Fear Nothing But Allah

Fear Nothing But Allah by Omar Suleiman


Fear, fear is a very interesting emotion, it can motivate or it can paralyze, it could be productive or it can be destructive, depending on who you fear, why you fear and what your fear. That fear is either praised in the Qur'an or it is looked down upon, when it becomes paralyzing and destructive and leads you to nowhere but despair. And unless you have that hope to balance you out, there's no way that, that fear could possibly be productive because the default of fear is that it is a paralyzing emotion. It needs hope in order for it to be productive.

I want you to picture this scene in Madinah, and this Hadith sends shivers down my spine because I always think about it, when I think about the quality of fearlessness that we take from the Prophet (SAW). Anas Ibn Malik (RA) as he usually did when he would reflect on the life of the Prophet (SAW) described a beautiful quality of the Prophet (SAW) and then a manifestation of that beautiful quality, so he says the Prophet (SAW) was the best of people and in this context he was also speaking about the way that he was externally, he was the most perfect of people, and the most generous of people, and the most courageous of people. And he recalled this incident that took place where there was some noise outside in the middle of the night, in Madinah, and the people thought that they were under attack, so when Madinah is under attack, where do you think the Prophet (SAW) should go? What do think the protocol should be? Shouldn't everyone surround the house of the Prophet (SAW) and make sure that he's protected? Madinah is supposedly under attack and he said, and we came out and we see the Prophet (SAW) riding on his horse unstrapped to it, so the Prophet (SAW) is not, is completely unrestrained on his horse, and he has his sword in his hand and the Prophet (SAW) is riding around to make sure that whatever came would be deterred and the Prophet (SAW) said to his companions, says to the people of Madinah, do not be afraid, do not be afraid. 

Ali (RA) says that when the battle would be become toughest, when it would become hottest, and when we would be utterly exhausted, the people would hide behind the Prophet (SAW) in battle. He was the nearest to the enemy. Al-Bara said that the bravest of us would only be standing next to him (SAW). What was it about the Prophet (SAW) , that gave him such courage, and such composure, in the face of things that would usually cause people, absolute fear, and fear is a more comprehensive emotion in The Qur'an, there are different things that you fear, some people fear death, and you sound radical when you tell people not to fear death until you can throw in a Socrates' quote which exists or a quote from Plato or a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, who said that, if you haven't found something worth dying for than you're not really alive, but when the Prophet (SAW) says that the nations will gather against you and feast on you at a table, and fear "Al-Wahan" will be placed in your heart, and the companions said what is "Al-Wahan", and the Prophet (SAW) said to love the world too much and to hate death too much, that doesn't make us a death cult, you can find similar sayings in context to the same effect, that if you haven't found something that gives you absolute resolve in the face of things, that should, should, make you scared, then you need to reconsider, what it is you're living for in the first place. What was about the Prophet (SAW) that he didn't fear, the snares of the people, and the stares of the people, the smears of the people, Allah describes that as a legitimate fear in the Qur'an, the fear of being outcast, Quran says they're not afraid of the blame of the blamer. We're not worried about being outcast. What was it about the Prophet (SAW) that when a man grabs his sword and stands on top of him and says Oh Muhammad (SAW) who will stop me from killing you? That the Prophet (SAW) with full composure and tranquility can say, Allah. Without stuttering, without shaking, Allah.

There was something about him (SAW). And it was that complete trust in Allah. That nothing was worth fearing but Allah. That no consequence that would be faced for His sake, is to be feared either. What's the worst they could do to you? When you're living for Allah SWT. If they kill you it Shahada, it's martyrdom. Whatever they do to you, if they slander you then Allah will glorify you and raise you. What's the worst they could to you? That's that fearlessness that was in the voice, the unquivering voice of Ibn Taymiyyah (RA) when he said what can my enemies do to me? My garden is in my heart! Jannah is in my heart. You can't take it away. They kill me it's martyrdom. They deport me, then it's a chance to reflect on The Signs of Allah, and if they leave me in isolation, then it's a chance to be in seclusion with Allah, There is no fear. Because there's nothing worth fearing except for Him, and there's no consequence worth fearing if it is faced because of your determination to do what He commands you to do.

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