Tuesday, April 29, 2014

{Notes & Audio} The Virtues Of Taqwa

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم









scholars give various definitions, one of the best is the Hanbali (RA) definition from Ibn Kathir (RH).

Taqwa by its root waqa means to protect and to safeguard.

It is translated by its root word to “piety”, that is the literal meaning.

The definition is:  To place between yourself and the wrath of Allah (SWT) a barrier by doing all the fard and by abstaining from all the haram.

You protect yourself by doing the fard and abstaining from the haram.

Taqwa is to worship Allah
(SWT) with Love, fear and hope.

Those three things

A man asked Abu Huraira (RA) what Taqwah is

Abu Huraira (RA) said if he had ever walked on a road with thorns.

On the authority of Suhail bin Abi Saleh from his father: ‘A man once asked Abu Hurayrah (RA), ‘What is al taqwa?” He replied, “Have you ever taken a path filled with thorns?” The man replied, “I have.” Abu Hurayrah asked him, “What did you do?” He replied, “When I saw a thorn I would dodge it or pass over it or behind it.” Abu Hurayrah said, “That is al-taqwa.”’

[Al-Zuhd al-Kabir al-Bayhaqi (p350-351) No. 963]

Taqwa protects you from the web of Satan.

Taqwa is the legacy of all the prophets.


1) Taqwa was the legacy of all the Prophets

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Baqarah verse 136 & 133

Say (O Muslims), "We believe in Allah and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Ibrahim (Abraham), Isma'il (Ishmael), Ishaque (Isaac), Ya'qub (Jacob), and to Al-Asbat [the twelve sons of Ya'qub (Jacob)], and that which has been given to Musa (Moses) and 'Iesa (Jesus), and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islam)."

(Al-Baqarah 2:136)

Or were you witnesses when death approached Ya'qub (Jacob)? When he said unto his sons, "What will you worship after me?" They said, "We shall worship your Ilah (God - Allah), the Ilah (God) of your fathers, Ibrahim (Abraham), Isma'il (Ishmael), Ishaque (Isaac), One Ilah (God), and to Him we submit (in Islam)."

(Al-Baqarah 2:133)

And Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Imran verse 67

Ibrahim (Abraham) was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a true Muslim Hanifa (Islamic Monotheism - to worship none but Allah Alone) and he was not of Al-Mushrikun (See V.2:105).

(Al Imran 3:67)

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah An Naml verse 16

And Sulaiman (Solomon) inherited (the knowledge of) Dawud (David). He said: "O mankind! We have been taught the language of birds, and on us have been bestowed all things. This, verily, is an evident grace (from Allah)."

(An-Naml 27:16)

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Maryam verse 5 to 6 and 30 to 34

"And Verily! I fear my relatives after me, since my wife is barren. So give me from Yourself an heir, "Who shall inherit me, and inherit (also) the posterity of Ya'qub (Jacob) (inheritance of the religious knowledge and Prophet hood, not the wealth, etc.). And make him, my Lord, one with whom You are Well-pleased!".

(Maryam 19:5-6)

"He ['Iesa (Jesus)] said: Verily! I am a slave of Allah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet;" "And He has made me blessed wheresoever I be, and has enjoined on me Salat (prayer), and Zakat, as long as I live." "And dutiful to my mother, and made me not arrogant, unblest. "And Salam (peace) be upon me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!" Such is 'Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary). (it is) a statement of truth, about which they doubt (or dispute).

(Maryam 19:30-34)

"All in the heavens and earth and the fish in the depth of the water seek forgiveness for the scholar, and the superiority of the scholar over the worshipper is like the superiority of the full moon at night over the rest of the stars. Verily the scholars are the heirs to the Prophets. Verily, the Prophets did not bequeath deenars or dirhams.  All they left behind was knowledge, so whoever takes it, has indeed acquired a huge fortune."

[Musnad Ahmad (5/196) No. 21763; Also related by Abu Dawud (2/341) No. 3641; at-Tirmidhi (5/48) No. 2682; Ibn Majah (1/150) No. 223, ad-Daarimee (1/110) No. 342 and ibn Hibbaan (1/289) No. 88]

2) With taqwa Allah blesses you with guidance

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Baqarah verse 1 to 2

Alif-Lam-Mim. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur'an and none but Allah (Alone) knows their meanings]. This is the Book (the Qur'an), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqun [the pious and righteous persons who fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)].

