\”And verily the Hereafter will be better for thee than the present.\” 93:4

July 3, 2007

“And fear none but Me.” [2:40]

Filed under: Uncategorized — by Aish Al Akhirah @ 12:03 am

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Raheem

Indeed it is Allah SWT we should be thinking of every second of our day. Whether we are doing our homework, picking up a sibling from school, reading or simply walking from one place to the other…every step of the way Allah SWT is closer than ever. He watches where we look, where we walk to, He knows what we say and what we don’t. He knows what we are thinking of and what we are not. Allah SWT’s knowledge encompasses so much we can NEVER fathom it, and we never will.

 Alhamdulillah it is part of Allah SWT’s Hikmah and reason for putting us here and giving us a soul that we remember Him after every breathe we take. It is a means of relief from the dunya and full awareness of the Akhirah. It is a means for us to be rewarded in the Hereafter inshaa’Allah.

The emotion of fear for the Mu’min does not ring hollow. The emotion of ‘fear’ translates into action for the Believer.

Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, also praised His people in His book, saying, “Verily! Those who live in awe for fear of their Lord… It is these who race for the good deeds and they are foremost in them.” [23:57-61]

I read something quite awesome by Ibn Qayyim Jawziyyah *rahimahullah* (on IslamicAwakening) that mentioned the different kinds of fear (all with similar meanings to khawf, but not synonymous) I will list and summarize them here:

  • al-Khawf – A great description of Khawf: Abu Hafs said, “Khawf is the whip of Allah. He corrects with it those straying from His door.” He also said, “Khawf is a light in the heart, with it one can see the good and evil. Everyone you fear you run away from except Allah. When you fear Him, you run away to Him.” The person with khawf is a person fleeing from His Lord to His Lord. (a greater and detailed description lies in the article: http://islamicawakening.com/viewarticle.php?articleID=523&)

  • Khashyah – Khashyah is more specific than khawf. Khashyah is a quality that is particular of the people knowledgeable of Allah. Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala, says, “It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah.” [35:28] As a result khashyah is associated with knowledge. The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhe wa sallam, is reported to have said, “Indeed I have the most piety for Allah and have the greatest khashyah for Him.” (Bukhari and Muslim) And he is the most knowledgeable of Allah.

  • Rahbah – Rahbah is diligence in running away from adversity. The opposite of this is raghbah or longing which involves the travel of the heart toward its desires. There is symmetry between raghbah and rahbah both in their pronunciation and meanings.

  • Wajal – Wajal is the shivering and breaking of the heart when remembering the One it fears, His authority, punishment or seeing Him.

  • Haybah – Haybah is khawf associated with glorification and reverence. It’s peak is achieved when love and knowledge are strongly combined. Ijlaal is glorification associated with love.

 As you see, subhanAllah there are different stations of al Khawf that the article touched upon. may Allah SWT grant us in full all of these levels and make us of the Muttaqeen. ameen

How can we gain true Khawf?  With knowledge, and acting upon this knowledge.

I strongly urge you to read the article on al-Khawf written by Ibn Al Qayyim Jawziyyah(rahimahullah) as there is SO MUCH more gems than what I have written in this post!! Seriously! And it is not even long: http://islamicawakening.com/viewarticle.php?articleID=523&

Anything I have written in ignorance and in vain is only from my own nafs and Shaytan, and anything beneficial you read on this blog is only from Allah SWT.





  1. “And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out. And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.” [at-Talaq 65:3-4]

    Aaslamu Aalikium Wa Rahamatuh Allahi Wa Barakatuh,

    Subhana’Allah, another great reminder. Baraak Allahu feeky ukhtee. Its always a form of puzzle for the non-believers Subhana’allah..when the concept of fearing Allah is mentioned. But, if they truely look at the underlying wisdom beneath that, it truely makes the worshipper love the Creator, the Sustainer, because the Creator is nothing like his creation. This post truely goes hand in hand with the love of Allah swt post, because it is through fear, our hearts are humbled towards Allah, and through humbleness and piety one truely gains the feeling of yearning towards love of Allah swt.

    Jazakee Allahu Khairn ukhtee, May Allah swt make us of those who fear him in private, and in public. Ameen

    Comment by Nour al Islam* — July 4, 2007 @ 2:30 pm |Reply

  2. jazakAllahu khayran ukhtee for your words are always full of wisdom:)
    I was reading some of ‘kitab al-iman’ by ibn taymiyyah rahimahullah and he mentioned in there several ayaat which mentioned the characteristics of those who truly believe. Those who believe do acts of righteousness, those who believe are those who fear Allah in public and private, and it is only those who have emaan that when they remember Allah SWT, there is a tremor in their hearts. (I am not quoting the ayaat, but simply what it was saying..in essence) So basically these ayaat and ahadeeth laid out the characteristics of those who have true emaan. And anything ANYTHING that is lacking, their emaan is not complete. Because these evidences show clearly that a person’s emaan is not complete if they are not doing any of those things. One of the things is Jihad. Striving in the way of Allah SWT on any level. If no one has a sincere intention to atleast do it in their life, their emaan is flawed.

    And in the reading, I realized if only all of us cleared our intentions and intended upon fulfilling the obligations (only then would we have emaan) and then perfecting them…as to increase our emaan and closeness to Allah SWT..nothing would be better. Nothing would be more fulfilling.
    may Allah SWT place emaan in our hearts. ameen

    Comment by Aish Al Akhirah — July 8, 2007 @ 3:08 am |Reply

  3. “Everyone you fear you run away from except Allah. When you fear Him, you run away to Him”

    subhanAllaah!!! THIS WAS SO PROFOUND.

    This article made me cry, ukhti, it truly did. jazakeeAllaahu khairan for sharing

    Comment by Salafiya — July 8, 2007 @ 3:36 am |Reply

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