There is no aid other than [from] Allaah, and no guide other than the Messenger of Allaah, and no provision other than taqwa, and no act [to be undertaken] other than [to remain] patient upon it.
Whoever fears Allaah, [then] no-one will harm him; and whoever fears other than Allaah, [then] no-one will benefit him.
Beware of being deluded and self-amazed by the people’s praise of you for that which you are not…
If a person fears Allaah (has taqwa), Allaah will make it easy for him to do good actions with which he can make expiation [for the sins].
This is because taqwa is a means for strengthening understanding, and strong understanding assists in increasing knowledge.