Allah Consciousness

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Sana Ahmad

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.


About Quran Reflections

Al-Huda's branch at Khayaban-e-Sehar is one of the few Quran courses being regularly conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, where the mode of instruction and examination is English. The students and teachers have decided to upload their reflections on the Quran and class notes on this blog, in order to be available to a global audience for the latter's benefit and inspiration.
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4 Responses to Allah Consciousness

  1. sadaffarooqi says:

    An honest, truly reflective post.
    Indeed we all behave and act somewhat differently in different situations and environments, but as you said, we should always be conscious that Allah knows even our deepest thoughts.
    Jazakillahu khair!

  2. Safia Kemal says:

    I think this is a concept that we forget very easily even when we call ourselves Muslims and we continue to do all other acts of worship. We lose this in perspective. This is the concept of Taqwa – to fear Allah even though you know you cannot see Him.

    Additionally, this is what we need to build on with our young children so they understand that Allah is watching all the time. Sometimes what kids do is that they will see the Mom come and they quickly sit down to drink their water. Before they had caught sight of Mom, they were conveniently standing up and drinking! So this is the teachable moment, and you remind them and yourself:of the above ayah.

  3. Zahra says:

    Safia that’s so true. Children are often told that if they don’t behave a police man will be asked to come.
    A sister once told me that she has been trying to instill the concept of fear of Allah in her child. Her four year old child was worried when he pulled his maids hair asking ,”would Allah punish me for doing so?” His mom explained to him and replied in the affirmative.Children are very close to fitrah and they understand once someone explains a concept to them.

    Sadaf Baji, as you mentioned we truly need to remind ourselves that Allah swt knows even our deepest thoughts. Perhaps we could put reminders in our rooms,cell phones etc and also
    keep on reminding one another.

  4. Safia Kemal says:

    @ Zahra, sometimes it gets tricky with children and even adults to balance between the fear of Allah and the hope for His Mercy. In the Qur’an where the punishment is mentioned or Jahanum is mentioned, on most occasions the opposite ie. the reward or Jannah immediately follows. Or a comparison between the two is given. Thus we see Qur’an being “mau’iddah” – giving motivation but also instilling the fear of consequences.
    So when calling anyone towards deen, we have to be careful that we don’t scare them so they run away but rather give a choice so they end up Insha’Allah choosing the correct option. I am learning with my own kids that it is important that we do that. May Allah guide us all in the correct choices, Ameen.

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