Fear of sinning before and after any action

From the morals and manners of the Salaf was their deep fear of Allaah in the beginning and at the conclusion of any action. In the beginning they would fear that the action would involve them in sin and punishment, and at the conclusion of the action they would fear they would be glorified and praised. Accordingly they would fear dying on evil. Allaah the Most High says, “For the one who fears the standing in front of his Lord are two gardens.”¹ He also said, “Fear Me, all of you, if you are truly believers.”²

The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) said, “Whoever is afraid will set out at nightfall, and whoever sets out of nightfall will reach home. Verily the merchandise of Allaah is valuable the merchandise of Allaah is Paradise.”³

Abu Turab an-Nakhshabi (rahimahullaah) would say, “If a person resolved to leave sinning, Allaah would send him reinforcements from all sides. What indicates the blackness of the heart are three.Not to find an escape from sinning, nor a place for obedience to occur, nor a haven for the sermon that warns.”

Hasan al-Basri (rahimahullaah) would say, “From the signs that one has drowned in sins is lack of delight in fasting in the day and praying through the night.”

One of them said, “If the only quality of obedience was light appearing on the face and its radiance, love in the heart, strength in the limbs, security of the soul (nafs),…all these would have been enough for leaving sins. And if sins only produce ugliness in the face, darkness in the heat and fear over the soul, then all this would have been enough for leaving sins. For both the obedient and disobedient Allaah has left indications and signs to please one and make the other sorrowful.”

Allaah the Most High said, “(Those who say) Allaah is our Lord then they were upright, the angles descend upon them saying do not fear nor grieve” 4

One person from the Salaf said, “The angels only say that to the one who prolonged his fear of Allaah and his sorrow for his deficiencies or what he neglected. The one who did not fear Allaah nor grieved of what he forfeited, would not have these words said to him (i.e.,death).”


[Transcribed from: Characteristics of the Salaf, Pages 19-21]
1 Soorah Ar-Rahmaan 55:46
2 Soorah Aali-‘Imraan 3:175
3 Collected by at-Tirmidhi (10/227) in Sifat-ul-Qiyaamah saying: This hadeeth is Hasan Ghareeb. Also collected by al-Haakim (4/308) ar-riqaar who said: The chain narrators.
4 Sooratul-Fussilaat 41:30

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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