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Virtual Eid Al-Adha prayer in the Islamic Centre of England
The Eid al-Adha prayer was held on Friday, July 31st 2020, lead by Hojjat al-Islam, Seyyed Abbas Abedi, at the Islamic Centre of England in London. It was broadcast on Ahl al-Bayt TV and Islamic Centre’s social networks.
After the Eid prayer, Hojjat al-Islam, Abedi, in his sermon, congratulated Eid Al-Adha to all Muslims and said: The word of “taqwa” piety and its derivatives appear "more than 250 times" in the Qur'an.
He said: The Quran mentions a number of virtues that cultivate taqwa or that taqwa cultivates in a person: Q.2:283 mentions the keeping of trusts (amana); Q.3:76 faithfulness (al-wafa); Q.3:186 patience (al-sabr). Q.7:96, Q.10:63-64, Q.39:10 relate taqwa to the good life (hasanat) on this earth besides reward in the hereafter. Q.65:3 relates taqwa to material ease in this life even where the believer does not expect it.
He continued his speech: The imperative form of taqwa is found in the phrase Ittaqullah ("fear God" or "be aware of Allah"), which is in a number of verses.
Hujjat al Islam Abedi mentioned 5 benefits of adopting Taqwa “piety” from the Qur’an:
1. Ease in matters:
“And whoever fears Allah, He will make for him ease in his matter.” (Quran 65:4)
Almighty Allah mentions the above verse in Surah At-Talaq where the guidelines of the worst of permissible deeds i.e. divorce are discussed. The Quran in its majestic style and wisdom alternates these injunctions with the virtues of Taqwa.
Whoever has Taqwa, Allah makes matters easy for him in this world as well as the next. This does not necessarily mean that the person will not face difficulty, but through the blessings of his Taqwa, he is guaranteed ease and the strength to bear these difficulties without losing faith or hope.
2. A way out of problems and difficulties
“And whoever fears Allah, He will make for him a way out.” (Quran 65:2)
Taqwa serves as a divine guard against trials of this world as well as the difficulties of the hereafter. We see an example of this in the Quran where, in the story of Khidr (alayhissalam), it was the righteous nature of the father that saved his sons from loss even after his death. The Quran says: “As for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was under it a treasure belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and their Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strength and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord (Quran 18:82).
3. Unexpected sustenance
“And He will provide for him from sources he could never imagine.” (Quran 65:3)
Almighty Allah is the creator, sustainer and nourisher of the universe. Whatever a person requires and desires of sustenance can be found in His vast treasures. The divine promise is that the God-fearing will be sustained from sources they would never perceive to receive sustenance from. The Noble Quran reiterates this in another verse: “And if the people of the towns believed and had Taqwa, certainly we should have opened for them blessings from the heavens and the earth.” (Quran 7:96)
4. Ability to distinguish truth from falsehood
“O you who believe! If you fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion (furqan) and absolve you of your misdeeds, and forgive you, for Allah is dispenser of a great grace.” (Quran 8:29)
When a believer sees to it that his obedience to Allah and love for him stay above everything else, he is gifted by Allah with furqan (such insight that leaves no doubt between truth and falsehood). Every matter becomes clear in his mind and when he is faced with confusing situations of the heart, he will be guided to the light. In the Noble Quran, the day of the Battle of Badr has been termed “Yawm-al-Furqan” (the day of distinction). This was a decisive day in the history of Islam that proved that no enemy can destroy a people who have the support of Allah and such individuals will.