the rest. However, since the three religions are integrated with each other, all three of them are essentially true, though they have different perspectives.
By Pillar

In my opinion, my religion isn’t the only true one, because I think that everybody has a religion that he believes in and thinks is the true religion (and which he can change if he doesn’t believe in it), so all the religions in the world are true. So everyone in the world has something that he believe in. It will be true to him. Even if the religions are different from on another.
By Seif

Answer: - Well, I don’t follow my religion a lot. So I think my religion is the true one, and I think every religion has a group of people who criticize this religion. I think my religion is the true one because we have al Koran and many people believe in it and follow it. Many of the people in the world follow the Islamic religion. Sometimes I ask myself this question—if my religion is true?! And I wonder if it’s true, finally I find an answer, which is: my religion is true and the Christian religion is also true. Because each religion has many people who follow it.
By Hanin

In my opinion, yes, I believe that my religion is the only true one. I think that every person will think that his religion is the only true one. Every religion has its own beliefs, so the other people from other religions will think that I believe in something wrong. Also, I would say the same thing if I saw beliefs that the others believe in. In the end, I think that every person has to believe in his own religion and not think about things in other religions.
By Janan

No, I don't believe that my religion is the only true one. Because I believe that God sent different religions so all of them could be true. No one has the right to say that his religion is the only one that is true. Each and every religion that says people should believe in God and that there's only one God for this world—then this religion is a true religion.
By Joy

As a Muslim my religion tells me that there is no true religion except the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian. I believe in what my religion tells me. That doesn’t mean that I don’t respect people who believe in other religions or are atheists. I think that everybody has his right to believe in anything he wants to. But I believe that only religions that were “made” by Allah are the true ones.
By Saji

The holy Quran tells me yes. In my religion, the holy book Quran tells me that the Christians and the Jews had disagreements in their religion. The Quran is true, every word of it, based on that I think my religion is the only religion and is true when it comes to agreements and disagreements in the religion. That does not mean that other religions are not true; they are but they have disagreements in some way.
By Najeeb

I don’t believe that my religion is the only true one. This is because, first, I don’t have enough information about the other religions. Second, all three religions are brought from God. Third, I believe that all three religions are true. In the end, there is no difference between a Muslim or a Christian nor a Jewish person.
By Bashar

I believe that there are other true religions. I believe in Christianity and in Jesus’ religion too. What I don’t believe is that these two religions have no wrong beliefs. In time the paynims spread falsified copies of God's books. There were few mistakes in these faked books. The mistakes in the falsified books have lead the believers in these two religions to have wrong beliefs.
By Abbas

As a Christian, I don’t think that this is the only true religion, even if I believe in it. No one has the right to say that his /her religion is the only true one, because they cannot support this idea. The Bible, the Koran and the Torah share different ideas and different beliefs. Nevertheless, when all of the three religions support the idea that God exists, all of them will be true.
By Marian

No, I don’t think that my religion is the only religion that is true because my religion shares a lot of things with other ones, such as the Bible. But I think that some of the other religious books were rewritten and people changed the words of God as written in the holy Koran.
By Omar

Yes, of course, that's why I believe in my religion, because I believe it is the true one. But it doesn't mean I don't respect other religions. My religion told us to believe in the other religions, because they were all sent by God. But he told us to follow only one; that is Islam.
By Yazan

Each person believes that his/her religion is the only true one. Christians believe that Jesus is God, while Muslims don’t and Jews are still waiting for him to come. So, I don’t think that religion should be talked about publicly or argued about because it will lead to problems. So it’s better to let religion and faith be a private thing. Each one of us believes in God in a different way. But in the end we all belong to one God.
By Monica

I believe that there are many religions all over the world. We should be open minded and respect them. I cannot be the judge to say that my religion is the only true one. If you ask a Moslem, a Hindu, and a Buddhist, they will say that their religion is the only true one. Each individual in any religion may think that their religion is the only true one. You may not be obligated to follow other religious beliefs. However, it is important that you understand and respect them. I do not judge a person on his religion; however, I do judge the person if he is faithful or not, because faith reflects personality.
By Canaan

Christianity is one of the oldest religions on earth. Christianity is also the sequel to the Jewish religion. In the Bible, God made himself clear. He appointed what is important in life, and what is not. God also teaches people in the Bible how to achieve eternal life: Heaven. If God has done all this, why repeat himself and create another religion after Christianity? The Jews' religion is not complete. And the Muslims' religion is not parallel with ours. For these reasons, I consider my religion the only one true.
By Chris

