What Happens if Fear of Allah
does not Exit?
No indeed! You do not honour orphans
nor do you urge the feeding of the poor; you devour inheritance
with voracious appetites and you have an insatiable love of wealth.
(Surat al-Fajr: 17-20)
of two men. One of them knows that he will meet Allah and is aware that
every act of his has a recompense. The other, on the contrary, supposes
that he will not have to give account to anyone. Surely, there is a great
difference between how these two men conduct themselves. Someone bereft
of the fear of Allah is likely to commit any evil and ignore all kinds
of immorality when he feels his interests are at stake. Someone, who readily
kills a human being, for instance, for no apparent reason or for a worldly
interest, does this because he does not fear Allah. If he had steadfast
faith in Allah and the hereafter, he would never dare to do anything of
which he could not give account in the hereafter.
In the Qur'an, the story of the sons of the prophet Adam, peace be upon
him, are given as examples to call our attention to the sharp difference
between a person who fears Allah and one who does not:
Recite to them the true report of Adam's two sons
when they offered a sacrifice and it was accepted from one of them but
not accepted from the other. The one said, 'I shall kill you.' The other
said, 'Allah only accepts from people who have fear of Allah. Even if
you do raise your hand against me to kill me, I am not going to raise
my hand against you to kill you. Truly, I fear Allah, the Lord of all
the worlds. (Surat al-Ma'ida: 27-28)
The one who has no fear of Allah dares to kill his brother without batting
an eyelid although
his brother has no guilt, whereas the victim, despite being threatened
with death, says that he would not even attempt to kill his brother. This
is the consequence of this person's fear of Allah. Thus, once the individuals
of a society have fear of Allah, then murder, oppression, injustice and
inequity, of which Allah does not approve, will end.
Covetousness for the world also accounts for people's cruelties and immoralities.
The main worry of many people is about becoming poor, or having no guarantee
of their future. These concerns essentially explain why bribery, corruption,
theft, false witnessing and prostitution become ways of life for many
people. For someone who has faith in Allah, however, the approval of Allah
is over and above everything else. Such a person avoids anything that
will cause him to lose the approval of Allah. In his heart, he only harbours
fear of Allah; neither death, nor hunger, nor any other hardship can divert
him from the right path.
Consequently, no matter what the circumstances, a person having fear
of Allah, never deviates from the Qur'an. Equally, he is trustworthy.
He always acts conscientiously. Having a profound sense that Allah sees
and hears everything, he does not attempt to act against his conscience
even when alone.
Being conscienceless is among the gravest
detriments for which the lack of fear of Allah accounts. Conscienceless
people do not even attempt to help people in distress.
Lack of religion instigates the loss of conscience. To make this point
clear, think of somebody who has no hesitation in running away after hitting
a man on the street with his car. This is a mere indication of his being
distant from religion. This man, who without conscience leaves a human
being all alone in agony in the middle of the street, who would, otherwise,
have a chance to survive, thinks that he can avoid people by running away
from them. Never does he think, however, that Allah surrounds him, seeing
and hearing him every second. One can never run away from Allah's reckoning
and the day of accounting. Allah will pay everyone back for all injustices,
cruelties, and conscienceless acts on the day of account:
…Those who misappropriate will arrive on the Day
of Rising with what they have misappropriated. Then every self will be
paid in full for what it earned. They will not be wronged. Is someone
who pursues the pleasure of Allah the same as someone who incurs displeasure
from Allah and whose refuge is Hell? What an evil destination! (Surah
Ali 'Imran: 161-162)
When people are reminded of Allah's verses, and instructed in this important
truth, such unscrupulous acts will be prevented.
One example of the unscrupulous attitudes of people distant from the
religion is the people in some societies who provide medical care as if
they were doctors despite having no medical background. Albeit totally
ignorant of any field of medicine, such people readily deceive patients
and dare to treat them without caring about the serious threats they pose
to their health. Such unscrupulous acts can even end with the death of
the patient. Totally ignoring these drawbacks, they only think of acquiring
some benefits and making money. However, in one of His verses, Allah commands
believers to "to render back trusts to those to
whom they are due". (Surat an-Nisa': 58) The health of a person,
too, is a precious trust. Hence, in compliance with the aforementioned
verse, people should avoid practising a profession to which they are not
entitled and becoming involved in attempts that will harm other people.
