What exactly is Taqwa?

My dad enjoys sending me broadcast messages on WhatsApp and as much they can be very long, I take my time to read them. Yesterday he sent me this particular one about Taqwa and I thought why not share with you guys. So here you go:

“*What’s Taqwa?*

*Taqwa* is not only in our manners..
*Taqwa* is not just about looking islamic…
*Taqwa* is not about sporting a beard or wearing a Hijab…
*Taqwa* is not appearance


*Taqwa* is when you miss a single prayer, you feel uneasy the whole day…
*Taqwa* is when you speak a lie , your instinct feels bad..
*Taqwa* is the guilt that follows when u hurt someone knowingly or unknowingly.
*Taqwa* is the shame and regret that follows a sin you did knowing fully well about it’s stand in the sight of Allah,
*Taqwa* is when you cannot sleep the whole night after disobeying or disrespecting your parents
*Taqwa* is to cry in the depths of night fearing none but the one above the Arsh.

*Taqwa* is the fear that refrains us from sinning even when we are alone and nobody is looking…
*Taqwa* is the guts and the will to please Allah, even when the whole world is hell bent on displeasing Him…
*Taqwa* is to wear that beard and Hijab for the sole reason of pleasing Our Creator and to keep it as per sunnah….
*Taqwa* is to stay happy and smiling even after knowing this world is a prison for believers…
*Taqwa* is the good manners and character that loving and fearing Allah brings in us…
*Taqwa* is the struggle to better yourself according to Islam with each passing day…
*Taqwa* is not only about rising in deen, it is more about falling but again rising up and never letting go…

_And if this heart is filled with proper *Taqwa*, then actions automatically follow…_
_And the sweetness of these actions is so much better..”

All I can remember is me saying Subhanallah repeatedly after reading that….May Allah swt grant us Taqwa, Amin.

Please feel free to share with others as well. May Allah bless the one who is behind this. Amin.

Barakallahu Feekum.

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Barakah is that amazing sister next door striving to please Allah by being of service to the world in the best ways possible, she is a book lover and a Tea Addict.

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