thorny path 2Umar ibn Khattab RA once asked Ibn Ka’ab RA the definition of taqwa. In reply Ibn Ka’ab RA asked, “Have you ever had to traverse a thorny path?”  Umar RA replied in the affirmative and  Ka’ab RA continued, “How do you do so?”

Umar RA said that he would carefully walk through after first having collected all loose and flowing clothing in his hands so nothing gets caught in the thorns hence injuring him. Ka’ab RA said, “This is the definition of taqwa, to protect oneself from sin through life’s dangerous journey so that one can successfully complete the journey unscathed by sin.”

This mortal world of ours is a bed of thorns, full of the thorns of sins, therefore, one should live in this world in a way that one does not get entangled in the thorns of sin. The name of this attitude to life is Taqwa

 

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