Fear (finale)

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)

Allah Owns the World (part I)

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This blog is created for every person to participate in so again, I will update that particular section asap so our dialogue does not exclude anyone who would like to join in.

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REFLECTION: Do we sometimes go too far and think that we are independent, so much so that we forget that there is a Higher power?  What do you think?

Originally published in IFN June 2011

by Mariam Al-Kalby

We do not own this world.  Nor have we created it.  But we spread our feathers and strut our arrogance around, as though, we, the clay creations that we are, are the masters of the universe.

Our behavior emanates the idea that we run the world by ourselves without anyone’s help.

But we forget that just a slight touch from the fire burns, a simple hug makes us feel warm, a sick heart that aches illustrates how weak we succumb to different feelings and emotions as human beings.

That is nothing wrong but what is wrong is to contemplate that there is no higher power.

Our place in this life is forgotten as we get swept up by the winds of this dunya (world) and need to be reminded that there is a higher power and higher form.

Allah is the Exalted and the Mighty One. 

We are creations that roam the earth with Allah’s purpose embedded in our fitrah (instinct) but we have to unleash this identity with supplication and deeds.

As human beings, we can detach ourselves from everything except when it comes to Allah because we have been created to be dependent to Him.

In Surah Al-Alaq, it discusses how we have been created and how Allah is the One who bestows knowledge on us.

We did not create ourselves but Allah has and He wants us to find and finish creating ourselves by being His servants:

1. Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists),

2. Has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).

3. Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous,

4. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen,

5. Has taught man that which he knew not.

6. Nay! Verily, man does transgress all bounds (in disbelief and evil deed, etc.).

7. Because he considers himself self-sufficient.

8. Surely! Unto your Lord is the return.