SHIRK IN FEAR

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           SHIRK IN LOVE AND SHIRK IN FEAR
             Written by sisters Fatima (from Gambia) and Qamar (from Pakistan)


                                             INTRODUCTION
Innal-Hamdalillah was-Salaatu was-Salaam `alaa Rasoolillah

Asalaamu’alaykum waRahmatullahi waBarakaatuhu

Insha’Allah sister Fatima and myself sister Qamar, will be doing our group presentation on two forms of shirk.

We first need to know what Shirk is and to understand its seriousness, how can we possibly stay away from shirk
if we do not know what it is?

In a Hadith Narrated by Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: The Messenger of Allaah (sa) said:
„Shall I not tell you of the most serious of the major sins?‟ he said this three times. We said, „Of course, O
Messenger of Allaah!‟ He replied, „Associating anything in worship with Allaah . . .‟” [Hadith Bukhari].

To put someone or something equal to or above Allah is associating partners with Him which is shirk, and shirk
can take many forms; it is not simply worshipping an idol as many think.

The greatest shirk of all is Shirk Al-Akbar – because Allah subhaanahu wa ta`ala will never forgive an individual if
they do not repent from it before they die.

So Shirk is not to be taken lightly and we should all we well aware of the different forms that exist - in order to
never commit such a terrible sin, a sin that will land us into the hell fire. A’ou thu billah

Our subject today will describe Shirk in Love and Shirk in Fear.

I will now pass you on to sister Fatima who will describe to you Shirk in Love…




                                              SHIRK IN LOVE
Perhaps when we speak of shirk in love, the first thing that may come to mind is one’s love of his family more
than they love Allah, his wealth more than Allah, the beauties of this world and perhaps one’s status in the
dunya more than Allah. Indeed, if this is your idea of what shirk in love means, then you’re surly correct. Shirk in
love is, committed not only against Allah, but against ourselves. For when we put others before Allah and
allocate them the love that is deserve by only him, then surely we have truly wronged ourselves for He is in no
need of our love, but we, as humans are in need of his love and mercy.

In order to protect ourselves, we must first understand that there are four types of love:

FOUR TYPES OF LOVE

        TO LOVE ALLAH ALONE
        LOVING THAT WHICH ALLAH LOVES
        LOVING FOR THE SAKE OF ALLAH
        LOVING SOMETHING ALONGSIDE ALLAH

Having said this, perhaps some might say, “Well, I love Allah, I believe in him, and He‟s always in my heart”.
This is the first type of love mentioned.

Subhaanallah! Please pay head my fellow my Muslims. For surely, we may go astray, unless we truly understand
what it means to claim love for Him. It is only by knowing what it means to love Him, that we can protect
ourselves from this evil sin of loving our husbands, our children, our wealth, our status and the beauties of this
world more than Allah.
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Remember, (1) the people of the book claim love for Allah too, but what makes our love different to theirs is
that as well as having love for Allah, (2) We love what Allah loves whatever we hate, we hate for the sake of
Allah and whatever He loves, we love as well.
For example, we know that Allah has made permissible the marrying of up to four wives for men. Although this
might be very difficult to accept, yet, because it is something which Allah loves and has made permissible, then
we accept and love it only for the sake of Allah.

(3) The third type of love is loving for the sake of Allah. All of us here today have been brought together by one
common goal, to earn the love, pleasure and mercy of Allah, because of this, we love you for the sake of Allah.

"Whoever loves for Allah, hates for Allah, gives for Allah, and withholds for Allah, has sought the completion
of his faith." [Hadith Abu Dawood]

We can therefore see, that whatever good our hearts are inclined towards; it will be because of our love for
Allah.

So, now, that we know what it means to have love for Allah, how can one commit shirk in love?

(4) This brings us to the fourth type of love.

The difference is very important and one that every Muslim should be familiar with, so as to not fall into the
trap.

Loving for the sake of Allaah and loving something alongside Allaah are two very different concepts. It is our
obligation as Muslims to make a very clear distinction between them.

Loving for the sake of Allaah is a sign of the perfection of faith, but loving something alongside Allaah is the
essence of shirk.

In today‟s presentation, my focus will be on the latter; SHIRK IN LOVE.

Alhamdulillah, Allah has given our husbands, wives, children and families as a blessing to us, so that we may
show thanks to Him.

It is our duty to provide and care for them, to show them love and mercy. However, when our love for these
people begins to take us away from the remembrance of Allah and fulfilling our duty to Him, then we have
indeed committed Shirk in love.