…Those who misappropriate will
arrive on the day of rising with what they have misappropriated.
Then every self will be paid in full for what it earned. They will
not be wronged. Is someone who pursues the pleasure of Allah the
same as someone who incurs displeasure from Allah and whose refuge
is Hell? What an evil destination!
(Surat Al 'Imran: 161-162)
In all walks of life, one is likely to encounter the unscrupulous acts
committed by people who do not fear Allah. Failing to see the closeness
of Allah's reckoning and failing to ponder over it, one readily slanders
an innocent person. Meanwhile, he merely thinks of convincing people about
his innocence and making them believe in his words. Such a person is utterly
void of understanding that Allah is witness over all things and, without
exception, everything will be reckoned in the hereafter. In this sense,
that the innocent undergoes an ordeal, feels distress or is sent to prison
does not disturb his conscience. Allah, in the Qur'an, declares the punishment
a slanderer will receive as follows:
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Blindly deluded by their ambition
for material gains, there are some people, who exercise power
over people's health and thus risk human lives. These are
exactly the people who do not have fear of Allah and hence
do not consider human life precious.
Anyone who commits an error or an evil action,
and then ascribes it to someone innocent, bears the weight of slander
and clear wrongdoing. (Surat an-Nisa': 112)
There is a group of you who propagated the lie.
Do not suppose it to be bad for you; rather it is good for you. Every
one of them will incur the evil he has earned and the one who took it
on himself to amplify it will receive a terrible punishment. (Surat an-Nur:
A person who does not fear Allah does not respect and value other people.
This lack of fear explains why many restaurant owners do not run their
business hygienically or why the majority of people no longer respect
elderly people. Similarly, having no fear of Allah accounts for patients
dying in emergency rooms due to lack of care, and despised and poor people
and millions of innocent people massacred for a handful of land, etc.
In societies with members having fear of Allah, nobody engages in any
of these, being aware that any misdeed a person commits in this life will
meet him in the hereafter. With individuals having a sound conscience,
this society is entitled to enjoy peace and a sense of trust. Strict avoidance
of debauchery, prostitution and any other form of immorality together
with the sensitivity shown to values such as respect, compassion and mercy
ensure unbreakable family ties, which are undeniably essential for a strong
society. The society enjoys such reliable bases mainly because people
show allegiance to one another.
DOING GOOD WITHOUT EXPECTING A RECOMPENSE
A person who has fear of Allah is also someone who listens to his conscience
and always acts according to the Qur'an. In the Qur'an, Allah commands
people to engage in good deeds without expecting any worldly reward, to
provide people help and strive to present them a good life. In the verse
"Do not give out of a desire for gain" (Surat al-Muddaththir: 6),
the prohibition stresses that people should not seek worldly gain for
services they render intending the good pleasure of Allah. A person who
observes Allah's commands and does not expect any worldly gain does all
these for a single purpose; to earn the approval of Allah so that He will
accept him as a slave worthy of the Garden.
However, a great number of the favours done in our day are based on seeking
a reward to be received in this world. A businessman, for instance, who
undertakes to establish a house for the poor with so-called charitable
purpose, seemingly derives no material gain from such an undertaking.
Yet, the truth is otherwise, mainly because thereby he promotes his name,
appearing on the front pages of newspapers and TV news programmes, which
turns this charity into a form of showing off. Meanwhile, his company
saves money since the costs of this charitable work are deduced from his
taxes. Besides, often charity work engaged in for similar benefits is
far removed from being pertinent to the actual needs of the recipients.
A truckload of food sent to an earthquake-stricken province, for instance,
fails to meet the needs, either because already rotten or because it is
something which is highly inconsistent with the actual needs of the victims.
