Umar ibn Khattab RA once asked Ibn Kaab RA the definition of taqwa. In reply Ibn Kaab RA asked, Have you ever had to traverse a thorny path? Umar RA replied in the affirmative and Kaab RA continued, How do you do so? Umar RA said that he would carefully walk through after first having collected all loose and flowing clothing in his hands so nothing gets caught in the thorns hence injuring him. Kaab RA said, This is the definition of taqwa, to protect oneself from sin through lifes dangerous journey so that one can successfully complete the journey unscathed by sin.
not get entangled in the thorns of sin. The name of this attitude to life is Taqwa