Taqwa is to fulfill the rights of Allāh and the rights of man
Taqwa (piety) is not performing Tahajjud each night and praying nafl (optional) salāh each day.
It is not fasting every day or observing the sunnah fasts each week or month. It is not even found in giving away thousands of dollars in charity or spending most of the time in the masājid.
Taqwa is to fulfill the rights of Allāh and the rights of man! [Huqūqul Allāh wal huqūqul ‘ibād.]
This is what Taqwa really is!
Many people think that simply fulfilling the rights of Allāh and exerting oneself in voluntary ibādah is taqwa, and in doing so, neglect the rights that their spouses, children, parents, and others have over them.
We have to spend time with them, give them gifts now and again, take care of them when they are sick, clothe and feed them according to our means, teach them about this way of life, and much more!
On the flip side, it would be incorrect to fulfill the rights of those around us to the extent that we become negligent of the rights of Allah. We can’t neglect our obligatory salāh and fasts, nor should we do unlawful things in an effort to make our family happy.
Alhamdulillāh, Islam is such a moderate religion. It is neither extreme that it becomes difficult on the believer, nor is it too lenient that the believer forgets his/ her real objective in life.
May Allāh grant us understanding of the real essence of Taqwa and grant us the tawfīq to fulfill His rights as well as those of others around us. Amīn!
~ Umm Daania ♥
Posted on February 9, 2015, in Purification of the Soul / Manners / Character / Etiquette and tagged advice. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.