The fate of the children of the disbelievers

Question:

What is the fate of the non-Muslim children on the Day of Resurrection?

Answer:

The preponderant view is that Allah will test them with some commands on the Day of Resurrection; whoever is obedient on that day will enter Jannah (Paradise) and whoever disobeys will enter Hell. This explains the Hadith in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah knows best what sort of deeds they would have done1 to answer a question regarding the fate of these children.


  1. Ahmad, vol. 1, p. 215, vol. 2, pp. 242, 253, 259, 268, 315, 393, 464, 471, 481, and 518, and vol. 6, p. 84; Al-Bukhari, Fath-ul-Bari, nos. 1383, 1384, 6597, and 6598; Muslim, nos. 2660-2659; Abu Dawud no. 4711; and Al-Nasa’i, Al-Mujtaba, vol. 4, p. 59. 

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, his family and Companions