Taqwa is to leave of all the acts of disobedience (shirk, bid’ah, major and minor sins) and to stay away from those which distract us from Ar-Rahman.
The question then remains, how do we achieve Taqwa, how can we be the amazing slaves of Allah SWT?
[dropcap2]1[/dropcap2]Love Al-Wadud, be His beloved – Learn about Allah’s beautiful Names and Attributes. Be mesmerized and fall in absolute love with Him. When you do so, you can no longer bear the pain of disobeying your beloved. This creates a taste of detest inside your heart for the actions that are detestable by Allah SWT, and hence leaving the acts of disobedience and attaining Taqwa becomes easy.
And how can you not love the One, Who is the only One Who can love you in the true sense of the word?
[dropcap2]2[/dropcap2]Always remember Allah – This can be done in various ways. You can remember Allah through your salah, du’a and dhikr. But one of the best ways of constantly remembering Allah is that you remember that you are His full-time slave, and you live in this world only for Him. You are accountable to Him for every single thing you do, and not the slightest of your actions escape Him. He is Al-‘Aleem, the All-Knowing. Right now, whatever you are thinking or saying, He knows it in details and nothing is vague to Him. Hence, realizing the fact that you are always under His supervision helps you be more conscious in your behavior and aids you to leave off the things that He dislikes, aka gain Taqwa.
The fact is, whether you are conscious or not, He is watching you, so it’s wisest that you remember it always!
[dropcap2]3[/dropcap2]Realize the consequences of sins – It’s true that there is a temporary, delusional feeling of pleasure in sinning. However, soon does the pleasure flee and the scar remain. And the scar that forms due to sinning, is something that is so painful that it should be enough to scare us to death of even thinking of sinning the next time. Hence, next time you sin, think about the extreme consequences you may have to face due to it. It can be a severe punishment in the hereafter, nevertheless the punishment that comes in the dunya is way too painful as well.
One of the most painful punishments that a person can face in this dunya due to sinning is the distance from the Lord. Verily, the life of your heart, the peace of mind lies in having a life attached to the One above the Heavens. Through disobedience, distance is created, and through Taqwa closeness is created.
While sinning, do not think how small the sin is, imagine Whom you just defied?
[dropcap2]4[/dropcap2]Learn to recognize shaytan’s plot– Shaytan is never resting. He is constantly trying his best to move you away from the straight path of Islam. Ponder over the ways shaytan strives to take you away from Allah. One of the easiest ways is to use the Heart-Meter. Whenever any act of yours makes you experience a decrease in eemaan, realize that it is something shaytan wants you to do. Hence, practice taqwa and shun that act that has just caused you to move away from your Lord.
Never let your guard down, because Shaytan never rests!
[dropcap2]5[/dropcap2]Combat and control your desires – Learn to be free and liberated. Break the shackles of the slavery of the self and learn to be a slave of Allah. Do not do whatever your desire tells you to do. If you fear that the desire will lead you to something evil, then fear your desire and desire your fear, if that makes sense ?
And as you learn how to enslave your own desires and running them according to what Allah desired you will be of the successful. Because our Rabb has said (meaning of which is) : “And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be successful.” ( Surah Hashr :9)
Evaluate yourself. Would you like to be a slave of such a weak and imperfect creation, leaving the slavery of the One above all creations and your True Master? The decision is ultimately yours.
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.