Importance of Taqwa in Islam

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Taqwa is an important concept in Islam which means to fear Allah. A person with taqwa refrains from committing sins as he fears Allah. We can understand the importance of taqwa in Islam by going through the Quranic verses and hadith that discuss taqwa. Moreover, there are many benefits of taqwa which further tell us about its significance. For every Muslim, it is very important to have taqwa.

What is taqwa in Islam?

Before knowing the importance of taqwa in Islam, it is essential to know what is taqwa in Islam actually. Taqwa is an Islamic term which means piety and fear of Allah. It also means consciousness. Usually, people take taqwa as fearing Allah (SWT). Piety is also referred to taqwa as it means righteousness that can be attained by obeying Allah and avoiding to commit any sin. Taqwa is a way to obtain felicity in life and build a bond with Allah.

Importance of taqwa in Islam:

There is great importance of taqwa in the religion of Islam as it stops Muslims from committing sins and the bond of man with his Creator becomes strong. Moreover, taqwa makes a person fearless as he/she only fears from Allah and no one else. This not only makes him/her to face the toughest things with courage but also nourishes the imaan of the Muslim. Furthermore, both in Quran and Hadith, there is a mention of taqwa and by going through the following translations of the Quranic verses and ahadith about taqwa, we can know its significance.

Significance of taqwa in the light of Quran:

Following are the translations of the Quranic verses in which there is a mention of taqwa, thus, showing its importance in Islam;

  1. “O you who have believed, if you fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion and will remove from you your misdeeds and forgive you. And Allah is the possessor of great bounty.” (Quran, 8:29)
  2. “Then We will save those who feared Allah and leave the wrongdoers within it, on their knees.” (Quran, 19:72)
  3. “And if only the people of the cities had believed and feared Allah, We would have opened upon them blessings from the heaven and the earth; but they denied [the messengers], so We seized them for what they were earning.” (Quran, 7:96)
  4. “And recite to them the story of Adam’s two sons, in truth, when they both offered a sacrifice [to Allah ], and it was accepted from one of them but was not accepted from the other. Said [the latter], “I will surely kill you.” Said [the former], “Indeed, Allah only accepts from the righteous [who fear Him].” (Quran, 5:27)
  5. “And when they have [nearly] fulfilled their term, either retain them according to acceptable terms or part with them according to acceptable terms. And bring to witness two just men from among you and establish the testimony for [the acceptance of] Allah . That is instructed to whoever should believe in Allah and the Last day. And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out.” (Quran, 65:2)
  6. “And those who no longer expect menstruation among your women – if you doubt, then their period is three months, and [also for] those who have not menstruated. And for those who are pregnant, their term is until they give birth. And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him of his matter ease.” (Quran, 65:4)
  7. “And to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And We have instructed those who were given the Scripture before you and yourselves to fear Allah . But if you disbelieve – then to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. And ever is Allah Free of need and Praiseworthy.” (Quran, 4:131)
  8. “But yes, whoever fulfils his commitment and fears Allah – then indeed, Allah loves those who fear Him.” (Quran, 3:76)
  9. “O you who have believed, when you converse privately, do not converse about sin and aggression and disobedience to the Messenger but converse about righteousness and piety. And fear Allah, to whom you will be gathered.” (Quran, 58:9)
  10. “O you who have believed, fear Allah and be with those who are true.” (Quran, 9:119)

From the above mentioned translations of the verses of Quran, we can clearly understand the importance of taqwa in Islam. Moreover, these Quranic verses also show that there are great benefits of taqwa which further tells us about the significance of taqwa. Also, the above mentioned translation of Quranic verse tells us that Allah loves those who fear Him which further shows that how much important it is to fear Allah.

Importance of taqwa in the light of Hadith:

Following are the ahadith in there is a mention of taqwa which shows us its significance in Islam;

  1. Holy Prophet (SAWW) said, “Fear Allah because it is the collection of all goodness.”
  2. Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Messenger of Allah (SAWW) was asked about that for which people are admitted into Heaven the most, so he said: “Taqwa of Allah, and good character.” And he was asked about that for which people are admitted into the Fire the most, and he said: “The mouth and the private parts.” (Tirmidhi)
  3. Sulaim bin Amir narrated: “I heard Abu Umamah saying: I heard the Messenger of Allah (SAWW) giving a Khutbah during the Farewell Hajj, and he said: ‘Have Taqwa of your Lord, and pray your five (prayers), and fast your month, and pay the Zakat on your wealth, and obey those who are in charge of you, you will enter the Paradise of your Lord.’” (Tirmidhi)

The above mentioned ahadith clearly tell us about the significance of taqwa in Islam. One of these ahadith state that the people having taqwa of Allah and good character will be admitted into the Paradise the most. Thus, taqwa can lead us to enter the Jannah which shows not only the importance but benefit of taqwa as well. Fearing Allah can lead us towards success both in this life and the Hereafter.

Thus, Islam attaches great importance to taqwa as it makes us to do good deeds and avoid committing the sins. It is the fear of Allah that keeps us on the right path. Moreover, due to taqwa, we also become good Muslims and perform all our duties rightly. Thus, there is immense significance of taqwa in Islam and being Muslims, we must know about it and should fear Allah always.

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