It is incontrovertible that nobody gains the pleasure of Allah except the pious and the righteous. That is the reason why piety forms the foundational act of a sincere muslim. As such, it caught my fancy to state without equivocation that, the type of piety some muslims exhibited in the month of Ramadan was vague, pretentious, sham and exaggerated. Perhaps because they considered the month so sacred that they had to halt their pseudo actions, and forcefully enrolled themselves in the school of piety. Should God consciousness be restricted to the month of Ramadan alone?, should the “Angelic behavious” we exhibited end in Ramadan?, obviously not.
We learn to retain the teachings and the “Angelic behaviours” after Ramadan. It was said that our epigones–Salaf used to continue all the righteous deeds in Ramadan for six months, and prepare for the next Ramadan with righteous deeds for another six months. May Allah be pleased with them, Aamin.
As such, piety is said to mean being conscious about Allah, being conscious about His punishment and anger. In other words, it is means veiling and protecting oneself from the punishment of Allah and seeking His noble face with righteous deeds. Therefore, the pious are the believers in Islamic monotheism who fear Allah much, abstain from all kinds of sins and evils deeds which He has forbidden and love Allah much, perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained.
Piety is the driving force towards being a successful muslim Allah, that is the reason why the prophet used to start his admonition before his companions by saying:”… I admonish you all and my soul first with being pious about Allah…”. This shows that the life of a Muslim is built on piety.
Allah says: “O you who believe!, Fear Allah (by doing all that He has ordered and by abstaining from all that He has forbidden) as He should feared, (Obey Him, be thankful to Him, and remember Him always) and die not except in a state of Islam (as Muslims with complete submission to Allah) Q.3:102. This is the command from our Lord, the creator of the universe.
In furtherance to these, Alli bn Abi Talib identified four principles as the cardinals of piety, which are:
- Total reliance on Allah
- Be contented with little things that Allah has provided
- Preparation for the inevitable journey
- Complete and absolute believe in the Quran.
Putting these principles into consideration, then a muslim sees piety beyond the month of Ramadan and build his relationship with Allah and society within the purview of piety.
May Allah grant us piety and count us among the Al-Muttaqun on the last Day, Aamin.
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