What is the peak of taqwa?

‘Umar bin ‘Abd al-‘Aziz used to say: “None can reach the state of taqwa until he possesses neither actions nor words that can be exposed to his embarrassment, either in this World or the Hereafter.”

He was also once asked: “When does the worshipper reach the peak of piety?” He replied: “If he puts all the thoughts and desires in his heart on a plate and then wandered around in the market, he should not feel ashamed of anything there.”

[Min Akhlaq as-Salaf'; p. 56]

2 Responses to “What is the peak of taqwa?”

  1. aSalamulikum

    sorry aki i dont understand these statments

    can you elaberate please

    jazakallah

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Basically,
    If you allowed everybody to see what you think about and what your thoughts are about, without feeling fear that there may be some deep, dark, hidden evil/illicit thoughts that people may see, then that is the peak of taqwa
    Because you don’t have these deep, dark, hidden evil/illicit thoughts

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