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bismilah

 

(salam)

 

after a chat session in the chatroom today it became clear to me that one way to help my fellow brothers and sisters in faith would be to address the issue of fear.

 

we were discussing the topic of Jinn, and many people got scared and left. we were also talking a bit about magic as well.

 

i would like to stress that fearing any other than Allah is haram

 

we have a surah about jinn in the quran so it should not get anybody scared to talk about them

 

humans are potentially superior to jinn, proved by iblis who was ordered to prostrate to our grandfather 

 

 

our purpose in life is identical to that of the jinn:

 

 

And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone). 51:56

 

 

the last surah in the quran is    "Of jinn and men." 114:6

 

there are good jinn and bad jinn, just as there are good humans and bad humans.

 

the aim of the bad jinn such as iblis is to prove that we are worse than him, and when we fear them, they win. they win because it shows that we do not fear Allah, but His creatures.

 

so if for any reason this post helps to overcome fears that are haram, then i will be grateful to Allah.

 

duas to you all,

 

اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وعَجِّلْ فَرَجَهُمْ

 

(wasalam)

 

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FEAR is control, to distract, to allude, to break, to destroy the human soul.

 

The :human who is superior has been ingrained with the idea to fear something that is below it.

 

Regarding chat room - Today, everyone is angry, upset and powerless. They suffer from cognitive dissonance. So when the discussions tend to go towards the side of fear, negativity, chatters will leave. Give and share positive information.

 

Balance.

 

I do not fear the animal, I  fear its lack of intellect to distinguish between friend and foe. Although it is correct, for a friend can turn, a foe, or a foe a friend.

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I have found proof that masha Allah PS was right and I congratulate you on your knowledge. This is to the non believers of the black magic and witchcraft! It exists.

Source

http://www.al-islam.org/commentary-tafsir-suratul-jinn-makarim-shirazi/merits-reciting-suratul-jinn


Which states clearly that,

 
 
رُوِيَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ (صَلَّى اللٌّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ): مَنْ قَرَأَ هذِهِ السُّورَةَ كَانَ لَهُ الأَجْرَ بِعَدَدِ كُلِّ جَنِّي وَ شَيْطٌانِ صَدَّقَ بِمُحَمَّدٍ (صَلَّى اللٌّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ) وَكَذَّبَ بِهِ عِتْقَ رَقَبَةٍ
 
It has been narrated from the Prophet (prayers of Allah be upon him and his family) that: ”He who recites this Surah (Suratul Jinn) will be given the reward of freeing (from slavery) as many Jinn and Devils that both believed in and belied Muhammad (blessings of Allah be upon him and his progeny).”[1]
 
رُوِيَ عَنِ الصَّدُوقِ (رِضْوٌانُ اللٌّهِ عَلَيْهِ) بِإِسْنادِهِ عَنْ حَنٌّانِ بْنِ سَدِيرٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللٌّهِ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ) قالَ: مَنْ أَكْثَرَ قِرائَةَ } قُلْ أُوْحِى إِلَىَّ { لَمْ يَصِبْهُ فِي الْحَياةِ الدُنْـيا شَيْءٌ مِنْ اَعْيُنِ الْجِنِّ وَ لا نَفَثَهُمْ وَ لا سِحْرَهُمْ وَ لا مِنْ كَيْدِهِمْ وَ كَانَ مَعَ رَسُولِ اللٌّهِ (صَلَّى اللٌّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ) فَيَقُولُ: يَا رَبِّ لا أُرِيدُ بِهِ بَدَلاً وَ لا أُرِيدُ أَنْ اَبْغِيَ عَنْهُ حِوَلاً.
 
It has been related from (ash-Shaikh) as-Saduq (may Allah be pleased with him) by his own chain of narrators from Hannan ibn Sadir from Abi `Abdillah (Imam Ja`far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq (peace be upon him)) that he (the Imam) said:
 
"""“Whosoever recites Suratul Jinn will never be touched by the evil eye, magic, witchcraft or the evil plots of the Jinn while in this world, and that person will be in the company of Muhammad (blessings of Allah be upon him and his progeny) and will beseech the Almighty by saying, 'O' Allah!  I do not want anyone besides him!' nor will this person ever be pleased with anyone else.”[2]""""


[important] """However, the benefits that can be attained are not limited to simply the recitation of this Surah, rather the reading is simply the introduction to understanding its contents, and thus acting upon it is also necessary if we are to benefit from its recitation.""""

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Fear is of two types: praiseworthy and blameworthy. Blameworthy fear, like fearing for ones’ life or fearing people and creatures is meaningless for the friends of Allah (awj). This is why Imam Ja’far b. Muhammad as-Sadiq (ع) has been narrated to have said “A believer fears no one other than Allah.” As the Noble Qur`an says “It is only Satan who frightens his followers. Do not fear him but fear Me if you believe.” Praiseworthy fear is fearing the majesty and greatness of Allah (awj). In this regard, the Noble Prophet (ص) has been narrated to have said “He who knows his Lord more, fears Him more.”

