Fear & Caution

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Imam Abu al-Faraj ‘Abd ar-Rahman ibn ‘Ali ibn al-Jawzy (q.s.) said, “Fear and caution occur in matters related to the future.  A resolute person is he who prepares for what he fears before it befalls him, and avoids excessive fear of what must inevitably befall him, because his fear does not benefit him.  Indeed, the fear of Allah (s.w.t.) was so intensified in the hearts of many righteous people, that they asked Allah to Decrease it.  The reason behind asking Allah (s.w.t.) such is that fear is like a lash; if a camel is lashed continuously it will worry, but the lash should be used when it is lazy in order to motivate it.

It was narrated that Sufyan ats-Tsawri told a young man who was sitting with him, ‘Do you want to fear Allah (s.w.t.) truly and rightfully?’

The young man replied, ‘Yes.’

Sufyan said, ‘You are a fool!  If you fear Him truly you would not be able to fulfill the obligatory acts!’”


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