Is there any human who fears so much?
Submitted by on Thu, 26/02/2009 - 07:25
Dear Brother / Sister,
The First Answer
There may be someone who fears extremely. However, if fear and love stand in balance, in place and merely is it for Allah, there is no drawback in it. Otherwise, the former leads a person to despair and the latter to arrogance, that is to say, relying on one’s own deeds. They harm a person both in the world and in the hereafter.
It is Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) who loves and fears Allah the most (Bukhari, Adab, 72; Muslim, Fazail,35).
The bounty of fearing has been given to man in order to ensure the continuation of his life. That is to say, it has been given to man in order to prevent the obstacles that will threaten his life and hinder its continuation so that he can be safe, by taking measures against coming troubles. In this respect, to fear events or people whom we are not sure about is the result of that feeling.
However, abusing that feeling, that is, being scared of everything is not a something right, either. Our Prophet (pbuh) said that:
“O Allah, I take refuge in You from cowardice.” (Muslim, Translation, VII, 188). That hadith shows that cowardice is regarded among bad traits.
A cowardly person fears anything by being the captive of his imagination, suspicion and thoughts. His cowardliness makes him an unreliable person. He cannot be involved in hard dealings such as war and journey that require being patient and determination and cannot undertake a task against enemies.
Cowardly people’s lives, properties and honors are always in danger. They need to be friends with brave people and go with them in order to be saved from that bad trait. Thus, they can overcome this fear and can be protected from its evils.
Education has a great effect on being reared as a coward. So, mothers, fathers and teachers should be very careful. In order to raise the children as brave they should not full up the child’s mind with the tales about bogies and monsters, but with the stories of bravery and heroism.
One of the Companions of Our Prophet (pbuh) Bara b. Azib said: “When the war became hot, we used to take courage from the Messenger of Allah (pbuh)because he was an example of courage.” (Y. Kahdahlavi, Islam with Hadiths, III, 1213). It is a known fact that Our Prophet was very brave and his companions followed him. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) even used to pray as “O Allah, I take refuge in You from being a coward.”
A cowardly person cannot be successful in life. He cannot protect his rights and oppose the difficulties and obstacles appearing in front of him. What is needed for a person is to be courageous. There should be neither unnecessary recklessness nor cowardliness in our life.
However, not to fear from the creatures of Allah is a good character for a Muslim.It is also a virtue to fear from Allah at the same degree.
Allah, the Almighty states the following in the Qur’an:
“...Know that it is Allah Whom you should more justly fear, if you believe!” (The Qur’an, Al-Tauba, 9/13).
“... therefore fear not men, but fear Me.” (The Qur’an, Al-Maida, 5/44).
“The mosques of Allah shall be visited and maintained by such as believe in Allah and the Last Day, establish regular prayers, and pay Zakah, and fear none (at all) except Allah.” (The Qur’an, At-Tauba, 9/18).
“It is such as obey Allah and His Messenger, and fear Allah and do right, that will triumph.” (The Qur’an, An-Nur, 24/52).
“(It is the practice of those) who preach the Messages of Allah, and fear Him, and fear none but Allah. And enough is Allah to call (men) to account.” (The Qur’an, Al-Ahzab, 33/39).
A believer is the one who pins hope on Allah as much as fears Him because Allah, Almighty reveals the following in the Qur’an:
“Truly no one despairs of Allah's Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith." (The Qur’an, Joseph, 12/87).
Therefore, as cowardice is not suitable for a Muslim, he should not fear the blame of any blamer and those who are against Islam, but should fear merely Allah.
The Second Answer:
In the religion of Islam, love and fear of Allah are proportional. A believer who fears the torture of Allah takes refuge in His compassion just like a child who fears his mother’s slap and takes shelter in the bosom of her. Allah states in the Qur’an that He will torment people regarding some issues. It is in order to make them gain high positions and enter Paradise and avoid committing forbidden deeds. It is exactly like the attitude of a father who, for the sake of his child and his future, arranges a convenient place for his child who does not study in order to make him study and during his child’s upbringing period, in order that his child will not become miserable in the future who scolds and scares his child and if necessary slaps his child who is addicted to playing...
Besides, Allah informs Muslims after those torture verses that He is extremely forgiving and merciful and those who repent and correct their behaviors will be exceptional from this threat in order that they will not fall into despair.
Here are some verses concerning the issue:
“That Allah may reward the men of Truth for their Truth, and punish the Hypocrites if that be His Will, or turn to them in Mercy: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (The Qur’an, Al-Ahzab, 33/24).
“(With the result) that Allah has to punish the Hypocrites, men and women, and the Unbelievers, men and women, and Allah turns in Mercy to the Believers, men and women: for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (The Qur’an, Al-Ahzab, 33/73).
“Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts; and He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Forbearing.” (The Qur’an, Al-Baqarah, 2/225)
“In that will they dwell; nor will their punishment be lightened, nor respite be their (lot); Except for those that repent (even) after that, and make amends; for verily Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (The Qur’an, Al-Imran, 3/88-89).
“(But) the Chastisement on the Day of Judgment will be doubled to him, and he will dwell therein in ignominy,- Unless he repents, believes, and works righteous deeds, for Allah will change the evil of such persons into good, and Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (The Qur’an, Al-Furqan, 25/69-70).
Questions on Islam
- Should we love Allah or fear Him?
- Will you explain this verse:" Nor do I absolve my own self (of blame): the (human soul) certainly prone to evil, unless my Lord do bestow His Mercy: but surely my Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (Yusuf, 12/53)?
- Is it not a contradiction that Allah created the sins and human beings so that they would repent and that He blamed those who committed sins and threatened them with Hell?
- What are the great sins?
- Al-Ghaffar (The All-Forgiving)
- Who are addressed by this verse: “O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." (az-Zumar, 39/53) The Muslims or unbelievers?
- Satan believes in Allah, Does he love Allah?
- Can you list the Qur'anic ayahs on Nikah (marriage)?
- If Allah is Halim (forbearing), why does He punish quickly?
- Is there a sin that cannot be forgiven? What are the sins that Allah will never forgive? What sins can lead a person to Hell?