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A collection of words of wisdom and excerpts from the spiritual gatherings of Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq

Brief Sojourn on Earth

Some deny the existence of the spirit but Islam tells us that it is really only the spirit that lives in man and makes us who we are. The spirit is more important than our mind or body. We are …

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Guarding Oneself

The most succinct definition of taqwa is to guard oneself from the displeasure of Allah by guarding oneself from the disobedience of Allah. We must guard our eyes, ears, tongue, hands, feet and even our heart from any act, thought, …

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A Deadly Disease

Arrogance is such a severe disease of the heart because an arrogant person is not merely objecting to Allah’s division and distribution in His creation, as with envy, but is actually challenging Allāh in His greatness. We learn from the …

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Create provisions of Taqwa

We are so obsessed with physical health and fitness with no regard for our spiritual health, yet anything can happen. A poet says: Oh son of Adam Prepare for death Create provisions of Taqwa For indeed you do not know …

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Abstention

Fasting in Arabic originally means abstention, therefore we should not only abstain from food and drink but from anything that displeases Allāh سبحانه وتعالى. Thus the fast of speech will mean abstention from all foul, offensive and sinful speech which …

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Staying Afloat

There is no concept of remaining stagnant in deen. We are either rising or falling, progressing or deteriorating, but we never remain at a constant level of spirituality and devotion. In order to remain afloat in water, we have to …

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Who are your True Friends?

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qurān, الْأَخِلَّاء يَوْمَئِذٍ بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ إِلَّا الْمُتَّقِينَ The intimate friends on that Day will be hostile unto one another save the God-fearing. [Az-Zukhruf 43/67] This verse tells us that the best of …

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Show the Initiative in Good

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qurān, وَلَا تَسْتَوِي الْحَسَنَةُ وَلَا السَّيِّئَةُ ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا الَّذِي بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُ وَلِيٌّ حَمِيمٌ Nor can good and evil be equal. Repel thou evil with that which is goodly …

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Self-Reflection

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم in the Holy Qurān, فَلْيَنظُرِ الْإِنسَانُ مِمَّ خُلِقَ So let man look – from what is he created. [at Tariq 85/5] This verse reminds us that we should focus on …

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Spiritual Training

Just as martial arts is physical training, tazkiyah is spiritual training. Martial arts instructors train and discipline their students in order that they may defend themselves. Tazkiyah under the guidance of a spiritual guide is training in order that we …

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The Environment

وَالْعَصْرِ إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ By time Indeed man is in a great and constant state of loss [Surah al Asr 103:1-2] We learn from the Qur’an and hadeeth that man is in a constant state of spiritual decline. You …

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Gift of Ilm

Gratitude for a gift is not something that is expressed verbally, rather it is expressed in attitude and deed, i.e. it is appreciated and utilised it in a beneficial manner. We have the opportunity to learn, educate and reform ourselves, …

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Fickle in Friendship

People never forget any wrong done to them by others and any good done to them is easily forgotten. However a believer should overlook any wrong done to him and engrave in his heart and mind any good done to …

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Inner Reformation

The whole purpose of tazkiyah is to reform one’s fitrah (core character). A person may adopt a facade for a certain time, however when he is tested, his true fitrah emerges. On the path of spiritual purification, a person must …

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Lack of Spiritual Progress

Many of us wander at our lack of spiritual progress yet we fail to avoid the basic sins. For example, sins of the tongue such as swearing, backbiting, rumour mongering and slander. Silence is the hallmark of a believer and …

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A Dignified Composure

The pressures and trials of life inevitably test a person’s character, but the beauty of a person’s character should shine through in such situations. Many of us become visibly miserable and agitated at such times, however it is the mark …

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Work of Deen

We should regularly attend gatherings of knowledge and engage in the work of deen (religion), to ensure our own stability, steadfastness and imaan (faith). Allah’s deen is not in need of us and nor do we have something to offer, …

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Worshipping in Ease and Hardship

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an: وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ “I have not created men and jinn except that they worship Me. ” [Al Dhariyat 51/56] Worshipping Allah سبحانه وتعالى is a duty upon a person …

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Fast Disappearing Qualities

Alongside the apparent laws, Islam also has a certain spirit. Qualities such as selflessness, tolerance, open-heartedness, open-mindedness and eagerness to serve others are fast disappearing. In this day and age and with our modern society, many of us are not …

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