The People of Sunnah fear Allāh the most as they are the most acquainted with their Lord. We have heard numerous examples of the fear which the Companions had of Allāh. Ibn Abī Mulaykah narrated that he met thirty of the Companions, all of them feared hypocrisy for themselves! Likewise, Ahl al-Sunnah are hopeful for the mercy of Allāh as they are the most well-acquainted with their Lord. The question then arises: How do we balance both hope and fear?