24 Nov Anchoring ourselves to Taqwa
“Know that not all days are the same… Sometimes you are poor, sometimes you are rich. Sometimes you are honoured, sometimes you are humiliated. Sometimes you experience the happiness of your friends, and sometimes you experience the rejoicing of your enemies.
The happy one is he who sticks to a single principle throughout all of this, and that is to have Taqwa (consciousness of Allah ﷻ).
If he is rich, it will beautify him. If he is poor, it will open for him the doors of patience. If he is in a state of ease, it will complete the blessings he has. If he is in a state of hardship, it will beautify him, and it won’t matter to him if the days go up or down with him: if he is clothed or not, if he is hungry or not, because all of these conditions can disappear
So, Taqwa is the root of safety, a guard that never sleeps. It takes you by the hand in times of chaos, and stays awake at the borders.
Stick to Taqwa at all times, because then you will see tightness as nothing but relaxation and sickness as nothing but relief…”
Ibn al-Jawzi رحمه الله