Quranic Concepts #1 – What Is Taqwa

Tom Facchine


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The word Taqwa comes from Lapa waka, which is a barrier. Sometimes it's really important to leave whereas untranslated, especially if they're familiar to Muslims, because when we translate them we lose things. Okay, so we have this word or this concept tequila, and we can translate it as piety and righteousness. Maybe caution might get at something important that's not there in piety and righteousness because law Kaya is from which tuck was derived has to do with putting a barrier, a boundary up, right. So a lot of uses this word in the Koran walk off is that he, he removes them from the punishment of the fire or he or we say cleaner, right? We use the imperative we ask Allah

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to remove us or to obstruct us from the fire. And what's the relationship between that and Taqwa okay? It has to do with putting a barrier between yourself and what displeases Allah, right, which which communicates some sorts of ideas of caution, that aren't necessarily there in the word piety or righteousness, because it's exactly as the Prophet alayhi salatu salam said when he talked about, it's as if somebody is trying to, you know, the Hadith says that the holiday is clear, and the Haram is clear. And between the two are doubtful matters, and that whoever avoids the doubtful matters, then they've saved their reputation and their Deen. And he gives the example of a shepherd who's

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grazing his flock around the king's courtyard or the king's, like reserve grassland. And he said, you know, if you're going to graze your flock right on the border, it's only a matter of time when they're going to cross the line and cross the boundary and they're going to stumble in and eat from the king's reserve. And so Taqwa is a lot like that. It's about placing a barrier between yourself and that reserve. If you imagine that that reserve as the prophet is that's that is his Muharram, that the things that he's prohibited, the things that are inviolable, then, it's not enough to just live on the border, right? It's not enough to just toe the line. Right? If you are cautious if your

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reverence and if you are aware, and all of these are used, sometimes as translations for tequila, then you're not even going to leave it to chance, right? You're going to put that buffer zone, you're going to leave yourself some extra space, you're going to create a barrier, an artificial barrier of your own doing, which is really significant because no one's forcing you to exercise that caution. You are committing yourself to exercising that caution yourself. You love us so much. You care so much about what a lot of things that you're going to erect for yourself a barrier or a buffer zone. That's going to ensure that you don't fall into hung up. That's Topo