(Al-Baqarah 2:1-2)

This is guidance for the people of taqwa

the people of taqwa are the people of piety and probity

3) With Taqwa you gain closeness to Allah (SWT)

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah An Nahl verse 128

Truly, Allah is with those who fear Him (keep their duty unto Him), and those who are Muhsinun (good-doers, - see the footnote of V.9:120).

(An-Nahl 16:128)

4) Allah gives walaa to the people of taqwa

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Jathiyah verse 19

Verily, they can avail you nothing against Allah (if He wants to punish you). Verily, the Zalimun (polytheists, wrong-doers, etc.) are Auliya' (protectors, helpers, etc.) to one another, but Allah is the Wali (Helper, Protector, etc.) of the Muttaqun (pious - see V.2:2).

(Al-Jathiyah 45:19)

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Baqarah verse 257

Allah is the Wali (Protector or Guardian) of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness into light. But as for those who disbelieve, their Auliya (supporters and helpers) are Taghut [false deities and false leaders, etc.], they bring them out from light into darkness. Those are the dwellers of the Fire, and they will abide therein forever.

(Al-Baqarah 2:257)

5) Allah loves the pious

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah At Tawbah verse 4

Surely Allah loves Al- Mattaqun (the pious - see V.2:2).

(At-Tawbah 9:4)

With taqwa you gain Allah's love

When Allah (SWT) loves you he tells the angel Gabriel and the angels love you hadith


The Prophet (saw) said: “When Allah loves a servant, He calls Gabriel and says, ‘Verily I love so and so; you should also love him’, and Gabriel begins to love him. Then he(Gabriel) makes an announcement in the heaven saying, ‘Allah loves so and so, you should also love him’, and then the inhabitants of the heavens (the angels) also begin to love him and then there conferred honour upon him in the earth; and whenever Allah dislikes a servant of His, HE calls Gabriel and says, ‘I dislike so and so you should also dislike him’, and then Gabriel also dislikes him and then makes an announcement amongst the inhabitants of heaven, ‘Verily ALLAH dislike so and so, so you should dislike him’, and thus they also dislike him. Then he becomes the object of wrath of the earth also”. 

(Sahih Muslim (English translation) Vol. 4 pg1385 No.6373)

6) Taqwa gives you the furqaan (The Criteria)

Allah said in the Qur'an surah Al Anfal verse 29

O you who believe! If you obey and fear Allah, He will grant you Furqan a criterion [(to judge between right and wrong), or (Makhraj, i.e. making a way for you to get out from every difficulty)], and will expiate for you your sins, and forgive you, and Allah is the Owner of the Great Bounty.

(Al-Anfal 8:29)

The ability to distinguish the good from the bad

7) Allah (SWT) provides for you a breakthrough

To get out of every difficulty

Allah (SWT) provides for you sustenance from a source you could never imagine

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah At Talaq verse 2 to 4

Then when they are about to fulfil their term appointed, either take them back in a good manner or part with them in a good manner. And take for witness two just persons from among you (Muslims). And establish the witness for Allah. And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty).

(At-Talaq 65:2)

And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And those of your women as have passed the age of monthly courses, for them the 'Iddah (prescribed period), if you have doubts (about their periods), is three months, and for those who have no courses [(i.e. they are still immature) their 'Iddah (prescribed period) is three months likewise, except in case of death]. And for and whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make his matter easy for him.

(At-Talaq 65:3-4)

Surah Talaq covers point 7 and 8

8) With Taqwah your affairs become easy

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Talaq verse 5

That is the Command of Allah, which He has sent down to you, and whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will remit his sins from him, and will enlarge his reward.

(At-Talaq 65:5)

9) Because of Taqwa Allah (SWT) forgives the sins of the muttaqeen

You might say how can a person who has taqwa commit sin?-what kind of a question is that?

Some sahabas sinned

Some drank alcohol.

