Bismillahi Al-Rahmani Al-Rahim
Hope, and Love
Ibn Rajab (Allah grant him
- It is known that worship is built
from only three sources: fear, hope, and love. Each one is an
intrinsic duty, and combining the three is an obligatory injunction.
Because of this, the Forbears censured whoever devoted oneself to
one while neglecting the other two. [After all,] the innovation of
the Khaw rij and those resembling them came about from emphasizing
fear while avoiding love and hope; the innovation of the Murji'a
[those who believe that m n guarantees the unrepentant safety from
punishment for grave sins] came about from clinging to hope alone
while avoiding fear; and the innovation of many advocates of
freethinking [ib hiya] and divine indwelling [hul l] who ascribe
themselves to devotion came about from singling out love while
avoiding fear and hope.
From Istinsh q Nas m al-Uns Min Nafah t Riy d al-Quds, pp25-26.