Sep 6, 2010

Fear Allah Wherever You Are

Assalaamu alaykum warahmatuLlaahi wabarakaatuhu!
 Fear Allah Wherever You Are.

Abu Dhar Al-Ghifari and Mu`adh ibn Jabal related that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
"Fear Allah wherever you are. Follow up a bad deed with a good deed and it will blot it out. And deal with people in a good manner." (At-Tirmidhi)
This hadith is a significantly important one as it deals with a number of rights a Muslim should always pay attention to. Ibn Rajab says, "This is a powerful advice, bringing together the rights of Allah and the rights of His servants." The main ideas in this vital hadith are tackled below.
Fear of Allah
The Arabic word for fear of Allah is taqwa. It comes from the root word meaning to guard against something or to prevent. Indeed, a person exhibits fear of Allah by seeking to prevent Allah's punishment by carrying out what He has commanded him or her to do and abstaining from what He has prohibited.

Almighty Allah calls upon all people in every era to fear Him; He says,

(Verily we have directed the People of the Book before you, and you (O Muslims) to fear Allah.) (An-Nisaa' 4:131)
It is Allah's right over His servants that they fear Him as He ought to be feared.
Almighty Allah says,

(O you who believe, fear Allah as He should be feared and die not except in a state of Islam.) (Aal `Imran 3:102)
Ibn Mas`ud explained what it means to fear Allah as He ought to be feared by saying, "It means that He is to be obeyed, not disobeyed; remembered, not forgotten; and shown gratitude, not ingratitude."
The fear of Allah is the path to forgiveness, salvation, and the attainment of Allah's mercy. This meaning is crystal clear in many verses. Allah says,
(For Allah is with those who restrain themselves and those who do good.) (An-Nahl 16:128)
He also says,
(My mercy extends to all things. That (mercy) I shall ordain for those who do right.) (Al-A`raf 7:156)
(He is the Lord of righteousness and the Lord of forgiveness.) (Al-Muddaththir 74:56)
(For those who fear Allah, He will make their path easy.) (At-Talaq 65:5)
(As to the righteous, they will be in the mid of gardens and rivers, in an assembly of truth in the presence of a Sovereign Omnipotent.) (Al-Qamar 54:54–55)
Almighty Allah promises those who fear Him that He will provide for their needs and grant them a way out of their worldly difficulties; He says,
(And for those who fear Allah, He (ever) prepares a way out and He provides for them from (sources) they never could imagine.) (At-Talaq 65:2–3)
This is Allah's promise. We should draw strength from it when we are tried in life with difficulties that tempt us to resort to what Allah has forbidden.

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