Loving Our Husbands

Today, it is not a big deal for a Muslim woman to be married to a so-called Muslim husband who doesn’t pray,
and he knows it is an obligation he owns to Allah, but he chooses to reject this pillar of Islam thinking that the
love he has for Allah in his heart is enough, and we know that failing to pray takes you out of the fold of Islam.
But knowing this, she still stays married to him and if you ask her why, she’ll tell you, it’s because I love him.

Astagfirullah! Allah has clearly told us in the Holy Qur’aan in the Interpretation of the meaning:

“And give not (Muslim women) in marriage to idolaters until they believe” [Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:221]

“They (Muslim women) are not lawful for them (the disbelievers) nor are they (the disbelievers) lawful to
them” [Surah Al- Mumtahinah, 60:10]

So how can we do this, when it has clearly been related to us not to marry anything but a Muslim man? This
without doubt shows that our love for Allah comes secondary to our love for his creation. We need to have fear
of Allah. Learn about His rights over us, learn about his beautiful names and attributes and worship Him like he
deserves.

“And amongst mankind are those who take [for worship] others besides Allah, as equals [with Allah]: They
love them as they should love Allah. And those who believe love Allah more [than anything else]. If only the
wrongdoers could see, behold, they would see the punishment” [Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:165]

WE AS NEED EDUCATED OURSELVES; OUR LOVE FOR THE CREATION OF ALLAH WILL LEAD US NO WHERE BUT
TO THE HELL FIRE, unless we put Allah first.
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Loving Our Wealth

Shirk in love not only includes loving our families more than Allah, but also our wealth. How many Muslim men
today will close their businesses in order to go pray the congregational salaat or the Friday prayer, especially if
the mosque is not even far? But no, they will fear that they might lose customers while they were always praying,
worshiping Allah.

“He who became the slave of the Dinar or the Dirham will perish and be destroyed.” [Hadith Bukhari]

Brothers, this wealth that you have, is from no one but Allah; so why not give thanks and give Allah his rights:
Take from your wealth and pay your zakaat and fear not any reduction in your wealth for Allah is the provider.

Allah tells us in the interpretation of the meaning, Allah tells us:

"Men whom neither trade nor sale (business) diverts from the remembrance of Allaah" [Surah al-Noor,
24:37]

Do you not want to be one of these men, WHOM NEITHER TRADE OR SALE WILL EVER DIVERT FROM
REMEMBERING THEIR LORD?

Please reflect on this brothers.

Loving Our Children

For the sisters, Alhamdulillah, when Allah has blessed us with beautiful children. We can be so consumed in our
daily chores, in feeding them, cleaning them, running after them all day every day, and before we know it,
we’ve missed the Zuhr Salaat, we are so exhausted, that all we want to do is put our feet up before they wake
up, and before we know it, its Asr salaat, and we are rushing to prepare the food before our husbands come
home. We all sit together and eat NOT PRAYING EVEN ONE SALAAT...and what do we say at the back of our
minds, I’ll make up for it at Isha.

Sisters, yes, it may be difficult, but when its time to give Allah His rights, our children must never come in the
way of doing this. In fact, Allah told us in the interpretation of the meaning:

"O you who believe! Let not your properties or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allaah"
[Surah al-Munaafiqoon, 63:9].

Surely, our love for Allah should always come first!

Having said this, it does not in anyway mean that we cannot love them, or love beautiful things such as silver,
gold, branded beautiful horses, cattle and well-tilled land, our businesses. We can love these things as long as we
do not give preference over our love for Allah.

We don’t want to be like the Mushrikeen, who love their idols along side Allah. And this in itself is pure shirk.

We can only protect ourselves from falling into shirk by educating ourselves about Allah. For how can we love
Him like He deserves unless we truly know Him.

Insha'Allah, I will leave you with this beautiful Hadith:

Anas reported that the Prophet said, "There are three things which cause anyone who takes refuge in them
to experience the sweetness of belief – that Allah and His Messenger are more beloved to him than anything
else; that he loves a man only for Allah; and that he dislikes the thought of reverting to disbelief as much as
he would dislike being cast into the Fire." [Hadith Bukhari & Muslim].

Allahu Akbar! I will now hand you over to sister Qamar, who will go through with you yet another type of Shirk,
Shirk IN FEAR.

Jazaak‟Allahu khair and Asalaamu‟alaykum
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                                              SHIRK IN FEAR
Jazaak’Allahu khair sister Fatima

Now that we are aware about shirk in love, let me tell you about shirk in fear.

Shirk in fear is when you associate partners with Allah in your fear, it is when a person fears someone or
something more than they should fear Allah subhaanahu wa ta`ala.

