Salam,

From the verse of the Quran at Surah 3:45 it is stated – Behold! The angels said: “O Mary! Allah Give thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honor in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah.

A query was made will Jesus burn in Hell? It is stated in the Quran Jesus is raised to Allah at Surah 4:158 “Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise” and as the verse Surah 3:45 above described him (Jesus) being held in honor in this world and in the hereafter while at the same time he is being worshipped by millions of Christians. Yet it is claimed will the Quran not fall into contradiction when it says that all that are worshiped by men besides Allah will burn in hell together with those who worship them as stated in Surah 21:98:- Verily ye, (unbelievers), and the (false) gods that ye worship besides Allah, are (but) fuel for Hell! To it will ye (surely) come!

As far as the Quran message is concerned Jesus will not be in the category cited as god being worshipped in Surah 21:98 stated at the end of the above paragraph and he will not be burnt. First there is clear warning from Allah not to take Jesus as god besides Allah or as the son of Allah. The following verses of the Quran will qualify these warning respectively:-

In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ the son of Mary. Say: “Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all every – one that is on the earth? For to Allah belong the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between. He creates what He pleases. For Allah hath power over all things.” (Surah 5:17)

The Jews call ‘Uzair a son of Allah and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah’s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth! (Surah 9:30)

And because of the above warnings, Jesus will not be punished with those who worshipped him as he himself had commanded other to worship Allah alone as confirmed in Surah 5:72:-

They do blaspheme who say: “Allah is Christ the son of Mary.” But said Christ: “O Children of Israel! worship Allah my Lord and your Lord!” Whoever joins other gods with Allah, Allah will forbid him the garden, and the fire will be his abode. There will for the wrong-doers be no one to help.

Nevertheless the best refutation on the above alleged contradiction is that in the hereafter Jesus did not know that he was being worshipped by billions of Christians so how can he be punished with all those who worshipped him when he himself is unaware of being worshipped as exposed by the verse of the Quran below as stated:-

And behold! Allah will say: “O Jesus the son of Mary! Didst thou say unto men, worship me and my mother as two gods in derogation of Allah’?” He will say: “Glory to Thee! Never could I say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, thou wouldst indeed have known it. Thou know what is in my heart, Thou I know not what is in Thine. For Thou know in full all that is hidden. “Never said I to them aught except what Thou didst command me to say, to wit, ‘worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord’; and I was a witness over them whilst I dwelt amongst them; when Thou didst cause me to die Thou was the Watcher over them, and Thou art a witness to all things. (S5:116-117)

It can be concluded Jesus will not be in hell as he never claimed to be God and he was even not aware that billions of Christians worshipped him but the ones who will be punished are only those who worshipped him as God or son of God, they will be the ones who will be the fuel of hell fire.

Asar