Before fifteen hundred years ago, all three religions were right and perfect. But in time, two of these religions were somehow “messed up”, and some people tried to “fix” these religions. But even after that, the only religion and holy book which stay immortal are Islam and Q’uran. That was assured by many non-Muslim experts and professors from different sites of the globe. I think that at this moment, Islam is the only religion that is true 100%, disregarding the known “Muslims” terrorists.
By Ahmad N

No, I don’t believe that my religion is the only true one. I believe that everything is true and I believe that if the person does good stuff, he or she will go to heaven even if he or she is Muslim, Jewish or Christian.
By Athar

I believe that my religion is true one, which came from God to inspire us. I have lived all my life in a country that respects the different religions. Our country is also far from racism. I believe in religions other than mine, which is Islam. Other religions came from God too, and they all lead to the same road. I was born with my religion, and I'm so convinced about it, and also about others. I wish that others would believe in others too, and avoid racism, so we could live in lovable conditions.
By Ahlam

I believe in all religions that have their own God who created this world, but that doesn’t mean I believe in everything they say. I am a Christian and believe the Moslem and Jewish religions are true religions but there are things they say that do not ally with my religion. For example, Jews believe that Jesus is yet to come and I believe that he came 2006 years ago.
By Faris

I'm a Moslem, I have one religion. I don’t know what other religions believe in, so I just walk in my own religion’s way, but what I know is my religion’s point of view about other religions. In the end I want to say that my religion teaches me that every religion was sent from God, so if you believe in the Islamic religion, you must believe in other religions, because they were all sent from one God.
By Basil

Yes, because it's the latest religion that God sent, and it came for all people, and our religion says that it replaces all the religions that came before. It came not for a special land or a group of people, so it's not limited like other religions, and it's the religion in which God states everything he wanted to ask people to do in order that they would avoid bad and illegal things, and to keep them from many of their wrong desires, and shows the most important things that a person should follow to get the positive result at the end of his life. By the way, my religion is Islam. (This is my opinion)
By Fahmi

No, I don't think my religion is the only truly one, because every religion has its beliefs, and I think there is some wrong things in my religion. And who am I to judge my religion? I have no authority no say that my religion is wrong .
By Kamilia

Islam is not the only true religion, and I won’t believe any one who says it is. Islam says that there is Christian and Jews and I believe my religion when it says that. Islam is one of three religions of heaven, and it’s not the only one. I believe much of Christianity and I believe that it teaches the same values Islam teaches. The difference between them is the way we pray. I don’t agree with Moslems who say that Islam is the only religion and only Moslems go to heaven. I consider them as uneducated people.
By Ahd

How do you get to Heaven? – Andrea Owens (Cornerstone University)

There are several ways to go to heaven. The major ones are pray to God 5 times a day, be generous, treat people kindly, and be uncomplaining. Many people think that we “Muslims” must kill non Muslims to go to heaven. The truth is that God said that if we die during action in a battle we will go to heaven. God isn’t talking about any battle, he’s talking about a battle in which we are trying to liberate our country or to defend ourselves.
By Saji

There are many ways to get to heaven, no matter what your religion. For us, Muslims, to get to heaven we must pray to Allah, do “al-zakat”, which is giving poor people money (help them); fasting, believing that there’s no God except Allah, and that Mohammad (P.U.P.H) is his prophet. Finally, doing “al-hajj” (if you can), which is going to “Q’aba” in Mecca, and do special prayers to Allah.
By Ahmad N

I think that going to heaven is easy for you, if you decide to go there, and to do everything needed to go there. The way that you can go to heaven is to treat every body nice without any difference between people (equality), to forgive everyone in your life (no enemies), and don’t sin in your life—that is the most important thing. Sure, going to Heaven is not easy, but it’s not hard if you decide to go there, and determine how you want to live your life.
By Rami

Each person can get to Heaven if he does all his things that God orders him to do, and is honest, faithful, treats people nice, does good things, avoid things that cause God to be mad at him, and things that God forbids; also to avoid the illegal things, and stay away from the things that God has asked us to stay away from; also to respect others, be kind with people, help people, look at people as being equal and the same. Don’t let your desires affect you in a negative way.
By Fahmi

