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Forgive

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 20:33

“And that you forgive is closer to the FEAR OF ALLAH.” (s2 : v237)

The clear message is that a person with Taqwa is a person  of akhlaaq (good character). Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said that the weightiest thing on the scales of good deeds on the Day of Judgement is good character. ” 

The person of Taqwa is kind, compassionate and very  tolerant. He does not harbour malice or jealousy and does not give vent to anger. Indeed, he is somebody who can easily forgive and forget. Since he wishes that Allah Ta’ala should forgive him, he forgives the ser-vants of Allah Ta’ala. Taqwa makes him humble since he is for-ever conscious of the greatness of Allah Ta’ala. He is far away from pride and arrogance. In short, the person of Taqwa has a true heart – a heart filled with love and goodness. 

 
   

No Secret

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 20:30

“And FEAR ALLAH, verily He is aware of what is in the hearts.” (s5 : v7)

The illicit intentions …. the evil fantasizing …. the plots and plans to deceive or defraud …. the burning jealousy and the festering malice …. and everything else that is deep down in the heart is no secret to Him. He knows it all. “He knows the deception of the eyes and what the hearts conceal (S40:V19).”  The heart is a priceless, special gift that Allah Ta’ala has granted. He detests that His special gift be filled with such filth. A person of taqwa will therefore have a clean heart…. and he will continue to clean and polish his heart with zikr and isitighfaar.

   

Mind your Voice

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 20:28

“….If you women do FEAR ALLAH, then do not talk in alluring tones.” (s33 : v32)

True Taqwa shuts all the doors that lead to fitna. If a woman talks out of sheer necessity to a non – mahram, Taqwa requires of her to deliberately make her voice unattractive. In numerous tragic instances, the catalyst to to the worst fitna was the voice of some female…. and in many cases the voice of some male “singers”. 

Taqwa demands that one should not talk in alluring tones, as well as not to listen to any voice that incites the slightest degree of evil in one’s heart. Practice on the following rule: When in doubt, leave it out.

   

Clean Deal

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 20:22

“O you who Believe, FEAR ALLAH and forsake what is left of interest if you are indeed Believers.” (s2: v278)

In the above aayah the Believers are addressed, yet Allah Ta’ala says at the end “if you are indeed Believers.” This indicates that, especially in business and monetary dealings, there are those Believers who deal like true Believers. They are honest and true to their word. They pay what-ever is due upon them on time. Such people’s business  is an invitation to Islam and a good example of the sublime teachings of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). May Allah Ta’ala bless them and shower them with immense barakah. 

Then there are those Believers who, most unfortunately and tragically, deal like the dishonest disbelievers. Lying, deceiving, not paying one’s creditors and indulging in haraam business is the order of the day. Business is the object of their life at any cost – at the expense of Deen as well as the honour, wealth and even lives of others. Such people distance others away from Islam for a few coppers. May Allah Ta’ala guide them and bless them with Taqwa. Aameen. 

 
   

Have some Shame

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 19:23

 “And the garments of Taqwa (FEAR OF ALLAH)are better.” (s7 : v26)

Among shaitaan’s first target to break down one’s hayaa (modesty and shame), and consequently one’s Taqwa, is through shameless dressing. In particular, women’s dressing trends are generally getting worse by the day. The garments of Taqwa conceal and do not reveal, whereas the modern shameless trend is to reveal more and conceal less. Every woman should ask herself what  would be the reaction of Hazrath Ayesha (R.A.) or Hazrath Fatima (R.A.) if they had to see what type of garments they own and how they dress???  

Taqwa demands that we sit up and take stock of our manner of dressing. If we do not adopt Taqwa NOW and halt the rot that has already set in, many of tomorrow’s daughters and grand-daughters will be dressing no less shamelessly than the loose women of the west. The parents and grand parents of today will also be answerable for this rot if they do nothing to REVERSE the present slide towards shamelessness.

 
   

Peace Please

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 19:20

“Verily the believers are brothers, so make peace between your brothers, and FEAR ALLAH so that you may be shown mercy.” (s49 : v10)

Human beings are not made of steel and stone. They have emotions and feelings. Also, besides the Ambiyaa (Alaihimus Salaam) nobody is perfect. Thus mistakes do happen. People sometimes do get upset. As a result relationships get strained or even derailed. However, Taqwa dictates that matters be sorted out amicably.

Furthermore, Taqwa requires that those who are close to the parties make every effort to make peace between them, and to fear Allah Ta’ala in the process, for they too will be questioned about their intentions and actions on the day of Qiyaamah.

 
   

Clean Tongue

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 19:13

“O you who believe, FEAR ALLAH and speak that which is straight (correct) (s33 : v70)

Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: Among the things that will throw people most into Jahannum will be the harvest of their tongue.” A Mu’min with Taqwa does not soil his tongue by uttering foul and putrid vulgar words. He also refrains from lying, backbiting, breaking hearts with sarcastic comments, mocking, etc. He keeps his tongue clean… so that he can take the pure name of Allah Ta’ala with a clean tongue.

   

Make, Not Break…

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Thursday, 27 June 2013 19:07

“And FEAR ALLAH in whose name you claim your rights from one another, and beware of (severing) family ties, verily Allah is watchful over you.” (s4 : v1)

Taqwa is not restricted to the musjid or to the month of Ramadhaan. Instead it also extends to social life. A person of Taqwa is therefore always concerned about maintaining family ties. He does his utmost to secure the dua from the Arsh (the throne of Allah Ta’ala) in his favour. Rasulullah (sallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “Kinship (family relationships) is suspended  to the Arsh of Allah Ta’ala. It keeps praying: “May Allah Ta’ala maintain the one who maintains me and may he cut off the one who severs me.” Hence the Taqwa “package” is greatly deficient if family ties are not maintained. The reality of maintaining family ties has been summed up in a concise hadith: “Join ties with the one who cuts off ties with you, forgive the one who has oppressed you and show kindness to the one who has ill-treated you”.

   

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