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O ye who believe! Fear Allah as He should be feared, and die not except in a state of Islam.

Yusuf Ali writes:

Fear is of many kinds:

  1. the abject fear of the coward;
  2. the fear of a child or an inexperienced person in the
    face of an unknown danger;
  3. the fear of a reasonable man who wishes to avoid
    harm to himself or to people whom he wishes to
    protect;
  4. the reverence which is akin to love, for it fears to do
    anything which is not pleasing to the object of love.
    The first is unworthy of man; the second is necessary for
    one immature; the third is a manly precaution against
    evil as long as it is unconquered; and the fourth is the
    seed-bed of righteousness.
    Those mature in faith cultivate the fourth: at earlier
    stages, the third or the second may be necessary; they
    are fear, but not the fear of Allah.
    The first is a feeling of which anyone should be ashamed

and die not except in a state of Islam.

Our whole being should be permeated with Islam:
it is not a mere veneer or outward show.

References:

Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (pg. 50). Microsoft Word – 003 Imran.doc (quran4u.com)

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