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Taqwa — no ordinary shield

29 Oct

وَلَقَدْ وَصَّيْنَا الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَإِيَّاكُمْ أَنِ اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ

And certaintly We have advised those who were given the Scripture before you and yourselves to have the Taqwa of Allah. [4:131]

  • Taqwa is a metaphorical barrier that one builds to protect against the punishment of Allah. But what shield can protect us from Allah? None. Rather, we build this barrier by indulging in halal and refraining from haram. This guarantees protection from punishment.
  • Summary: Taqwa is a fear that leads to action. Every night we are fearful that someone may break in. Hence we ensure that the entrance is locked (action). If we fear Allah, we would protect ourselves by only engaging in halal and avoiding haram.

Importance of Taqwa:

  • Taqwa is the concise advice of Allah to all the prophets (Surah 26).
  • Surah Baqarah begins with it — only the Mutaqein will attain guidance; Surah Ale-Imran ends with it
  • The last ayah revealed (2:281) reminds us of Taqwa.
  • Previous post and Taqwa.


15 Jun
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
O you who believe, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you so that you may perhaps become righteous (2:183)
  • This call is called nidaa at-tashreef wa takreem. It has honor, prestige and respect in it.
  • Allah SWT did not say furida — obligatory. Kutiba has the additional meaning of legislated.
  • What does siyaam mean? Linguistically it means abstinence.
  • What is the difference between siyaam and sawom (صوم)? The former is used in the Quran to abstain from eating and drinking, while the later is used to refrain from speaking.
  • This similarity is with respect to the legislation and not the nature or the number.
  • Who are these people? Ibn Abbas said it was made obligatory on all the previous nations.
  • This is also mentioned to encourage the Arabs to fast, as they had never fasted before.
  • Many Muslims inform non-Muslims that the reason they fast is to understand the sufferings of others. This is a small reason but the main reason is to attain Taqwa.
  • Taqwa is a state of fear in which one abandons all evils and engages in all good, in order to guarantee protection from the punishment of Allah.
  • Allah SWT said that if you fast perhaps you will gain taqwa; He did not guarantee that you will receive it. This is because most people do not realize that taqwa is connected to the heart and not the stomach.
  • Prophet SAW “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions and does not abandon foolishness, Allah is not in need of his leaving food and drink [i.e. Allah will not accept his fast]” (Bukhari).
  • Umar ibn Abdul Aziz said, “Taqwa is not attained by fasting during the day nor by praying at night. Rather it is attained by avoiding what Allah has forbidden and only engaging in what He has made permissible. And whoever has been granted above this have been granted good upon good.”


14 Jun
أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ ۚ فَمَن كَانَ مِنكُم مَّرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۚ وَعَلَى الَّذِينَ يُطِيقُونَهُ فِدْيَةٌ طَعَامُ مِسْكِينٍ ۖ فَمَن تَطَوَّعَ خَيْرًا فَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّهُ ۚ وَأَن تَصُومُوا خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ ۖ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ

[Fasting for] a limited number of days. So whoever among you is ill or on a journey then an equal number of days [are to be made up]. And upon those who are able [to fast, but with hardship] – a ransom [as substitute] of feeding a poor person [each day]. And whoever volunteers excess – it is better for him. But if you fast it is better for you, if you only knew (2:184)

  • Is it better for a traveler or a sick person to fast or to break their fast? It depends.
  • The goals of fasting is to attain Taqwa, which is attained by increasing in good deeds and avoiding evil deeds.
  • Hence, if this goal is not being meant — i.e. the person is sleeping all day and their daily function is impaired — then it is better for them to break their fast.
  • al-Nawawi said: the ahaadeeth which indicate that it is better not to fast are to be interpreted as referring to those who will be harmed by fasting…

1- How to be rich?

17 Dec

1. Seeking forgiveness (Istighfar)

“I said to them: Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance; And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.” (Nooh 70:10-12).

2. Upholding ties of kinship 

Prophet SAW said: “Whoever would like his provision to be increased and his life to be extended, should uphold the ties of kinship.”  (Bukhari & Muslim)

3. Giving in charity

“Say: Truly, my Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills of His slaves, and also restricts it for him, and whatsoever you spend of anything, He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers” (Saba’ 34:39).

Prophet SAW said: “Charity does not decrease wealth.” (Muslim)

4. Taqwa — Being mindful of Allah

“And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out from every difficulty. And He will provide him from sources he never could imagine” (al-Talaaq 65:2-3).

The first command of Allah in the Qur’an

28 Oct

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اعْبُدُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

1- O mankind! 2- Worship your Lord, 3- Who created you all 4- and those before you 5- so that you may gain Taqwa. [2:21]

  1. Why not, O you who believe? Surah Baqarh begins with three groups who make up humanity. After their description, Allah addresses all of them.
  2. This is the summary of all the commands of Allah; 98:5.
  3. Reason for why we should worship Allah.
  4. This is mentioned since people worship their forefathers or they stubbornly adhere to their practices.
  5. The worship of Allah SWT should lead us to Tawqa.