Taqwa implies a sense of alertness, consciousness and vigilance towards the Pleasure and Mercy of Allah. To be constantly aware of what pleases or displeases Him and to ensure all our efforts are to make Him happy so to gain His maximum Pleasure.
Taqwa means to rush in acting upon the orders of Allah and to suppress any inclinations that would prevent us from completing the tasks in its best form. Unlike human attachment to created things, Taqwa goes a step further than the love for a beloved or the admiration of a role model. To be hyper-vigilant in the presence of a beloved or a revered person may be commendable, but the essence of this endearment is measured if the level of alertness is same in their absence. Allah is not physically present and visible to our eyes: He is Haadhir (present) but Gha’ib (unseen).
What makes Taqwa so challenging and rewarding is the idea of expressing this level of alertness and attentiveness to Allah in His ‘absence’, when He is not visible to us.
Taqwa is not only in our manners. Taqwa is not just about looking Islamic like sporting a beard or wearing a Hijab. Taqwa is not appearance.
What is Taqwa then?
Taqwa can be seen from the uneasy feelings you have for an entire day for missing a single prayer. Taqwa is the guilt that follows when you hurt someone knowingly or unknowingly. It is the shame and regret that follows a sin you did knowing fully well about it’s stance in the sight of Allah. Taqwa is to cry in the depths of night fearing none other than the creator of the heaven and earth and all that in between.
Taqwa is the fear that holds us back from sinning even when we are alone and no human is looking. It is the guts and the will to please Allah, even when the whole world is hell bent on displeasing Him. Taqwa is to wear that beard and Hijab for the sole reason of pleasing Our Creator. Taqwa is to stay happy and smiling even after knowing this world is a prison for believers.
Taqwa is the struggle to better yourself according to Islam with each passing day.
It is not just about rising in deen, it is more about falling but again rising up and never letting go.
Taqwa Is About What Lies In the Heart
And if this heart is filled with proper Taqwa, then actions automatically follow and the sweetness of these actions is so much better.
As the Holy Qur’an says:
“He (Allah) is with you wherever you are.” (57:4)
He is neither absent, nor is He missing. It is rather our consciousness and our awareness – our Taqwa towards Him that is absent and missing. He is with us along every step of the way, but we are aloof of Him at every moment. Only if we tuned in to Him, became conscious of Him, and awakened our souls to Him can we experience His manifestations with our own souls.
When we are sincere in all we do only for Allah’s sake and not seeking fame or recognition from the mankind but the creator alone, then we are on the right track.
May Allah grant us Taqwa.