The true nature of humans (the fitra) is one of obedience to Allaah. This nature simply needs to be guarded and protected from straying and it will return back to His Lord and will be led to Paradise. This is then the need for taqwa. To have taqwa is the advice that all sincere brothers give to each other. Such was the example of Nuh (alayhis sallam), "The people of Nuh belied the Messengers. When their brother Nuh said to them, Will you not have taqwa of Allaah and obey Him! I am a trustworthy Messenger to you. So fear Allaah. keep your duty to Him, and obey me." ( Q26[ash-Shuara]:105-108 )
It is not surprising that this was also the advice that the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa sallam) gave to Muadh ibn Jabal (RA) when he sent him to Yemen as a caller to the truth and as a judge. As he was sending Muaadh off, he told him". "Fear AIlaah wherever you are. And follow up a bad deed with a good deed and it will wipe it out. And behave towards the people with a good behaviour." ( Tirmidhi ) This same advice is also for you if you want to attain success as a man, a husband, a father and a leader. Taqwa is as some scholars say the foundation of the deen (religion). Once man has it, he is guaranteed success both here and in the Hereafter, insha Allaah Right to have taqwa, and die not except while you are Muslims." (Q3[al-Imraan]:102 ) Ibn Masud (RA) explained that this means. "that Allah should be obeyed and not disobeyed, He should be remembered and not forgotten and that he should be thanked and be not ungrateful to." To have complete taqwa or protection from Allah’s anger and punishment one must perform all of the obligatory deeds that he is capable of and remain away from all of the forbidden acts and doubtful matters. He must also perform the recommended acts and remain away from the disapproved acts this is the highest level of taqwa.
AT ALL TIMES
Allaah says, "Fear AIlaah through Whom you demand your mutual rights and [do not cut off the ties of] the womb. Surely, Allaah is ever an AIl- Watcher over you" ( Q4[Imraan]: 1 ) The Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa sal1am) used to supplicate to Allaah, "I ask You to give me fear of You in matters that are not seen as well as those that are witnessed." (Nasaai) Once you realize that Allaah sees you at all times and knows what you do in secret, then you will I, avoid committing sins even when you are in complete privacy. This is a sign of complete imaan in his heart. Equally, you must fear A1laah while in a state of blessings or trial. And you must fear Allah whether you are alone or among any group of people, whether they be pious or impious. You must tend to yourself and you cannot use others as an excuse for disobeying Allaah.
THEY ARE THE MUTTAQEEN
Allaah describes the people of taqwa with the specific deeds that distinguish them. Do you belong? Allaah says: "It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards the East or the West, but righteousness is [the quality of] the one who believes in AIlaah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets and gives his wealth, in spite of love for it, ...and who establish the prayers and gives zakaat, and who fulfill their covenant when they make it, and who are patient in extreme poverty and ailment and at the time of fighting [during battles]. Such are the people of the truth and they are the muttaqeen". (Q2 [al-Baqarah]:177 )
REMEMBER ALLAAH ALWAYS
Allah's Messenger (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said, "The example of a Believer who recites the Quran, is that of a citron which smells good and tastes good; and the example of a believer who does not recite the Quran, is that of a date which has no smell but tastes sweet; and the example of a hypocrite who recites the Quran, is that of an aromatic plant which smells good but tastes bitter and the example of a hypocrite, who does not recite the Quran, is that of a colocynth plant , which has no smell and is bitter in taste," ( Bukhari )
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited