Tag: taqwa

Taqwa can be Attained by Fasting – Imām as-Sa’di

Imām as-Sa’di (rahimahullāh) said in explanation of Allāh’s statement:

‎{ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ }
That you may become al-Muttaqūn [the pious and righteous persons who fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)]. Al-Baqarah: 183

Verily, fasting is from the greatest causes (of attaining) taqwa, because (fasting has within it) obeying the commands of Allah and staying away from his prohibitions.

Benefits of Fasting in Relation to Taqwa.

  •  The fasting person leaves that which Allāh has prohibited for him – from eating, drinking and sexual intercourse and the likes of these affairs which the soul inclines towards – seeking closeness to Allah and hoping in reward from Allāh because of his leaving off these things; this is from taqwa.
  •  Likewise from the means of attaining taqwa is, the fasting person trains his soul with the murāqabah of Allāh, so he leaves performing that which his soul desires – whilst he has the capability to carry out his desires – due to his knowledge that Allāh is all aware of what he does.
  •  Fasting constricts the pathways of the shaytān, for indeed he runs through the veins of mankind, hence by way of fasting his influence is weakened and his effectiveness in inciting people to disobedience is decreased.
  •  On the whole the fasting person is plentiful in performing acts of worship and obedience. Acts of worship and obedience are from the characteristics of taqwa.
  • And from the means of attaining taqwa, is that the rich person when he tastes the pains of hunger, this necessitates and obligates that he is charitable and benevolent to the poor and destitute, this is also from the characteristics of taqwa.

Taysīr al-Karīm ar-Rahmān fī Tafsīr Kalām al-Mannān (Dār ibn al-Jawzī) pg. 84

The Wisdom Behind Fasting – Shaykh al-‘Uthaymīn (rahimahullāh)

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Sālih al ‘Uthaymīn (rahimahullāh) said,

The wisdom behind fasting is not that a person merely prevents himself from the grace of Allāh (‘azza wa jal), such as food, drink and sexual relations; however the wisdom behind fasting is something greater than that, it is (that you attain) the taqwa of Allāh, as Allāh (tabāraka wa ta’āla) said when he mentioned the obligation of fasting

‎[البقرة:183] ‎{ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ }

That you may become al-Muttaqūn [the pious and righteous persons who fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)]. Al-Baqarah: 183

At-Talīq ‘ala Risālah Haqīqah as-Siyām pgs. 12-13

Protect Yourself from Allāh’s Anger and Displeasure – Shaykh ‘Abdur Razzāq al-Badr

Shaykh ‘Abdur Razzāq al-Badr (hafidahullāh) said,

The taqwa of Allāh is to obey Him, adhere to His commandments and abstain from His prohibitions.

The meaning of taqwa, is that the servant places a barrier between him and between that which he fears. And the taqwa of a servant in relation to his Lord, is that he places between him and his Lord a barrier that protects him from that which he is scared of, from Allah’s anger, displeasure and punishment.

And that is not achieved except by the performance of acts of obedience and refraining from acts of disobedience.


People of Īmān and Taqwa should be the Most Patient – Shaykh b. Bāz

Shaykh ’Abdul Azīz b. Bāz:

It is befitting for the People of Īmān to be the most patient of people, the firmest of people upon the truth and its defence, rejecting falsehood and striving against it. And even if others are patient upon falsehood, then the People of Īmān and Taqwa are foremost with patience upon the truth and steadfastness upon it.

Al-Fawāid al-ilmiyyah min ad-Durūs al-Bāziyyah – Fawāid min at-Tafsīr pgs. 33-34

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Do Not Betray the Responsibility you have been Entrusted with – Shaykh Ṣālih Al-Fawzān

Shaykh Ṣālih Al-Fawzān (hafidahullāh):

Save yourself from the fire by having taqwa of Allāh and (likewise) save your children from the fire by way of (giving them) righteous cultivation upon Islām and upon (performing actions of) the religion and having excellent manners. If not (i.e. if you have not given them this cultivation), then indeed you have betrayed the responsibility which you were entrusted with.

Source: Official Website of the Shaykh

Meaning of Al-Birr and At-Taqwa – Imām As-Sadi, Imām At-Tabari, Imām ibn Kathīr and Imām Al-Uthaymīn

Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety); but do not help one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is Severe in punishment. (Al-Māidah: Verse 2)

تَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى ٱلۡبِرِّ وَٱلتَّقۡوَىٰ‌ۖ وَلَا تَعَاوَنُواْ عَلَى ٱلۡإِثۡمِ وَٱلۡعُدۡوَٲنِ‌ۚ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ‌ۖ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ شَدِيدُ ٱلۡعِقَابِ

In explanation of this verse, Imām As-Sa’di (rahimahullāh) said:

Meaning aid one another upon Al-Birr (righteousness),

Definiton of Al-Birr:

It is a comprehensive phrase for everything which Allāh loves and is pleased with; from outward and inner actions; from the rights of Allāh and rights of mankind.

