Analysis of piety

From the morals and manners of the Salaf was that they would strictly analyze their piety (taqwa) never claiming to be a possessor of such. Allaah the Most High said.“Therefore do not declare yourselves as being purified. He knows best who has taqwa.”¹

The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) said, Taqwa is here and He (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) pointed to his chest.²

‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azeez (rahimahullaah) used to say, “None can reach the station of taqwa until he possesses neither action nor words that can be exposed to his embarrassment either in this world of the Hereafter.” He was once asked, “When does the worshiper reach the peak of taqwa?” He replied, “If he puts all his thoughts and desires in his heart on a plate and then wandered around in the market, he should not feel ashamed of anything there.” He would frequently say, “The sign of a muttaqi (pious person) is to bridle oneself from speaking just like one in ihraam bridles himself from speaking. The muttaqi needs to be a scholar (‘aalim) of the Sharee’ah, all of it, otherwise he leaves taqwa without realizing.

Abu Darda (radiallaahu`anhu) said, “From the completion of taqwa is that slaves fears from his Lord even with regards to things the weight of an atom.”

Abu Hurairah (radiallaahu `anhu) was asked about taqwa. He said, “It is a road full of thorns. One who walks it needs to have extreme patience.”

Sufyaan ath-Thawri (rahimahullaah) said, “We met a people who loved it when it was said to them- Fear Allaah the Most High. Today you find that people only become annoyed at this.

A person asked Fudhayl ibn ‘Iyaad (rahimahullaah), “Which country would you like me to live in?” Fudhayl replied, “There is no connection between you and any nation. The best country for you is the country which helps you to acquire taqwa.”

O brother! search your soul. Have you feared Allaah as our Salaf feared? Or you have fallen short of that. Seek the forgiveness of Allaah as praise is to Him the Lords of the worlds.


[Transcribed from: Characteristics of the Salaf,  Pages 75-76]
¹ Sooratun Najm 53:32
² Narrated by Muslim (16/120) in al-Birr, and at-Tirmidhi (8/115) in al-Birr and Ahmad (2/277)

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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