Fear of Allah
THE SIGNS OF FEAR
Know dear Muslim brothers and sisters, we can find out whether we fear Allah or are oblivious of him through some simple tests. Here are some of them:
THE REASONS FOR FEARING ALLAH
O servants of Allah, there are many reasons why we should fear. The following is a list of a number of them:
The jurist of Samarkand says that the person who does one good deed should be weary of four things (imagine what a person who commits a sin should be afraid of):
- The fear of not being accepted because Allah says, "Allah only accepts from those who fear." [Al-Qur'an 5:27]
- The fear of showing off, for Allah says, "They have been instructed to worship Allah sincerely; religion is for him Alone. " [Al-Qur'an 98:5]
- The fear of preserving the good deed because Allah says, "Whoever brings a good deed shall have ten times its reward. " [Al-Qur'an 6:161]
- The fear of being deserted in performing good deeds, for Allah says, "My reconciliation (with good) is only through Allah; it is upon Him that I trust and it is to Him that I resort." [Al-Qur'an 11:88]
THE FRUITS OF FEAR
Imam al-Ghazali (rahmatullahi 'alayhi) said: "Fear rips away desires and muddens luxuries so that cherished sins become reprehensible, just as a honey lover is repelled by it when he learns that it has poison in it. This is how fear burns desires; disciplines the organs; subordinates the heart and gives it tranquility. It also enables the heart to rid itself of pride, hatred, and envy; and it leaves it absorbed in it (fear). Hence, the heart becomes preoccupied with its own worries and looks towards its best interest in the long run. It is then engaged in only matters like meditation, self-analysis and struggle. It cherishes its time and moments." [Ihya, 4/160]
'Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak (rahimahullah) said about fear:
"When night befalls, they endure it
and see it through bowing in ruku.
Fear has released their sleep, so they stand
and acquire security in vigilance."
Hasan ibn Hani (rahimahullah) composed the following (it has been credited to Imam ash-Shafi'i (rahimahullah)):
"Fear Allah and hope for every good thing from Him;
Don't follow your adamant self, lest you regret it;
Remain in between hope and fear
and you will rejoice with the Pardon of Allah if you submit."
[Muajjam al-'Udaba: 17/303 credited to Imam Shafi'i and also in the Divan of Hasan]
(s) The Purification of the Soul from the works of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah and Abu Hamid al-Ghazali