The Best Provision is Taqwa
All praise is due to Allah and may His choicest salutations continue to descend upon our Master and Leader Muhammad (ﷺ).
“O' You who believe! Be conscious of Allah with all the conscious due to Him and do not allow death to overtake you except in the state of Submission.” (3:102)
This verse contains a twofold directive to Muslims:
1. “Be conscious of Allah (Adopt Taqwa) as is due to Allah" Taqwa simply means the conscious awareness of the ever presence of Allah and the desire to mould your existence in the light of this awareness. This awareness is reflected in the fear of incurring the displeasure of Allah…of staying away from the prohibited and in striving to earn His pleasure. Nabi Sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam has beautifully explained the essence of Taqwa by saying that the: “Reality of Taqwa is that your Lord never sees you where He has forbidden you to be, nor does He fail to find you where He has commanded you to be” Taqwa is a level of Allah consciousness that transforms your character, your values and enables you to stay away from any act that may incur the displeasure of Allah.
Submission to the will of Allah grants man the right to choose a better way of life, to live his life in a moral and upright way. Submission to the will and laws of Allah is the source of mental freedom, emotional tranquillity and social harmony. “And those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in the Torah and the Gospel, bidding them to do what is right and forbidding them what is wrong, making lawful for them the good (things), and forbidding for them the corrupt (things) and relieving them of their burdens, and the fetters that were upon them.." (7:157)
Islam came to unburden man and release him from the enslavement of the self. It enabled mankind to cast off the chains that hindered his growth and permitted him to give proper expression to his humanity and follow the path to moral perfection through submission to Allah.
Taqwa and Submission open the door to a higher form of existence, where joy and sorrow are related to your relationship with Allah. Where your good deeds become a source of satisfying pleasure and your bad deeds become a source of guilt ridden discomfort. It is a stage wherein you begin to love only for the sake of Allah and where you detest and dislike purely for the sake of Allah. It gives you the ability to:
-Praise Allah in moments of happiness
-Seek Allah in moments of confusion
-Trust Allah in moments of difficulty
-Love Allah in moments of solitude
-Beseech Allah in moments of need
Abu Mas'ud (RadhiyAllahu anhu) states that Nabi (ﷺ) used to say, "O Allah, I ask you for guidance, awareness of your presence (Taqwa), chastity and independence." (Muslim)
Abu Dharr (RadhiyAllahu anhu) states that Nabi Sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam said:“I know of a verse which will suffice for people if they cling to it: “He who is conscious of Allah, He will grant him a way out (of every unhappiness) and provide for him in a manner beyond all expectation…” (Ahmed)
Taqwa enables us to draw guidance fromthe Quran:
Allah refers to the Quran as “a guidance for the Muttaqin (people of Taqwa) (2:2)
Although the Qur’an is revealed for all of mankind, only those who have Taqwa are able to derive guidance from it. The Qur'an's blessings are limitless, but what you take from it depends upon your level of Taqwa.
Taqwa grants us foresight and determination:
Allah says:"O you who believe! If you obey Allah and fear Him, He will grant you a Furqan… (3:125) Furqan is the mental ability to distinguish between truth and falsehood and the emotional strength to embrace the
truth and stay away from falsehood.
Taqwa serves as a protection for our offspring:Allah protected a treasure buried under a wall which belonged to two orphans and which was about to be exposed and looted purely because of the piety of their father. “As for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the city. There was beneath it a buried treasure belonging to them. And their father had been a righteous man. So your Rabb desired that they should attain their age of full strength and bring out their treasure as a mercy from your Rabb.” (18:82)
Taqwa opens the doors of prosperity:
"Had only the people of the cities believed and had Taqwa,We would have opened up for them blessings from the heaven and the earth.” (7:96)
Taqwa ensures death on Imaan:
“Surely for the people of Taqwa is a beautiful end." (7:128)
Taqwa is the key to the doors of Jannah:
“Such is the Paradise whichWe shall give as an inheritance to those of Our slaves who had fear (of Allah).” (19:63)
Taqwa provides salvation from the Fire:
“Then We will save the ones who had Taqwa.” (19:72)
Ibn Kathir states: “Whoever fears Allah by carrying out what He commands and abandoning what He forbids, Allah will help him distinguish between truth and falsehood. This knowledge will induce his victory, safety and relief from the difficulties of this world and will also ensure his happiness and forgiveness of his sins on the Day of Judgement.”
“Our Lord! Forgive our sins and erase our bad deeds and take our souls in the company of the righteous”. (3:193)
Source: Jamiyyathul Ulama-South Africa