We get to heaven by believing in God, and following in his bright path. We do this by doing everything God has told us to do. For example, we pray to show our faith, we fast to show our patience, and give zak’a to show that we feel with the poor. So if we do all these things, and more, we could guarantee going to heaven.
By Salah

You can go to heaven by your morals and nothing else. I don’t believe that only those who pray everyday or fast every month are the only ones who go to heaven. Whenever the person is true to himself and to god and to people around and do what god wants him to do he can go straight to heaven. Heaven needs good people who know how to deal with life in a legal, moral way and not only those who pray everyday and stick only with religions laws. It’s wrong. You go to heaven with your heart and thoughts and morals, not with doing things.
By Ahd

Is Jesus Christ important to you? If so, in what ways? – Emily Dykstra (Tennessee, USA)

Jesus Christ is my best friend, brother, sister, mother, and father. He’s my God, and I can’t live without him standing beside me. I think that he’s always with me, and he’s not with me alone, but with everyone wherever he is.

He’s always gentle; He forgives me for everything I do, whatever it was, even if I don’t deserve this forgiving. Why do you think he’s doing this? Is he doing it because I love him, maybe because he loves me, and maybe both? He’s important to me because he has sacrificed with his life to let us know that he loves us.
By Seif

Jesus Christ is the light of my life. If it wasn't for Jesus, then there wouldn’t have been religion in life. To me, Jesus is the ideal example of a human being who believes in God. In the Bible, you can virtually imagine Jesus. You can see how Jesus faces conflicts and how he describes life. In my life, I like to follow his steps. When I face conflicts, I think: what would Jesus do? Having a role model like Jesus gives life a reason. I know that if I follow what Jesus said, then I will go to Heaven.
By Chris

How big of role does religion play in your everyday life? – Anthony Schifano (California, USA)

I think that to be religious or not is a complicated idea. It is not a simple one. I always wonder whether I believe in God or not, and if I believe—how? So this question touches a critical issue for me. In some ways I practice religious behaviors, and in others I don’t. The important thing for me is dealing and communicating with people, so I choose the best ideas in the Koran and the advice which is related to values such as respect, honesty, trustfullness and other great values.

Religion is not only praying and fasting. It's also beliefs and style of life. It’s how a person behaves and acts in his daily life. It's also the way of treating people by caring, helping, and thinking of them. So, religion is important in the way I treat others.
By Lama

Religion isn’t very important in my life. I am a Christian, but I don’t go to church every Sunday. Sometimes I pray but not that much. I believe in God but I don’t believe in many things in the bible. In the future, I think I should start believing more, and praying more. I guess I'm not going to loose much if I do. But I will not follow everything the bible says; like being unable to marry from a different religion, or being unable to do many things like putting tattoos.
By Zeina

I am a Muslim girl who believes in God, although my faith is somehow weak, because I don’t follow what the Quran says. My religion helps me a lot in my daily life. It helps in guiding me to the right way of doing many things. Just remembering that God is watching me, makes me regret many wrong actions. I think that no matter what our religion is, it must play a critical role in our daily life, to give us a line not to pass. This line will always make our life easier, safer, and more joyful.
By Mona

I think that religion plays an important role in people's lives. My religion plays a role in my life in positive way. As with all the other religions, my religion says that we have to believe in God, honesty, heaven, freedom, studying and respecting each other. I believe in all these things. Believing that God is in every place makes me do many good things. Believing in honesty and freedom makes me a girl with a strong personality. I respect all people, just as I would like them to respect me. So, I think that religion plays a big role in my life and in all people's lives in a positive way.
By Saja

In my opinion, my religion is considered to be really important to me especially in this age. Being a teenager, it will be somehow easy for me to practice bad habits or bad actions that the community and God reject. Reading the Bible and knowing what you should do to please God is important. Religion plays a big role in making the person destroy wrong thinking and destroy Satan’s desire to turn him/her away from God. If a person is not giving any importance for finding the right religion with the best habits, he will be more easily become involved in evil acts.
By Saher

It is a very considerable part, because I can't organize my daily life without thinking about my behavior according to my religion, as well as connecting them. Religion for a Muslim is the source of ideals and principles in his daily life, so I can't imagine myself acting without considering my religion. That is how important my religion is to me, and I guess it plays the important part it should play.
By Salman

