What is the Meaning of Taqwa or Abstinence in Islam

Allah ????? says in Qur’an in context of abstinence :

“That great dignified book (????),no room for doubt, it has advice for the devout (????)” [Al Qur’an 2:1]

Devout (????)  is one who adopts abstinence (????).

So what is abstinence or godliness?

Abstinence has a lot of meanings in Islam.

* Abstinence means to warrant the bodily desire (???) from worldly fear.

* In Sheriah, to give up the prohibited things & warranting bodily desire from committing sins.

* Hazrat Ibn-e-Abbas ??? ???? ???? ??? said that devout is one who abstains from polytheism (???), committing blunders & nasty acts.

* For some, abstinence is to give up persistence over sins & pride on might.

* Some said, devout is one who does not consider himself better than others.

* Some believe that, abstinence is to give up the forbidden practices (???? ???) & to perform incumbents (????).

* Some said, abstinence is that, your Lord may not find you, where he has forbidden to go.

* For some, abstinence means the obedience of Muhammad ?? ???? ???? ???? & Sahabas ??? ???? ???? ???.

These all meanings & definitions have aptness & having nothing in contrast to Sheriah.

Taqwa in Islam


Abstinence has various levels.

* Abstinence for commoners is to become a believer & give up polytheism.

* Abstinence for believer (????) is to follow the path of Devouts & giving up everything that takes him away from the rememberence of Allah ?????.

Hazrat Mutrajjam Qadas Sarah said that  abstinence is of 7 types.

1. Warranting from polytheism.
2. Aloofing from ignorant sects.
3. Warranting from blunders(???? ?????).
4. Warranting from sins (???? ?????).
5. To wafture (??????) from doubts.
6. Warranting from lust
7. To warrant from attraction of others.

Any mistake on my part may please be forgiven.


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