The Signs of the Fear of Allah and its Reasons
THE SIGNS OF THE FEAR OF ALLAH
- The tongue informs us: if we talk evil, backbite and engage in frivolous gossip, it shows that there is veiy little concern. We should engage our tongues in in the remembrance of Allah, in the recitation of the Quran and in circles of knowledge.
- In the heart we should expel hatred, enmity and jealousy and replace them with well-wishing and care for Muslims.
- We should be careful of what we put in our stomachs.
- Our eyes should not wander off to look at haram objects.
- Our feet should not walk towards haram places.
- We should not extend our hands for haram purposes.
- We should be concerned in our good deeds that we don’t perform them for anyone else except Allah.
THE REASONS FOR FEARING ALLAH
- the fear of death before repenting;
- the fear of not living up to one’s repentance and breaking one’s promise;
- the fear of not being able to fulfil Allah’s obligations;
- the fear of losing one’s softness in the heart and its hardening;
- the fear of losing consistency;
- the fear of allowing temptations to dominate;
- the fear of Allah making one’s self responsible for doing goods deeds because of conceit;
- the fear of becoming arrogant and egotistical due to the abundance of bounties;
- the fear of being distracted from Allah by the creation;
- the fear of being led to an evil ending through excessive bounties;
- the fear of being punished early (i.e. in this world);
- the fear of being disgraced at the time of death;
- the fear of being beguiled by the glitter of this world;
- the fear of Allah revealing one’s secret in one’s state of oblivion;
- the fear of being stamped with a bad death at the time of death;
- the fear of the pangs of death;
- the fear of the questions of Munkar and Nakeer in the grave;
- the fear of the punishment of the grave;
- the fear of the horrors of the horizon (at the time of resurrection);
- the fear of the awe during the presentation in front of Allah;
- the fear and the shame of being naked (at the time of resurrection),
- the fear of being questioned about every little thing in life;
- the fear of the bridge (over Hell) and its sharpness,
- the fear of the fire, its chains and its torment;
- the fear of being deprived of Paradise, the Eternal and everlasting kingdom and abode
- and the fear of being deprived of seeing Allah’s tremendous visage.
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.‘ [Surah Maidah: 27]
- the fear of showing off, for Allah says: ‘They him been instructed to worship Allah sincerely; religion is for him Alone.’ [Surah Bayinah: 5]
- the fear of preserving the good deed because Allah says: ‘Who ever brings a good deed shall have it ten times its reward.’[Surah An’aam: 161] Where the condition is to bring the deed.
- 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.’ [Surah Hud: 88] Where one doesn’t know whether one will be given the opportunity to perform good deeds or not.
Categories: Taqwa (Fear of Allah)