The Importance of Taqwaa 🌟
Let’s talk about some of the amazing teachings of Islam as highlighted by the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam). We can’t afford to underestimate the importance of Taqwaa. One of the most important qualities that a person can possess in Islam is Taqwaa, or piety. The Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said that the most noble among us is the one with the most Taqwaa. So, as Muslims, we should always strive to increase our level of piety in every aspect of our lives.
Choosing a Spouse Based on Piety 💕
Even when it comes to marriage, the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) advised that we should choose a spouse based on their piety above all else. He said that a woman is married for her wealth, nobility, beauty, and piety, and we should choose the pious one to be successful. This means that a person’s level of Taqwaa should be a significant factor in choosing a partner.
“A woman is married for four (reasons): her wealth, her nobility, her beauty, and her piety. Choose the pious one and be successful.” – Collected by al-Bukhaaree, vol.7, pp.18-9, no.27
Judging People by Their Actions, Not Just Their Words 👀
Furthermore, Allaah warned against those who use religious language to deceive others. He reminded us to be vigilant and to judge people by their actions, not just their words.
“There is among people in this life, he whose speech will dazzle you. And he will call on Allaah as a witness to what is in his heart; yet, he will be among the most vicious of enemies.” – Soorah al-Baqarah, (2):204
The Importance of Honesty and Integrity 🤝
The Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) emphasized the importance of honesty and integrity in all dealings. He taught that only the believers would enter paradise and corrected his companions who declared a dishonest man as a martyr, highlighting the importance of honesty and integrity in all actions.
On the day of (the battle) of Khaybar, some of the Prophet’s companions came and said, “So and so is a martyr and so and so is a martyr,” but when they came to a man about whom they said, “So and so is a martyr,” Allaah’s messenger declared, “By no means! I have seen him in hell in a cloak which he took (from the spoils) dishonestly.” Allaah’s messenger then said, “Go, Ibn al-Khattaab, and announce among the people three times that only the believers will enter paradise.” – Sahih Muslim (English Trans.) vol.1, p.65, no.209
Humility and Kindness towards Others 🤗
Humility and kindness towards others are also important qualities to possess as a Muslim. The Quraan has taught us to respond to ignorance or negativity with kindness and peace, rather than anger or hostility.
“And when the ignorant (mockingly) address them, they merely say: ‘Peace.’” – Soorah al-Furqaan, (25):63
Avoiding Practices Contrary to Islamic Teachings 🚫
The Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) warned against taking part in practices that are contrary to Islamic teachings, such as fornication, adultery, or consuming intoxicants. He reminded us to always adhere to Islamic teachings and to avoid practices that may lead us astray.
“There will be among my followers those who make allowable (halaal) fornication and adultery, the wearing of silk (for men), taking intoxicants, and musical instruments (ma‘aazif).” – Collected by al-Bukhaaree vol.7, p.345, no.484 [B]
The Significance of Prayer (Salaah) 🧎♂️
“Verily I am Allaah, there is no god besides me, so worship me and establish prayer (Salaah) in order to remember Me.” – Soorah Taahaa, (20):14
In conclusion, the teachings in the Quraan and that of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) serve as a guide to help us understand the importance of Taqwaa and these teachings are for Muslims to follow in all aspects of their lives. By striving towards these teachings, we can perhaps become one of Allaah’s friends and attain success both in this life and in the Hereafter, in sha Allaah.