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Love and fear in religion - Islam

Updated on April 6, 2013

"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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      Zubair Ahmed 4 years ago

      An excellent hub and a topic very close to my heart - thank you for sharing. May Allah reward you with blessing in this life and in the hereafter.

      Taqwa is very important - it is not the fear of Allah but the LOVE for Allah that should drive one to do good and fear HIS unhappiness with you should you not obey Him.

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      forall 4 years ago

      Ameen, for you too and all the Muslims. Thank you brother for taking time to read. Thanks for the follow too. Eid Mubarak!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful hub. It reveals a meditative and spirit filled heart. While I grew up I never did fear my father. He walloped me plenty for I was a rambunctious child. I never feared his wrath. I do not now fear God's. What I fear is their disapproval or letting them down. Strange huh!

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      forall 4 years ago

      Hi Ericdierker. I would call "fearing God's disapproval", love. Exactly like when you love someone, what he thinks about you, his reaction to see some behaviours of yours..etc, all this becomes so important to you. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Alhamdu Lillah,

      Thank You for not forgetting about my question - I surely forgot that I asked You that ... The truth is, I asked many people who consider themselves believers of a certain faith or other, why their chosen religion uses fear because many religions indulge in that (i.e. Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, etc.) and this is an interesting subject for me.

      As a pagan and mainly following my ancestors beliefs (the Dacian people), I stay away from Fear. I have been researching and studying Fear for many years now. I have seen its effects (physical and psychological) and I only use it as a signal in regard to my physical survival (i.e. walking through the forest and I see a bear thus, I act accordingly).

      Now, I have some questions - for the sake of the conversation. : )

      "So why thinking that the existence of the Judgement Day and Hell punishment is abnormal or not logical" - Because there are for example, tribes out-there (i.e. Latin America a very good example) who have never heard of the Bible or the Qur'an, or any other religious texts and so, would those people go to Hell because they are not acting according to these religious texts? Were all the people before theses books came-out all sent to Hell because they did not follow the message of that specific perception of God which Christians or Muslims have? That is why it is not logical in my mind for Hell to exist ... too many people don't even know of the existence or definition of Hell (in the past and the present).

      "You don't need to be a believer to admit that such crimes deserve punishment." - I agree with You only because I know how You feel here. I ask for healing though and leave punishment aside because that comes from Fear.

      "Are not we all justice seekers?" - I am a well-being seeker; a Warrior of the Light.

      "He sent Books such as Torah, Bible and Quran for that we don't go astray." - As I wrote above, many people have no knowledge of these texts and many people existed before these texts - honor to my Dacian ancestors and the many great civilizations before the two thousand year mark that just passed.

      "If love doesn't work then fear His punishment." - Without Love, we self-destruct. It is counter-productive to Creation thus, one using Fear will consume himself/herself. Life is not possible without Love, we are Love.

      Lastly, I would like to say that I think we are all praying to the same Creator, only we use different names and our perceptions of that Creator may differ a little from culture to culture.

      I wish well to everyone!

      Peace to the Gods.

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      Theodore Pugh 4 years ago from Wilkes Barre Pa

      Maa sha'Allaah very well written and a great reminder. Jazakullahu khairan.

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      forall 4 years ago

      Hi Mr. Happy :)

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      Allah says: {And We never punish until We have sent a Messenger (to give warning).}[Quran 17:15]

      As I said in the beginning, I am not any scholar, I just tried to explain a concept that looks a bit fuzzy for some people. And I was surely taking about those to whom was sent a prophet and those who knew very well about the guidance that Allah sent but rejected faith. For the others, ie those who don't know about Islam or those to whom wasn't sent a prophet before the coming of the prophet Mohammad (As you may know he is the last Prophet), I will let scholars answer you. Follow this link please

      About culture and religion, to me, religion is a firm concept that can't be influenced by culture, and that can deeply influence culture. An example of this are those who convert to Islam everyday, and also Arabs, how they were before Islam and how they became after the guidance of Allah was sent to them

      To conclude (my reply), for Muslims, those who are of high faith fear Allah dissatisfaction whenever sinning, love him enough to feel peace in all they do, and trust Him enough to not fear his creation since nothing happens but what He wills.

      All the best for you too :)

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      forall 4 years ago

      @ Taalib: Wa Iyak In Shaa Allah brother. Thanks for stopping by :)

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      Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mrs. Forall,

      Thank You for the reply and the links. I will check them out for sure. I studied Islamic Traditions in university and always found such topics of discussion not only interesting but also useful.

      Cheers! : )

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      forall 4 years ago

      You're the most welcome Mr. Happy :)

      I am sure what you will find in the links will be much interesting.

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