Ten Benefits of Adopting Taqwa
April 1, 2015
Ten benefits of adopting Taqwa from selected verses of the Noble Quran.
Sayyiduna Ali رضي الله عنه said, “Taqwa comprises of:
- The fear of Allah
- Acting upon the Quran
- Being satisfied with less
- Preparing for the day of departure i.e death.”
Imam Ghazali رحمه الله said: Know that Taqwa is a great treasure. You will find precious gems, valuable assets, immense profit and great wealth if you hold onto it. It is almost as if all the good in this world and the next have been gathered in this quality of Taqwa. Ponder over the verses of the Qur’an and see for yourself how much good (Khayr) has been associated to it, the amount of reward promised for it and how much good-fortune is attached to it.
I will now mention ten benefits of Taqwa:
1. Praise and commendation
وَإِن تَصْبِرُواْ وَتَتَّقُواْ فَإِنَّ ذلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الاٍّمُورِ
“If you are patient and adopt Taqwa (piety and fortitude) then surely these (qualities) are from the most resolute of matters.” (Aal-Imran: 186)
2. Protection from the schemes of the enemy
وَإِن تَصْبِرُواْ وَتَتَّقُواْ لاَ يَضُرُّكُمْ كَيْدُهُمْ شَيْئاً
“If you excercise Sabr and adopt Taqwa, their schemes cannot affect you in the least.” (Aal-Imran: 120)
3. Divine help and assistance
إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ اتَّقَواْ وَّالَّذِينَ هُم مُّحْسِنُونَ
“Undoubtedly Allah is with those who adopt Taqwa and with those who adopt the path of (virtue) good. (Allah shall assist them against all their enemies).” (An-Nahl: 128)
4. Rectification of deeds and forgiveness of sins
يأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ اتَّقُواْ اللَّهَ وَقُولُواْ قَوْلاً سَدِيداً. يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَـلَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ
“O you who have Imaan! Fear Allah and speak what is right. (If you do this) Allah will correct (accept) your (good) deeds and forgive your sins.” (Al-Ahzaab: 70/71)
5. Allah’s divine love
إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَّقِينَ
“Verily Allah loves those who adopt Taqwa.” (At-Tawba: 4)
6. Acceptance in the court of Allah Ta’ala
إِنَّمَا يَتَقَبَّلُ اللَّهُ مِنَ الْمُتَّقِينَ
“Allah accepts only from those of Taqwa.” (Al-Maa’idah: 27)
7. Respect and honour
إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عَندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَـكُمْ
“Verily, the most honoured of you in Allah’s sight is the one with the most Taqwa (piety, purity, righteousness).” (Al-Hujuraat: 13)
8. Glad tidings at the time of death
الَّذِينَ ءامَنُواْ وَكَانُواْ يَتَّقُونَ. لَهُمُ الْبُشْرَى فِي الْحَيوةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِى الاٌّخِرَةِ
“(The friends of Allah are) Those who have Imaan and adopt Taqwa (they do what Allah Ta’ala commands and refrain from what He prohibits).
For them shall be good news (tidings) in the life of this world (the good news at the time of death that they will be taken to Jannah) and in the Aakhirah (when they wil enter Jannah).” (Yunus: 63/64)
9. Salvation from the Hell-Fire
وَإِن مِّنكُمْ إِلاَّ وَارِدُهَا كَانَ عَلَى رَبِّكَ حَتْماً مَّقْضِيّاً. ثُمَّ نُنَجِّى الَّذِينَ اتَّقَواْ وَّنَذَرُ الظَّـلِمِينَ فِيهَا جِثِيّاً
“Every one of you shall pass by it (everyone shall pass over Jahannam as they cross the bridge of Siraat that spans Jahannam) This is the decreed command (proclaimed decree) of your Rabb. (Every person will have to pass over the bridge of Siraat. Those headed for Jannah will pass over it speedily and enter Jannah while the others will fall off and land in Jahannam).
Then we shall rescue (save) those with Taqwa and we will leave the oppressors in it (Jahannam) on their knees.” (Maryam: 71/72)
10. Eternal heavenly abode
وَسَارِعُواْ إِلَى مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَـوَتُ وَالاٌّرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ
“Hasten to the forgiveness (acts and codes of morality) of your Rabb (by fulfilling His commands) and to that Jannah which has the castness of the heavens and the earth (to give us humans an idea of the size). It (Jannah) has been prepared for those with Taqwa.
(Although Jannah is much larger than the heavens and earth that we know, the comparison is merely to give us an idea of its enormous size).” (Aal-Imraan: 133)
Translation of the verses of the Qur’an along with the commentary have been taken from Qur’an Made Easy by Mufti Afzal Hussain Elyas. Available for purchase here.
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