A Muslim it is core of belief to accept the oneness of Allah (SWT) and live according to the teachings of Quran, Sunnah and Hadith. We need to ask ourselves what is fear of Allah (SWT)? It can be defined as a feeling when a Muslim gets that Allah (SWT) is all knowing and all seeing and one day we will going to return to him. But we also need to ask do we all fear Allah (SWT), to put it simply. No we don’t. Because if we do fear Allah (SWT), it will be evident that we would try to live our lives according to the teachings of Islam and follow the rulings of Allah (SWT) and his last messenger Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and prepare ourselves for the hereafter. On the other hand people who don’t fear Allah (SWT) will always neglect the teachings of Islam and consider this world as the permanent place to live.
Today we live in a world where violence, inhumanity, atrocious acts, Muslims killing Muslims, families getting destroyed over property disputes and what not. It is like if someone mentions a bad thing happening in this world, either we have seen it or heard of it. And this is all because that the fear of Allah (SWT) has not ingrained into our hearts. We have ignored or turned ourselves from the teachings of Islam and what Allah (SWT) want us to achieve in this temporary place we live in which has led to the downfall of all the mankind.
The Holy Quran has talked about fearing Allah (SWT) at many places and why it is important for us to fear Him. Fear of Allah is not something that is going to come naturally to us. It is something us as Muslims need to understand by learning the way of Islam and what Allah (SWT) requires from us. Yes indeed guidance is given from Allah (SWT) but it is something which Muslims have to strive for and try to walk the path of righteousness. We also need to understand that Allah (SWT) is the sole creator if this universe and everything in it. So we should try to message which was given in the Quran and live our lives according to the teachings of Islam. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:
“The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when His verses are recited to them, it increases them in faith; and upon their Lord they rely”- (Surah al-Anfal 8:2)
As mentioned above, it is very necessary to learn and understand what Allah (SWT) is saying in the Quran because without understand the message of Allah (SWT) we can not comprehend what is required from us and so that it will leave our hearts empty of the fear of Allah (SWT). Allah (SWT) has promised rewards for the people who do good deeds and punishment for those who do bad deeds. So it is safe to say here that if we don’t fear Allah (SWT), we might end up doing bad deeds and the wrath of the Almighty will waiting for us on the day of judgement. (May Allah (SWT) save us all, Ameen). Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:
… If only I had not been given my Book and had not known about my Reckoning! If only death had really been the end! My wealth has been of no use to me. My power has vanished. (Surat al-Haqqa: 25-29)
Being a Muslim, it obligatory upon us to fear Allah (SWT) and accept the supremacy of Him and follow the message of the Holy Quran so that we can be among the people who walked the path of righteousness on the day of judgement. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:
“On the Day when every person will be confronted with all the good he has done, and all the evil he has done, he will wish that there were a great distance between him and his evil. And Allah warns you against Himself (His Punishment) and Allah is full of Kindness to the (His) slaves.” – Quran (3:30).
The thing we need to realise and ask ourselves this question that why are still fearless of Allah (SWT)? Why don’t we read and understand the Holy Quran and practice what was required from us?
The answer to these questions are within ourselves that we have become so lost in the worldly matters that we have forgot what is required from us and best for us. We consciously and subconsciously think that we are in control of everything and are only interested in what we want to achieve in this world but not in what we want to achieve in the hereafter. May Allah (SWT) guide us all and grant us the capacity and the capability not only to fear Him but also follow the path which defines the Islamic Ideology. Ameen.
“And when my servants ask you (O Muhammad SAW), concerning Me, indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. Let them, then, respond unto Me, and believe in Me, so that they might follow the right way.”– (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:186)