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February 27, 2012

Who is a good Muslim?

by Simple Muslimah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Read on to find out!

In one sentence: A good Muslim is the one who has taqwa. The word taqwa has many meaning and it cannot be simply translated in English. Some meanings can include piety, God-fearing, and consciousness of God. There are many places in the Holy Quran where Allah SWT has referred to this word. We’ll just look at one aspect of it, Insha’Allah.
All human beings make mistakes; even the best of Muslims in this world are not free from sins. However, what helps a person from avoiding sins is having the fear of Allah in their hearts. For me, knowing that Allah is watching me all the time, He can see all my good deeds and bad deeds, being conscious of the fact that He is well aware of what I’m doing even if I hide in the darkest corner of my home helps me keep away from those things Allah has prohibited for us.

Let’s say for example, you have a bad habit of using foul language and your Dad catches you saying something offensive. So, he tells you to stop it. Now, would you say something offensive while he is around? Of course, not. Similarly, we are commanded to keep away from certain things by the Creator Himself, the All-Seer, All-Aware. That’s why we Muslims try our best to refrain from those forbidden acts that displeases Allah. It is difficult to develop this consciousness of Allah, but it is possible. However, we are, in the end, human beings and very prone to mistakes. So, yes, no one is perfect, and even after having taqwa, we are likely to fall into sins. But, but, but, it’s not as bad as you might be thinking…

Are you thinking that, what’s the point of having taqwa if you’re going to sin, anyway? Why would Allah wants us to have fear of Him all the time? Let’s ponder a bit over the Mercy of Allah. Allah is the Most Merciful and Most Compassionate. In fact, almost all chapters of the Holy Qur’an start with these attributes of Allah – bismillah ir-rahmaan nir-raheem (in the Name of Allah the most Beneficent, the most Merciful). In addition, if you’ve noticed, this article itself started with this line, as well. We’re told to recite these words before undertaking even the simplest things in life, like eating our dinner, drinking water, leaving the house. I even say it before taking an exam!

Allah is the Most Just and He will never be unfair to anyone, not even non-Muslims. So, if I sin, it is my fault. I have the free will to stay away from those things which are prohibited and Allah has promised not to burden anyone more than he/she can bear. Allah forgives our sins a lot, day in and day out. If He were to punish us for every sin, none of us would be able to survive. That’s the Mercy of Allah. Alhamdulillah.

So, without treading away from the topic too much, the point I’m trying to make is that, Allah’s mercy is immense! Having taqwa or being conscious of Allah is actually a very good thing, because it helps keep you away from the forbidden things in Islam, which in turn pleases Allah. If only all Muslims were conscious of Allah more, this world would be a far better place.

May Allah grant us beautiful taqwa.


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