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Monday, May 17, 2004  

The Meaning of Taqwa Imam al-Ghazali has said, "Taqwa in the Qur'an has three meanings. First is fear and a sense of awe. The second includes obedience and worship. Third is freeing the heart from sins, which is the reality and essence of taqwa." In summary, taqwa is to guard oneself against the anger of God and His punishment by fulfilling His commandments and abstaining from what He has made prohibited. The reality of taqwa is that your Lord never sees you where He has forbidden you to be, nor does He miss you where He has commanded you to be. May peace be upon you. _________________________________________________________________________________________ 'Taqwa, when sincere, leads to excellence in obedience. Excellence was defined by the Prophet upon whom be blessings and peace as "to worship God as if you see Him, for if you see Him not, He sees you." God wishes to see His servants engaged in doing what pleases Him and avoiding what displeases Him. God is entirely aware of His servants' states, both inwardly and outwardly, but His gaze falls upon them according to these states: it can be a gaze of mercy and solicitude, or one of displeasure leading to punishment.' -Imam 'Abdallah Ibn 'Alawi al-Haddad, Two Treatises of Imam al-Haddad [The Treatise of Mutual Reminding Among Loving Brothers, People of Goodness and Religion]

posted by Abubak'r | 5/17/2004 04:34:00 AM |
As for him who fears to stand before his Lord and restrains the ego its desires, the Garden is shelter.
(The Snatchers:40)
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "The Fire is surrounded by all kinds of desires and passions, while Paradise is surrounded by all kinds of disliked, undesirable things."
Whoever does good at night is rewarded during the day and whoever does good during the day is rewarded at night. Whoever is sincere in abandoning a desire is saved from catering to it. God is too noble to punish a heart that has abandoned a desire for His sake.
(Abu Sulayman ad-Darani)
Beware of your ego, and trust not its mischief;
The ego is worse than seventy devils.
(Arabic Poem)
Abu Bakar Balkhi
Md Mubaraq
Md Firdaus

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