 

Praiseworthy fear is attributed to high-ranking wayfarers which is caused by feeling the greatness and majesty of the Lord and the manifestation of His attributes. This fear is a spiritual delight and doesn’t conflict with the verse “Know that the friends of Allah have no fear, nor are they sad.” What’s more, this type of fear is one of the perfections that the perfected individuals obtain. This is why we address the Twelfth Imam (ع) as so: “Peace be upon you O Pure One who fears the greatness of Allah Almighty.”

 

 

Detailed Answer

 

There are two kinds of fear: good and bad. The bad fear does not pertain to the saints and the friends of Allah (awj). This is the fear of people, the enemy, etc. In short it is the fear of creatures.

 

It has been related from Abu Dharr that he said, “The Noble Prophet advised me saying ‘In the path of Allah, do not fear any one who mocks you or discourages you.”[90] Also, it has been related from Imam Ja’far b. Muhammad as-Sadiq (ع) that he said, “The believers fear no one but Allah.”[91] As the Qur`an has said,

 

‘This is the Devil that scares his friends by means of his rumours. If you have faith, fear Me, do not fear them.”[92]

 

The good fear, which is praiseworthy, is the fear of the greatness of Allah (awj). As Imam ‘Ali b. Abi Talib (ع) has said, “Fear is the clothing of those who know Allah.”[93] And as the Prophet of Allah (ص) has said, “Whoever amongst you knows Allah more, fears Him more.” [94]

 

It is because of this that the great Prophet has said, “My fear of Allah is more than any of you.”[95]

 

The fruit of this fear is the fact that man takes refuge with Allah (awj) as Imam ‘Ali b. Abi Talib (ع) has said, “If you fear creatures, you flee from them but if you fear Allah you take refuge in Him.”[96]

 

As the great ‘Arif, Khwaja ‘Abdullah Ansari, has said, “The way-station of humility gives birth to that of fear. Allah says, ‘He who fears the station of his Lord

 

[…Then surly the garden is the abode].’[97]

 

Fear is the bastion of faith, the elixir of piety, and the weapon of the believer. Fear is of three types: the first is fleeting, the second is living, the third is overpowering. The fear that is fleeting comes into the heart and quickly leaves. That is a fear which if it does not exist, there is no faith. Whoever has more faith, has more fear. Another is the living fear. That fear prevents the slave from sins. It shortens the hopes of man. The third is the fear that overwhealms. It brings the reality of fear and opens the door to ethical behaviour. It is the fear of the artifice and ruse [of Allah]. It prevents man from being negligent of his guilt and becoming complacent. The signs which show that a man has fallen for a ruse and stratagem are ten things: worship without sweetness accompanying it; continuing to sin without repentance; closing the door of prayer; knowledge without action; wisdom without intention and will; talking without limits and controls; closing the door of humility; associating with bad people; and above all of these are giving faith to a servant without discrimination and leaving a servant to fend for himself. This is the fear of those who repent.

 

The reality of fear is that the spiritual wayfarer, because he has given up hope of reaching his goal or because he expects a bad thing to happen in the future, looses his composure.

 

According to the elevation of the stature of a wayfarer, fear can be divided into three parts:

 

The fear of common people: This is the fear of the punishment of Allah (awj). They fear the anger of their Lord. Allah (awj) says,

 

“They fear the day when the hearts and eyes are perplexed and confused.”[98]

 

The fear of the mediocre: This is the fear of the Divine guile and artifice. Those who have hearts that tastes the presence of Allah (awj) and who continuously watch over their souls are punished with this type of fear. They always fear the fact that the grace of Allah (awj) could end for them and that the sweetness of Allah’s (awj) presence could vanish. Those who have set foot in this way-station have themselves become subject to Divine Guile since they have left “the Giver” for His “gifts.” Allah (awj) says,

 

“And for he who fears His Lord, there are two Gardens.”[99]

 

The fear of great souls who have living hearts: That means the acknowledgement of the greatness of Allah (awj). While witnessing the Beauty of Allah (awj), they also get a taste of His power. His beauty has showed itself to them with ultimate coyness and His honour has manifested itself with the show of self-sufficiency. Therefore the situation of the special friends of Allah (awj) differs from that of other people. The fear that occurs from witnessing the greatness of Allah (awj), and the manifestations of the Names of Allah (awj) unto their hearts, increases every moment. They are drowned in such spiritual pleasures. This fear doesn’t contradict the verse of the Qur`an that states:

 

“Know that the friends of God have no fear nor are they sad.”[100]

 

Because of this we say to Imam al-Zaman (ع), “Peace be upon you O Pure One who fears the greatness of Allah, Almighty.”[101]

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on fear:

 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

18 There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love.

 

Salaam.

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