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From the morals and manners of the Salaf was that they would strictly analyze their piety (taqwa) never claiming to be a possessor of such. Allaah the Most High has said, {So do not claim yourselves to be pure; He is most knowing of who fears Him.} [An-Najm 53:32]

{ ...فَلَا تُزَكُّوا أَنفُسَكُمْ ۖ هُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِمَنِ اتَّقَىٰ} النجم: 32

Transliteration:
fala tuzakkoo anfusakum huwa aAAlamu bimani ittaqa

The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said, "Taqwa is here," and he pointed to his chest. [Muslim (16/120, 121) in al-Birr and at-Tirmidhi (8/115) in al-Birr]
«التقوى ههنا« رواه الإمام مسلم والترمذي

Umar ibn Abdul Azeez rahimahullaah used to say,
"None can reach the station of taqwaa until he possesses neither action nor words that can be exposed to his embarrassment either in this world or the Hereafter." He was once asked, "When does the worshipper reach the peak of tawqa?" He replied, "If he put all his thoughts and desires in his heart on a plate and then wandered around in the market, he should not feel ashamed of anything there." He would frequently say, "The sign of muttaqi (pious person) is to bridle oneself from speaking just like one in ihraam bridles himself from speaking. The muttaqi needs to be a scholar (aalim) of the Shareeah, all of it, otherwise he leaves taqwa without realizing."

Abu Darda radhiAllaahu anhu said: "From the completion of taqwa is that the slave fears from his Lord even with regards to things the weight of an atom."

Abu Hurairah, radhiAllaahu anhu was asked about taqwa. He said, "It is a road full of thorns. One who walks it needs to have extreme patience."

Sufyaan ath-Thawri rahimahullah said, "We met people who loved it when it was said to them - Fear Allaah the Most High. Today you find that people only become annoyed at this."

A person asked Fudhayl ibn Iyaad rahimahullaah,
"Which country would you like me to live in? Fudhayl replied, "There is no connection between you and any nation. The best country for you is the country which helps you to acquire taqwa."

O brother! Search your soul. Have you feared Allaah as our Salaf feared? Or have you fallen short of that. Seek the forgiveness of Allah as all praise is to Him the Lord of the worlds.

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