Taqwa Is the Cause for Every Good By Abdul-Azeez Bin Baaz
Because of the intense need for taqwaa and its immense significance, and the fact that every one of us—every Muslim—is in desperate need of taqwaa and istiqaamah (uprightness) upon that, I decided to write this brief essay. May Allah benefit the Muslims with it.
I say, whoever contemplates the frequent references to taqwaa in the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (Peace be upon him) will realize that taqwaa is the cause for every good in the worldly life (Dunya) as well as the Hereafter. So oh servant of Allah, whenever you recite the Book of your Rabb from its beginning to its end, you find that taqwaa is the head, the key, and the cause of every good in the Dunya and Hereafter. On the other hand, you suffer difficulties, trials, tests, and punishments because of carelessness or a violation of taqwaa, and neglecting or discarding a portion of it.
Taqwaa is the cause of happiness, hope, and alleviation of anxiety, as well as the strength and help in the Dunya and Hereafter. The following verses will illustrate these points:
“And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way out for him, and He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine.” [Soorah at-Talaq 65:2-3]
Some of the salaf said: “This verse is the most comprehensive verse in the Book of Allah,” or they said, “It is among the most comprehensive of verses in the Book of Allah.” It has such status because all goodness in this world and the next springs from it. Allah has made for those who fear Him an escape from the difficulties of the Dunya as well as the Hereafter. And mankind is in severe, intense, dire need of safety from the afflictions of the Dunya and the Hereafter—especially those to be experienced on the Day of Judgment. So those who fear Allah in this abode—Allah will relieve them from the troubles of the Day of Resurrection, and they will obtain happiness on this heavy and mighty day.
Whoever suffers any distress should fear Allah in all affairs until attaining solace and facility. Hence, taqwaa is the door to alleviation from the plight of hardships, the sorrows of poverty, the grief of oppression, the anxieties of sin and transgression, as well as the torment of shirk and disbelief.