Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah’s guidance)
Allah Ta’ala says,
“Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allâh and the Last Day and do righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve .” (2:62)
The verse mentions only two articles of faith of the Islamic creed, faith in Allah and faith in the day of Judgement. This should not be taken to mean that in order to attain salvation it is enough to have faith only in Allah and in the Day of Judgement. For, the Quran repeatedly declares that he who does not believe in the Prophets, in Angels and in the Books of Allah is not a Muslim. Faith in Allah is the first article in the Islamic creed, while faith in the Day of Judgement is the last.
By mentioning only these two, the verse intends to say in a succinct manner that it is necessary to have faith in all the articles of the creed, from the first to the last. Moreover, it is through the Prophets and the Books of Allah alone that man can acquire any knowledge of the essence and the attributes of Allah and of what is to happen on the Day of Judgement, while the Books of Allah are revealed to the Prophets through an Angel. So, it is not possible to have faith in Allah and the Day of Judgement until and unless one has faith in the Angels, in the Books of Allah and in all the Prophets.
Also, the verse, in effect, assures everyone that once a man has accepted Islam, all his former transgressions, whether in the matter of beliefs or in that of deeds, will be forgiven, and he will become worthy of receiving the rewards of the other world.
(Ma’ariful Quran Vol. 1 Pg.227)
Also, some say this verse has been abrogated by the following verse,
Allah Ta’ala says,
“And whoever seeks a religion other than Islâm, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” (3:85)
(An Nasikh Wal Mansukh Fil Quranil Kareem Pg.31)
And Only Allah Ta’ala Knows Best.
Moulana Qamruz Zaman