Al-salaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakaatuh (May Allaah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon you!)
All praise is due to Allaah. We seek His Help and Forgiveness. We also seek refuge with Him from the evils in ourselves and from our misdeeds. Whomsoever Allaah guides, none can misguide and whomsoever Allaah leaves astray, none can guide. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allaah and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger.
Exhortation to Taqwah:
O Muslims, I exhort you to have Taqwah and to fear Allaah as He should be feared. Fear Allaah by obeying His Commands and avoiding His Prohibitions, because He is most worthy to be feared. Fear Allaah to gain the happiness of this life and that of the Hereafter… read more here.
All praise be to Allaah the Lord of the Worlds! The (prosperous) end is for the pious! Peace and blessings be upon Allaah’s Servant and Messenger, the best of all creatures, trustee of the revelation; our master, Imaam, and Prophet; Muhammad ibn `Abdullaah, his family, Companions and those who rightly follow him and those who follow his guidance till the Day of Judgment!
It is for the urgent need of Taqwah and its importance for every individual Muslim and the urgency to hold fast to it, that I found it necessary to write a concise account on this topic, that perhaps Allaah (Exalted be He) would make it a cause of guidance for Muslims. At first, whoever ponders over the relevant reference to Taqwah in the Book of Allaah (the Glorious Qur’aan) and the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) of His Prophet (peace be upon him) knows for sure that it is the main reason behind every good in both life and the Hereafter. O Allaah’s servant! If you review the Book of your Lord (Glorious Qur’aan) from the first chapter to the last one, you will know for sure that Taqwah is the main part of every good and its key and the reason behind every good in this life and the Hereafter. Misfortunes, afflictions, ordeals, and punishments are only caused by negligence of or failing to observe Taqwah and not practicing it as a whole or in part. Taqwah is the cause of happiness, salvation, relief of hardship, dignity, and success in life and the Hereafter. We could refer to many Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses ) from the Book of Allaah to guide us to what has just been mentioned. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says… read more here.
Note: This was published in the magazine of the Islaamic University in Madeenah, the second edition, the ninth year, Dul-Hijjah, 1396 A.H.