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

Hearts and Minds

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an: أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ Has the time not come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’s Reminder. [al Ḥadīd 57/16] In order …

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Sublime Character

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم in the Holy Quran, وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلى خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ Verily you are upon a sublime character. [al Qalam 68/4] The inner character, manners and demeanour of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم …

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Adorn Your Character

Mawlana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi  رحمة الله عليه, a great a scholar of the Indian subcontinent who died in 1905, wrote an article in which he listed the attributes and characteristics that are manifested in those who reach the rank of …

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Refine Your Speech

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Quran, يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ ادْخُلُواْ فِي السِّلْمِ كَآفَّةً O believers, enter into Islam completely [al Baqarah 2:208] One of the greatest problems today amongst Muslims is that outwardly Islam is present, but …

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Annihilate Your Nafs

One of the goals of tazkiya is to annihilate one’s nafs before one’s death. We should realise that in order to extinguish the nafs and thereby to be instilled with sublime qualities, much sacrifice has to be made. We will …

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Strengthen Your Heart

وَكُـلاًّ نَّقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ مِنْ أَنبَاء الرُّسُلِ مَا نُثَبِّتُ بِهِ فُؤَادَكَ وَجَاءكَ فِي هَـذِهِ الْحَقُّ وَمَوْعِظَةٌ وَذِكْرَى

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The Spiritual Connection

Islam is a very spiritual religion and our outward actions have a spiritual effect. For example, for congregational  salah Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم instructed “Straighten your rows [thrice]. By Allah you should indeed straighten your rows or Allah will …

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There is no Tazkiya without Shariah

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an: إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ Except one who comes to Allah with a sound heart [Surah al Shuaraa 26:89] The goal of tazkiya is to return to one’s beginning i.e. as …

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Humbling Ourselves Before Allah

We pray to Allah mornings and evenings, days and nights. After making our own prayers we request each other to remember us in their du’as (supplications). We yearn for the acceptance of our du’as. We have the obvious hope in …

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The Real Passenger

Our whole life hangs by a thin thread and that thin thread is the spirit (ruh). It is amazing that we devote our entire attention to our body not our spirit. This body is a cage; the real spirit resides …

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The Power of Du’a

Allah سبحانه وتعالى out of love and compassion and in order to cleanse and purify a person and bring him closer to Him embroils him in tests, trials and tribulations. At such times one must not underestimate the power of …

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The Fluctuating Heart

It is inhuman and impossible to retain a high level of spirituality, imaan and awareness of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and these things will naturally fluctuate in a person. The reason the heart is called ‘qalb‘ in Arabic is because qalb …

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In Search of Barakah

Jabir رضى الله عنه reported that Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم commanded the licking of the fingers and the dish, saying: “You do not know in what portion the blessing lies.” [Reported by Muslim] This hadeeth teaches us that …

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Constancy in Solitude

Today is the final post in the series related to constancy in 8 things. Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said in a hadeeth ,”Solitude is better than bad company but good company is better than solitude.” [Bayhaqi – Shu’ab al …

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Contentment with the Decree of Allah

Over the past few weeks, we have been posting some brief points regarding constancy in 8 things which are necessary in the beginning stages of tazkiyah. Today’s post is the penultimate in this series concerning the decree of Allah سبحانه …

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Constancy in Remembrance of Allah and Negating Stray thoughts

Allah  سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an: أَلاَ بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find contentment [Sura al Ra’ad 13:28] A person should strive to remember Allah سبحانه وتعالى in every situation, whether …

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Constancy in Silence

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qu’ran: مَا يَلْفِظُ مِن قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ Not a word he utters but there is a watcher ready. [Surah Qaaf 50:18] For every word that we utter, an angel is ever-eager …

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Constancy in Purity and Fasting

Over the next few posts, we will elaborate briefly on the points mentioned in ‘Constancy in 8 Things‘. Constancy in purity and worship means that one’s external purity is reflected in one’s inner self.  One should strive to be in …

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Constancy in 8 Things

When a person reaches the stage of ihsaan, his walking, talking, sitting and so on all become ibaadah (worship) because he is conscious of Allah at all times; thus, his whole life becomes ibaadah. However before a person can reach …

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