Let's face it, there are people who go around scaring people into submission. It's a subtler form of coercion, if you think about it. But is this practice based on scriptural recommendations, or the vivid imagination of those who practice it?
In this article, Zan Azlee offers his opinion...
Scaring people into submission
Another popular story is of an old woman (or man, as the stories do vary) who is at her deathbed surrounded by friends and family.
She is about to die but seems to be struggling and in tremendous discomfort. The story continues to explain that this goes on for weeks.
Then it is discovered that she had led a sinful life and used to (insert dreaded sin of your choice) and she is now being punished for it.
They had to do special prayers to ask for forgiveness and only then did the old woman die, and into the next life where she will presumably be punished again.
Recently, stories like these have been making its rounds on FaceBook and as spam emails and the senders always make comments like “repent now!” or “fear Allah!”.
After reading one too many of these stories whenever I log on to FaceBook, it’s actually making me want to repent of all my sins… NOT!
I wonder if it’s desperation that Muslims are trying to preach to other fellow Muslims to repent and return to the right path.
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How low do you have to be when you feel the only way to pull somebody back to Islam is by scaring them witless?