We fear so many things. We forget to fear the most important thing we should fear and that is Allah. Why is it so important to have our hearts quiver in His remembrance?
Image courtesy of Tim Jarosz
INFOCUS NEWS JULY 2010
written by Mariam Al-Kalby
Fear is an emotion lurking in each of us whenever we feel threatened.
We fear of losing our jobs, our families, and our homes.
Scared of dying alone, of being paralyzed, of being ostracized.
But how many of us actually sincerely fear Allah and His punishments?
As humans, we are created for fear because it prevents us from committing wrong actions or thoughts and it creates a barrier from approaching things that can hurt us.
We see evidence of this when we first took our wobbly steps. We reached out for the teakettle and got our fingers licked with fire and from then we fear the heat.
As we got older, we feared losing the soccer game or getting our parents disappointed when we got a lesser grade then we had hoped for on our chemistry test.
Then there is the time to find someone to marry. Our worries swallow that ticking clock, creating a ringing that time is escaping and all the marriageable types are taken.
And there is the time when we will have wrinkles of days, weeks, and years etched into our skin.
Lips drooping at the sides of our mouth, wondering and fearing that we didn’t make enough money to make a big house for the grandkids, and that we didn’t hold the best Ramadan iftar.
These worries are tears for the dunya and not the akhirah.
Life is a sailboat floating to its destination towards the hereafter.
This feeling of alarm and angst should be steered towards the punishments that come if we anger Allah.
“And fear the Fire, which has been prepared for the disbelievers.” (3:131)
Of course it is normal to feel fear of worldly situations and events but we have drenched all of our worries in this obsession and have forgotten to have fear in our hearts for the trials and the day we will be judged for our intentions and actions.