This totally goes against Tawheed which is believing and worshipping Allah in His oneness, how can one think
anyone besides Allah can bring them harm.

Having Taqwa (fear of Allah) is an obligation upon each and every Muslim. We must have the correct Fear of
Allah in order to stay away from Shirk in Fear. Allah informs us of having fear of Him many times in the Qur’aan:

As Allah says, in the interpretation of the meaning:

“…Fear not men, but fear me” [Surah Kafiroon, 5:44]

"O you who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam." [Surah Al-
Imran, 3:102.]

Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, "Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered
against you (a great army), therefore, fear them." But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: "Allah
(Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)." So they returned with Grace and
Bounty from Allah. No harm touched them; and they followed the good Pleasure of Allah. And Allah is the
Owner of Great Bounty. It is only Shaitan (Satan) that suggests to you the fear of his Auliya (supporters and
friends (polytheists, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah and in His Messenger, Muhammad SAW)), so fear
them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers. [Surah Al-Imran, 3:173-175]

Here Allah is instructing us to fear Him alone, and that it is The Cursed Shaytan who tries to deceive us making us
to fear the kufar, fearing what they will say when we fulfil our obligations to Allah, fearing they will harm us.

But the TRUE believer knows better than falling into Shaytans trap, because in reality Shaytan and his evil jinns
are only as strong as you make them out to be and have no real power over those who are strong in their faith –
the believer has fear of Allah alone, AS for the one who fails to do so they have fallen into Shirk in Fear.




                                            4 TYPES OF FEAR
                             I will now describe to you the 4 different types of fear:

            (1) The first is “To fear other than Allah in that which only Allah can inflict upon you”.

This is to fear someone or something other than Allah thinking they can give you an illness, inflict poverty upon
you, hurt or kill you etc. This falls under the category of major shirk because only Allah alone has the ability to
do these things.

If Allah has decreed for something to harm you it will occur no matter what course of action you take, for the
one who understands this they will live their lives fearing Allah alone knowing it is only Allah who is in control of
our affairs.

Fearing men is a waste of time as they are human just like you and me, we must fear Allah the creator of the
heavens and the earth and realise no harm can afflict any individual without the will of Allah, as our beloved
Prophet Muhammad (sa) told us

Related by Abu Abbas Abdullah the son of Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them both), who said:

One day I was behind the Messenger of Allah (sa) and he said to me:

“Young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice]:
Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you.
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Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you.
If you ask, ask of Allah; if you seek help, seek help of Allah.
Know that if the Nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, it would benefit you only with
something that Allah had already prescribed for you, and if the Nation were to gather together to harm you
with anything, they would harm you only with something Allah had already prescribed for you. The pens
have been lifted and the pages have dried.”
                                                                                         [Hadith at-Tirmidhi]

                (2) Now the second type of fear is “To fear performing ones obligations to Allah”

This fear results in one either disobeying Allah or not obeying Him at all, these are people who have refused to
practice their religion the way Allah has legislated due to the fear they have for others such as the kufar, instead
of fearing their creator.

As Muslims we are commanded to enjoin the good and forbid the evil, those who do not fulfil this obligation to
Allah due to being afraid of offers, they have committed shirk in fear, as they associated partners in their fear
with Allah.

The two examples of this that we unfortunately see among the Muslims today are the Hijab and the beard.

Many Muslim women are walking around refusing to wear Hijab, because they are afraid of the kufar, they are
afraid of the harm others will cause them if they did so, this fear is so much that they would rather disobey
Allahs command, in fear that others will mock them or ridicule them – well this disobedience to Allah makes
them guilty of shirk in fear.

How can she reject the Ayah of the Qur’aan where Allah commands, in the interpretation of the meaning:

“O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks all over
their bodies. That will be better, that they should be known and not to be annoyed. And Allaah is Ever Oft-
Forgiving, Most Merciful” [Surah al-Ahzaab, 33:59]

Those women who are not wearing Hijab, please ask yourself what is more important being worried about
what the kufar will think about you? Or should you concern yourself more with what will Allah think of you?

What is more to fear: fearing Allahs creation or fearing the wrath of Allah?

As for that Muslim brother who continuously shaves off his beard due to being afraid that no organisation will
give him a job or feels his Kafir colleagues will not accept him, again he is disobeying Allah subhaanahu wa ta`ala
and falls guilty of Shirk Al-Akbar. Because instead of fearing Allah, he has chosen to fear others and the harm
they would bring.

