Question: I carefully consider Allaah’s punishment and warnings but my determination to do good deeds is weak. When I read the books of the Salaf (righteous predecessors), I find that the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Sahaabah (Companions) used to do all kinds of good deeds. They wept for their deficiency and placed themselves in the ranks of the disobedient in hope of forgiveness. Then, what should I do to attain Jannah (Paradise), escape hell fire, and be resurrected with the pious people?
Answer: Fearing Allaah’s punishment and warning is praised in Islaam. It strengthens righteousness and causes a person to abide by Allaah’s commands and avoid His prohibitions. So direct your heart solely to your Lord and fear Him sincerely to increase your determination in obeying Him and avoiding disobedience… read more here.