Politicians' attitudes will serve well to make this issue clear. Throughout
their lengthy campaigns, politicians rhetorically repeat slogans expressing
their deep commitment to serving their country. Once they are not appointed
as minister, however, pushing aside all their association with their party
and the purported "goals" set out in their agenda, they disclose their
underlying motives for getting involved in politics and show that they
ran for "office" and status. It is incredible how few benefits such a
mentality brings to the community.
Briefly, deeds void of sincerity render service fruitless in the next
life. Allah states this in the following verse:
You who have iman! Do not nullify your charity by demands
for gratitude or insulting words, like him who spends his wealth, showing
off to people and not having iman in Allah and the Last Day. His likeness
is that of a smooth rock coated with soil, which, when heavy rain falls
on it, is left stripped bare. They have no power over anything they have
earned. Allah does not guide disbelieving people. (Surat al-Baqara: 264)
Favours done with sincerity to help people and earn the approval of Allah,
on the other hand, prove to be profitable and beneficial, as stated in
many of Allah's verses. In return for the sincere intentions, Allah leads
people to success in all the deeds they become involved in and ensures
fertile outcomes for their undertakings. In a verse this is indicated:
The metaphor of those who spend their wealth, desiring
the pleasure of Allah and firmness for themselves, is that of a garden
on a hillside. When heavy rain falls on it, it doubles its produce; and
if heavy rain does not fall, there is dew. Allah sees what you do. (Surat
Someone who seeks only the pleasure of Allah does not restrict himself
to certain areas in engaging in good deeds and making sacrifice. In a
society distant from religion, people often tend to believe in the existence
of an underlying interest in a sacrifice, which is purely a rationale
that disbelief instils in people. In a society where the pleasure of Allah
is not pursued, people put self-interests over everything else. Believers,
on the other hand, seek the pleasure of Allah and nothing else:
They fulfil their vows and fear a day whose evil
will spread far and wide. They give food, despite their love for it, to
the poor and orphans and captives: 'We feed you only out of desire for
the Face of Allah. We do not want any repayment from you or any thanks.
Truly We fear from our Lord a glowering, calamitous day.' So Allah has
safeguarded them from the evil of that day and has made them meet with
radiance and pure joy. (Surat al-Insan: 7-11)
The subsequent chapters of this book give extensive coverage of the solutions
provided by Allah's verses for the problems that demand immediate solutions.
In reading these solutions, remember that just living by the Qur'an will
create everlasting solutions to all problems. In our day, addressing the
needs of the poor, providing quality care for the elderly, instilling
good values in children, disabusing the teenagers of degenerate attitudes,
providing urgent aid to disaster-afflicted countries, overthrowing the
inherently cruel ideologies responsible for causing countries to drift
into war and murdering thousands of innocent people, confronting those
who rebel against their state and many other issues often sour into stalemate.
In this sense, only compliance with the Qur'an, the sole illuminating
guide provided by Allah to mankind in our age, would secure the unique
solution to the various problems encountered in life. Living by the principles
of Allah would remove all kinds of evil from the earth. In case the situation
turns out to be otherwise, people deliberately commit themselves to a
cruel system. In the Qur'an, Allah attracts attention to the harm people
give to themselves:
Corruption has appeared in both land and sea because
of what people's own hands have brought about so that they may taste something
of what they have done so that hopefully they will turn back. (Surat ar-Rum:
SOLUTIONS THAT APPEAR WITH WISDOM
Having the traits of wisdom, insight (keen sight, the power to grasp
the essence of things), and sagacity are essential in bringing solutions
to the problems polluting the earth and, in all domains of life, bringing
good to the humanity. The acquisition of these traits can only be possible
by following the Qur'an. In a verse, Allah stresses the wisdom the faith
You who have iman! If you fear Allah, He will give
you a discrimination and erase your bad actions from you and forgive you.
Allah's favour is indeed immense. (Surat al-Anfal: 29)
Today, thousands of homeless children
are on drugs and prone to crimes, a simple consequence of
the polluted environments in which they are left. Most probably,
these children will grow into socially handicapped individuals
unable to render any beneficial services to the society in
which they live.
