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“Could time really alter things so much? If so, the devil that every religion taught people to fear and loathe was simply the passage of time.”

-Thrity Umrigar


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  1. One of the divine principles that Islam teaches people is to love Allah but to fear him as well.

    The believer should be connected to His Lord, whose bounties, grace and generosity are endless, with a great love and respect; he should think that His compassion and mercy surrounds everything, and he should not give up hope of being forgiven no matter what his sins are. Although the mercy, love and compassion of Allah are endless, he should not forget that his fury and torture is severe and he should fear Him and should beware of His punishment.

    The extreme fear causes despair, that is, hopelessness. To be extremely hopeful leads man to heedlessness and ignoring his end. Therefore, it is forbidden to feel safe from the torture of Allah and to give up hope of the mercy of Allah in our religion.

    Then, the heart of the believer should beat between fear and hope in the presence of his Lord with the excitement of being a slave worthy of Him. 

    In the Quran and hadiths, that characteristic of believers is pointed out as follows:

    “ Believers hope for His Mercy and fear His Wrath…” (al-Isra, 57).

    “ I know Allah the best and I fear Allah the most from among you.” (Bukhari, Adab 72; Muslim, Fadail 35)

    “It is wajib (obligatory) for me to love those who love each other for me.” (Muwatta, Shiir 6; Musnad V, 233)


    “Call on Allah with fear and longing (in your hearts)” (al-A’raf, 56).

    That state which shows the maturity of belief is calledbayna’l-khawf wa’r-raja, that is, the state of being between fear and hope.

    * * *

    The Messenger of Allah went near a young man who was about to die. He asked him:

    – How do you feel, O young man? The young man said:

    – O Messenger of Allah! I am hopeful of Allah but I fear my sins.

    The Messenger of Allah said the following:

    – When hope and fear come together in the heart of a slave, Allah will definitely give that person what he hopes and makes him safe from what he is afraid of.



    The highest point of belief in Allah is not reached by only loving Allah or fearing Him. Both of them should be together. Man can only be freed from the coyness and caprice that love causes and the frenzy and disobedience that reliance in the mercy of Allah causes only by fearing Allah…

    What will save man from the state of despair and hopelessness that only fear will give is the belief in the love, vastness of mercy and eternity of forgiveness of Allah. Therefore, the following sentence is often uttered: “The beginning of good deeds is the love of Allah; the beginning of wisdom is fearing Allah” (Ajluni, Kashful-Khafa 1/421).


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