What does Taqwa really mean?

Shaykh Uthaymeen:

Taqwa is a word which is derived from the word “Wi’qaa’ya”(Protection). And it (taqwa) is that a person takes protection from the punishment of Allah. And that thing which protects a person from the punishment of Allah is fulfilling His commands and refraining from His prohibitions. For verily this is what will protect from the punishment of Allah

And know that the word Taqwa is sometimes mentioned with the word Birr (righteousness) like saying: Birr and Taqwa, as it is in His statement:  ”..Help you one another in Al-Birr and At-Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety)..” [Maidah:2].

And sometimes it may be mentioned alone. If it is mentioned with Birr then the word Birr would mean fulfilling the commands of Allah and Taqwa would mean leaving off his prohibition. And if it is alone then it would be all encompassing of fulfilling the commands and refraining the prohibitions. And indeed Allah has mentioned in His Book that the Paradise is for the Muttaqeen (those who posses Taqwa). So the people of Taqwa are the people of Paradise – may Allah make us and you from amongst them. Because of that, it is obligatory for the person to fear of Allah with compliance of His commands and seeking His reward and escaping His punishment.

[Shaykh Uthaymeen’s explaination of Riyadh us Saliheen|Chapter of Taqwa pg. 290]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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