That is the question of the khawarij.

A very pious sahabah was caught between the legs of a woman.

They couldn't convict him because lack of evidence.

This happened when Umar (RA) was caliph.

Umar (RA) had to threw the case out.

When Umar (RA) threw the case out he flogged the ones who gave the lack of evidence.

- They contradicted themselves of how they found the sahabah

- So Umar (RA) had to throw the case out

10) Only with taqwa you pious deeds are accepted

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Maida verse 27

"Verily, Allah accepts only from those who are Al-Muttaqun (the pious - see V.2:2)."

(Al-Ma'idah 5:27)

A woman like mother Teresa will come on judgment day looking for her pious deeds to be piled up

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Az Zumar verse 65

And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad SAW), as it was to those (Allah's Messengers) before you: "If you join others in worship with Allah, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers."

(Az-Zumar 39:65)

All her charity will not help her.

The prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) was told if he committed shirk his deeds would be nullified

So what of mother Teresa?

12) Taqwa brings prosperity and success

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Baqarah verse 189

and fear Allah that you may be successful. (Al-Baqarah 2:189)

When Yusuf (RA) was in the house of Zulayka, he was given half the beauty of mankind, she couldn't resist him and called to him.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Yusuf verse 23

And she, in whose house he was, sought to seduce him (to do an evil act), she closed the doors and said: "Come on, O you." He said: "I seek refuge in Allah (or Allah forbid)! Truly, he (your husband) is my master! He made my stay agreeable! (So I will never betray him). Verily, the Zalimun (wrong and evil-doers) will never be successful."

(Yusuf 12:23)

A womaniser never is successful, he dies a pauper.

The man who is loyal to his wife is successful.

No woman will go to bed for free, you have to maintain them.

hadith: sometimes a man suffers poverty because of his sins.

It was narrated from Thawban that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "Nothing increases one's life span except righteousness and nothing repels the Divine decree except supplication, and a man may be deprived of provision by a sin that he commits."'

[Sunan Ibn Majah (5/152) No. 4022, Musnad Ahmad (5/277) No. 22440, Mustadrak al-Haakim (1/670) No. 1814, Sahih Ibn Hibban (3/153) No. 872, al-Sunan al-Kubra al-Nasa'i (10/380) No. 11775]

13) Taqwa gives you happiness in this life and the next

People without Taqwa live their lives on Prozac.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Yunus verse 63 to 64

Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism), and used to fear Allah much (by abstaining from evil deeds and sins and by doing righteous deeds). For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present world (i.e. righteous dream seen by the person himself or shown to others), and in the Hereafter. No change can there be in the Words of Allah, this is indeed the supreme success.

(Yunus 10: 63-64)

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al A’raf verse 35

O Children of Adam! If there come to you Messengers from amongst you, reciting to you, My Verses, then whosoever becomes pious and righteous, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.

(Al-A'raf 7:35)

When you have taqwa you will have no fear nor grieve

When you have no taqwa you suffer fear and you grieve

People with taqwa do not need anti-depressant tablets

14) Taqwa protects you from falling from grace

It is from the root word waqa which means to protect

Aisha (RAA) said that Zainab was protected by her taqwa

Zainab (RAA) did not slander her

Zainab (RAA) did not gang up with the hypocrites on Aisha (RAA)

Aisha further said: Allah's Apostle also asked Zainab bint Jaysh about my case. He said, "O Zainab! What have you seen?" She replied, "O Allah's Apostle! I protect my hearing and my sight (by refraining from telling lies). I know nothing but good (about Aisha)." Of all the wives of Allah's Apostle, it was Zainab who aspired to receive from him the same favor as I used to receive, yet, Allah saved her (from telling lies) because of her piety. But her sister, Hamna, kept on fighting on her behalf so she was destroyed as were those who invented and spread the slander.

[Sahih Bukhari, Vol 6, Book 60, Hadith #274]

A woman of today would never protect her co wife.

They would slander her co wife.

She was protected by her taqwa.

Her sister was lashed for slander.

This is brought up to show the sisters living in darul harb how they should be.

They need to study the mothers of the believers.