Occasionally, people may feel like launching a quest for solutions to
problems they encounter. However, they fail to reach desirable conclusions
because the are not solution-providers and are bereft of intuition, sagacity
and insight, qualities which are all consequences of faith. Void of faith-inspired
zeal, their decisions are often end up in delays when it comes down to
the stage of implementation. Alternatively, failing to see or skipping
significant details, they face deadlocks at various stages.
For instance, today, all around the world homeless children and orphans
left to live on the streets are a major problem lacking a definite solution.
Aid-missions and measures addressing the many problems associated with
homelessness, especially those designed to prevent homeless children becoming
crime-prone individuals or drug-addicts, often prove feeble, thereby pushing
these children into the downward spiral of homelessness, onto the streets
and into reformatories or making the conditions ripe for their suicide
or death from inadequate care. The situation would definitely be otherwise,
however, if these children received training based on the Qur'an coupled
with appropriate services. Having fear of Allah, they would not be prone
to criminal activity. On the contrary, they would grow into adults striving
to render the best services to their country and people.
Those with diseases needing costly treatment also make this point clear.
The rich, having no problems in paying their bills usually have the means
to survive them. The poor, on the other hand, with no health coverage,
are left to die. Rarely does this situation move anybody, which is confirmed
by the fact that nobody thinks of initiating any measures.
Again, lack of fear of Allah and its consequence, having no wisdom, account
for this indifference. Those failing to discriminate between right and
wrong fail to work out a solution to the problems they encounter. Lack
of discrimination is an attribute peculiar to disbelievers. Allah defines
how these people behave:
The likeness of those who disbelieve is that of
someone who yells out to something which cannot hear - it is nothing but
a cry and a call. Deaf - dumb - blind. They do not use their intellect.
(Surat al-Baqara: 171)
However, people who live by the Qur'an and the Sunnah, have, by merit
of the wisdom they possess, well-developed faculties for finding solutions,
creating resources, and organisation. Organisations led by these people
and contributions of well-to-do people may help a lot to build better
lives for these unfortunates. First, people can be alerted about the existing
problems and accordingly advised about the solutions. A few businessmen,
for instance, may undertake to build or renovate shelters for homeless
children and to educate them. This indeed requires a simple organisation.
In a society living by the Qur'an and the Sunnah, this problem would cease
to exist forever because of these practical solutions. Every family that
has adequate means, for instance, may undertake care of a single child
and his or her education. People endowed with the values of the Qur'an
and wisdom can handle all sorts of problems with such workable solutions.
Similarly, those patients without health coverage can be identified and
their treatment costs covered from an allocated fund. In such matters,
what is essential is to divert the world's resources to the right areas
in the most productive way, without allowing even the slightest extravagance.
Allah demands this type of behaviour from man in the Qur'an.
Despite all the necessary
resources are at hand, failure to organise well and to allocate
resources rationally account for the poor-quality care many people
receive in hospitals. Some receive no medical treatment at all because
of poverty. The caption "No Money, No Meds" ironically serves as
the catchphrase about the situation.
People who take control of events by following their consciences and
using their intellects can rapidly identify deadlocks and needs, and accordingly
produce solutions. Often people fail to spot where the systems fail or
simply pretend not to see. Even if circumstances evoke pangs of conscience
in them, they fail to know what to do or feel too lazy to start a mission.
Reluctant to disturb their peace, they avoid spending time and energy
on such matters. However, the efforts of conscientious people and people
of wisdom in organising people according to their power and capabilities
will result in rapid solutions to many enduring problems.
Encouraging people for a good cause is an attribute highly praised in
Those who join forces for good will receive a reward
for it. Those who join forces for evil will be answerable for it. Allah
gives all things what they deserve. (Surat an-Nisa': 85)
A contrary behaviour is mentioned as an attribute of disbelievers and
defined as wicked:
No indeed! You do not honour orphans nor do you
urge the feeding of the poor; you devour inheritance with voracious appetites
and you have an insatiable love of wealth. (Surat al-Fajr: 17-20)