I think that my religion is important in my daily life because my religion affects my life. My religion plays a role in many aspects of my life, like respect—because my religion teaches me how to respect people, whether the person is an old man or a young guy. In addition, my religion teaches me many things, like not to steal, lie and many bad things. So, without it my country would be destroyed and there would not be safe places. And the most important thing that my religion teaches me is peace; it teaches me to not fight anyone or kill him without reason.
By Khalad

Religion doesn’t only play a role in my everyday life, but it is the role itself, as religion is my everyday life. I read in the Holy Scriptures every day. I keep asking my grandmother about the great things in the Holy Bible. I also talk too much with her about Jesus, God, resurrection, and eternal life on Earth ( Mat 5:5). Other detailed subjects are also included in my conversations with my grandmother. I pray before I eat, before I sleep, and in the morning. I don’t listen to anyone telling me anything outside of the Bible, and that is because I only believe in what is written by the strength of God, the Holy Spirit.
By Saher

I think religion is an important factor in my everyday life. Not because I have to practice it, but because I know that it plays a role in life. I believe religion contributes in helping me make the right decisions everyday. Some people around the world do not have a religion; this is something strange to me, because ever since I was a young child, my family taught me about my religion and its principles. I think people who use their religion and its principles will live a nice and comfort life. Religion plays an important role in Palestine. Whereas Palestine is an Islamic state, therefore, we follow its Islamic laws. Sometimes these laws are not appropriate for Christians.
By Canaan

Religion plays an important role in our lives; it may forbid us from doing many things like stealing, killing, and cheating. While without the religions, Palestine may be a country of stealing, like America and many other countries that ignore the religions. So we can say that the religions help the government a little with solving these problems.
By Seif

Religion to me is a complete way of life. It provides me with peace and guidance. My religion, which is Islam, has rules that guide me in my daily life. For example, praying five times a day makes me appreciate the value of time. Fasting the month of Ramadan makes me feel more disciplined. Also, it makes us identify with the poor people and be closer to God. When I think about paradise, it makes me do good things, and when I think about hell, it makes me avoid bad things. So, if each one thinks about these things, that will change many things in us, and also it will help our society and culture become more aware of bad things. So, it will play an important part on my daily life, which makes me feel more comfortable.
By Fahmi

Religion is an essential part of my everyday life. Religion is very important to me since it keeps me strong and faithful in anything else I wish to achieve in life. I am a Muslim, and I believe that religion plays a major role in my life. Islam taught me that all people are equal. It also taught me that people should respect each other. These things make me a more productive and respectful person in the society.
By Lena

Religion for me is what every person believes in; it's not what you do or what you must do, except being a good person in this life. I am a Muslim but deep inside me I do believe in my own thoughts and ideas about who created this world. Islam has no role in my life, because my mind keeps asking questions about life that neither Islam nor Christianity can explain. For me life is a journey that everyone goes through, it may be short and it may be long, but everyone should get through it. I am a realistic person who seeks for the truth and lives each day with no regret. Everything has its own good outcomes and bad ones, and I must accept each one of these as a lesson for the rest of my life. I believe that each person must make his own priorities in life and also set his own boundaries. Many people depend on religion and say that this thing is bad because God said that or something like that and I have no problem with that but it's not the way I live. For me, I know what's right and what's wrong because I set my boundaries around the things that are acceptable by my society, family and first of all my beliefs and myself.
By Yasmeen

I think that to be religious or not is a complicated idea. It is not a simple one. I always wonder whether I believe in God or not, and if I believe, how? So this question touches a critical issue for me. In some ways, I practice religious behaviors and in others I don't. The important thing for me is dealing and communicating with people, so I choose the best ideas in the Koran and the advice that is related to those values such as respect, honesty, trust, and other great values.

Religion is not only praying and fasting. It's also beliefs and style of life and how a person behaves and acts in his daily life. It's also the way of treating people by caring, helping, and thinking of them. So, religion is important in the way I treat others.
By Lama

I’m a girl and my religion says, as all the other religions do, that god wants us to make good things in our life to have good results. Also, my religion says that we have to believe in honesty, freedom, rights, that women have the same rights as men, and to study to be ready to solve any problem in our life. As a result of believing in these things, I do good things in my life. I'm an honest girl who respects and loves all people. I believe that women can make many new things. I also study hard in my school to have good marks. So, after all these things that I believe in because of my religion and my ideas, I have a good life and positive results.
By Saja

