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The Real Fear & The Meaning of Taqwa

إِنَّمَا ذَٲلِكُمُ ٱلشَّيۡطَـٰنُ يُخَوِّفُ أَوۡلِيَآءَهُ ۥ فَلَا تَخَافُوهُمۡ وَخَافُونِ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤۡمِنِينَ
It is only Shaitân (Satan) that suggests to you the fear of his Auliyâ’ [supporters and friends (polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh and in His Messenger, Muhammad SAW)], so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers
[Surah Al Imran (3) : 175]

What is khashyah (the real fear) ? | ما هي الخشية الحقيقيّة ؟ –

Muhammad Hassan:

Abu Qasim (rahimahullah) said that whoever fears something runs away from it, and whoever fears Allaah runs to Him. (Ihya Ulum 4/153)

Abu Hafs (rahimahullah) said Khawf is the whip of Allaah that disciplines those who desert Him. Khawf is a lamp in the fear: a person can see by its light what is good and what is evil. Everybody who fears creation runs away from it. Those who fear Allaah run to Him. (Madirij Salikin 1/550 and Qushariyah epistles)

Sufyan ath-Thawri (rahimahullah) said, “They have been called, ‘The Fearing’, because they fear what is not usually feared.”

Umar ibn Abdul-Aziz (rahimahullah) says, “Taqwaa is not fasting by day and standing for prayers at night. Rather it is to refrain from what Allaah has prohibited and act upon what He has mandated. Whoever is granted anything beyond (this level of obedience), he has been given goodness upon goodness”

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