TOO MUCH FEAR IS HARMFUL

TOO MUCH FEAR IS HARMFUL

Fear is actually a whip which drives a person towards everlasting success.
As long as it remains a driving force towards righteousness, it is approved.
However, it should not be so excessive, that it leads one to despondency,
eventually causing him to renounce all good. Such excessive fear that
creates despondency is disliked in the Shariah, since a hadith states, “Imân
is suspended between fear and hope.”

Thus together with fear, hope is also
necessary. However, a sinful Muslim should keep the quality of fear
dominant. When he becomes obedient, then both these qualities should be
balanced. Once Umar Fârûq stated, “If an announcement is sounded,
‘All will enter Jannah except one person,’ then I fear that I would be that
person. If an announcement is made, ‘All will enter Hell except one
person,’ then I have hope that I would be that person.”

During one’s youth and sound health, fear should be the dominating
quality, since during this era of overpowering desires, there is a need for
the whip of fear to break carnal desires and mould it so that one reaches
his destination. When a person reaches old age or becomes sick, then hope
should be dominant, since a person cannot really fulfil his desires at this
age, and if fear overcomes him, then even the little he is doing will
terminate. Nabî is reported to have stated, “None of you should die,
except whilst maintaining good hopes in Allâh Ta’ala”

 

1 Kitâbul Azmat (page 789, vol.2)
2 Kitâbul Azmat (page 814, vol.3)