Posts Tagged ‘taqwa’

Turn in your Weapons

Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar. It’s the beginning of a new start where we pray to Allah to forgive our sins from the past year, and to also make this following year immersed in His remembrance and filled with Taqwa.

Muharram also is an important month rich with lessons about the sacrifice of the grandson of the Prophet, Imam Hussein (as). Every year, many people come together to commemorate these nights to take lessons of where they can apply them to their daily lives. Below is one story that was mentioned in one of the books narrating the story of Karbala which contained a lesson for me:

The day before the war in Karbala began, Umar-ibn-said sent a messenger with a letter of request for Imam Hussein to make allegiance to Yazid.  The messenger arrived close to the Imam’s tent and was faced with a guard. They haven’t mentioned in history who the guard of the tent was, but it was usually the Imam’s brother, Hadrateh Abbas.

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11 2011


Where do we lie on the taqwa meter?

Or do we even care? Are we simply surrounding ourselves with excuses to justify our actions instead of finding the truth behind what we do? Do we care about coming closer to Allah, or do we just enjoy sitting on the fence?

It’s interesting to see how much we are really getting out of the Friday khutbas and speeches we attend at our local masajid. Or maybe we just like the social aspect of it all.

The Holy Qur’an states that on the Day of Judgment a man and woman will be judged on the Day of Judgment based on their level of taqwa, or God-consciousness.

Taqwa does not really mean “fear of Allah,” as some popular definitions state. Instead it means being aware of God and all His Attributes. It means being aware that God is All-Knowing, All-Seeing.

The bottom line is it means having an awareness of God’s power and respecting that power.

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01 2011

Travelers of this World: Spiritual and Physical

يَا أَيُّهَا الْإِنسَانُ إِنَّكَ كَادِحٌ  إِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ كَدْحًا فَمُلَاقِيهِ

O man! surely you must strive (to attain) to your Lord, a hard striving until you meet Him. (Quran 84:6)

There are two types of traveling in this world: the spiritual and material. The material travel would be defined as the physical transportation of a person from one location to the next, similar to when one takes a vacation. The spiritual travel is the traveling of a person’s soul, and as a consequence, the spiritual growth they attain throughout their life.

1. Destination: For any type of traveling, there needs to be a starting and ending location. When a person goes on a vacation, they leave their hometown for another place. In the spiritual journey, one is traveling from Allah and returning back to Him: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return” (Quran 2:156).

2. Items: In both trips you need to go prepared- so you pack and take your necessities with you. In a physical journey, this entails taking some basic things such as clothing and food. In the spiritual journey, one only takes their actions. As Imam Ali (as) states: What a long way this is and how little are my provisions.

3.  Perishable items: When a person is taking a road trip, they usually don’t take perishable items, such as meat. They know it will rot. In the spiritual journey be careful not to take someone along who will destroy your soul and leave it diseased.

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10 2010