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Chapter 6.1. Ali Ibn Abi Talib And Taqwa

Ali says: I advise you to observe taqwa because it is Allah's right over His servants; and that you should seek His assistance through taqwa because taqwa serves as a shield today and tomorrow it will lead you to Paradise. [Nahjul Balagha: 227]

Ali also says: 'O servants of Allah! Taqwa prevents Allah's friends from His prohibitions and mandates His fear in their hearts so that they remain vigil at night and thirsty during the day. They derive comfort from fatigue and quench their thirst from being thirsty. They deem their hour to be nigh and hurry in their actions (in preparation). They reject fantasies and observe their hour (of death). [Nahjul Balagha: 139]