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:
- the abject fear of the coward;
- the fear of a child or an inexperienced person in the
face of an unknown danger;
- the fear of a reasonable man who wishes to avoid
harm to himself or to people whom he wishes to
- 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.
Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (pg. 50). Microsoft Word – 003 Imran.doc (quran4u.com)