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Commentary on the narration ‘Allah will not allow a person to fear twice’

Question

I wanted to know the status and commentary of the following Hadith:

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“By My Grandeur, I will never allow my slave to be fearful or fearless twice. If he fears me in the world, I will grant him safety in the Hereafter, but if he feels safe from me [my punishment] in this world, I will cause him to fear in the Hereafter.”

 

Answer

Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has declared this Hadith authentic. See here.

 

This Hadith explains that if a person fears Allah Ta’ala in this world and carries out good deeds, on the Day of Qiyamah, Allah Ta’ala will protect him from punishment and remove his fears.

However, if a person is bold and fearless in this world and carries out sins, Allah Ta’ala will punish him in the Hereafter. He will therefore be fearful on the Day of Qiyamah.

 

A similar message is echoed in the Holy Quran. Allah Ta’ala says:

“Surely those who say ‘Our Rabb is Allah’ and then stay steadfast, the angels will descend on them [at the time of their death] saying, ‘Do not be frightened or grieved, but be delighted at the good news of Jannah that you have been promised.'”

(Surah Fussilat, Verse: 30)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar