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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

Assalaamu Alaykum. May Allah (swt) be
pleased with you and all the Muslim Ummah.
Respected Shaykh, I have a inner problem
called “FEAR”. I am a strong man, yet get
feared with the creation of Allah (swt), which
is also a type of SHIRK fearing others apart
from Allah (swt) who is the Mightiest and
Most Powerful. I am very much scared about
it. I hear sounds of people crying and yelling
as though they are fighting and that makes
me feel scared and some heaviness in my
heart. Now the situation is so worsen that
even a big noise makes me feel scared.
Sometimes when I am also at right path still I
am not able to communicate with a person
and say to him that he is wrong. I do not
want to be a coward but a brave man like
the great Sahaabah (Companions), who
feared only the Almighty Allah not His
creations. Is Shaythaan wisphering this to
me. I know a Hadeeth which says Shaythaan
puts the fear of creations of Allah into the
people (I can’t quote the Hadeeth reference
and exact words). Some people even pressure
me for the name I have. People call me with
both of my names some call me Lateef and
some call me Saquib. Do I have to change my
name? What should I do? Please give me an
Islamic authentic remedy for this disease.
May Allah have mercy upon all of us and
forgive all our sins. Ameen.

Fatwa:
All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His slave and Messenger.

First of all, we advise you to earnestly
mention Allah and perform Ruqyah, as the
fear which you feel could be due to being
possessed by the jinn and the like, especially
that you mentioned that you hear the noise
of people shouting and crying.
You are permitted to consult a psychiatric
doctor who is specialised in treating
obsessive compulsive disorders, as the
Prophet said: ''O Salves of Allah, seek
treatment . Indeed Allah has not sent down a
disease except that He sent down a cure for
it. '' [At-Tirmithi].

Furthermore, it should be noted that not all
kinds of fear are considered to be a kind of
Shirk (associating partners to Allah), as there
is natural fear upon which Allah created
mankind, like the fear of fire, a lion and the
like. Fear could also be a disobedience but
lesser than Shirk , like fearing other people to
an extent that one neglects his religious
obligations.
Also, fear could be a kind of Shirk , like a
person fearing other people to afflict him
with a disease, poverty, or a disobedience
with their power and will. May Allah cure
you from this fear and whispers and grant
you peace of mind.
As regards changing your name, you are not
obliged to change your name, especially that
your name is 'Abdullateef which denotes
being a Slave of Allah. Moreover, it is
permissible for people to call you by your
first or last name (Lateef or Saquib).

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/151335/not-all-kinds-of-fear-are-considered-shirk

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