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How to develop fear of Allah?

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Assalamua`laikum. I a regular reader of your website. And my previous question to you have given me relief and made me have fear in Allah.Alhamdulillah and also thanks to you. My question now is how to maintain the fear that I have in my heart. Sometimes, I even missed my solat due to lazyness. But I would solat taubah after that and qadar my prayers. But my fear in Allah is easily disturb by syaitan with thoughts " Its ok cause Allah is most merciful and forgiving" . How to have sincere fear in Allah constantly. Is it we have to do good deeds and sedekah always. I just want an answer to improve my sincere fear.

 

I want to be the most feared humble women

 

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How to develop fear of Allah

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

May Allah Subhanah reward you with the best of this world and the Hereafter for your kind comments of encouragement for our humble efforts in the propagation of the Truth. If our humble and modest efforts have helped even one brother or sister get closer to Allah and His Deen of Truth, then we would consider ourselves indeed fortunate to have been given this opportunity by the Lord Most Merciful to serve in His Cause. We hope, beg, and pray the Merciful Lord accepts our humble and weak efforts, forgives us our shortcomings, and saves you, us, and all the believers from the torment of the Hell Fire. Ameen.

 

Your Question: How to have sincere fear in Allah constantly. Is it we have to do good deeds and sedekah always. I just want an answer to improve my sincere fear

Unlike ones natural instinct and desire for the love of the accumulation of wealth, or attraction to women, or the love of children, or love of life and this transitory worldto fear, worship and do deeds only for the sake and Pleasure of Allah is something which one needs to choose to strive and develop and train ones soul to do; and therein lies the test of life which has been ordained and decreed by Allah Subhanah for mankind:

Whoever amongst mankind controls his soul towards the temptations of this short and transient world in preference for His Promises and Rewards of the eternal Gardens of Bliss in the Everlasting life of the Hereafter?

 

The ones who choose to fear Allah, control their souls from lower desires, and of their own choice submit their will to the Will of their Lord, will pass the test ordained by their Lord; and the ones who choose to run after the transient and temporary luxuries and pleasures of this world and refuse to submit their will to the Will of their Creator will miserably fail their ordained test of life.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 79 Surah Naziat verses 34-41:

34 Therefore when there comes the Great Overwhelming (Event, ie: The Day of Judgment!)

35 The Day when Man shall remember (all) that he strove for

36 And Hell-Fire shall be placed in full view for (all) to see

37 Then for such as had transgressed all bounds

38 And had preferred the life of this world

39 Their Abode will be Hell-Fire;

40 And for such as had entertained the fear of standing before their Lord's (tribunal) and had restrained (their) soul from Lower Desires


41 Their Abode will be the Garden.

 

To develop taqwa or fear of Allah, the absolute first thing one needs to do is to recognize who exactly is his Lord and Creator, why has He created everything in existence, why has He created you on this earth, what deeds are Pleasing to Him, what deeds bring about His Wrath and Anger, what exactly are His Rewards promised for His righteous and obedient slaves, and what punishments await those who deny and disobey Him?

 

The Lord Creator is not only All-Mighty and All-Powerful, He is also The Most Merciful, and The All-Wise! He did not create man and leave him alone to find out the answers to these questions by themselves, but in His Supreme, Sublime, and Infinite Mercy, He Himself revealed the answers to all these questions in His Glorious Book of Guidance, The Al-Quran!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verses 2-5

2 This (Quran) is the Book; in it is guidance sure without doubt to those who fear Allah.

3 Who believe in the Unseen, are steadfast in prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them.

4 And who believe in the Revelation sent to thee and sent before thy time, and (in their hearts) have the assurance of the Hereafter.

5 They are on (true) guidance from their Lord and it is these who will prosper.

 

Thus the absolute best way to recognize ones Lord Creator and the substance of ones short test of life in this transient world is to read, understand, obey, follow and completely submit to the Blessed and Noble Message revealed for our guidance by our Lord Most Merciful, Most Gracious.

 

Once you determine and submit to the guidance of the Glorious Quran, all the questions regarding faith and the substance of the test of life will be answered in detail and in a crystal-clear format which only behoves the Lord All-Knowing, All-Wise requires from His believing slaves. Once you recognize the Lord Who created you, and the reason for your existence, and once you submit your will to His Will in return for His Promised Everlasting and Eternal Gardens of Paradise in the life of the Hereafter; your whole life will become a meaningful strive towards a beautiful mission called Paradise!

