Courtesy of the Notes from HY from Sheikh Mokhtar Magroubi’ lesson on Taqwa.
Relevance of تقوى to Fasting صيام .
يٰأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
2 : 183 : O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (surely learn) Taqwa
The essence of Fasting is Taqwa!
Allahu, Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala ends the ayaat on Fasting by re emphasizing Taqwa.
كَذٰلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ ٱللَّهُ آيَاتِهِ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَّقُونَ…….
2 : 187 :…… Thus doth Allah make clear His Signs to men: that they may surely learn Taqwa.
Then if صيام (fasting) and رمضان (Ramadan) is not increasing one’s تقوى taqwa and making one a better (slave) عبد of Allah, one must question one’s صيام (fasting) i.e. Has he / she performed it fulfilling its outer and inner dimensions ?
When I have Taqwa , the state of the environment around me and what people say and do becomes immaterial.
My focus is : “Ya Allah, You are always looking at me ! Are you pleased with me ?”
The Reality ofتقوى is as Rasul, صلى الله عليه و سلم said :
Taqwa is when He (Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala) finds you where He has commanded you to be and does not find you where He has forbade you to be. التقوى يجدك خيث أمرك ولا يجدك خيث نهاك
The Practical application of the above Hadeeth is that Allah Subhanawaltaala الله سبحانه و تعالى looks at me and always finds me (body and mind) in a state of obedience to Him, then I am a (Mutaqqi) متّقي