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The Value of Religious Life

The value of prayer.

One who gives up performing the prescribed prayers because of work obligations and the struggle for livelihood is like a soldier who abandons their training when they’re in the trench; just when you need it the most; they would prefer to beg for food at the market vs. tackle difficulty.

A sign that we were created for worship is most evident in our weakness. We cannot even compete with a small bird.

A sign that our worship is weak is how we seek validation through created things. This is akin to watching sand fall through the cracks of your fingers. Perhaps the reason why our Islam today resembles so little of what it ought to be, of what it could be, is because our criterion is everything other than Islam.

We worry about Donald Trump, but in truth, how long will Donald Trump live? He’s already 70 years old? How long will he be in power? 4 years? 8 years? And yet we’ve been seeing for decade after decade, failure amongst the Muslims. Tyrant after tyrant propped up to terrorize us. And we flee and run…

فَفِرّوا إِلَى اللَّهِ ۖ إِنّي لَكُم مِنهُ نَذيرٌ مُبينٌ

وَلا تَجعَلوا مَعَ اللَّهِ إِلٰهًا آخَرَ ۖ إِنّي لَكُم مِنهُ نَذيرٌ مُبينٌ

“So rush to Allah for safety! I’m a clear warner from Him to you. Do not set up another god together with Allah. Truly I bring you a clear warning from Him.” Qur’an 51: 50

{ففروا إِلَى الله} أمر بالرجوع إليه بالتوبة والطاعة وفي اللفظ تحذير وترهيب

Ibn Juzayy says concerning “So rush to Allah for safety!”,

“it is a command to return to Him via repentance and obedience including through utterances of vigilance and fear.” al-Tashil fi ‘Ulum al-Tanzil

وَمِن حَيثُ خَرَجتَ فَوَلِّ وَجهَكَ شَطرَ المَسجِدِ الحَرامِ

ۚ وَحَيثُ ما كُنتُم فَوَلّوا وُجوهَكُم شَطرَهُ لِئَلّا يَكونَ لِلنّاسِ عَلَيكُم حُجَّةٌ إِلَّا الَّذينَ ظَلَموا مِنهُم

فَلا تَخشَوهُم وَاخشَوني وَلِأُتِمَّ نِعمَتي عَلَيكُم وَلَعَلَّكُم تَهتَدونَ

كَما أَرسَلنا فيكُم رَسولًا مِنكُم يَتلو عَلَيكُم آياتِنا

وَيُزَكّيكُم وَيُعَلِّمُكُمُ الكِتابَ وَالحِكمَةَ

وَيُعَلِّمُكُم ما لَم تَكونوا تَعلَمونَ

فَاذكُروني أَذكُركُم وَاشكُروا لي وَلا تَكفُرونِ

يا أَيُّهَا الَّذينَ آمَنُوا استَعينوا بِالصَّبرِ وَالصَّلاةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَ الصّابِرينَ

Wherever you come from, turn your face to the Masjid al-Haram. Wherever you are, turn your faces towards it so that people will have no argument against you – except for those among them who do wrong and then you should not fear them but rather fear Me – and so that I may complete My blessing upon you so that hopefully you will be guided. [150] For this We sent a Messenger to you from among you to recite Our Signs to you and purify you and teach you the Book and Wisdom and teach you things you did not know before. [151] Remember MeI will remember you. Give thanks to Me and do not be ungrateful. [152] You who have iman! seek help in steadfastness and salat. Allah is with the steadfast.” Qur’an, 2: 150-152

The Text In Context

Ibn Juzayy’s Fifteen Merits of Piety (Taqwa)

The following audio is from our regular monthly program, The Text In Context. This Friday we discussed Ibn Juzayy al-Kalbi’s Fifteen Merits of Piety (Taqwa) from his work, al-Tas’hil l’Ulum al-Tanzil (Making Easy The Knowledge of Revelation), as was alluded to in the Friday Khutbah. See the khutbah for more extensive notes.


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Ibn Juzayy’s fifteen merits of piety (taqwa):

  1. Guidance.
  2. Assistance.
  3. Guardianship.
  4. Love.
  5. Pardoning.
  6. Relief from anxiety (lit. “an exit from grief”).
  7. Provision supplied from where one does not expect it.
  8. Easing of affairs.
  9. Forgiveness of sins.
  10. Magnification of reward.
  11. Acceptance of good deeds.
  12. Prosperity.
  13. Good news.
  14. Entering Paradise.
  15. Salvation from The Fire.

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