My religion, Islam, plays a major role in my everyday life. Islam taught us that we must be kind and generous to all the people and we must be honest to ourselves. If we did all of that, we will feel good inside us and we will feel that we did something good to ourselves. If we did all of that, we will get positive affects.
By Ahmad

Religion is the factor that drives me to live. The whole point of living life is following my religion’s belief and traditions. To me, life is a test, and religion is the tutor to help me pass the test. While the law tells you how to live your life legally, religion tells you how to live your spiritual life properly. For example, without my religion I wouldn’t be motivated to go to school. The reason I do is because of my faith. Life is about religion and faith, so, it must play an important role From praying to studying, religion must be present.
By Christopher

Religion has no role in my life. I think that my interpretations of all natural or human activities are based on evidence and facts and not superstitious beliefs. I am raised to respect all opinions whether I agree or disagree with them. I think that religion, or any other faith for that matter, should be a private issue. There can be no mixing up of religion and politics. For that, in the privacy of my life, religion has no role whatsoever.
By Ahmad

Religion is important everyday in my life because I have to think before doing any simple thing. I should think about it to know if my religion (Islam) accepts it or not. I think that my religion wants me to follow the best, that’s why I follow it. My religion plays a big role in my life and the way I behave in it. Maybe I'm not religious, but I know how to let religion get into my life. For the rest of my life I will stay on the same road, so I can feel well inside of me.
By Ahlam

In my daily life praying is the most important thing. Praying is the backbone for my religion. Without it the religion thing is nothing. Religion is like homework that you must do every day. It should take part of my life, or I make it a part of my life. In my religion, Islam, the religion should take a very important part. To get closer to god and to make this part active you must place religion in part of your life system.
By Najeeb

I believe that religion here is not a big issue to many people. Sometimes I am amazed that I could be walking down the street and hear someone cursing to the other guy in the name of god. In my opinion, religion should play a big role here because it could make our society a much better place—like keeping jerks who curse in the name of god in jail.
By Salah

Religion has no role in my life. I think that my interpretations of all natural or human activities are based on evidence and facts and not superstitious beliefs. I am raised to respect all opinions whether I agree or disagree with them. I think that religion, or any other faith for that matter, should be a private issue. There can be no mixing up of religion and politics. Because of that, in the privacy of my life, religion has no role whatsoever.
By Yazeed

Do you pray and/ or worship on a daily basis? - Marissa, Fraser, Octavia & James (MALT)

Yes, I pray to God every day, and that might be at least twice a day. I study the Bible with my grandma who is a Jehovah Witness. I learn many new things about God’s word. The Bible can really change the life of a person (2 Ti 3:16) into a better one. I read in the Bible every day, and I pray before eating and before sleeping. When I think that I have sinned, I also pray for God to forgive me. Believe me, praying is great, and faith in the word of God is even greater.
By Saher

I try to pray every time I get the chance. However, school is kind of creating a barrier because of the time that is spent there, more and more, lasting till afternoon. Nevertheless, if I get the chance to worship, I certainly do, because it's all about thanking God for his kindness.
By Salman

Yes, I pray on a daily basis. Muslims pray five times a day. I am a Muslim, and I pray five times every day. These prayers are at dawn, noon, afternoon, dusk, and at night. I also fast during Ramadan. Fasting in Islam means not eating anything from sunrise until sunset. Although praying is an essential part of Islam, my religion isn't only about prayer. Islam is also about respect, tolerance, and equality between people.
By Lena

I am growing up in a very religious family, where praying plays a very important part in our faith. I also believe that faith without praying is like a shepherd without sheep. Therefore, we go to church every Sunday and pray. I also pray every day in my house before I go to bed. When I pray I feel stronger and more confident in facing the troubles of daily life. Praying is a way of expressing someone’s feelings and relationship with God. This is as important as eating, breathing, and sleeping.
By Nicole

Yes, I do pray every night before I go to sleep. I also I go to church with my father every Sunday. My mother doesn’t accompany us because she works on Sundays.
By Atallah

Yes, I pray on a daily basis. Everyday we must pray five times at specific times and every one of them has specific rules or directions. In all of them you should read words from the Qura'n. Also, every year Ramadan will come and it stays for a month. We can't eat or drink until the sunset. We also must be good and nice to the others.
By Ahmad

No, not really. I don’t pray because I'm not much of a believer in god. I do believe that there is only one god and he's the creator of our world and he controls our lives, but I believe that I can relate to him without praying.
By Hikmat