How can he reject the Hadith by our prophet Muhammad (sa) where he commands all Muslim men to “Trim the
moustache and let the beard grow?” [Hadith Muslim]

These two people are so ignorant, if they would only pick up the Qur’aan and read the following Ayah, where
Allah says in the interpretation of the meaning:

And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every
difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in
Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for
all things. [Surah At-Talaq, 65:2-4]

Subhaanallah.

If they only feared Allah and fulfilled their obligations to Him - they would not worry or have any fear of anyone
else besides Allah, and if they only put their trust in Allah they would see how Allah would protect them from
harm and guide them.

But they did not, they did not fear Allah, they did not put their trust in him, and in turn they neglected their
obligations, disobeying Allah – committing Shirk in Fear.

                        (3) The third type of fear is “To fear Allah and His punishment”
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This type of fear is the kind of fear we all need to have because it is Allahs punishment alone we should fear and
not anyone elses.

It is the fear of Allah and His punishment that keeps us in obedience to Him, having fear of Allahs punishment is
what drives us to stay away from the haraam, it is the fear of Allah and having to stand before him on the day of
judgment that makes us to fulfil our obligations and rights to all those we owe.

However we need to keep a balance, we mustn‟t go beyond the boundaries and become extreme by having
so much fear of Allah that leads one to reject Allahs Mercy.

Allah says in the interpretation of the meaning:

“Truly no one despairs of Allah's Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith." [Surah Yusuf, 12:85]

This is not shirk, but will cause one’s faith to become unbalanced, as Muslims we need to keep an equal balance
of our love for Allah, our fear of Allah and our hope in his mercy.

                                     (4) The last type of fear is “Natural fear”

Natural fear is to fear things such as snakes, lions, spiders or if one is being oppressed to fear being tortured etc.
To feel this fear is normal, again as long as one does not become extreme and start fearing that thing more than
they should fear Allah.




                   HOW DOES ONE BUILD THEIR FEAR OF ALLAH?
   One may ask, “yes I am guilty of shirk in fear, now how do I go about building up of my fear of Allah?”

 Well Alhamdulillah Allah answers this question to us in the Qur’aan, where he says in the interpretation of the
                                                    meaning:

"Say, „Are those who know equal to those who know not?‟" [39:9].

"It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah." [35:28]

So for the one who has committed shirk in fear, they need to first repent sincerely to Allah and be determined
never go back to that sin again.

Now in order to stay safe from falling into shirk in fear, they need to seek knowledge of Islaam and educate
themselves who their fear must be directed to and how to go about doing so.

To do this - you need to know who Allah is, His Names and Attributes, you need to read and ponder over the
Qur’aan, read the punishments in store for those who turned away from Allahs signs, those people who Allah
destroyed because of their disobedience.

You need to learn the Sunnah of our prophet Muhammad (sa); the situations he dealt with and how Allah
protected him and his companions from the kufar because of their strong Taqwa.

When one does this, Insha’Allah they will no longer fear anything or anyone more than Allah, they will realise it
was so foolish to fear others harming them to the extent that it drove them to disobey Allah.

We must all take the advice given to us by our prophet Muhammad (sa) where he said:

"I have left behind me two things, if you cling to them you will never go astray. They are the Book of Allaah
and my Sunnah" [Hadith al-Haakim]

If we stick to these two sources, Insha’Allah we will never fall into shirk in fear.

So as we embark upon this journey through this world, the hereafter being our final destination we must supply
the correct provisions, Allah has informed us of the best provision. He says, in the interpretation of the meaning:
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"And take provision [with you] for the journey, but the best provision is Taqwa. So fear Me, O men of
understanding." [Surah Al-Baqarah 2: 197]




                                               CONCLUSION
Alhamdulillah. We will now conclude our presentation by saying it is easy to say YES I FEAR ALLAH or YES I LOVE
ALLAH, but it is one’s actions that affirm this believe, it is not simply uttering it by your tongue. If we want to
be among the successful we must love Allah more than any of His creation, and we must have fear of him alone
without associating partners with Him, to do otherwise we will result in error.

For those who have given their allegiance to Allah, they will have no problem in doing so.

Remember Allah is in no need of our love and is in no need of our fear; it is us who are in need to love and
fear him, to gain his mercy. So we either love and fear him the way he deserves, or we don‟t? The choice is
ours.

We leave you with a beautiful ayah of the Qur’aan, where Allah says in the interpretation of the meaning:

"…We ask thee not to provide sustenance: We provide it for thee. But the (fruit of) the Hereafter is for those
who fear Allah.” [Surah Ta Ha, 20:132]

				
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