Bakr al-Mazaanee said, “When the tribulations of al-Ashath occurred, Talq Ibn Habeeb said, ‘Guard against this trial through taqwa.’ It was said to him, ‘Describe the fear of Allaah for us.’

He said, ‘Acting in obedience to Allaah upon a light from Him, hoping for Allaah’s reward. And with this, turning away from acts of disobedience to Allaah, upon a light from Him, fearing His punishment.’

Imaam adh-Dhahaabee said, ‘In this statement he has spoken concisely and excellently, as there is no fearing of Allaah except through one’s actions, and such actions do not come forth except through forethought, which itself comes from knowledge and submission to guidance. And none of this benefits except when it is established upon sincerity for the sake of Allaah alone. It is not said that so and so has left transgressing due to the light of comprehending such and such matter, as then the transgressor would require understanding of it to distance himself from it. Rather, his truly turning away from it comes from the fear of Allaah, not due to being praised for leaving it. Certainly the one who adheres to this advice will be successful.’

  • Transcribed from: Siyaar ‘Alaam an-Nubala¬† #1/601
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