Love and fear in religion - Islam
"Why does religion need fear?", "Why does fear exist in religion?", "Why do the Judgement day and Hell punishment exist?"...etc
I met such questions online, and was directly asked sometimes. So I decided to write on HubPages, trying to answer them.
Dear readers, brothers and sisters, peace be on you. Assalamu Alaykum.
I would say before starting that I am but a simple Muslim. I will try to answer according to my limited knowledge. If any scholar, or any brother or sister reads this and sees a need to add, corret and/or modify something, please contact me.
As a parent, your way to treat your children must be special. Special in the meaning that it is original. You might be following the steps of a good example you saw in your life, most of all, your parent. But you can never be a copy of them in your way of education. Everyone has a print to put on there.
Being a kind and peaceful parent, you would surely avoid violence and be forgiving the most of times. But there are times when you find it necessary to say "enough disobedience!" and show your children the 'red eye' as we say here "Be disobedient, and you'll be punished". Even though you used to be so patient with them, but you need to be authoritarian sometimes to guide them to what is the best for them.
This illustrates a bit the concept of fear and love that exists in religion.
Of course Allah is the father of none. And the messenger of Allah is the father of none of us. What is meant to compare is authority. However it can't show the concept I want to explain completely.
Allah is the Creator, He has authority on us. He could punish Adam p.b.u.h eternally for his disobedience, and we would be now living eternally in Hell because of our father Adam mistake. But instead, He forgave him and gave him, and his progeny another chance to repent. Today, thanks to Allah forgiveness and justice toward us, the progeny of Adam, we are living this chance, Alhamdu Lillah.
Allah is the All-Knowing, He knows what is in our hearts, our choices and everything we did, do, and will do. But instead of judging us directly, still He gives us the choice: Here is the right road, follow it and you'll find an eternal happiness in paradise. And here is the false one leading to Hell. Still we close our ears not to hear His call, the call of truth, and go straight ahead to Hell, with our own choice and will, throwing away all evidences. We disobey, yet we ask: "Why does Hell exist?", "Why does fear exist?". In reality, tough its existence -fear-, our hearts that already refused love, are blind to see fear either.
Allah is the Just! When sending Adam p.b.u.h to Earth, He made of this a test. Naturally, after any test there should be an evaluation. The same is about this test called LIFE. It would be unfair that those who failed the test get the same opportunities as you (who succeed it). What was the test for then? similarly, it would be unfair that you and the one who wronged you and ruined your life be treated in the same way in the hereafter, unless you choose to forgive. Exactly as it is unfair that a court declares the one who killed your brother, innocent, and treats criminals and victims equally. Will you find this normal? Of course not. So why thinking that the existence of the Judgement Day and Hell punishment is abnormal or not logical if even in this worldly life none accepts that criminals and victims be considered same in the eye of Justice?
In reality, this gives a reason to our existence, a purpose to our life.
Allah is the Almighty, the Omnipotent, the Merciful. He could, within no time, punish us for the sins we do, in this worldly life.
Let's cite the crimes that humanity did: We killed each other, wronged each other, stole each other properties, we lied to each other, we caused wars, broke the poor's, needy's and orphans' hearts, we threw our own parents to no destination after feeling strong, we transgressed,... etc. I may spend my whole life enumerating our mistakes, yet I will need more time to finish. But I will surely let the most important sin to the end, and it will be without doubt: We associated partners to our Creator. We denied His existence, worshiped other things taking them as Gods. For the sake of Allah, don't we deserve His punishment? You don't need to be a believer to admit that such crimes deserve punishment. Are not we all justice seekers? So let's stop on these words for a while. Naturally, our human justice punishes those who don't respect the rules that logic imposed on humanity long ago. So why shouldn't this be the same when talking about divine justice?
So I was saying, He could immediately punish us for the sins we do... But look how much patient He is with us. he sent to us prophets, one after another, to remind us the right road. He sent Books such as Torah, Bible and Quran for that we don't go astray. Today, with the guidance we have, believers and unbelievers, we still do what we are not supposed to do. It is to say that even some believers are drowned in sins, minor maybe, for some, major for some others. We are sinners, and His patience and forgiveness, His mercy are our only saviors. He waits for our repentance our whole life time. He gives us chances after chances for that we repent and believe in Him. Not because He needs us, with His infinite power, He needs none. But for that we find happiness when living for what we have been created for, to be rewarded with an eternal paradise.
It is a long topic the one I chose, or was asked to treat. But to end;
This life is a chance that Allah had given to Adam. And one by one, we are living this chance that Allah wanted to be a test by the end of which we will be evaluated according to His Divine Justice. Those who do good will find good In Shaa Allah, and live in paradise eternally. And those who, despite what was sent to them, do bad, will find bad: Hell fire eternally.
Addressing the believers and those who agreed on my speech:
Love your Creator; love Him truly; love Him over all, and you'll know the right meaning of happiness, the right meaning of being in peace with yourself, of satisfaction.
Love Him in a way to remember His blessings when you come to commit a sin. If love doesn't work, then fear His punishment.
If ever Satan (Shaytan) overcame you, and you commit a sin then remember His punishment if He takes your soul and you meet Him in a state of sinner. Run toward Him and repent. then trust His mercy and forgiveness.
That's how love and fear work together to guide your way.
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