Do you wear veils? If yes, how much of your face is revealed? Can you choose whether or not you want to wear a veil? – Stefan, Nicolas, and Victoria (MALTA)

I don’t wear a veil, because I don’t believe in putting something on my head as Hijab. I believe that religion reflects our thoughts and behavior, not by the things we wear. The decision of not wearing a veil is my choice, and my parents have nothing to do with my decisions in religious issues.
By Lama

Women can choose whether they want to wear a veil or not. As for me, I don't wear one. However, I wanted to say one important thing—People should not judge the book by it's cover. People should not judge others according to the way they look or according to what they wear. I think that what matters is the heart and the spirit—not what is revealed on the outside to people.
By Nour

Of course not. We don’t wear veils. Palestine is not a conservative Islamic country. Both Muslims and Christians live in this country. Most of the Muslims here are not that conservative. We don’t wear veils but there is a minority of people who were veils. I choose not to wear a veil because I think that a veil is stupid to wear. It is not needed or necessary. Even in the Quran, the holy book of the Muslims, veils were not mentioned.
By Lina

Do you think religion should play an important part of your life? – Aphrodite (Athens, Greece)

Religion in everyday life is very important. Religion teaches us many of the good manners that we use all the time. In addition, religion's prayers and works, which are done everyday, help us in getting god's satisfaction. Religion has no harm, so why shouldn’t it have an important part in our life and country?
By Abbas

Do you feel that Heaven is for all followers of different religions or only for one particular religion? – Araceli Vazquez (California, USA)

Heaven is a big world where it represents faith and believing in God. I believe that good people everywhere will go to Heaven, not only from one particular religion. If Heaven was only for followers of one particular religion, God wouldn't have sent three different religions. Therefore, every person who does well and believes in God will go to heaven, no matter what religion he has.
By Joy

I believe that humans are meant to go somewhere after life. Every person has his own character based on his thoughts and ideas. People are different kinds; some are bad, some are good. Good people are going to heaven no matter what color, religion or race they are. Respecting others and holding love in your heart, makes you a good person. Hating people, cheating and violating others’ rights, makes you a bad person. The fate of a bad person is bad, such as his own achievements and goals were in life. The human race, I guess, was built to show us that people are different. The difference between people is controlled by their hearts and minds. Hearts and minds were created to give people the opportunity of having a good life. Whenever you use them in a bad way the future will hold bad consequences for your own bad actions.
By Yasmeen

I feel that it does not matter what religion a person belongs to, but what matters is that the person belongs to God and that he is honest in his connections to God.
By Omar

The door to hell is wide open; the door to heaven is a narrow one. Getting into Heaven is a hard quest. The first step to approach this door is to believe in the divine God. As we see, most religions believe in God. So, anyone from that religion is going in the right way. Yet, believing is not enough. You have to prove yourself worthwhile. Proving yourself to God is by doing good deeds, and following God's directions in life. By this, you would achieve eternal life in Heaven.
By Chris

I think that every religion-believer can get to Heaven, because they have a faith inside them, and they should progress in it and try to enlarge that faith and good inside them. Everybody should look toward Heaven, because it gives you the extreme happiness and peace.
By Ahmad N

Heaven is for everyone who is good, and believes in the end, and in God. Heaven is not just for Muslims, or just for Christians. Maybe not all Muslims are going to go to heaven, because not all of them are good. Everyone wishes to go to heaven after he or she dies. But also we don't find them good enough for it. So don't think, for example, that just because you are Muslim you go to heaven. Heaven is for everyone. It doesn't differentiate between people from different religions. It differentiates whether the person is good or bad.
By Ahlam

I believe that heaven is for every religion that believes in one God, and that heaven accepts all three religions, if a person follows in the right way, for heaven is mentioned in all three religions. But I also believe that there is a different heaven for each religion, and that every heaven is great in its own way. Everybody that follows his religion in the right way in this life will earn heaven in the other.
By Faris

Yes, I think that Heaven is for all followers of different religions, because God is the one that sent all the religions. Heaven is especially for the good people, for the people who do the things that God demands of them, and do good things in their life, and it's for people that make improvements in life, so, Heaven is the most beautiful thing that gives us all our rights and our desires. So it’s for every honest, kind and respectful person.
By Fahmi

I believe heaven is open for all followers of God. Anybody could have a religion, but not necessarily believe in God. In the days of the prophets it was said that people used to believe in idols, the moon, the sun, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Other people eye witnessed these people being punished by God.
By Salah

Heaven is for everyone, not only specific people. It’s made to have all the good people in it and to show that those who do good in life take the best at the end. Everyone should work hard to win this treasure at the end. Every single person can go to heaven only if they act morally and socially good.

