A man sinned greatly against himself & when death came to him he charged his sons, saying: When I have died, burn me, then crush me & scatter [my ashes] into the sea, for, by The God, if my Lord takes possession of me, He will punish me in a manner in which He has punished no one [else]. So they did that to him. Then He (The God) said to the earth: Produce what you have taken & there he was! And He (The God) said to him: What induced you to do what you did? He (the man) said: Being afraid of You, O my Lord (or he said: Being frightened of You) & because of that He (The God) forgave him.
Hadith Qudsi 32