Definiton of At-Taqwa:

And Taqwa (piety) in this context(1) is a comprehensive phrase for everything which Allāh and His messenger dislikes from the outward and inner actions.

And (furthermore) every good quality is commanded to be performed, likewise every evil trait is commanded to be abandoned.(2) Indeed the servant is commanded with having good characteristics and performing the good actions himself whilst aiding others from his believing brothers upon them, with every statement and action; inducing and encouraging himself and others upon good.

When Al-Birr and At-Taqwa are mentioned together or individually:

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Sālih Al-Uthaymīn (rahimahullah) said:

Know that At-Taqwa is sometimes connected with Al-Birr, as is in His statement: Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (Al-Māidah: Verse 2). And sometimes it is mentioned by itself, so if it is connected with al-Birr, Al-Birr becomes the performance of the commandments and At-Taqwa is abandoning the prohibitions. However, if they are mentioned individually it becomes comprehensive and includes performing the commandments and avoiding the prohibitions. Verily, Allah has mentioned in His Book that paradise is prepared for the muttaqīn, therefore the people of taqwa are the people of paradise – May Allah make us and you from them – due to this it is mandatory upon the people to fear Allāh – azza wa jal – complying with His commands, seeking His reward and salvation from His punishment.(3)

Taysīr Al-Karīm Ar-Rahmān fee Tafsīr Kalām Al-Mannān Page 228 – Slightly Paraphrased

(1) Definition of Taqwa by Talq ibn Habīb (rahimahullāh)

‘’It is to act in obedience to Allah, with a light from Allah (i.e. Eemān) and hoping for Allāh’s Mercy. And that you abandon disobedience to Allāh with a light from Allāh and fearing the punishment of Allāh. [Reported by Ibn Abī Shaybah 11/33 and Ibnul Mubārak in Az-Zuhd 473]

(2) Similar was mentioned in Tafsīr At-Tabari of the same verse; Al-Birr is (to perform) that which you have been commanded with, and At-Taqwa is (to abandon) that which you have prohibited from. In Tafsīr ibn Kathīr, he (rahimahullah) says, Performance of the righteous actions is Al-Birr and abandoning the evil reprehensible acts is At-Taqwa

(3) Sharh Riyādhus Sālihin by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Sālih Al-Uthaymīn (rahimahullah), Introduction to Chapter 6 (At-Taqwa)

The People Only See The Apparent, But Allah Knows The Inner Self

Abu Hafs  [rahimahullaah] said to Abu Uthmaan Al-Naysaabooriy  [rahimahullaah]: When you sit with the people, then be an admonisher of your heart and soul, and do not be deceived by their gathering around you, for they [are only] aware of what they can see apparently, whilst Allaah is all aware of your inner self [i.e. your heart, soul]

[Madaarij As-Saalikeen 2/106. Slightly paraphrased]

Remembrance of Allah In The Morning and The Evening

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَهُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ اللَّيْلَ وَالنَّهَارَ خِلْفَةً لِّمَنْ أَرَادَ أَن يَذَّكَّرَ أَوْ أَرَادَ شُكُورًا

And He it is Who has put the night and the day in succession, for such who desires to remember or desires to show his gratitude. [25:62]

The night and the day differ- this one is white and that one is black. So one takes admonition and contemplates on the difference between them and thanks Allaah for them. [Ref 1] Whoever has missed the remembrance of Allaah in the morning, then indeed the evening has arrived so that he can do so. [Ref 2]

[Ref 1: Source: A paraphrased excerpt from ‘Zaadul Maseer’ by Imaam Ibn Al-Jawzi (rahimahullaah). Publisher: Daar Ibn Hazm 1st edition 1423AH (Year 2002)]

[Ref 2: Source: A paraphrased excerpt from ‘Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan’ by Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah). Publisher: Daar ibn Hazm 1st ed 1424AH (Year 2003)]


Taqwa & Speaking the Truth – Ash Shaykh Rabee

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Al Allaamah Ash Shaykh Rabee (Hafidahullah) said:

“It is a must that we cultivate ourselves upon the taqwa of Allah, and it is obligatory that we cultivate ourselves upon speaking the truth, and before that; that we search after the truth. So stand on the side of the truth and be a just witness for Allah, even if it is against yourself, your parents or your relatives.”

المجموع الرائق – ص ٢١


When The Salafis Are United – Al Imaam Rabee ibn Haadi Al Madkhalee

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Al Imaam Ash Shaykh Rabee ibn Haadi Al Madhkalee – May Allah Preserve Him – said:

“Nowadays when they (i.e. opponents of the Salafi Methodology) see the Salafis united and aiding one another upon birr and taqwa; just as Allah commanded, they say, ” look at these (hizbiyoon)illegal partisans!”

This is Tamyee (i.e. a statement aimed at diluting the salafi methodology ) and an empty (speech)

Coming together is either for the sake of falsehood, so it is the party of shaytaan, or it is (done) for the sake of truth, then it is the party of the Most Merciful.”


المجموع 474/14

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