With taqwa you are saved from disgrace.

15) When you have taqwa Allah (SWT) will give you knowledge

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Baqarah verse 282

So be afraid of Allah; and Allah teaches you. 

(Al-Baqarah 2:282)

When Allah (SWT) wants good for you He gives you understanding of the Deen hadith:

Narrated Muawiya: I heard the Prophet (SAW) saying, "If Allah wants to do good to a person, He makes him comprehend the religion. I am just a distributor, but the grant is from Allah. (And remember) that this nation (true Muslims) will keep on following Allah's teachings strictly and they will not be harmed by any one going on a different path till Allah's order (Day of Judgment) is established."

[Al-Bukhari (71) and Muslim (1037)]

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “Two characteristics cannot combine in a hypocrite: good character and an understanding of religion.”

[Sunan Tirmidhi (5/49) No. 2684, al-Thiqat Ibn Hibban (8/227) No. 13149, al-Mu’jam al-Awsat al-Tabarani (8/75) No. 8010, al-Madkhal ila al-Sunan al-Kubra al-Bayhaqi (pg. 256) No. 357]

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “Two characteristics cannot combine in a hypocrite: good character and an understanding of religion.”

[Sunan Tirmidhi (5/49) No. 2684, al-Thiqat Ibn Hibban (8/227) No. 13149, al-Mu’jam al-Awsat al-Tabarani (8/75) No. 8010, al-Madkhal ila al-Sunan al-Kubra al-Bayhaqi (pg. 256) No. 357]

16) With taqwa Allah prefers you over others.

The evidence is in Qur’an surah Al Hujurat verse: 49:13.

O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with Allah is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e. one of the Muttaqun (pious - see V.2:2). Verily, Allah is All-Knowing, All-Aware.

(Al-Hujurat 49:13)

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al A’raf verse 12

(Allah) said: "What prevented you (O Iblis) that you did not prostrate, when I commanded you?" Iblis said: "I am better than him (Adam), You created me from fire, and him You created from clay."

(Al-A'raf 7:12)

Allah (SWT) does not prefer you because you're white, black, Arab, male, or female.

It is your taqwa that Allah (SWT) loves.

Saeed al-Jurairi narrated Abi Naddra told me of a sermon he heard from the Messenger of Allah (SAW) in middle during the Days of Tashreeq said: “O people, your Lord is One and your father [i.e., Adam] is one. There is no superiority of the Arab over the non-Arab, or of the non-Arab over the Arab, or of the red over the black, or of the black over the red – except with regard to taqwa...”

[Musnad Ahmad (5/411) No. 23536]

In the dunya, people divide you into white/black and arab / non-arab.

That is the plot of the shaytaan and he loves it.

That is because he is your open enemy.

Pigmentocracy means the lighter your skin the better you are.

Allah does not go by pigmentocracy, He only judges by taqwa.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Baqarah verse 212

Beautified is the life of this world for those who disbelieve, and they mock at those who believe. But those who obey Allah's Orders and keep away from what He has forbidden, will be above them on the Day of Resurrection. And Allah gives (of His Bounty, Blessings, Favours, Honours, etc. on the Day of Resurrection) to whom He wills without limit.

(Al-Baqarah 2:212)

Taqwa is your light in the Day of Judgement.

The hypocrite will want to be close to you to share your light.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Qiyamah verse 12 to 13

Unto your Lord (Alone) will be the place of rest that Day. On that Day man will be informed of what he sent forward (of his evil or good deeds), and what he left behind (of his good or evil traditions).

(Al-Qiyamah 75:12-13)

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Hadid verse 12 to 13

in the Day you shall see the believing men and the believing women their light running forward before them and by their right hands. Glad tidings for you this Day! Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever! Truly, this is the great success! On the Day when the hypocrites men and women will say to the believers: "Wait for us! Let us get something from your light!" It will be said: "Go back to your rear! Then seek a light!" So a wall will be put up between them, with a gate therein. Inside it will be mercy, and outside it will be torment."

(Al-Hadid 57:12-13)

17) Taqwa will preserve your friendship on the Day of Judgement.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Az Zukhruf verse 67

Friends on that Day will be foes one to another except Al-Muttaqun (pious - see V.2:2).

