Nowadays, concepts such as “Zen” and the decree of “the universe” are commonly mentioned in public discourse, among today’s mish-mash of ancient Eastern and new-age philosophies. But, while many grapple to find the truth and seek a successful belief system, Muslims already have a set of beliefs that emphasise the most important of all truths – with consciousness of Allah (taqwa) among the highest of priorities.
Being aware of Allah’s presence; being thankful for His blessings; and being careful to obey His commands and abstain from His prohibitions are all attributes that we can internalise when we have taqwa. But how do we develop this taqwa? The answer lies in striving to live our entire lives – whether eating, praying, loving, or doing other things – in Allah’s name; “for the sake of Allah”.
At this year’s South African Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, such thoughts are to be covered in one of the topics. The topic, which is scheduled to be delivered by Zimbabwe’s Mufti Ismail Menk, explains what this commonly-used phrase (“for the sake of Allah”) means, and incorporates how we can develop taqwa in various aspects of our lives, including diet, physical health, relationships with other people, and contribution towards society. It also includes brief explanations of how regular acts of worship – such as salaah, fasting, and charity – help to bring spiritual balance into the life of a believer.
The conference – to be held 6th to 8th May 2011, is just a few weeks away, and if you’re interested in attending, you can sign up or find more information at http://www.msacape.org/, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.