The ingredients of Taqwa are also two-fold : Suhbat (companionship of the righteous) and Mujahada (striving); both of which are verified in the Qur`aan Sharief :
“O You who Believe, Fear Allah and join the company of the Truthful ones
(the pious, the Auliya Allah).”
[Surah Taubah 9 : 119]
Allah Ta’ala enjoins upon His servants to adopt the quality of Taqwa and then graciously provides the simplest means of acquiring Taqwa, namely, the company of the pious and righteous.
The Sahaba-e-Kiraam in keeping company with Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) , became in the words of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) :
“My Sahabah are like stars; thus, whichever one of them you follow you will be guided aright.”
This was the fruition of the beautiful and blessed company of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) : a people who were steeped in absolute misguidance, prior to accepting Islam, were to become the beacons of guidance for all of humanity.
Accompanying the Suhbat (companionship) of the Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta’ala) is Mujahada (striving). This too Allah Ta’ala makes mention of:
“As for those who strive in Our way, We will surely guide them to our paths…”
[Surah Ankaboot 29 : 69]
The courage to assail and engage nafs and Shaytaan in Jihad-e-Akbar is another attribute that can only be acquired from the Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta’ala).
Thus, the suhbat (company) of the Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta’ala) (friends of Allah) is the key to unlocking the treasure chest of both Imaan and Taqwa, and enjoying the wealth of Wilayat (friendship), Qurb (proximity) and Ma-iyyat (togetherness) of Allah Ta’ala and His Beloved Rasul e.