What does jihad mean to you? – Erin Hoy (California, USA)

had is a big word which we can’t fully explain, because it leads us to many things. But for me, Jihad is a word that means that somebody has something in his mind and jihading to get it. In Palestine we are trying to get our lands back. So we are jihading to get it back.

The word jihad has many meanings, as I said before, and it can be intellectual, or militant; the Palestinian conflict needs both of them. Our land needs some jihad to get back to its original owner, jihad from all sides beginning from intellectual jihad, and ending with militant jihad—including all the parties under a united organization in the name of Palestine.
By Seif

The word jihad means to fight against occupation and wrong leadership. Jihad is an Arabic word which is used by both Muslims and Christians. This word doesn’t mean terror, and has no connection with terrorism. Jihad is fighting for your rights and what you believe in. Palestinian jihad is fighting for a free Palestine and getting back our rights. Israeli occupation is stealing many rights from Palestinian souls, and I guess we have the right to fight to have a better life.
By Yasmeen

Jihad is the hardest thing to do. Jihad is giving your life no value, just to think about reaching your goal. Jihad can be made by working to liberate your country. Terrorism has nothing to do with jihad. But what happens and is happening in Palestine is jihad because Allah gives me the right to do any thing to liberate my country.
By Saji

Jihad is the word that all the world does not understand. The Islam added a word to the Arabic language, which is Al jihad. It means to fight the enemies of God and the religion. To fight for the world to become a better place for all people. To fight against those who do not believe in the existence of God. However, most people do not understand what it means. When some group of people does something wrong in the name of al jihad, they are making people misunderstand the meaning of Islam.
By Najeeb

Jihad is an Islamic expression that has so many meanings. Jihad means resisting ones’ wild desires and demands to be selfish and wanting everything that one demands for oneself. Jihad means fighting against those who occupy your land, steal your house, or take something from you forcefully.

Jihad means help in disseminating the word of God and the prophet Mohammad. Therefore, it can bless people who are not aware of the Islamic values and God’s directions. Jihad is helping to rescue oppressed people by strong and unfair nations or military powers (like the occupation of Palestine by Israel or American occupation of Iraq). Some people, such as like AlQaeda, wrongly use the word of Jihad to kill people for religious interests.

Finally, Jihad can mean searching knowledge and scientific discoveries to relieve people from illness and sufferings. Unfortunately, you can always find people who change good things into bad things.
By Taleen

Jihad means Holy Mission. Actually Jihad refers to you conquering yourself. Jihad is the Holy War you take on to make yourself a better person. Jihad is not to go out and kill others. Jihad is for you. To make yourself perfect and to overcome who and what you are with God's help. It is a lifetime quest. Perfection is not an easy accomplishment. Love of God and Love of Neighbor sums it all up. Jihad is how you do it. Get busy and overcome and be a true conqueror. Be well.
By Yazan

People in the outside world think that if we said the jihad word, it means that we are terrorists. They misunderstand the meaning of the word. Jihad means to fight against the one who stole our rights and country. Jihad is to fight for the good against the bad. It doesn’t mean to kill anyone without knowing the reason. We use this word hoping that it will help us on getting our country back. Maybe some people use it in a wrong way, but is everyone the same? We hope that others will understand our point of view about what we are going through.
By Ahlam

To me it means to fight, for my land, and raise my flag where it should belong, I think that jihad is not only a word that involves Moslems, but every country under occupation that must fight to earn its rights and its freedom, to fight for what is yours, and to show the occupation that we well never give up but will stay and fight for our rights, our land, our lives and our future.
By Faris

Jihad means many things to me, and the most important thing is that my life is jihad; I mean that when I am living in Palestine, this is called a jihad, because our life is full of crimes, full of occupation disasters, so our life shows that there's no respect, no meaning for a real life, shows that our rights are taken, and our wishes are gone. Also jihad means to face the occupation, and force them.
By Fahmi

The official meaning of jihad is fighting in the name of God, and this is what it means to me. Mujahedeen are the bravest warriors I have ever seen. They attack the enemy directly without fearing them. They do this because they know they will die as martyrs.
By Salah


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