 

And once you make up your mind to tread the path that would earn you the eternal and everlasting Rewards of Paradise, the world with all its luxuries, pleasures, and temptations will look worthless and insignificant; and all your striving will be towards that Inevitable Reality of the Hereafter.

 

This state of consciousness of standing in the Presence of the Majestic and Supreme Lord One Inevitable Day is what Allah calls taqwa or piety in His Quran; and it is this taqwa which will inspire you all your life towards doing deeds that would earn you the Eternal Pleasure and Good Will of your Lord, and it is this same taqwa which will inspire you to abstain from doing anything which would bring about His Unbearable Wrath and Anger.

 

 

Taqwa means to abstain from doing anything that would bring about the Wrath and Displeasure of the Lord All-Mighty; and to do deeds of righteousness which are commanded by Allah and His Messenger (saws). Taqwa is to live every moment of ones life with the solemn belief that One Inevitable Day every soul will be brought forth in the Presence of the Majestic Lord to give a full accounting of every one of his deeds. Taqwa is to determine before doing anything whether the Lord Most Merciful will be Pleased or Dis-pleased with the deed; if one determines that the Lord will be pleased with the deed, he must do it wholeheartedly; and if one determines that the deed would bring about the displeasure and Wrath of Allah Subhanah, he must immediately abstain from it. Taqwa is to live every moment of ones life consciously striving to do deeds which would earn him the Pleasure and Good Will of the Lord Most Merciful, and abstain from doing deeds which would bring about His displeasure and Wrath.

 

If one studies the Glorious Quran, one would realize that more often than not, wherever Allah Subhanah Promises His slaves the Eternal Gardens of Paradise, the manifestation of the term taqwa is almost always associated with it!

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imraan verse 133:

133 Be quick in the race for forgiveness from your Lord and for a Garden whose width is that (of the whole) of the heavens and of the earth; prepared for the Muttaqeen.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 50 Surah Qaaf verses 31-33:

31 And the Garden will be brought nigh to the Muttaqeen, no more a thing distant.

32 (A voice will say:) "This is what was promised for you, for everyone who turned (to Allah) in sincere repentance who kept (his law).

33 "Who feared (Allah) Most Gracious unseen and brought a heart turned in devotion (to Him):

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 52 Surah Tur verses 17-18:

17 As to the Muttaqeen they will be in Gardens and in Happiness

18 Enjoying the (Bliss) which their Lord hath bestowed on them and their Lord shall deliver them from the Penalty of the Fire.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 68 Surah Qalam verse 34:

34 Verily for the Muttaqeen are Gardens of Delight in the Presence of their Lord.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 16 Surah Nahl verse 31:

31 Gardens of Eternity which they will enter: beneath them flow (pleasant) rivers: they will have therein all that they wish: thus doth Allah reward the Muttaqeen

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 25 Surah Furqan verses 15-16:

15 Say: "Is that (fire) better or the eternal Gardens promised to the Muttaqeen? For them that is a reward as well as a goal (of attainment).

16 "For them there will be therein all that they wish for: they will dwell (there) for aye: a promise to be prayed for from thy Lord."

 

Thus, in conclusion, my dear and beloved sister in Islam, I remind you as I remind myself, the absolute best way to bring about his reformation in our hearts to get close to the Remembrance of our Lord Who Created us; and the best way to Remember our Lord is to read, understand, obey, follow and completely submit ourselves to His Glorious Message which He Himself revealed for our guidance, The One and Only Glorious and Noble Quran!

 

Allah is our witness, one who sincerely submits himself to the Glorious Message of their Lord will find that his whole life will become a life spent in the worship and praise of His Lord; his prayers, his fasts, his zakat, his Hajj, his work, his relationship with fellow man, in fact, his every single deed will be aligned to earn the Pleasure and Good Will of His Lord Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

May Allah Subhanah bless you and us, have mercy on you and us, and bestow upon you and us and all the believers the wisdom and the courage to choose and prefer this Straight Path of Rigtheousness that leads to the Mercy and Rewards of our Lord, and abstain from all deeds that lead to His Anger and His Wrath. Ameen.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother and sincere well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 


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