Shaykhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyah said:

“Hope necessitates fear, and if it wasn’t for that, it would be feeling safe from the plot of Allah.”

And as Ibn Al-Qayyim mentioned:

“He shouldn’t reach with this hope to the level of feeling safe from the punishment”

Thus they say hope is to do acts of obedience while fearing not attaining that which he hopes and not feeling safe from the punishment.

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

For indeed it [i.e. hope] circulates between:

  • a sin which he hopes for its forgiveness;
  • upon righteousness which he hopes [for] its attainment and that it remains
  • nearness to Allah, and a status with him which he hopes to reach”

[Minhatul Hameed Fi Taqreeb Kitab At Tawheed, Page 499-500]

Translated by

Majid Jawed Al-Afghanee
Abu Layl