Definition of Taqwa

Abu Hurayrah reports that the Prophet said:
“Al-taqwa is here,” and he pointed to his chest three times.

(Sahih Muslim 2564)

The Successor Talq b. Habib  رحمة الل said upon being asked about taqwa,

“That you perform the obedience of Allah upon a light from Allah, hoping for the reward of Allah. And you abandon disobedience of Allah upon a light from Allah, fearing the punishment of Allah.”

(Talq b. Habib  رحمة الل)

Ibn al-Qayyim رحمة الل all commented on this saying: “This is the best that has been said concerning the definition of taqwa for indeed every action must have a beginning cause to it and an objective.

An action can never be considered to be obedience, and a cause to draw one closer to Allah until its point of commencement and cause are unadulterated faith, not habit, not base desires, not the wish for praise and position, nor other such things.

Its objective must be the reward that lies with Allah and His good pleasure, this being the definition of ihtisab (the patience of those seeking the reward from Allah).

Source: Timeless Seeds of Advice by B.B. Abdulla


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