Taqwa, in Islam, is a means of getting closer to Allah (swt) spiritually. It strengthens a Muslim’s belief and enables him to become a better human being and an even better follower of the Islamic faith. Taqwa is consciousness of Allah. It is the outcome of the love and passion an individual has for their religion, Islam, and for their prophet Muhammad (saw) and Allah (swt).
Fasting is one of the best ways to attain Taqwa. There are many hadith attesting to this connection. The Holy Qur’an itself is very specific about the connection between the two as the following verse below.
“O You who believe! Fasting is prescribed upon you as it was prescribed on those before you so that you may attain Taqwa” Quran – [2:183]
Apart from fasting, religious sermons serve as an ingenious way to create and revitalise Taqwa within a Muslim. Muslim Aid has proudly hosted and taken part in such events, providing Muslim brothers and sisters with the opportunity to revitalise their Taqwa.
Just last year during Ramadan, Muslim Aid hosted renowned speaker Shaykh Hasan Ali in London, who delivered a motivational speech on Taqwa to all those in attendance. The event was titled “Oh You Who Believe, Believe” and was a great success among the local Muslim community. Being Ramadan, the number of attendees was in the thousands and the feedback we got from the event was very encouraging. It was quite obvious that the community really appreciated the guidance, the motivation and the message. The event held at Waterlily Banqueting in London which has previously hosted similar programmes on different occasions. Some of the key points discussed were interesting facts about Ramadan, the art of fasting and how it relates to Taqwa within a Muslim. Furthermore, how Taqwa can keep a man on the righteous path forever.
Ramadan and Taqwa
Since fasting is one of the biggest revitalisers of Taqwa, it goes hand in hand with Ramadan. However, it must be said that all Muslims possess Taqwa to differing degrees. Ramadan is a particularly good time to revive and increase your Taqwa. These activities include fasting as we already mentioned above, the beginning and breaking of fast, praying Taraweeh, and reciting the Holy Qur’an. Religious sermons are common practice during this month. They are meant to encourage Muslims to reflect upon their lives and responsibilities.
Muslim Aid will be active in Ramadan activities as it was last year. Be sure to check out our website for the latest information on our many relief, aid and development campaigns. We will also post updates to the Muslim Aid blog on any upcoming events along with their details. With Ramadan arriving, such events and gatherings will be highly sought after and even appreciated not just in London but in other UK cities as well.