WHAT IS TAQWA?
We all hear the word Taqwa often but do we really understand what it means? Taqwa, in its most simplistic definition stands for fearing Allah Ta’ala. Below are some examples indicating Taqwa in a person.
Taqwa is not only in our manners and mannerisms.
Taqwa is not only about looking Islamic and Muslim.
Taqwa is not only about sporting a beard or wearing the Hijaab.
But Taqwa in its truest sense is:
Taqwa is when you miss a single salaah you feel uneasy and restless the entire day.
Taqwa is when you tell a lie your conscience pricks you hard and you feel bad. The feeling to put right the wrong you’ve done is Taqwa too.
Taqwa is the guilt that follows when you hurt someone knowingly or unknowingly.
Taqwa is the shame and regret that follows a sin you did knowing fully how abhorrent and disgusting it is in the sight of Allah Ta’ala and His beloved Messenger Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa sallam.
Taqwa is when you cannot sleep the entire night after having disobeyed or disrespected your parents.
Taqwa is to cry in the depths of the night out of fear for the One Who owns the Arsh.
Taqwa is the fear that grips us and prevents us from sinning even when we are alone and no one is looking.
Taqwa is that will and courage to please Allah Ta’ala and His Beloved Messenger Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam when the world all around is openly and flagrantly disobeying him.
Taqwa is to grow that beard and don the Hijaab for the sole reason of it being a command of Allah Ta’ala and not because you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb or ‘fit in’.
Taqwa is to stay happy and smiling after knowing well that this world is a prison for the believer and that life will not be easy.
Taqwa is the good manners and pleasant character that is brought about when we love and fear Allah Ta’ala.
Taqwa is that inner struggle to better ourselves every day so that Allah Ta’ala and His beloved Messenger Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam is pleased with us.
Taqwa is when the urge to sin is at its strongest but the fear of Allah puts a dead stop to it.
Taqwa is not only about improving in Deen but a greater measurement of Taqwa is when we fall and rise up again and never let go no matter how many times we fall.
Taqwa is all about what lies in the HEART for the Prophet Sallallaahu Alaihi Wa Sallam confirmed this when he pointed at the heart and said, “This is where Taqwa lies”.
In short any action that warrants the displeasure and wrath of Allah Ta’ala and makes you restless and anxiety stricken is Taqwa!
BENEFITS OF TAQWA FROM QUR’AAN
“guidance for the muttaqin (the people of taqwa)”;
“Truly, Allah is with the people who have taqwa“;
Close Friendship [with Allah
“Allah is the close friend of the muttaqin“;
“Truly Allah loves the muttaqin“;
Concealment of Sins
“If you have taqwa of Allah He will make for you a discrimination and He will cover over for you your wrong actions”;
Deliverance from difficulties
“Whoever has taqwa of Allah He will make a way out for him and provide him from where he does not expect”;
Facilitation of affairs
“Whoever has taqwa of Allah He will make ease for him in his affair”;
- Divine Acceptance of actions
“Allah only accepts from the people of taqwa“;
“Have taqwa of Allah in order that you might succeed”;
“For them [i.e. people of taqwa] there is good news in this world and in the next”;
Admittance to Jannah
“Truly, there are for the people of taqwa with their Lord Gardens of bliss”;
Emancipation from Jahannum
“Then We will save the ones (from Jahannum) who had taqwa“
May Allah Ta’ala make us from amongst the true Muttaqeen, Aameen