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Weeping out of fear of Allah- Shaykh Husayn al-Awaayishah


Allah, the Most High, says:

Allah has sent down the best statement, a Book (this Quran), its parts resembling each other in goodness and truth, oft-repeated. The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it). Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allah.

[Qur’an 39:23]


Allah, the Most High, says:

Verily! Those who were given knowledge before it (the Jews and the Christians like ‘Abdullah bin Salam and Salman Al-Farisi), when it is recited to them, fall down on their faces in humble prostration. And they say: “Glory be to our Lord! Truly, the Promise of our Lord must be fulfilled. And they fall down on their faces weeping and it adds to their humility.

[Qur’an 17: 107-109]


Allah, the Most High, says:

Those were they unto whom Allah bestowed His Grace from among the Prophets, of the offspring of Adam, and of those whom We carried (in the ship) with Nuh (Noah), and of the offspring of Ibrahim (Abraham) and Israel and from among those whom We guided and chose. When the Verses of the Most Beneficent (Allah) were recited unto them, they fell down prostrating and weeping.

[Qur’an 19:58]


Abu Huraira  (رضياللهعنه) reported: The Prophet, (صلىاللهعليهوسلم), said,

“There are seven persons whom Allah will shade on a Day when there is no shade[1] but His. They are a just ruler [2], a young person who grew up in the worship of Allah, a person whose heart is attached to the mosques [3], two persons who love each other who meet and depart from each other for the sake of Allah [4], a man whom a beautiful woman of high status seduces but he rejects her by saying I fear Allah [5], a person who spends in charity and conceals it such that his right hand does not know what his left hand has given, and a person who remembered Allah in private and he wept .”

[ Sahih Bukhari 629, Sahih Muslim 1031]

Weeping out of fear of Allah


It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (رضياللهعنه) said: The Messenger of Allah  (صلىاللهعليهوسلم) said:

“A man who weeps for fear of Allah will not enter Hell until the milk goes back into the udder, and dust produced (when fighting) for the sake of Allah and the smoke of Hell will never coexist.”

[Narrated by al-Tirmidhi and al-Nasaa’i, declared authentic by Shaykh al-Albani in al-Mishkaat(3828)]



Ibn ‘Abbas  (رضياللهعنه) said,

“I heard the Messenger of Allah (صلىاللهعليهوسلم), say,

‘There are two eyes which the Fire will not touch: an eye which weeps out of fear of Allah and an eye that keeps watch in the way of Allah.”

[at-Tirmidhi, declared Saheeh by al-Albani in al-Mishkat]



On the authority of Abu Hurairah (رضياللهعنه) that the Messenger of Allaah (صلىاللهعليهوسلم) said:

“Two eyes have been forbidden from being overcome by the Fire. An eye which has wept out of fear of Allaah and an eye which stays vigil throughout the night guarding Islam and one’s family from Kufr (disbelief)”

[Reported by al-Hakim in al-Mustadrak, Shaikh Al-Albani graded it Sahih in Sahih at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb]



The Prophet (صلىاللهعليهوسلم) said:

“There is nothing more beloved to Allah than two drops and two marks: A tear shed due to fear of Allah, and a drop of blood spilled in the path of Allah. And as for the two marks, then a mark caused in the path of Allah (Jihad), and a mark caused by fulfilling one of the duties made obligatory by Allah.”

[at-Tirmidhi and al-Mishkat (3837), Hasan by shaykh al Albani]



The Prophet (صلىاللهعليهوسلم) said:

 “Toobah (a tree in Paradise whose course runs the distance of a 100yrs. The clothing of the people of Paradise is extracted from within it. Reported Ahmad and others) is for anyone who controls his tongue, whose house is sufficient for him (ie he is content with it) and who weeps over his errors”

(On the authority of Uthman (radiAllahu anhu), reported at-Tabrâni in al-Awsat as-Saghir, hasan)



On the authority of ‘Uqbah ibn ‘Amir  (رضياللهعنه) who asked

“I said, O Messenger of Allâh (صلىاللهعليهوسلم)! What is salvation?” He replied:

“To have control over your tongue, to be content with your house and to weep over your errors”.

(Reported by Ibn al Mubarâk in az-Zuhd, Ahmad, at-Tirmidhî, and others, sahîh]



[1] Our Shaykh al-Albaanee says in at-Targheeb wat Tarheeb (1/1440): The attribution of shade to Allah is an attribution of ownership. Every shade is His shade, His property, His creation and authority [i.e., Allah owns this shade. The point being stressed here is that it is not an attribution of a characteristic to Allah. Rather this type of attribution is similar to “slave of Allah” or ‘house of Allah” etc. So the shade is not an attribute of Allah but it has been annexed to Him for purpose of distinction and nobility which therefore sets it apart from all other shades]. What is meant is the shade of the Throne as it has been clearly mentioned in another hadeeth. The day that is referred to is the day of Resurrection, when the people stand in the front of Lord of the Worlds, and the sun draws close to them, and they feel the intense heat and begin to perspire. There will not be any shade (on that day) except the shade of Throne.


[2]  Our Shaykh al-Albaanee says in at-Targheeb wat Tarheeb (1/1440): That is anyone from among the people in authority, who is concerned with the welfare and good of Muslims. Indeed, the hadeeth begins with mentioning the Just Ruler (before anybody else) because of his abundant benefit to more people (than any of the other people mentioned). It is necessary for the one who rules to adhere to the Qur’an and Sunnah because without that he cannot be Just, so be aware of this.


[3] Our Shaykh al-Albaanee says in at-Targheeb wat Tarheeb (1/1440): Meaning he has a strong love for the Mosques and he perseveres in attending the congregational prayers in them.


[4] Our Shaykh al-Albaanee says in at-Targheeb wat Tarheeb (1/1440): The meaning of “meeting for the sake of Allah and parting for the sake of Allah” is that the reason for their meeting is due to their love of Allah and they both remain upon that love until they part from their meeting, each of them believing that their love is for the sake of Allah. And this their condition upon meeting and parting.


[5] Our Shaykh al-Albaanee says in at-Targheeb wat Tarheeb (1/1440): This may be the saying of tongue or with the heart, in order to restrain his soul and hold back from this women of high status and beauty. The women of high status and beauty was mentioned  especially because she is more desired, and more difficult to get. It appears that he said it with his tongue and his heart.





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