Fear of Allah Almighty
Ali Haidar Attari
(Class 7, Markazi Jami’ah-tul-Madinah Faizan-e-Madinah, Faisalabad)
Crying in the fear of Allah Almighty is a great virtue, and this is something only granted to the fortunate. Sometimes, through the blessings of a crying person, a person who cannot cry also begins to cry. If you are unable to cry, then adopt a crying appearance, for imitating the righteous is a good thing. If someone begins to cry out of the fear of Allah Almighty, then we should not make bad assumptions about him, for it is Haram to form bad assumptions about a Muslim, and an act that leads to Hell.
1. The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said: لَا یَلِجُ النَّارَ مَنْ بَکیٰ مِنْ خَشْیَةِ الـلّٰـهِ حَتّٰی یَعُوْدَ اللَّبَنُ فِی الضَّرْعِ, meaning, ‘The one who cries out of the fear of Allah Almighty will never enter Hell until the milk returns to the udder.’ (Meaning, just as it is not possible to return milk back to the udder, similarly, it is impossible for such a person to enter Hell.)
2. The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘Every eye will shed tears on the Day of Judgement, except for three eyes: Those which cried out of fear of Allah Almighty, those which were closed upon the things declared Haraam by Allah Almighty, and those which opened in the way of Allah.’
3. The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم once delivered a Khutbah, whereupon, one of the attendees began to weep. Seeing this, he صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘If all those believers whose sins are equal to mountains were among you now, they would all be forgiven due to the crying of this one individual, for the angels were also crying with him and making Du’a: اَللّٰھُمَّ شَفِّعِ الْبَکَّائِیْنَ فِیْمَنْ لَّمْ یَبْکِ (meaning: O Allah! Accept the intercession of those weeping for those who do not weep).
Maulana Rumi رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْـه states:
ہر کُجاآبِ رَواں غُنچہ بُوَد
ہر کُجا اشکِ رَواں رَحمت بُوَد
Meaning: When rain falls from the skies, buds and roses bloom upon the earth, and when a person sheds tears out of fear of Allah, the flowers of mercy bloom. (Nayki ki Dawat, p. 273)
4. Sayyiduna Abdullah Bin Mas’ood رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ عَـنْهُ narrates that the Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم said, ‘Even if a tear the size of a fly falls from the eye of a believing slave and flows onto his face out of fear of Allah Almighty, Allah Almighty makes Hell Haram upon him.’
May Allah Almighty allow us to also cry out of his fear.
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم