The people of taqwa

 The people of taqwa

 

Taqwa’s meaning is fear, clinging to obedience to Allah, and abandoning disobedience to Him. It is the sum of all good.

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Concerning its benefits derived from the Qur’an, and they are thirteen:

Guidance, because of His words:
“guidance for the muttaqin (the people of taqwa)”;

Help, because of His words:
“Truly, Allah is with the people who have taqwa“;

Close Friendship [with Allah], because of His words:
“Allah is the close friend of the muttaqin“;

Love, because of His words:
“Truly Allah loves the muttaqin“;

Covering over [of wrong actions], because of His words:
“If you have taqwa of Allah He will make for you a discrimination and He will cover over for you your wrong actions”;

A way out from unhappiness, and provision from where one does not expect, because of His words: “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, because of His words:
“Whoever has taqwa of Allah He will make ease for him in his affair”;

Full covering over of wrong actions and magnification of rewards, because of His words: “Whoever has taqwa of Allah He will cover over his wrong actions and magnify a reward for him”;

Acceptance of actions, because of His words:
“Allah only accepts from the people of taqwa“;

Success, because of His words:
“Have taqwa of Allah in order that you might succeed”;

Good news, because of His words: “For them [i.e. people of taqwa] there is good news in this world and in the next”;

Entrance into the Garden, because of His words:
“Truly, there are for the people of taqwa with their Lord Gardens of bliss”;

Salvation from the Fire, because of His words:
“Then We will save the ones who had taqwa“.

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There are ten things which awaken taqwa:

Fear of punishment in the next life;

Fear [of punishment] in this life;

Hope of worldly reward;

Hope of the reward of the next world;

Fear of the reckoning;

Shyness and bashfulness before the gaze of Allah, and this is the station of fearful watchfulness [muraqabah];

Showing gratitude for His blessings by obeying Him;

Knowledge, because of His words, “They only fear Allah, of His slaves, the ones who have knowledge”;

Exalting and honouring His majesty, and it is the station of awe;

Sincerity in love because of the words of the one who said:

“You disobey God while you make apparent that you love Him,
This, by my life, in analogy is a marvel.
If your love were sincere you would obey Him,
Truly, the lover towards the one he loves is obedient.”

And to Allah be attributed the good of the one who said:

“She said, and she had asked about the state of her lover,
’For Allah’s sake, describe him and do not omit nor exceed!’
I said, ‘If he had feared death from thirst, and you had said, “Stop! don’t approach the water!” then he would not have approached.’”

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There are five degrees of taqwa:

That the slave should protect himself from kufr (covering over the truth), and that is the station of Islam;

That he should protect himself from acts of disobedience and forbidden things, and it is the station of turning or repentance [tawbah];

That he should protect himself from doubtful matters, and that is the station of caution or carefulness [wara’];

That he should protect himself from even those things that are permitted, and that is the station of doing without [zuhd];

That he should protect himself from the presence of other than Allah in his heart, and it is the presence of witnessing [mushahadah].

That ends what Ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi wrote on taqwa. May Allah be pleased with him.

Source: Al-Kalbi, Ibn Juzayy. Kitabu-t Tashil li ‘Ulumu-t Tanzil.

May we all strive to gain the Pleasure of the Almighty Allah and always Remember that whatever u put into this Duniah You shall Reap One Day………May Allah Guide Us All, Ameen Yaa Mujeeb

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