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How to weep for fear of Allaah

Undoubtedly your feelings of regret for missing out on this blessing is a very good sign. You
should note that the Muslim can accustom himself to weep for fear of Allaah, by doing the
following:

1 – Making yourself feel fear of Allaah.


This weeping is the fruit of beneficial knowledge, as al-Qurtubi says in his commentary on the
verse (interpretation of the meaning):
“And they fall down on their faces weeping”
[al-Isra’ 17:109]
This is an eloquent description of them and praise for them. It is the duty of everyone who
acquires knowledge to reach this level, so that when he hears the Qur’aan he is filled with fear
and humility.
In Musnad al-Daarimi it is narrated from Abu Muhammad that al-Taymi said: Whoever is given
knowledge and does not weep, he deserves not to have any knowledge, because Allaah has
described those who have knowledge; then he recited this verse.
Al-Jaami’ li Ahkaam il-Qur’aan, 10/341-342.
2 – Reading the Qur’aan and pondering its meanings

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):


“Say (O Muhammad to them): Believe in it (the Qur’aan) or do not believe (in it). Verily, those
who were given knowledge before it, when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces in
humble prostration.
108. And they say: Glory be to our Lord! Truly, the Promise of our Lord must be fulfilled.
109. And they fall down on their faces weeping and it increases their humility”
[al-Isra’ 17:107-109]

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How to weep for fear of Allaah

“Those were they unto whom Allaah bestowed His Grace from among the Prophets, of the
offspring of Adam, and of those whom We carried (in the ship) with Nooh (Noah), and of the
offspring of Ibraaheem (Abraham) and Israel, and from among those whom We guided and
chose. When the Verses of the Most Gracious (Allaah) were recited unto them, they fell down
prostrate and weeping”
[Maryam 19:58]
It was narrated that Ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
The Prophet ( )(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to me: “Recite the Qur’aan to
me.” I said: “O Messenger of Allaah ( ), shall I recite it to you when it was revealed to you?” He (
) said: “I like to hear it from someone else.” So I recited Soorat al-Nisa’ to him, and when I
reached this verse – “How (will it be) then, when We bring from each nation a witness and We
bring you (O Muhammad) as a witness against these people?” [al-Nisa’ 4:41] – he ( )said: “That
is enough for now.” I turned to him and saw his eyes were streaming with tears.
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5050; Muslim, 800.

3 – Knowing the greatness of the reward for weeping, especially when one is alone.
It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of
Allaah ( ) said: “A man who weeps for fear of Allaah will not enter Hell until the milk goes back
into the udder, and dust produced (when fighting) for the sake of Allaah and the smoke of Hell
will never coexist.”
Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1633; al-Nasaa’i, 3108; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.
“until the milk goes back into the udder” is a metaphor for it being impossible, as in the verse
where Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “and they will not enter Paradise until the
camel goes through the eye of the needle”
[al-A’raaf 7:40]. Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi.
And it was narrated that he said: The Messenger of Allaah ( )(peace and blessings of Allaah be
upon him) said: “There are seven whom Allaah will shade with His shade on the day when there
will be no shade but His: a just ruler; a young man who grows up worshipping Allaah; a man
whose heart is attached to the mosque; two men who love one another for the sake of Allaah,
meeting and parting on that basis; a man who is called (to commit sin) by a woman of high
status and great beauty and he says, ‘I fear Allaah’; a man who gives in charity so secretly that
his left hand does not know what his right hand is doing; and a man who remembers Allaah
when he is alone and his eyes flow with tears.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 660; Muslim, 1031.
Weeping when alone is singled out because being alone is a time when the heart tends to
become harder and there is a stronger motive to commit sin, and it is farthest removed from the
possibility of showing off. So if a person strives to do this, and makes himself feel the greatness
and might of Allaah, and his eyes flow with tears, then he deserves to be beneath the shade of
the Throne of the Most Merciful on the Day when there will be no shade but His shade.

4 – Thinking about your situation and your boldness in committing sin, and fearing to
meet Allaah in such a state.
One of the righteous people used to weep night and day, and something was said to him about
that. He said: “I am afraid that Allaah will see me committing sin and will say: ‘Go away from Me
for I am angry with you.’” Hence Sufyaan used to weep and say: “I am afraid that my faith will be
taken away at the moment of death.”

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How to weep for fear of Allaah

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