"No one must ever let power or social, economic, or political interest turn him or her away from other human beings, from the attention they deserve and the respect they are entitled to. Nothing must ever lead to a person to compromise this principle or faith in favor of a political strategy aimed at saving or protecting a community from some peril. The freely offered, sincere heart of a poor, powerless individual is worth a thousand times more in the sight of God than the assiduously courted, self-interested heart of a rich one."
— Tariq Ramadan, Ph.D. (طارق رمضان)
A word that is coming very often in surat al Hujurat is “Taqwa”. In traditional translations, Taqwa is fearing God, or piety through fearing God. In others, it is about being mindful and yet it is deeper than that.The Prophet (sws) said “at-taqwa ha-huna/taqwa is here” pointing to his chest, which means that in the journey of life, the best provision is Taqwa. The end of verse 13 says “inna akramakum ‘inda Allahi atqakum/In God’s eyes, the most honoured of you are the ones most mindful of Him”. Therefore it isn’t fear, it is something that has to do with reverence, love, and fear out of love and love out of this fear. It is more than mindfulness, it is a loving reverence towards Allah (swt). Mindfulness is from the mind, Taqwa is the heart. It is the heart when your mind is open to God’s presence. It is about being mindful with your heart.It is very difficult to get this. You have in the first verse “wattaqullah”—meaning, be aware, be mindful, get this loving reverence towards Him because if you love Him, you don’t act a certain way with Him. Love is essential in this equation because Allah is the Rahman. Rahma is a love that comes from very deep in your being. It is, for instance, why many psychologists have said that there is something which is specific between the mother and the child; it’s coming from within. Al Rahman is something which is coming from this. What He is expecting us to get is that Taqwa is about remembering Him not with our mind, but something that is as deep as you get from Him.You’re not going to change your behaviour if you don’t get this from the very beginning. What “wattaqullah” means is to get this relationship, this adab, which is coming from your heart, from your mind, and from yourself. This is a process, and it is going to come. The more you behave, the more you look at yourself, the more you control, the more you master, the deeper this is going to be in your heart. Through this behaviour you will get an understanding of what Taqwa is.—Tariq Ramadan
Tariq Ramadan (March 7, Lecture @ Ghent)
Someone asked how it came that despite the fact our Ummah’s falling apart (f.e. Egypt, Syria,..) As much as it affects us emotionally, no one’s really doing something about it.
I love how short en powerful his answers are.