The more aware a Muslim is of Allah’s Magnificence, the greater shall be the terror in his heart for his punishment and hope of His Mercy

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Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “I see what you do not see and I hear what you do not hear; heaven has squeaked, and it has right to do so. By Him, in Whose Hand my soul is, there is not a space of four fingers in which there is not an angel who is prostrating his forehead before Allah, the Exalted. By Allah, if you knew what I know, you would laugh little, weep much, and you would not enjoy women in beds, but would go out to the open space beseeching Allah.”
[At-Tirmidhi].

Commentary:
1. This Hadith also highlights the importance of fear of Allah because the more awareness a Muslim has of the Majesty and Magnificence of Allah, the greater shall be the terror in his heart for His punishment and hope of His Mercy. With this state of mind, he will perform greater acts of obedience and abstain more rigidly from sins.

2. The Hadith also mentions the heaven teeming with angels who are all the time prostrating before Allah in worship. When this is the condition of the angels, who do not slack for a moment in the obedience of Allah, how important it is for man to worship Him because he is all the time violating commands of Allah. It is, therefore, incumbent on man to obey Allah and always seek His Help and Refuge.

[Riyad as-Saliheen, Book of Miscellany, Chapter 50, Hadith 406]

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The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions

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Abu Huraira (RA) reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying, “The (Hell) Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked undesirable things.”  [Sahih al-Bukhari 6487]

In another hadith reported by Abu Hurairah (RA), the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) also said:

“When Allah created Paradise, He said to Gabriel: ‘Go and look at it.’ He went and looked at it, then came and said: ‘O my Lord! By Thy (Your) might, no one who hears of it will fail to enter it.’

He (i.e. Allah) then surrounded it with disagreeable things and said: ‘Go and look at it, Gabriel.’ He went and looked at it, then came and said: ‘O my Lord! By Thy might, I am afraid that no one will enter it.’

When Allah created Hell, He said: ‘Go and look at it, Gabriel.’ He went and looked at it, then came and said: ‘O my Lord! By Thy might, no one who hears of it will enter it.’

He then surrounded it with desirable things and said: ‘Go and look at it, Gabriel.’ He went, looked at it, then came and said: ‘O my Lord! By Thy might and power, I am afraid that no one will remain who does not enter it.'”  [Sunan Abu Dawood 4744, graded Hasan Sahih by al-Albani]

The Angels that guard us at day and at night

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{ For him (each person), there are angels in succession, before and behind him. They guard him by the command of Allah. Verily, Allah will not change the (good) condition of a people as long as they do not change their state (of goodness) themselves. But when Allah wills a people’s punishment, there can be no turning it back, and they will find besides Him no protector. }  Ar-Ra’d 13:11

Allah states that there are angels who take turns guarding each servant, some by night and some by day. These angels protect each person from harm and accidents. There are also angels who take turns recording the good and evil deeds, some angels do this by day and some by night. There are two angels, one to the right and one to the left of each person, recording the deeds. The angel to the right records the good deeds while the angel to the left records the evil deeds. There are also two angels that guard and protect each person, one from the back and one from in front. Therefore, there are four angels that surround each person by day and they are replaced by four others at night: two scribes and two guards.

An authentic Hadith states:

“Angels take turns around you, some at night and some by day, and all of them assemble together at the time of the Fajr and `Asr prayers. Then those who have stayed with you throughout the night, ascend to Allah Who asks them, and He knows the answer better than they about you, “How have you left My servants” They reply, “As we have found them praying, we have left them praying.”

Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdullah said that the Messenger (ﷺ) of Allah said,

“Verily, everyone among you has his companion from the Jinn* and his companion from the angels.” They said, “And you too, O Allah’s Messenger.” He said, “And I too, except that Allah has helped me against him, so he only orders me to do good.” Muslim collected this Hadith.

*NOTE: The Qarin/Qareen, which literally means constant companion, is a jinni that Allah has caused to accompany every human being. This qareen constantly pushes a person to do evil things and to disobey Allah, with the exception of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)—his qareen became Muslim and became a believer.

No human can claim control over the jinn for good or evil. Only the Prophet Sulayman (alayhi wa sallam) was given control over the jinn as his miracle. Although this is the case, there are ways to get rid of such demon comrade. Among them is the continuous recitation of the Qur’an, particularly the verse of Al-Kursi (verse number 255 of Surat Al-Baqarah), and the last two verses of the same Surah.

Ibn Abi Hatim narrated that Ibrahim said,

“Allah revealed to a Prophet from among the Children of Israel, `Say to your nation: every people of a village or a house who used to obey Allah but changed their behavior to disobeying Him, then He will take away from them what they like and exchange it for what they dislike.” Ibrahim next said that this statement has proof in Allah’s Book:

{ Verily, Allah will not change the (good) condition of a people as long as they do not change their state (of goodness) themselves. }

(Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Surat Ar-Ra’d, Verse 11)