BETWEEN HOPE AND FEAR: How to mitigate ourself

Among other verses that teach roja and khauf are the last verses of Surah Al-Baqoroh, especially the part, “O our Lord, do not punish us if we forget or we are wrong. O our Lord, do not burden us with a heavy burden as You burdened us. to those before us. O our Lord, do not You carry on us what we could not bear. Forgive us; forgive us; and have mercy on us. You are our Helper, so help us against those who disbelieve “(QS. Al -Baqarah: 26)

It is mentioned in the hadith, that when Rasulullah SAW finished reading this verse Allah SWT answered, na’am, yes. This means that everything has been granted by Allah SWT, including people who make mistakes because they forget it will not be punished. Yet we all often forget. Forget Allah’s command. Forget to dhikr or remember Allah. When we pray, our minds and hearts forget Allah. However, we have good news, that mistakes that occur due to forgetfulness or mistakes, God willing, will be forgiven, so the perpetrators will not be punished.

According to Imam Ghozali, we must not only rely on the roja side. Must be accompanied by khauf. So between the feelings of roja and khauf must be balanced. Between hope and fear. Don’t use verses about roja and then we recite while. If we are too excited because of our roja will be complacent. Proud of our deeds or belittle our mistakes. Don’t let it be because of believing in Allah SWT, Most Forgiving and Forgiving that we just leave Allah’s prohibitions at will. Not performing prayers. Not practicing obedience.

But on the other hand, if we are too khouf, we will become hopeless people and have prejudice against Allah. As if everything is wrong and will be punished by God. This is not allowed. Because the mercy of Allah SWT is far greater than his wrath. (mu/frz/orn)



“Tell My servants that Verily I am the Most Forgiving, the Most Merciful. And that Verily My punishment is a very painful punishment.” (QS. Al Hijr: 49-50)

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