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madeenahsh
08-19-2005, 10:39 PM
Fruits of Taqwa
by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Sâlih al-'Uthaymîn
(d. 1421 AH / n/a CE)



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All praise belongs to Allâh, Lord of the Worlds. Peace and Blessings of Allâh be upon Muhammad , his family, his Companions and all those who follow him till the Last Day.

O believers !

Indeed the advice which Allâh has given to His servants from the time of آdam up until now, has been to have Taqwâ (fear) of Him, Glorified and Exalted be He.

The Mighty the Majestic says,

“And we have instructed those who were given the scripture before you and yourselves to have Taqwâ (fear) of Allâh. But if you disbelieve then to Allâh belongs whatever is in the Heavens and whatever is on the Earth. And ever is Allâh free of need and praiseworthy." [1]


It is also the advice of the Messenger of Allâh (sallAllâhu alaihe wa-sallam) to his nation:

Abî Umâmah Suddî ibn ‘Ujlân al-Bâhilî reports: I heard the Messenger of Allâh (sallAllâhu alaihe wa-sallam) giving a sermon in the farewell Hajj, saying, “Fear your Lord, pray your five prayers, fast the month of Ramadân, pay your Zakâh, and obey your leaders, in doing so, you will enter your Lord‘s Paradise.”[2]

Whenever the Messenger of Allâh (sallAllâhu alaihe wa-sallam) sent a leader of a raiding party on a military expedition, he would advise him, to have a deep rooted Taqwâ (fear) of Allâh and he would also advise the rest of his military party likewise.

The Pious Predecessors (salaf) did not stop giving mutual advice for having Taqwâ (fear) of Allâh in their sermons, their letters and their testaments after the Messenger of Allâh (sallAllâhu alaihe wa-sallam) passed away.

‘Umar ibn al-Khattâb wrote to his son ‘Abdullâh:

“To proceed: Verily I advise you to have Taqwâ (fear) of Allâh the Mighty and Majestic, for whoever fears Him, Allâh will protect him, and whoever gives a loan to Him, Allâh will reward him, and whoever thanks Him, Allâh will increase him.”


Alî gave advice to a man, and he said:

“I advise you to have Taqwâ (fear) of Allâh the Mighty, the Majestic. There is no escape in meeting Him and there is no other to meet you except Him when you reach the Hereafter, for verily Allâh owns this world and the Hereafter.”


One of the righteous, wrote to his believing brother:

“I advise you with Taqwâ (fear) of Allâh who knows your secrets and sees your open actions, so remember Allâh at every time of the night and day, and fear Allâh according to His nearness, and the power He has over you. And know that He always sees you. And do not leave His Rule for another rule, nor His Dominion, for another dominion, So glorify Him, by fearing Him immensely.”


The meaning of Taqwâ is that the servant puts between himself and that which he fears, a guard that will protect him. [3]

The meaning of Taqwâ regarding Allâh’s servants is “That the servant puts between him and that which he fears, i.e. gaining the anger and the wrath of his Lord, a guard which will protect him.” By obeying Him and abstaining from disobeying Him.

My noble brother, here are some sayings of our Pious Predecessors, in explaining the meaning of Taqwâ (fear) of Allâh:

Ibn Abbâs said: “The ones who fear Allâh, they are the ones who are wary of Allâh and His Punishments.”

The Tâbi’î (successor) Talq ibn Habî b said: “If an ordeal appears amongst you extinguish it with Taqwâ.” When asked what is Taqwâ, he replied, “Taqwâ (piety) is that you act in obedience to Allâh, and hope in His mercy, upon a light from Him; and Taqwâ is leaving acts of disobedience to Allâh out of fear of Him, upon a light from Him." [4]

Ibn Mas’ûd said:

“Speaking about the statement of Allâh: "O you who believe, have Taqwâ (fear) of Allâh, as you should have of Him and do not die except as Muslims.” [5] .. is that Allâh is meant to be obeyed, and not disobeyed; remembered at all times, and not forgotten; and to be thanked, and we are not to be ungrateful to Him.”


So strive O my noble brother, in fearing Allâh, the Mighty and Majestic, for He is entitled to be feared, revered and glorified in your heart.



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[1] Sûrah an-Nisâ' (4): 131. Al-Hâfidh Ibn Kathî r said that “Allâh instructed you just as He instructed others before you to fear Him and no one else.” Tafsî r Qur'ân al-‘Adhî m (1/504).

[2] Reported by Sunan at-Tirmidhi, Hadîth no.73

[3] Ibn Rajab - rahimahullâh - said: “The essence of Taqwâ is to make a shield (which guards) against Allâh’s anger and punishment. That shield is to obey His commandments and abstain from His prohibitions...” (Jâmi’ul-’Ulûm wal Hikâm: 190/191).

[4] Talq ibn Habî b was a famous Tâbi’î . He was known for his knowledge, piety and his recitation of the Qur’ân. Related by Ibn Abî Shaybah in Kitâbul-خ mân (No.99) and it was declared Sahî h by Shakyh al-Albânî .

[5] Sûrah al-Imran (3): 102
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Juneda
08-20-2005, 10:51 AM
:sl: insha Allah(swt) hope u r all in gud health and iman :sister:
masha allah thank u 4 dis :)
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