When I decided to re-start my blog, the first word that came to mind was ”Taqwa.” This word repeatedly played in my mind like a song and, like the contractions you feel signifying that a baby is ready to be born, I felt the persistent push to write about it, Masha’Allah, and Alhamdulillah.
Wikipedia.com defines Taqwa (تقوى ) as ”an Islamic term for being conscious and aware of God, and the truth. Those who practice Taqwa are believers who avoid Shirk with Allah and work in His obedience.” Shirk means “negligence of a responsibility.”
Allah has bestowed upon us the grace to serve Him and be blessed by His love and guidance. Having Taqwa means putting Allah first in all you do. Taqwa is being obedient to His words and doing what’s right no matter how wrongly the world perceives your actions and intentions. It’s intentionally abstaining from all deeds that anger Allah (S.W.T) and being constantly conscious of His presence and sovereignty.
We are human and imperfect, but the ultimate reward comes from striving to be better and living life according to the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The Holy Quran says in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:21): ”O humanity! Worship your Lord, Who created you and those before you, so that you may become righteous.”
May Allah (S.W.T) grant us the grace to continue to be obedient servants to Him, in this Dunya and the Ākhirah, Ameen.