It is only Satan that suggests to you the fear of his allies. So, do not fear them, and fear Me if you are believers.(Qur’an, 3:175)

Ibn Taymiyyah commented on the verse: “This verse proves that Satan makes his allies sources of fear, and he causes people to be afraid of them. And the verse shows that it is not permissible for the believer to fear the allies of Satan, and he should not fear people, as (Allah) said: ‘So, do not fear the people, and fear Me…(Qur’an, 5:44)

So, we are commanded to fear Allah, and we are prohibited from fearing the allies of Satan. He also said: ‘Those who convey the message of Allah and fear Him, and fear none except Allah…(Qur’an, 33:39)

“And some people say: ‘O Lord! I fear You and I fear those who don’t fear You.’ These are nonsensical words, and it is not allowed to say them. Rather, one should fear Allah alone and not fear any person, since whoever does not fear Allah is too low to be feared, as he is a wrong-doer and is from the allies of Satan. So, Allah has forbidden us from having fear of such a person.

“The fact that someone is given power over you is the result of your sins and your fear of that person. So, if you fear Allah and repent from your sins and seek His Forgiveness, nobody can overpower you.” (Majmoo Al-Fatawa; 1/77-78)

Ibn al-Qayyim said: “From the plots of the enemy of Allah (Satan) is that he makes the believers afraid of his soldiers and allies. So, they do not strive against them, they do not enjoin what is good, and do not forbid what is bad.”

Qatadah explained: “He makes them great and powerful in his heart. The stronger your faith becomes, the weaker the fear in your heart will be of Satan’s allies; and the weaker your faith becomes, the stronger the fear in your heart will be of them.” (Ighathat Al-Lahfan, 1/94).