Taqwa - Fear of Allah: "Taqwa - Fear of Allah
Ibn Juzayy said in his dictionary of terms from the introduction to his tafsir:
'Taqwa's meaning is fear, clinging to obedience to Allah and abandoning disobedience to Him. It is the sum of all good.'
And in his commentary:
We will discuss taqwa in three sections.
Concerning its benefits derived from the Qur'an, and they are fifteen:
Guidance, because of His words 'guidance for the muttaqeen (the people of taqwa)';
Help because of His words 'Truly, Allah is with the people who have taqwa';
Close friendship [with Allah] because of His words, 'Allah is the close friend of the muttaqeen';
Love because of His words, 'Truly Allah loves the muttaqeen';
Covering over [of wrong actions] because of His words, 'If you have taqwa of Allah He will make for you a discrimination and He will cover over for you your wrong actions';
A way out from unhappiness, and provision from where one does not expect because of His words, 'Whoever has taqwa of Allah He will make a way out for him and provide him from where he does not expect';
Facilitation of affairs because of His words, 'Whoever has taqwa of Allah He will make ease for him in his affair';
Full covering over of wrong actions and magnification of rewards because of His words, 'Whoever has taqwa of Allah He will cover over his wrong actions and magnify a reward for him';
Acceptance of actions because of His words, 'Allah only accepts from the people of taqwa';
Success because of His words, 'Have taqwa of Allah in order that you might succeed';
Good news because of His words 'For them there is good news in this world and in the next';
Entrance into the Garden because of His words 'Truly, there are for the people of taqwa with their Lord Gardens of bliss';
Salvation from the Fire because of His words 'Then We will save the ones who had taqwa'.
There are ten things which awaken taqwa:
Fear of punishment in the next life;
Fear [of punishment"
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