Fear (part I)
At the same time, we should not be suffocated into thinking of hopelessness and dread so much so that it deters our way of life but to use fear as a guide and scale for our priorities and goals: to serve and do what Allah wants us to do, and maintain as much distance from things that mislead us into the flaming pits.
Being afraid of the Fire and trying to abstain from actions and thoughts that lead to its door is part of our faith and ibaada.
Ibaada is worshipping Allah and one form of this is by abstaining from things that Allah does not like.
This Fire is reserved for the disbelievers and Allah does not want us to be residing amongst them.
Our fear should be primarily consumed with Allah and His greatness; His overall power on us as servants, as He is Al-Mulk of the worlds and universe.
“The Sovereign of mankind.” (114:2)
We worry much for what others say and do. Our minds are all entwined with what books dictate and what the media wants us to think.
Everything in this life is perishable except our intentions and deeds but how little time we spend on spinning this concept into our minds.
Punishments and hell are things that we need to contain our thoughts with.
In Surah Al-Baqarah, ayah 281: “And fear a Day when you will be returned to Allah. Then every soul will be compensated for what it earned, and they will not be treated unjustly.”
Allah is an All-Just ruler and everyone will be treated for what they deserve.
Our Lord wants us fear the Day of Judgment so we can be the best Muslims we can be.
This fear is not a negative attribute but something that is required for us in our deen if we are to be successful and be one of the righteous.
To be a believer, one must lose the fear in this dunya with its lures and deceits and place that fear where it belongs.
It is Allah’s property and we should return it to Him with conviction and have an unwavering desire to submit to His commands.
Let the swirling abyss be made up of worldly goods, speech, emotions, and evil.
“But yes, whoever fulfills his commitment and fears Allah – then indeed, Allah loves those who fear Him.” (3:76)