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

A Balanced Perception of Others

Islam teaches us to maintain a balanced perception of others. We should not have unrealistically high expectations of anyone. This is because if our exceedingly high expectations (of others) are not realised, we will be disappointed and will eventually lose …

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Speak with Love and Respect

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an, وَقُلْ لِعِبَادِي يَقُولُوا الَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ يَنزَغُ بَيْنَهُمْ “And say to My servants to speak that which is the best, for shaytaan seeks to draw divisions between them.” [al Isra’ …

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Abandon that which does not Concern you

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an, وَلا تَقْفُ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلْمٌ إِنَّ السَّمْعَ وَالْبَصَرَ وَالْفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُوْلَئِكَ كَانَ عَنْهُ مَسْئُولاً “Do not pursue that regarding which you have no knowledge. Indeed the hearing, the sight and …

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Mouthpiece of the Heart

The tongue is the mouthpiece of the heart; whatever is in the heart will be revealed through the tongue. When a person is calm he can maintain a facade, however the moment he becomes angry, passionate or embroiled in an …

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Remember the Terminator of all Pleasures

أكثروا ذكر هاذم اللذات يعني الموت ”Remember the terminator of all pleasures i.e. death.” [Tirmidhi] In the above hadeeth we are being reminded to remember the terminator of all pleasures. This is why we are instructed to visit graves and …

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Solitude

In a hadeeth Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم said: الوحدة خير من جليس السوء والجليس الصالح خير من الوحدة ”Solitude is better than bad company and good company is better than solitude.” [Bayhaqi – Shu’ab al Imaan] If a …

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Self-Conceit

Every Muslim has a responsibility to impart naseehah (advice) to his fellow Muslim. However when doing so, one should only speak about those points which are within the scope of one’s knowledge and not delve beyond that. When a person …

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Sincere Repentance

In a hadeeth reported by Imam Bukhari, Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم said: والله إنِّي لأَسْتَغْفِرُ الله وأَتُوبُ إِلَيْه في اليَوْمِ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ سَبْعِينَ مَرَّةً By Allah I seek forgiveness from Allah and repent to Him more than seventy …

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Control the Nafs

In a hadeeth Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم mentions: الكيس من دان نفسه وعمل لما بعد الموت والعاجز من اتبع نفسه هواها وتمنى على الله Intelligent is he who suppresses his nafs and works for that which is to …

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Forced to Reflect

Ilm ul zaahir (outward knowledge) is appealing for a number of reasons including the fact that such knowledge is tangible and stimulates the mind e.g. learning Arabic, fiqh and tafseer. Ilm ul baatin (inner, spiritual knowledge) does not have the …

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Spiritual Advice for Hajj

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an: الْحَجُّ أَشْهُرٌ مَّعْلُومَاتٌ فَمَن فَرَضَ فِيهِنَّ الْحَجَّ فَلاَ رَفَثَ وَلاَ فُسُوقَ وَلاَ جِدَالَ فِي الْحَجِّ وَمَا تَفْعَلُواْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ يَعْلَمْهُ اللّهُ وَتَزَوَّدُواْ فَإِنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَى وَاتَّقُونِ يَا أُوْلِي الأَلْبَابِ The season …

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Debating, criticizing and obstinacy

Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم mentioned the following ḥadīth, “One of the most detested people in the Sight of Allah is he who is obstinate and argumentative.” [Bukhārī] By constantly debating and discussing a person’s heart becomes hard, his …

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The Test

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Quran: أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوا أَن يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ وَلَقَدْ فَتَنَّا الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ فَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا وَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ الْكَاذِبِينَ Bethink men that they shall be left alone because they say: …

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Strengthen Your Heart Part 2

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Quran: وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَوْلا نُزِّلَ عَلَيْهِ الْقُرْآنُ جُمْلَةً وَاحِدَةً كَذَلِكَ لِنُثَبِّتَ بِهِ فُؤَادَكَ “And those who disbelieve say,’Why isn’t the Quran revealed to him in one go?’ In this way We strengthen …

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The Resident Enemy

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ “O believers, fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you so that you may attain taqwa(consciousness of …

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The Month of Training

Ramadhan is the month of training for one on the path of tazkiyah (spiritual purification) and the training one receives in this month is not received at any other time. Below is some practical advice one should try to act …

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Aim for the Skies

Allah سبحانه وتعالى Says in the Holy Qurān, وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا “We shall guide those who strive hard in Our cause to the path leading to Us.” [al ʿAnkabūt 29/69] Allah’s hidayah (guidance) is proportional to one’s ṭalab …

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Spiritual Reality

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Quran, وَمَنْ جَاهَدَ فَإِنَّمَا يُجَاهِدُ لِنَفْسِهِ “And whoever strives, thus he strives only for himself.” [al ʿAnkabūt 29/6] One can never progress on the path of tazkiyah without mujāhadah (striving against one’s nafs …

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Die Before Your Death

At the time of death, the dying man possesses certain attributes whose inculcation is understood from the following aphorism: “Die before your death.” The attributes that are in the perfect state in the dying man are tawba (repentance), zuhd (abstention), …

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The Difficult Part

A sahabi رضى الله عنه asked the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم for advice. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: ‘Say ‘I believe in Allah’ and then remain steadfast’ [Reported in Muslim] It is very easy to …

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