Why did God create us to put us in hell or paradise and there is no in between?
So we will either receive eternal pleasure or eternal and extreme torture, with no other option?
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There's doesn't seems to be any point of creating a between. He's the most beneficent, if a person doesn't deserve hell then give him heaven. After all the heaven doesn't lack abundance.
Roughly speaking, if the cumulative deed, good - bad, is greater then or equal to (
>=) zero (
0) then heaven is one's eternal home.
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Don't know if it's an anecdote or fact, because I haven't read it anywhere nor heard it from any religious scholar, that there is a separate place other then the heaven and hell, and that it would be freezingly cold and people who have done great deal of good deeds but haven't embraced Islam will be put there.
Jahannam (hell), unlike Jannah (paradise), is not eternal for everyone. Allah may still forgive a sinner and cut their punishment short:
"And [mention, O Muhammad], the Day when He will gather them together [and say], "O company of jinn, you have [misled] many of mankind." And their allies among mankind will say, "Our Lord, some of us made use of others, and we have [now] reached our term, which you appointed for us." He will say, "The Fire is your residence, wherein you will abide eternally, except for what Allah wills. Indeed, your Lord is Wise and Knowing."
Al-Ana'am 6:128 (Emphasis mine)
In another ayah Allah says that he can forgive all sins except shirk (idolatry).
"Surely Allah does not forgive that anything should be associated with Him, and forgives what is besides that to whomsoever He pleases; and whoever associates anything with Allah, he devises indeed a great sin."
Al-Nissa' 4:48 (Emphasis mine)
This has lead many scholars to postulate that as long as you are a believer you will not dwell in hell forever, but only stay there long enough to be punished for your sins.
The main thing to think about is, how to put my feet in jannah, rather than judging Allah.
However, As an answer, if allah decided not to throw one in Jahannam (hell) then he will give him a place in Jannah
There is an Important fact that no body REALLY deserve entering the Janna nor Mohammed (peace upon him).
Abu Huraira reported Allah's Messenger () as saying: There is none amongst you whose deeds alone would attain salvation for him. They (the Companions) said: Allah's Messenger, not even you? He (the Holy Prophet) said: Not even I, but that Allah wraps me in Mercy and He grants me pardon. Ibn 'Aun pointed towards his head with his hand saying: Not even I, but that Allah wraps me in His Forgiveness and Mercy.
My view: This world is just a game, for good deeds you get a 'good' point, for bad deeds you gain a 'bad' point. In judgement day everyone will get punished for the bad points as a consequence, unless if god forgives you. When you had 'paid' for your bad deeds, you go to jannah unless for the very wicked. To gain 'good' points for good deeds, you need to be a believer in one supreme god. Also note that 'good' points can also be lost for certain bad deeds, and the opposite is also true. Allah knows best.
This system simply doesn't have any place for an intermediate fate between jannah and jahanam.
Beforehand please consider:
The meaning of eternity is a debated concept even among highly respected scholars.
We as readers can only say what God says, i.e. when God says eternal then this means eternal. But the meaning in the truest sense is not clear. Eternity can be the time, can be the feeling (that is a very bad feeling indeed, when you start to believe that there is no stop), can be unlimited, can be ... God knows best.
Now to your answer. There are grades (or levels) in hell and in paradise. The better you perform the higher your reward. The worse you perform the harder your punishment. I believe this concept to be generally agreed upon and understood by most scholars.
Having said this, it is difficult to consider an "in between".
Also I cannot recall where exactly I learned that, but to the question "What if on Judgement Day your balance is "on par"? it was narrated that God is the most merciful and will grant paradise.