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We all live in fear

Publishing Date : 27 August, 2019

IQBAL EBRAHIM
UNDERSTANDING ISLAM


In today’s world in one way or another, we all live in fear. This fear could be anything from robbery, break in, loss of possessions, harm or hurt, loss of life and a whole range of other fears. On a broader scale if we look at the world of today there are so many wars, conflicts and harm to people the world over.


The most common emotion that we all live with today is Fear.  Fear of loss, fear of tomorrow, fear of failing, fear of harm or hurt.   An evil force is diverting mankind away from the faith in Allah. Looks like this force, is the cause of all the wars, conflicts and confusion. The aim is to dominate the world by creating instability and insecurity.


There are many kinds of fear that we encounter or go through in our daily lives.  There are two areas of fear the known and the unknown. The known fear is a useful fear because it prompts and prepares us to face the real threat.  For example if I am driving down a street and a car travelling in the opposite direction swerves into my lane, fear that strikes me is useful because it prompts me into taking action to prevent ahead on collision.  Also for example if you feel a pain in your chest, jaws or arm, you seek immediate medical attention to identify and seek a cure for it.  We cannot live without fear. When a child places his finger on a flame he learns to fear fire.  A pedestrian respects the traffic for fear of being knocked down or killed.  


But unfortunately in all this fear we seem to have forgotten the ‘fear’ of breaking the commands of our Lord and Creator. Fear in a way that disciplines us is a good thing.  We cannot be a faithful follower unless we respectfully fear Allah.  Fear of the Almighty makes us follow His law and commands.  Says the Noble Quran: “Oh you who believe, fear Allah (SWT) as He should be feared”.  (Qur’an 3: 102)


Islam teaches us that we should have ‘sabar’ that means patience, dedication and steadfastness. We are also taught to have ‘tawakul’ that means complete trust and devotion to Allah.  The beginning of seeking the right path is to love, respect and fear of breaking the commands of Allah.  This fear is similar to Love, it is the fear of losing the good pleasure of our Lord.  We must strive for “His Mercy”, “His Love” by following His commands as spelt out in the Noble Quran and the teachings of all religions.


Allah promises in the Noble Quran:- “Whoever follows My (Allah’s) guidance, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve- (Quran 2:38). O you who believe, seek help with patient perseverance and prayers; for Allah is with those who patiently persevere: (Quran 2; 153)
When Muslims read the Quran daily with understanding, they will learn how to conquer fear.  It is a lack or deficiency of belief in Allah that produces a spirit of timidity (fear), uncertainty, reluctance and hesitation.  It is absence of faith and courage that causes many of us to live weak apologetic lives.  We must be free from fear and live with the sure knowledge that Allah, the Creator brought us into this World, is with us.


Allah deals with us according to our expectation from Him.  We should always be hopeful of the mercy and benevolence of Almighty Allah and never be despondent or despairing of His blessings.  By devoting ourselves to Allah, having total fear to displease Him, adopting an attitude of gratitude, we will enjoy more kindness and favour from Him.  We must appreciate what Allah has blessed us with, by appreciating everything Allah gives us; it grows, if one appreciates, whereas by complaining the abundance depreciates. “When trouble touches man, he cries unto Us; but when We bestow a favour upon him, he says ‘this has been given to me because of a certain knowledge I have. Nay but this is a trial, but most of them do not understand”. (Quran 39: 49)   


Let’s face if difficulties come to all of us, but the successful person or fearless person use the difficulties as a stepping stone to advancement. We should not compromise ourselves every time we are confronted with difficulty We must at all times pray to Allah, have faith in Him.  This life is short.  We only live one life, and without doubt it will soon be past.  Only what we do for Allah our Creator and in his name, will last. Allah has promised us, if we believe in Him, Life will be a pleasure we will be totally free from fear in all areas of our lives.  


Whoever places his trust in Allah, will be free from fear and grief.  Those who have faith in Allah, shall be safe, there is safety and deliverance in Allah.  Serve Allah without fear. The Qur’an is overflowing and rich with verses that promise good for mankind, to those who follow the guidance of Allah:  “On the faithful shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve”.  Fear is the greatest spiritual hindrance that keeps people from committing themselves to Allah and enjoying a rich, abundant and fulfilling life. If we follow Allah’s law and have faith in Him, no fear in any way will come on us when Allah is our Cherisher, Defender, Helper, our Hope and our comfort.


We must also avoid negative emotions such as fear, jealousy, hatred, envy, revenge, greed and anger.  These emotions must be replaced by emotions of desire, faith, love, enthusiasm and hope.  We must resist fear, control our thoughts and anticipate good things in life. We must also avoid negative emotions such as fear, jealousy, hatred, envy, revenge, greed and anger.  These emotions must be replaced by emotions of desire, faith, love, enthusiasm and hope.  We must resist fear, control our thoughts and anticipate good things in life.


Expectation and hope is a positive motivating force in our daily lives. Hope can be compared to a magnet that draws us towards our goal.  Hope causes us to say Insha-Allah (Allah willing) “I can do it, I will succeed”.  Hope motivates us, drives us and pushes us ahead in life.  Love of Allah and love of our fellowman casts out fear.  


In the Qur’an, Allah refers to this world as, “The Fount (source) of Abundance”.  ‘To you we have granted the Fount of Abundance, therefore to your Lord turn in Prayer and sacrifice (Quran 108: 1-2).  In this world we have been blessed with a fount of abundance.  We must pray to Allah and devote our life for the good of Humanity and enjoy the bounties of Allah.


Let us focus our attention upon success, expectation and hope as they are a positive motivating force, like earlier quoted hope is like a magnet that draws us towards our goal.  Thereby hope causes us to say Insha-Allah (Allah willing).  Hope motivates us, drives us and pushes us ahead in life.  Love of Allah, when it controls us; fear is conquered love is the way to conquer fear. 

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