As for those who believe and do right actions and humble themselves before their Lord, they are the Companions of the Heaven, remaining in it timelessly, for ever. (Surah Hud, 23)
Sincerity means being deeply devoted to Allah by heart. A sincere person has a deep fear for Allah, profoundly believes in Him, sees and advocates the righteousness in the best way. A sincere person is the one who believes in Allah with certainty, the Hereafter, prophets, the Heaven and the Hell and angels.
WHAT IS ESSENTIAL IS NOT ONE’S SEEING HIMSELF SINCERE BUT THE RECOGNITION OF HIS SINCERITY BY ALLAH.
The Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), the Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him), the Prophet Moses (pbuh), the Prophet Abraham (pbuh), the Prophet Solomon (pbuh), the Prophet Joseph (pbuh), the Prophet Jonah (pbuh), the Prophet Job (pbuh) and all the other prophets are the sincere servants of Allah. We are aware of prophets’ sincerity because Allah sees them sincere and declares them to be so. All of the prophets were blessed people who were devoted to our All-Mighty Lord with great love and experienced sincerity in its most profound state. Likewise, due to their sincerity, all the prophets were blessed people who absolutely engaged in the most accurate act, whose deeds resulted in good and beauty and who truly turned to Allah in all their deeds.
Due to his fear for Allah and profound love of Allah, a sincere person is someone who readily discriminates between the right and the wrong, who absolutely implements what is right according to the Qur’an and, without seeing any limits in closeness to Allah and love for him, who discharges all the requirements of the religion in the most accurate and absolute manner. Consequently, sincerity is the kind of attitude which appears with fear of Allah, and closeness and love of Him and is experienced in the form as depicted in the Qur’an. If a Christian is devoid of any Islamic knowledge, we may hope for his enterance to the Heaven, as long as he advocates Allah’s existence and unity, believes in the Heaven and the Hell, has faith in the destiny and the Hereafter, performs his regular prayers (salat), fasts albeit in his own way, and pays the alms. Similarly, if a Jew has no knowledge about Islam, then we can hope that he can go to the Heaven as long as he observes what is lawful and unlawful, has faith in the destiny and Hereafter, performs his regular prayers (salat) and fasts. All of these are the commandments stated in the Torah and the Gospel. If he is sincere and has no knowledge about Islam, by Allah’s leave, we may hope that a Christian or a Jew can also enter the Heaven as long as he wholeheartedly fulfills all these religious obligations.
When one examines the Qur’an with a sincere heart one can immediately see that the Qur’an is the true Divine book. But if someone has never had access to the Qur’an, then he is AHL AL-FATRAT, but if he believes in the one Allah, loves and fears Allah, does good works for His approval and prays, fasts and performs his religious duties as required by the religion, then that person may hope for Paradise. Because this person may not implement some parts of the Qur’an, out of ignorance, but if he lives by the remaining of the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) then since this person is ahl al-fatrat he may hope to enter Paradise.
However, nobody can ever be certain that either he or anyone else will go to Heaven or Hell. One can never say for certain that anyone, be he Christian, Jew or Muslim, will go to Heaven or Hell. So long as a morally virtuous person lives for the approval of Allah he may hope for Paradise from Him, and one may hope that this person will be one of the saved, though one can never be certain of this. As Allah reveals in the Qur’an, all believers live “between hope and fear:”
Their sides eschew their beds as they call on their Lord in fear and ardent hope. And they give of what We have provided for them. (Surat as-Sajda, 16)
Since sincerity can only be experienced with unconditional belief in Allah, hoping for the Heaven merely saying, “I am sincere”, without fulfilling the decrees of the religion is an insincere view that only deceives the person himself. It is a great collapse of reason to appear with a reasoning commanding that “satanists can go to the Heaven if they are sincere” and try to show a criminal person who overtly murders a human being and who evidently denies Allah as a sincere person deserving the Heaven.
A person who denies Allah, commits crimes and engages in immoral acts commits all these misdeeds due to his insincerity and his disbelieving and rebellious mind. Such a person is not even remotely close to sincerity. He is dishonest and a liar. What is essential is not one’s seeing himself sincere but the recognition of his sincerity by Allah. As long as a satanist does not regret, repent and turn to Allah with sincerity, he is an unbeliever who is doomed to the Hell. (Allah knows the truth) Almighty Allah gives as an example in the Qur’an of a man who owns a garden and who considers himself sincere and thinks that he deserves the Heaven even though he is in complete denial of the Hereafter:
He entered his garden and wronged himself by saying, “I do not think that this will ever end.”
“I do not think the Hour will ever come. But if I should be sent back to my Lord, I will definitely get something better in return.” (Surat al-Kahf, 35-36)
Our Lord informs us of the condition of the person whose garden was destroyed as a calamity that came over him due to his denial.
There was no group to come to his aid, besides Allah, and he was not given any help. In that situation the only protection is from Allah, the Real. He gives the best reward and the best outcome. (Surat al-Kahf, 43-44)
Almighty Allah “knows what their hearts keep hidden and what they divulge” (Surat an-Naml, 74). Those who are insincere to Allah are people who cannot appreciate Allah properly and who cannot comprehend this great fact. Almighty Allah, Who knows all what is concealed, is certainly the One, Who knows best the sincerity in a person’s heart. Our Lord states in one verse of the Qur’an as thus:
Your Lord knows best what is in your selves. If you are righteous, He is Ever-Forgiving to the remorseful. (Surat al-Isra, 25)