Taqwa Defined – Part 3

So far, mashaAllah, we have learnt about Taqwa, its mind-blowing benefits, and so now it’s time we learn about those who have this trait of taqwa. Who are the people of Taqwa and what are their attributes? There are 5 attributes I bring in, in this article. Strive for them, achieve them!

[dropcap2]1[/dropcap2]The muttaqeen are the ones who have complete certainty in their faith. They may be failing in every step that they are taking towards their goal, but they are so certain about their faith and its triumph that not for once do they think of stepping aback. And even if doubts come to their minds, they combat those doubts and do not allow them affect their certainty.

Describing the Muttaqeen in Surah Baqarah, Allah SWT says (meaning of which is) :

[blockquote]…and of the hereafter they are certain of faith [1. 2:4][/blockquote]

The kind of contrary to certainty is doubts. And having doubts is a disease of the heart and a special feature of the hypocrites. Hence, a person striving to gain taqwa, cannot possibly do so if he has doubts in his hearts. In order to be from the people of Taqwa, one must be certain in faith.

Leaving off the things that are normal in the society, that are the daily chores of your close ones require confidence. And this confidence rises from certainty in faith, and certainty in faith only rises from your deep attachment to Allah SWT.

[dropcap2]2[/dropcap2]They are the ones who do not fall in major sins. So they stay far away from major sins, and take all the necessary measures to save themselves from falling into major sins. They are successful in leaving the major sins and are conscious of staying away from the minor ones as well. If by any chance, out of weakness they do fall into a sin, they rush and race. They rush and race to the forgiveness of Allah SWT. As stated by our Rabb (meaning of which is) :

[blockquote]Indeed those who fear Allah – when an impulse touches them from shaytan, they remember Him and at once they have insight” [2. 7:201][/blockquote]

Do not belittle the consequence of minor sins, for verily every small stick leads to a pile that makes a big fire.

[dropcap2]3[/dropcap2]Muttaqoon are the ones who forgive and overlook. How hard has it been for you to forgive that member in your life for what they did to you? How badly did you wish that they were not a part of the story that you are living – your life? Be optimistic. If Allah SWT brought a messed up person in your life, take it as a doorstep to be amongst those who will be brought to Ar-Rahman on the day of judgement, mounted! Yes, the muttaqoon. Hence, whenever there is a chance where you know you can move a level higher by forgiving and overlooking, do so. For verily, you would not want to miss out on an eternal reward for a temporary grudge.

As Allah SWT said, (meaning of which is) :

[blockquote]And to forego, it is nearer to righteousness [3. 2:237][/blockquote]

Pardon and forgive, when you know it is right to do so. For verily, though it is difficult, it surely pays off.

[dropcap2]4[/dropcap2]This is easy said than done. Being just in all our affairs and judging justly is something that many fail in. And indeed, only those who truly fear Allah and have taqwa will succeed to do so, inshaAllah. Hence, being just and judging justly is from the attributes of those who possess Taqwa. As Allah SWT says, “ Be just, that is nearer to righteousness” [4. 5:8]

Be just, even if it is your enemy.

[dropcap2]5[/dropcap2]Muttaqeen are the ones who strive to be truthful in their speech and action. In a world like today, where lies and falsehood prevails everywhere, it is easy for a person to be derailed. But the one who has full certainty in his faith, and strived his utmost to be from the Mutaaqoon, he will surely strive to achieve this attribute of the them – truthfulness in speech and action. And Allah SWT said regarding the muttaqoon being truthful (meaning of which is):

[blockquote]And the one who has brought the truth and [they who] believed in it – those are the righteous. [5. 39:33][/blockquote]

Truth always prevails in the long-term, while falsehood is bound to perish even if it seems to prevail in the short term. Choose the long-term over the short-term.

The Author

Faria Alam is a young aspiring student who seeks to help young females educate themselves. She is a freelance writer and loves to read books of different disciplines. She takes great interest in personal development.

4 Responses

  1. mishma July 11, 2012 / 4:46 pm

    outstanding article!! soo many points of benefit.
    jazakillaahu khyran :)

    • Faria July 12, 2012 / 5:00 pm

      MashaAllah! All praises due to Allah. BarakAllaahu feeki. May Allah SWT make us amongst the muttaqeen, ameen.

  2. Nadia July 11, 2012 / 5:41 pm

    true mashallah and beautifully laid out (easy to understand for everyone) alhamdulillah jazakAllah khayran :-)
    Allah has truly blessed you mashallah with being able to express the knowledge so beautifully here so others can also benefit …..
    may Allah keep blessing you with knowledge and understanding of the deen ameen <3

    • Faria July 12, 2012 / 5:01 pm

      Alhamdulillah. Ameen to the du’as and same for you. BarakAllaahu feeki. May Allah SWT enable us to gain Taqwa this Ramadan. Ameen.

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