(Az-Zukhruf 43:67)

You will blame each other because of the haram things you did in dunya.

It is called the blame game.

So Allah (SWT) says friends will become enemies except the people of taqwa.

18) Taqwa will save you from the hellfire on Judgement Day.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Maryam verse 71 to 72

There is not one of you but will pass over it (Hell); this is with your Lord; a Decree which must be accomplished. Then We shall save those who use to fear Allah and were dutiful to Him. And We shall leave the Zalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers, etc.) therein (humbled) to their knees (in Hell).

(Maryam 19:71-72)

Taqwa will save you from falling into the hellfire.


In other words, how do I become pious?

There are 10 avenues to the road to taqwa.

1) To keep up your prayers.

Abu Huraira RadiyAllahu `anhu narrates that once the Prophet Sallallahu `alaihi wasallam asked his companions, 'Do you think that dirt can remain on a person bathing 5 times a day in a brook running in front of his door?' 'No', replied the companions, 'No dirt can remain on his body.' The Prophet Sallallahu `alaihi wasallam remarked: 'So, exactly similar is the effect of salat offered 5 times a day. With the Grace of Allah, it washes away all the sins'.

{Bukhari, Muslim}

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Ankabut verse 45

Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahsha' (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.) and Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed, etc.) and the remembering (praising, etc.) of (you by) Allah (in front of the angels) is greater indeed [than your remembering (praising, etc.) Allah in prayers, etc.]. And Allah knows what you do.

(Al-'Ankabut 29:45)

2) To do dhirk abundantly.

The shaytaan knows when you're doing dhirk so he leaves you alone because you're too much work for him.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Az Zukhruf verse 36

And whosoever turns away (blinds himself) from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (Allah) (i.e. this Qur'an and worship of Allah), We appoint for him Shaitan (Satan ­ devil) to be a Qarin (an intimate companion) to him.

(Az-Zukhruf 43:36)

If you don't do dhirk, they shaytaan becomes your intimate friends and you will hear voices and go on Prozac.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Ra’d verse 28

Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.

(Ra'd 13:28)

A person who doesn't do dhirk looks much older than his age.

3) Keep company with the real Muslims.

Keep away from the hypocrites.

Many want to be popular but it is better to have real friends than many hypocrites.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah At Tawbah verse 119

O you who believe! Be afraid of Allah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds).

(At-Tawbah 9:119)

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah An Nisa verse 69

And whoso obeys Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad SAW), then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah has bestowed His Grace, of the Prophets, the Siddiqun (those followers of the Prophets who were first and foremost to believe in them, like Abu Bakr As­Siddiq), the martyrs, and the righteous. And how excellent these companions are!

(An-Nisa 4:69)

Allah (SWT) doesn't trust you in choosing your friends (you might have a snake for a friend), so Allah (SWT) instructs you who you should have as a friend.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah An Nisa 140

And it has already been revealed to you in the Book (this Qur'an) that when you hear the Verses of Allah being denied and mocked at, then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk other than that; (but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them. Surely, Allah will collect the hypocrites and disbelievers all together in Hell,

(An-Nisa 4:140)

You cannot sit in a gathering where people are mocking the Quran and Sunnah.

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “A man is on the religion of his friend, so let each of you observe whom he be friends.”

[Sunan Tirmidhi (4/589) No. 2378, Sunan Abu Dawud (4/259) No.4833, Musnad Ahmad (2/334) No. 8398]

4) Attend the masjid of the pious and shun the masjid ad-dhirar.

Masjid ad dhirar is a masjid constructed by the hypocrites to spread mischief amongst the ummah.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah At Tawbah verse 107

And as for those who put up a mosque by way of harming and disbelief, and to disunite the believers, and as an outpost for those who warred against Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad SAW) a foretime, they will indeed swear that their intention is nothing but good. Allah bears witness that they are certainly liars.

(At-Tawbah 9:107)

Masjid ad dhirar is in every city.

It is a masjid set up to spread kufr.

You need to attend a masjid where the khutbah makes you cry and increase your emaan.

