بسم الله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله أما بعد
Fearing one's creator is an essential part of faith(emaan). Allah azza wa jall has not created us for any purpose other than His worship. This is as the ayah goes:
وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنْسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ
And I (Allâh) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). [surah adh-Dhariyaat:57]
al Imam ibn Kathir (rh) says in the tafsir of this ayah: Meaning, `I, Allah, only created them so that I order them to worship Me, not that I need them.' `Ali bin Abi Talhah reported that Ibn `Abbas commented on the Ayah,
(...except that they should worship Me.) meaning, "So that they worship Me, willingly or unwillingly.'' [Tafsir Quran al Adheem]
Therefore, it is mandatory on every sane human being to realize his or her purpose in life. We were not created for mere play.
Allah swt also says in His noble book:
أَفَحَسِبْتُمْ أَنَّمَا خَلَقْنَـكُمْ عَبَثاً وَأَنَّكُمْ إِلَيْنَا لاَ تُرْجَعُونَ
"Did you think that We had created you in play, and that you would not be brought back to Us'' [alMu'minoon:115]
So, there will be a final day , where we shall return to our Master and Creator. Ibn Kathir also mentions in the tafsir of this ayah:
`Did you think that you were created in vain, with no purpose, with nothing required of you and no wisdom on Our part'? Or it was said that "in play'' meant to play and amuse yourselves, like the animals were created, who have no reward or punishment. But you were created to worship Allah and carry out His commands.' [Tafsir Quran al Adheem]
So, O son of Adam, the matter is more than just living a life and enjoying it. You will meet your creator.
It is only a person of right mind and yaqeen(certainty in Allah) who wonders and prepares for this great meeting. (the meeting between the creator and the creation).
Many people say from their mouthes that they are muslims (ones who have submitted to Allah ta3alla) but when you say them one way or another, there are many contradictions that make you think is this person really a muslim??
Islam is different from the other religions. Our deen teaches us that there are conditions for one's emaan and islam to be correct and valid.
Firstly, Islam means to submit to the laws and commands of Allah, our creator, willingly.
So, do we follow the commands of Allah and His orders or do we take our Islam for granted and just say we are muslims because our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents were muslims?
Think about it , O servant of Allah!
When we talk about emaan, we should pay attention even more. In the Quran , you will find that Allah swt mentions the word believers(mumineen, mu'minoon) , imaan(belief), many times.
So, Allah is talking to those who have imaan(true faith and belief in Allah) and are truly believers. We must realize that not every Muslim is a mu'min. A muslim is one who has proclaimed the shahadatayn( testifies to the oneness of Allah and Muhammad saws as being the final messenger) and practices the basic tenets of Islam and imaan. This is a muslim. A muslim may fall into major sins and minor sins because the level of imaan is not that strong. Imaan as we know it, has many branches and it is the belief of Ahlussunah that emaan increases with good deeds and decreases with sins and disobedience. A mu'min is a muslim who completes the basics of Islam and adds to that and does not engage in the major sins.
Allah praises the mu'minoon in the Quran:
قَدْ أَفْلَحَ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ
"Successful indeed are the believers." [Surah al Mu'minoon:1]
One of the qualities of the mu'minoon is that they have taqwa of Allah swt. In Lisaan al Arab , the word taqwa means to have khawf(fear) of Allah.
The believer fears Allah(has taqwa) and is constantly in a state of imaan and taqwa. The believer does not worship Allah on and off. We should abstain from this 2-face way
How can we expect help and mercy from Allah if we turn away from him and constantly are in a state of taqwa.
Allah (SWT) does not accept the prayer of a heedless one(ghaafil). You must be sincere Oh Believer! You must know that you are dealing with an All-Forgiving, All-Wise one.
Indeed, Allah's Messenger (SAWS) once pointed to his chest and said 3 times: "Taqwa is here.Taqwa is here. Taqwa is here." [Sahih Muslim]
This means when the heart attains the fear of Allah subhanaah, then the limbs also take this beautiful concept and thus leading the body and mind to be at peace.
Muslims are missing this concept of true taqwa(being consciousness of Allah). If people had taqwaa of Allah, the victory of Allah would already be upon us and there would not be so many problems in the ummah as there are today. Nowadays, people not only neglect the Quran and sunnah BUT expose their sin and brag about their sin. SubhanAllah, is there a worse crime!?
Did not the prophet(saws) say, "All of my nation will be forgiven except the mujaahireen.(Those who expose their sin and tell people after Allah has concealed it for them)." [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim] A few decades ago, young Muslims or Muslims who would smoke or drink would do so in secret. Now people have lost all shame and can careless what anyone thinks. But what is ironic and interesting is for some people to worry what someone else would think as they drink and commit evil, heinous deeds in private but how they fail to realize that nothing is hidden from Allah. Allah is watching their every deed , yet they do not bother to think if Allah is pleased with them or angered by their act. Who is more important, the creator or creation? The creator has the most right for you to stop doing what displeases Him. He is watching all that you do and on the day when the books are open and the records are read aloud, only then will you wake up.
Is it not wise to wake up now while you still have time?
Oh Allah help us. Indeed, there is no power and might except with Allah.