According to these two verses we have the following outline for whether or not a person is saved:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
First off, we need to figure out whether or not Muslims believe in the God of the Bible (“that God hath”), the Jesus Christ of the Bible (“the Lord Jesus”), if they believe God raised Jesus from the dead, physically, and if they believe God is the only one who can save them and not their own works (“it is the gift of God”).
Muslims and their views on the God of the Bible:
Muslim’s views on God could seem a lot like a Christians but they believe that God is a god that will forgive man because they are human. God, for the Muslim, is “merciful and compassionate” but not just. He, Allah, also calls death on any one who doesn’t follow Islam.
In fact, the god of the Muslims is very different from the true God of the Bible. One of the many differences that exist between Allah and God is in the history of “Allah”. Allah, in Mohammad’s (founder of Islam) tribe, was a false god that originated in Mecca. Allah was associated with a Kaaba Stone that can forgive sins and Mohammad says all Muslims should journey to this Stone to get their sins forgiven.
So, as we can plainly see, the only God in the universe, the God of the Bible, is not equal to Allah in the least bit. Allah is a false, pagan god and the God of the Bible is the only true God. So far Islam has one mark against itself for salvation. We can see Muslims do not believe in the God of the Bible.
Muslims and their views on the Jesus Christ of the Bible:
For Muslims, Jesus Christ was a good prophet or messenger of Allah that was to pave the way for Mohammad, the last prophet of Allah. According to Islam, Jesus Christ is not God in flesh (not even Allah in flesh), He didn’t die on the cross (some say Judas was put up in his place), and they, of course, deny that He rose from the dead and conquered sin. Obviously, Jesus Christ of Islam is not Jesus Christ of the Bible at all. It seems Muslims have made their own Jesus, one they are comfortable with.
So, as far as Jesus Christ and the Resurrection go, Muslims have it all wrong. Not only do they believe in a fake god as Jesus but they also deny that Jesus Christ of the Bible nor the fake Jesus takes away sin. Instead, they believe in a Stone.
Muslims and their views on Salvation being the “gift of God”:
As we can see by the above studies, Muslims obviously do not believe in the atonement of Christ of our sins and they definitely don’t believe that He conquered death and is the only way to heaven.
In fact, when it comes to working your way to heaven, Islam teaches a very strange doctrine on it. In order Not get to heaven a Muslim must observe the Five Pillars. To make sure this doesn’t get to overwhelming I will give you a quick summary of the Five Pillars required for Salvation.
A Muslim must pray five times a day, on his knees, facing Mecca.
A Muslim must give at least 20% of his income to the poor.
A Muslim must go on a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime.
A Muslim must fast, every day, from dawn to dusk, on the ninth month on the Islamic calendar.
A Muslim must recite, “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger” many times.
As can be seen, the Muslim salvation does not come from Jesus Christ of the Bible but from works made by man.
So, are Muslims saved and going to heaven? The honest question, after viewing all the above beliefs, is no. Muslims are not saved from their sins and will not enter heaven if they don’t turn from their sin, confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ of the Bible is Lord, and believe that God of the Bible raised Him from the dead and acknowledge that He is the only way of salvation.