what is the meaning of taqwa?
October 21, 2008 3:06pm CST
there are three levels of this what is the first meaning do we understand the spender of it all.
21 Oct 08
My understanding of Taqwa is that it has its roots in the Quran and Islam. In simple terms, taqwa is simply the way of righteousness as a means to reach God that He may be pleased. Its applied in the following: 1. Remembering God, or more worship than prescribed is Taqwa. 2. (Women) Simply covering the head is Islam's rule, but to cover the face with the veil is taqwa performed by the woman, who herself feels this is pleasing God (not forced) 3. (Men) Shaving off beards is permitted, but God is pleased with beards on men, which ever shape or form, to have a beard to please God is Taqwa. 4. To have a bath everyday is quite common in the modern world, but to have one to please God is taqwa. So Taqwa generally embraces the steadfastness, way of life, and the pleasure of God, encompassing the act of Righteosness in the sight of God. So your level of knowledge, love and worship for the Almighty is an inevitable factor in this, increasing your abilty to perform Taqwa on a regular basis. I don't necessarily understand your line annjilena : 'there are three levels of this what is the first meaning do we understand the of it all.' Its either broken English, or simply not guiding the essence of the discussion headline question. Please elaborate what you mean or intend.
21 Oct 08
Taqwá (Arabic: ??????? at-taqwá) is the Islamic concept of "God-consciousness" or higher consciousness. Having taqwá allows a person to be constantly aware of both God's all-encompassing knowledge and attributes and a reminder of their relationship and responsibility to God as his creation and servant. The scholars explain that the way to taqwá is through obedience of God, avoiding disobedience, and striving to stay away from doubtful matters. It is awareness of God as one moves through life. The origin of the word taqwá "carefulness, godfearing-ness" is from the Arabic root WQY from the 8th form verb, ittaqá "be wary, godfearing." The traditional understanding is negative: "to stay away from everything forbidden and do all things that are ordered by God." Alternative definitions are sometimes quite positive, such as: "to pursue the Path of God with single-minded, energetic devotion." Literally it means to protect yourself from diverging from the path of God. The Qur'an says, be on your guard against the fire of which men and stones are the fuel; it is prepared for the unbelievers.[Qur'an 2:24] One of the early Companions of the Prophet gave an example of taqwá. If one is walking through a forest where there are many thorns, one walks carefully so as not to get pricked or get one's clothes torn.
21 Oct 08
It's an Arabic noun and it is found in the Quran. In the Islamic a taqwa allows a person to be constantly aware of both God's all-encompassing knowledge and attributes and a reminder of their relationship and responsibility to God as his creation and servant. The scholars explain that the way to taqwá is through obedience of God, avoiding disobedience, and striving to stay away from doubtful matters. It is awareness of God as one moves through life.