THIS POST TALKS ABOUT DEEP THINGS INVOLVING THE STATE OF THE HEART. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THOSE WHO WISHES TO READ, SHOULD READ PROPERLY, AND WITH ITS IMPORTANCE AT HEART. OTHERWISE ONE WILL NOT OBTAIN BENEFIT, AND WILL ACCUSE WHAT IS BENEFICIAL FOR HIM / HER TO BE NON-BENEFICIAL, NA'UDZUBILLAH. KNOWLEDGE, UNDERSTANDING AND TRUE FAITH COMES ONLY WITH PATIENCE AND PERSEVERENCE. INSHA-ALLAH.
The Al-Khawf or station of fear is one of the most splendid stations of the road and the most beneficial to the heart. It is also mandatory upon everyone.
Allah says in the Qur'an:
"So fear them not, but fear Me, if you are believers." (Surah Al-Imraan: Ayat 175)
and Allah SWT mentions:
"And fear none but Me." (Surah Al-Baqarah: Ayat 40)
Allah SWT has 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." (Surah 23: Ayats 57~61)
The grand Tabi'in, Al-Hasan Al-Basri RA said:
"By Allah, they performed the acts of obedience and struggled in them and they were afraid that their deeds will be rejected."
The believer has combined good deeds and fear and the hypocrite has combined bad deeds and a sense of security.
Other terms have similar meanings to al-khawf but are not synonymous, such as Wajal, khashyah and rahbah.
Abu Al-Qasim Al-Junaid RA said:
"Khawf is to expect punishments as long as you breathe."
It has been said that khawf is defined as - the restlessness of the heart because of the remembrance of the cause of fear.
It has also been said that khawf is the strength in knowledge of the rulings and decrees.
This is the reason for khawf and not khawf itself.
Khashyah is more specific than khawf. Khashyah is a quality that is particular of the people knowledgeable of Allah.
Allah SWT says in the Qur'an:
"It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah." (Surah 35: Ayat 28)
As a result khashyah is associated with knowledge.
The Prophet Muhammad SAW is reported to have said:
"Indeed I have the most piety for Allah and have the greatest khashyah for Him." (Bukhari and Muslim)
And Rasulullah SAW himself is the most knowledgeable of Allah.
Khawf can be likened to a movement or a reaction but khashyah is involvement, action and tranquility.
A person who sees the enemy, floods or similar causes of fear will have one of the following two reactions: movement; i.e. running away from the cause, which is the state of khawf; or staying calm and staying in a place where the cause cannot reach him, and this is khashyah.
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 is the shivering and breaking of the heart when remembering the One it fears, His authority, punishment or seeing Him.
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.
Khawf is for the common believers, while khashyah is for the knowledgeable and the scholars.
Haybah is for those who love and Ijlaal is for those who are close (to Allah).
The presence of Khawf and khashyah is according to how much knowledge is there, as the Prophet SAW said:
"Indeed I am the most knowledgeable of Allah amongst you and have the most khashyah for Him." (Bukhari and Muslim)
Rasulullah SAW also said:
"If you would know what I know, you would laugh little and weep much. You would not have joy with your wives in bed and you would go out to high places and pray fervently to Allah, The Mighty." (Ahmad, Tirmidhi and others)
The person with khawf resorts to fleeing and holding. The person with khashyah resorts to holding to knowledge. Their similitude is like a person who has no knowledge of medicine and a skilled, highly trained and educated physician. The former resorts to diet and escape for treatment of his ills while the doctor resorts to knowledge of diseases and medicines.
Abu Hafs RA 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.
Abu Sulaiman RA said:
"When khawf departs from any heart, it falls apart."
Ibrahim bin Sufyan RA said:
"When khawf settles in the heart, it burns the places of vain desires within it and it kicks out the love for this world."
Thun-Nun RA said:
"People are on the road (meaning the Straight Path) as long as they have khawf. When they lose it, they stray from the road."
Khawf is not sought itself. It is simply a means sought to obtain something else. It disappears when the cause of khawf disappears. That is why the people of Paradise will have no khawf, nor will they grieve. Khawf is related to deeds and actions, while love is related to Allah and His Attributes. The love of the believers to their Lord multiplies when they enter the House of Bliss and they will have not fear. For that, the station of love is greater and higher than the station of khawf.The truthful khawf is what comes between the person and the prohibitions of Allah. If khawf exceeds that, then there may be a concern for getting into despair and hopelessness.
Abu Uthman RA said:
"The true khawf is being cautious of committing sins manifest or hidden."
Ibn Taymiyyah RA is reported to have said:
"The commendable khawf is what restrains you from the prohibitions of Allah."
"Khawf is to slip away from comfort and security by recognizing the warning of Allah."
The beginning of khawf is to fear the punishment. This is the kind of khawf that produces sound Imaan (faith). This can be attained by believing in the warnings of Allah and remembering the sin. Khawf is preceded by feeling and knowledge. It is impossible that a person may have khawf without having feelings of fear.
Khawf is associated with two things: first, the thing feared; and second, anything that may lead to it. Khawf can then be as great as the feeling of the person to the feared thing and what leads to it. When a person doesn't think that something would lead to the object that should be feared, then he/she would not fear that thing. The same is true if he does not know the measure of the fearful thing then, he would not have the correct fear.
Khawf (fear) and rajaa' (hope) complement one another.
Abu Sulaiman RA said:
"The heart ought to have more khawf. When rajaa' dominates, it ruins it."
It was also said:
"The best state is to have the same amount of khawf and rajaa', but to have more love. Love is the boat, rajaa' is the leader, khawf is the driver, and Allah is the One Who helps those reach the goal by His Grace and Generosity."
Friday, 2 February 2007