بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
إِنَّمَا تُنذِرُ مَنِ اتَّبَعَ الذِّكْرَ وَخَشِيَ الرَّحْمَن بِالْغَيْبِ فَبَشِّرْهُ بِمَغْفِرَةٍ وَأَجْرٍ كَرِيمٍ 11
إِنَّا نَحْنُ نُحْيِي الْمَوْتَى وَنَكْتُبُ مَا قَدَّمُوا وَآثَارَهُمْ وَكُلَّ شَيْءٍ أحْصَيْنَاهُ فِي إِمَامٍ مُبِينٍ 12
“11.You can only warn one who follows the message and fears the Most Merciful unseen. So give him good tidings of forgiveness and noble reward.”
“12.Indeed, it is We who bring the dead to life and record what they have put forth and what they left behind, and all things We have enumerated in a clear register.”
[Al Qur’an-Surah Ya sin:11-12]
Fearing Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) alone means avoiding whatever displeases Him, not because someone is around, knowing with conviction that He can see us at all times. Our conscience usually lets us know when we are disobeying Him, but if we keep ignoring it, eventually we begin to feel that evil deeds are ok. Therefore, the first step towards leaving a wrong action is recognizing and accepting it as being wrong.
We usually become more aware of what we are doing when we know people are watching us and will judge us according to our actions. We may think that our thoughts are secret so we can think whatever we like without being questioned, but in reality Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) knows even our deepest thoughts.
While I fear Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) when I am alone Alhamdulillah, I also find myself become more conscious of my behavior around people, more careful about what I say and do than when I am alone, or with different kinds of people. For example, my conversations with my Qur’an class friends are different from my conversations with other people I know outside of class.
While the first ayah has more to do with how we behave when we are alone, the second is concerned with our behavior amongst people. If there is a vast difference, then it means there are traces of hypocrisy within us.
As students of the Qur’an, and because of the way we dress, people scrutinize our behavior even more closely. Also, often people ask controversial questions especially if they know someone is a student of the Qur’an, and in such instances we have to be careful about how we share our thoughts and beliefs.
We have to be extra kind and generous, so that we leave people with a positive image of the Qur’an and Islam. Sometimes I do become rude to others, more so with my own family then strangers, and sometimes I complain to them also. I hope that I can change this and instead leave everyone I come across with a desire to study the Qur’an, because da’wah (invitation)through actions has a deeper impact.