Monday, September 28, 2009

Attaining taqwa


O son, to have taqwa is our aim, but what is taqwa? A wise man said, "There are five fortresses one has to cross before attaining taqwa (obedience or fear of Allah):

1. Accepting hardship instead of blessings

2. Accepting labor instead of comfort

3. Accepting obedience to self-pride

4. Accepting silence to useless talks and

5. Accepting death to life."

Source: Al-Munabbihat (The Counsel) by Imam al-Hafiz al-Muhaddith Ibn Hajar al-Asqalani (773 - 852 AH), a great scholar from Egypt.

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