If you cry, it means you are a good Muslim.

Ibn Abbas (RA) reported that he heard Allah’s Messenger (SAW) say, ‘(There are) two eyes that the Fire will never touch, the eye that wept from fear of Allah and the eye that stood guard in the night in Allah’s path.”

[Sunan Tirmidhi (4/175) No. 1639 and Shu'ab al-Eman al-Bayhaqi (3/227) No. 1639]

Aisha narrated the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "Those who give respect to a bid'ati (innovator in Religion) surely will be counted as a helper of destroying Islam."

[al-Tabarani in 'al-Mu’jam al-Awsat' (7/35) No. 6772 and al-Bayhaqi in 'Shu'ab al-Emaan' (12/57) No. 9018]

5) Establish an Islamic library at home with Islamic books and CDs.

Some of you have been brought up with Hollywood / Bollywood movies that has cursing and sexual scenes.

6) Keep company with sincere ulamas.

If a scholar doesn't talk about al walaa wal baraa than they have a problem.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Kahf verse 66 to 69

Musa (Moses) said to him (Khidr) "May I follow you so that you teach me something of that knowledge (guidance and true path) which you have been taught (by Allah)?" He (Khidr) said: "Verily! You will not be able to have patience with me! "And how can you have patience about a thing which you know not?"Musa (Moses) said: "If Allah will, you will find me patient, and I will not disobey you in aught."

(Al-Kahf 18:66-69)

Musa (AS) travelled very far to meet up with Khidr (AS) because he wanted to be amongst good solid knowledge.

That will increase you in taqwa to gain good sound knowledge.

7) Attend a weekly study circle.

Attend a weekly study circle and learn the correct Aqeedah and Tawheed.

Abu Huraira (RA) reported that Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, “The world, with all that it contains, is accursed except for dhikr (the remembrance of Allah) that which pleases Allah; and the religious scholars and seekers of knowledge.'' [Sunan Tirmidhi (4/561) 2322 and Sunan Ibn Majah (5/231) 4112, (Abu Eesa al-Tirmidhi said: this hadeeth is hasan ghareeb)]

8) Fast regularly.

Fasting is a shield; [Sunan Tirmidhi (5/11) No. 2616, Sunan Ibn Majah (5/116) No. 3973, Musnad Ahmad (5/231) No. 22069]\

9) Marry a pious person.

Some you know you are weak in Islam yet you still want to marry a weak person in Islam.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah At Taghabun verse 14

O you who believe! Verily, among your wives and your children there are enemies for you (i.e. may stop you from the obedience of Allah), therefore beware of them! But if you pardon (them) and overlook, and forgive (their faults), then verily, Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

(At-Taghabun 64:14)

A woman is married for four (reasons): her wealth, noble ancestry, beauty and religion. Choose the religious woman lest your hand is stuck to dust (because of destitution)."

[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

10) Join the caravan of jihaad.

Go for jihad because it will increase you in emaan.

The mujahideen are the elite of the Muslims.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah Al Imran verse 173

Those (i.e. believers) unto whom the people (hypocrites) said, "Verily, the people (pagans) have gathered against you (a great army), therefore, fear them." But it (only) increased them in Faith, and they said: "Allah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of affairs (for us)."

(Aali Imran 3:173)

They are the most pious so being with the pious will only increase you in emaan.

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah At Tawbah verse 19

Do you consider the providing of drinking water to the pilgrims and the maintenance of Al-Masjid-al-Haram (at Makkah) as equal to the worth of those who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah? They are not equal before Allah. And Allah guides not those people who are the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers).

(At-Tawbah 9:19)

Allah (SWT) said in the Qur’an surah An Nisa 95

Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward;

(An-Nisa 4:95)

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: One who died but did not fight in the way of Allah nor did he express any desire (or determination) for Jihad died the death of a hypocrite.

[Sahih Muslim, Book 20, Hadith 4696}


"We have come back from the minor jihad to the major one" someone asked: "What is the major Jihad O Messenger of Allah?" he replied: "Jihad of the nafs,"

(This report, collected by Bayhaqi is fabricated as mentioned in Mannaar as-Subl of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah)