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Taqwa in Islam

Speaking, taqwa means: to protect and preserve. Taqwa, the fear of Allah, is the only force that can restrain man from evil and wickedness. It is this fear of Allah that keeps the heart of a believer awake and enables him to distinguish right from wrong. This can be achieved by abiding by Allah’s commandments and keeping ourselves away from His prohibitions. We should prepare ourselves to do what Allah likes. Allah says:

وَأَنَّ هَٰذَا صِرَاطِي مُسْتَقِيمًا فَاتَّبِعُوهُ وَلَا تَتَّبِعُوا السُّبُلَ فَتَفَرَّقَ بِكُمْ عَن سَبِيلِهِ ذَٰلِكُمْ وَصَّاكُم بِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

“And that, this (is) My straight path, so follow it. And (do) not follow the (other) paths, then they will separate you from His path. That (He) has enjoined on you [with it] so that you may become righteous.” (Surah Al-An`am 6:153)

Fear of God for self-righteousness which in Arabic means Taqwa epitomiSes the entire teachings of the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him). Taqwa which means ‘God Fearless is one of the most emphasized attributes which distinguishes a believer from a nonbeliever. The origin of the word Taqwa is from the Arabic word ‘Ittaqa which means to ‘be wary, God Fearing. Allah says:

أَفَمَنْ أَسَّسَ بُنْيَانَهُ عَلَىٰ تَقْوَىٰ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٍ خَيْرٌ أَم مَّنْ أَسَّسَ بُنْيَانَهُ عَلَىٰ شَفَا جُرُفٍ هَارٍ فَانْهَارَ بِهِ فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ وَاللَّهُ لَا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ

“Then is (one) who founded his building on righteousness from Allah and (His) pleasure better or (one) who founded his building on edge (of) a cliff (about to) collapse, so it collapsed with him in (the) Fire (of) Hell. And Allah (does) not guide the wrongdoing people.” (Surah At-Taubah 9:109)

The concept of Taqwa has been linked to that of Ibadat i.e. to enjoin what is commanded by Allah and to avoid what He has prohibited. The essence of Taqwa remains in curbing ones ‘Nafs. It involves harnessing one’s instincts which form the basis of human nature. For it is then when a believer becomes closer to Allah and earns his blessings when he combats against the mortal wishes out of love and fear of Allah.

Here are some Importance points of Taqwa in Islam and its benefits: 

  1. Taqwa keep feels Allah in their heart at every breath
  2. Taqwa  behave toward people in a gracious manner
  3. Taqwa provoke fear of Allah is just rhetoric for us
  4. Taqwa serves as a divine guard against the trials
  5. Taqwa is what Allah has commanded him to do
  6. Taqwa  remove the fear of failure in our chores
  7. Taqwa means to purify the soul of the Muslims
  8. Taqwa encourages goodness and forbids evil
  9. Taqwa  follow up a bad deed with a good one
  10. Taqwa  activate derive the pleasure of Allah
  11. Taqwa in Islam and its benefits are great
  12. Taqwa provide good things in a person
  13. Taqwa makes things easy in daily life
  14. Taqwa remains in curbing ones ‘Nafs
  15. Taqwa control of worldly desires
  16. Taqwa is making fear of Allah
  17. Taqwa becomes closer to Allah
  18. Taqwa is for the pleasure of Allah
  19. Taqwa brought forth in the Quran
  20. Taqwa out of love and fear of Allah
  21. Taqwa, we can achieve Allah’s love
  22. Taqwa has bestowed upon mankind
  23. Taqwa avoiding that which is wrong
  24. Taqwa strive for the pleasure of Allah
  25. Taqwa is to obtain blessings of Allah
  26. Taqwa is out of love and fear of Allah
  27. Taqwa keeps away to lying and deceit
  28. Taqwa is the fruit of doing good actions
  29. Taqwa practising towards worship of Allah
  30. Taqwa means to cleanse or purify the heart 
  31. Taqwa finding fulfilment and happiness in this world
  32. Taqwa practice righteousness, Allah takes care of them
  33. Taqwa support and helps to prevail over their opponents
  34. Taqwa is the essence of the teachings of Allah’s Messenger
  35. Taqwa is the source of winning the love and blessings of Allah

Taqwa is the greatest and the best investment, which a true believer can make. Its benefits and advantages not only cover him but also his family members. You can call the best provision through which a Muslim can gain good pleasure, bounties, blessings and the great promises of Allah, both in this life and in the Hereafter. Allah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ

“O you who believe[d]! Consciously revere Allah (as is His) right (that) He (should) be revered and (do) not die except [while you] (as) those-who-submit/Muslims.” (Surah Al-Imran 3:102)

Taqwa is defined as fearing Allah when a person fears Allah Almighty then he will not commit sins. Taqwa incorporates awareness and fear of Allah as well as piety. Piety is essentially righteousness that can only be obtained through the obedience of the Almighty Allah and abstain from His prohibitions. Allah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَكُونُوا مَعَ الصَّادِقِينَ

“O you who believe! Consciously revere Allah and be with those who are truthful.” (Surah At-Taubah 9:119)

We can say that taqwa is the key to happiness and success in this life and the afterlife. Taqwa acts as a channel through which Muslims relate to each other in society and also a way to connect their actions. We must fear Allah and have taqwa, as we are created for it. The Importance of Taqwa in Islam and its benefits is useful for all Muslims.

Allah Almighty says in The Holy Quran:

  • “Surely Allah loves Muttaqin.” (Quran, 3:76)
  • “Guide for those who are aware of Allah.” (Quran, 2: 2)
  • “Allah only accepts people from Taqwa.” (Quran, 5:27)
  • “Then We will save those who have had taqwa.” (Quran, 19:72)
  • “And whoever fears Allah, He will make an end.” (Quran, 65: 2)
  • “And whoever fears Allah, He will make it easier for him.” (Quran, 65: 4)
  • “Verily, Allah accepts only from those who are Al-Muttaqun.” (Al-Maidah 5:28)
  • “It is He (Allah) who has brought tranquillity into the hearts of believers.” (Quran, 48: 4)
  • “O you who believe, if you fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion (furqan).” (Quran, 8:29)
  • “And fear Allah, and know that Allah is with Al-Muttaqun (the pious)..” (Al-Baqarah 2:194)
  • “Neither their meat nor their blood reaches Allah but your piety reaches Him…” (Quran 22:37)
  • “O you who believe, fear God and be with those who are true (in word and deed).” (Quran, 9: 119)

Taqwa acts as a barrier between Muslims and anger and discontent of Allah (SWT). In Hadith Prophet (SAW) said: “Fear Allah because it is the collection of all good.” Ayahs and hadith above, we can conclude that if we want to succeed l and want to obtain the blessings and the pleasure of Allah, we should fear Allah and must do the good deeds that are the source of pleasing Allah Almighty.

إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ اتَّقَوا وَّالَّذِينَ هُم مُّحْسِنُونَ

“Indeed, Allah (is) with those who consciously revere (Him) and those who [they] (are) good-doers.” (Surah Nahl 16:128)

Allah is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. Everything a person needs and sustenance desires can be found in his vast treasures. It’s really good to know the Importance of Taqwa in Islam and its benefits. Allah will save Muttaqin from hell, so try to do the right thing. Be pious and receive rewards from Allah. Ability to distinguish truth from lies: When a believer ensures that his obedience to Allah and his love remains above all, he is gifted by Allah to distinguish between true and false or we can say good or bad. bad actions. Allah says:

وَمَا عَلَى الَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ مِنْ حِسَابِهِم مِّن شَيْءٍ وَلَٰكِن ذِكْرَىٰ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَّقُونَ

“And not (is) on those who consciously revere (Allah) of their account [of] anything; but (for) reminder, so that they may consciously revere (Allah).” (Surah Al-An`am 6:69)

People who want calm and tranquillity should do taqwa which means fear of Allah Almighty, as a result, they have become godliness. When they become piety, they feel calmness and tranquillity in their hearts as Allah mentioned in the Quran. For the success of this lie and the hereafter, we must do taqwa. We should not belong to increasing our taqwa. Should pray to Allah Almighty to guide us to the right path and help us become godly and righteous Muslims. Allah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اصْبِرُوا وَصَابِرُوا وَرَابِطُوا وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ

“O you who believe[d]! Be steadfast and [be] patient and [be] constant and consciously revere Allah so that you may (be) successful.” (Surah Al-Imran 3:200)

Allah alone is the Creator of this world and He is the Most Merciful to all His humanity, it is mentioned repeatedly in the Quran. Taqwa inhabits the heart and it is only within the capability of Allah to know what the hearts conceal. Therefore, judging peoples righteousness and spirituality are beyond the ability of the slave. Allah loves those who are pious, that is, who does the right things. May the entire Muslim Ummah enjoin the beautiful concept of Taqwa and practice it wholeheartedly in their lives. Amen.