FEAR is a
feeling or trait that co-exists with courage in the psyche of a human being. Fear
has many facets and it manifests itself in various formats, at various stages
of man’s growth and maturity. A child ordinarily is fearsome of darkness; an
adult might fear the unknown. To attain spiritual maturity it is necessary to
overcome fear of such nature. However, a true believer is devoid of fear,
barring the fear of Allah Subhanahu.
who believe, Fear Allah as He should be feared…” (III: 102).
firmly establishes the first and foremost virtue of a believer, that he only
are expected to remain firm and united. They are to be a homogenous community,
with aims of common good. “Hold fast, all together by the Rope, which Allah
stretches out for you, and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with
gratitude Allah’s favour on you, for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts
in love, so that by His Grace ye became brethren..”. It follows therefore that
a believer cannot sow seeds of discord amongst men; on the contrary, he has to
display with conviction and faith, feelings of love towards his fellow men.
Believers, when glued together will always remain, a force to reckon with; in
supple words, Holy Quran guides that believers must know that there is only
strength in unity.
incumbent for believers to strive towards upholding of what is good for society
and what is not!
there arise out of you, a band of people, inviting to all that is good,
enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong; they (believers) are the
ones to attain felicity (III:104).
It is significant to remember here that the
‘invitation to good’ and ‘abhorrence to wrong’ is to be exercised within the
ambit of the methodology employed by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in the propagation
of Islam. The merciful prophet invited by highest standards of personal
excellence of character, we must remain cognizant of the fact that prophet
acquired from the ‘Makkans’ the title of Al Amin and Al Sadiq; much before he
proclaimed being a messenger. Hence for furthering a righteous society, believers
within the meaning of this verse cannot resort to force; they are first and
foremost called upon to use the power of inspiration, through their own good
conduct and behaviour.
believers, Allah says,
“on the day when some faces will be lit up with
white” (III: 106) they will be in the light of Allah’s mercy…” (III: 107).
are assured of receiving His mercy, only if their character pronounces the
attributes of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in their everyday life. At another place
in the Holy Quran, believers are mentioned as,
case of those who say, ‘our lord is Allah,’ and further “stand straight and
steadfast, the angels descend on them..” (XLI: 30).
The angels give the believers glad tidings of
the Garden of Bliss and they (angels) say,
your protectors, in this life and in the Hereafter, therein they shall have,
all that your souls shall desire...” (XII: 31),
the later verse XII: 32 confirms,
“A hospitable gift from One oft forgiving ,
are expected to disassociate and distinguish themselves from those who sit and
ridicule religion, through unwarranted discussions.
thou seest men engaged in vain discourse about our signs, turn away from them
unless they turn to a different theme” (VI: 68).
This is an
ordinance and duty is of immense significance, since the verse goes further to
Satan ever makes thee forget, then after recollections, sit not there in the
company of those who do wrong” (VI: 68).
commandment is straight and clear, believers must only choose the company of
those who do and enjoin only that which is right.
those who believe and do deeds of righteousness, hath Allah promised
forgiveness and a great reward…” (V:9).
believers who may have sinned, Allah assures them of forgiveness,
‘O ye who believe turn to Allah with sincere
repentance, in the hope that your Lord will remove your ills and admit you to
the Garden…” (IXVI: 8).
Another major characteristic of a true
believer is his Taqwa (Piety) or fear of Allah. The Quran mentions
believers are those who when Allah is mentioned, feel a tremor in their
hearts”. (VIII: 2).
believers are regular in their prayers they spend freely from the bounties and
gifts bestowed by Allah and put their entire trust in their Lord Almighty-
truth are the believers, they have grades of dignity with their Lord and
forgiveness.. (VIII: 4).
believers, the Prophet established a code of brotherhood; this concept was of
critical value in holding subordinate every mark of distinction relating to
race, colour, creed etc. for it established that none is superior to other
except on the basis of piety and God fearing element.
Prophetic traditions and sayings relating to superior qualities of believers
are several. In response to a question the Holy Prophet (PBUH) remarked, “That
you (a believer) provide food and extend greetings to one whom you know or do
not know”. The Prophetic sayings are: “He (believer) will not enter paradise,
whose neighbour is not secure from his wrongful conduct”; “the believer is the
one from whose tongue and hands the believers are safe” and most significantly
“none of you believes truly till one likes for his brother that which he loves
for himself” and “he is not perfect believer, who goes to bed full and knows
that is neighbour is hungry.”
His Messenger, have put upon us, to imbibe and infuse within our personalities,
such traits of honour and nobility. Today and now, why is it that our hearts do
not tremble and why is it that it does not bleed on seeing the distortion and
distance between holding such values and practicing them. From the shores of
Atlantic to Indonesia society, where ‘believers’ abound possessing the
‘quality’ that Allah and His Messenger have set! O! Allah guide us towards
correction and rectitude!
Aziz is a senior banker with interest in Religion.
Source: Pak Observer