Content Soul

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

November, 2017

  • 9 November

    Love of Titles

    As human beings, we love titles and want to be respected. Where does that desire come from? It comes from the nafs.

October, 2017

  • 26 October

    Winning the Arguement

    Debating may win the argument but it never wins the hearts.

  • 19 October

    Man’s Natural Deterioration

    A reminder from an old post that we naturally deteriorate in spirituality over time and we most strive to arrest that natural decline. http://www.contentsoul.com/2010/08/05/spiritual-deterioration/  

  • 12 October

    Pure Inner Spirit

    The sahabah were not just concerned with physical, external ritual purity. Their external purification was also reflected in their inner spirit. 

  • 5 October

    Does your Tongue Betray Your Heart?

    A state is a a condition or way of being that exists at a particular time. A state is all encompassing. For example, when a person is in a state of joy, fear or anxiety they are overcome by that particular state. Hajj and fasting are both states. We should be overcome by the states of Hajj and fasting. Let’s …

September, 2017

  • 28 September

    Contentment

    Contentment is when you are at peace within and with everything and everyone around you, even though you may be afflicted with misfortune and trials. The most contentment you will feel (even more than through dhikr) is through the recitation of the Qurʾān.

  • 22 September

    Purify Your Speech

    If you want to purify your heart, purify your speech.  

  • 7 September

    Appreciate the Inner Reality

    It is sad to see an emphasis on the words of the Qurʾān without any appreciation of the inner reality.

August, 2017

  • 24 August

    Hollow Shell

    The shell of Dīn is present today but there is a lack of inner spirituality and reality.

  • 17 August

    Achievement

    Hajj is meant to achieve something. It is not simply about the rituals; they are symbolic.

  • 3 August

    A Private Affair

    Hajj is a very visible form of worship. We have a huge public gathering, yet at its core it is a deeply spiritual, private affair. 

July, 2017

  • 27 July

    How to Abandon a Sin?

    In order to abandon a sin, you need to abandon everything associated with that sin including the place and company of that sin.

  • 20 July

    Knowledge yet Corruption

    Ilm (knowledge) will get rid of jahalah (ignorance) but it will not get rid of jāhilīyyah (corruption).

  • 17 July

    Hate: A Reflection of Ourselves

    We may have reason to disagree but disagreement itself is no reason to hate. Our resentment is more a reflection of ourselves than others.

  • 13 July

    Eradicate Hatred from Your Heart

    In a hadīth reported by Imam Tirmidi in his Sunan and Ahmad bin Hanbal in his musnad on the authority of Zubair ibn al-Awam, Rasul ﷺ said دَبَّ إِلَيْكُمْ دَاءُ الأُمَمِ قَبْلَكُمُ الْبَغْضَاءُ وَالْحَسَدُ ، وَالْبَغْضَاءُ وَهِيَ الْحَالِقَةُ ، لَيْسَ حَالِقَةَ الشَّعْرِ لَكِنْ حَالِقَةَ الدِّينِ ، وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ لاَ تَدْخُلُوا الْجَنَّةَ حَتَّى تُؤْمِنُوا ، وَلاَ تُؤْمِنُوا حَتَّى تَحَابُّوا ، …

  • 9 July

    Be with the Truthful

    In order to attain Taqwá be with the ṣādiqīn (truthful).

  • 6 July

    Spiritual Rehabilitation

    We should treat Ramaḍān as a period of spiritual recovery and treatment. If someone spends a month in hospital due to a serious illness, they have a unique environment where everything is controlled for them so that they can recover. Upon discharge they need to follow medical advice regarding lifestyle, diet and exercise otherwise their recovery could be compromised and …

  • 3 July

    Malnourished Spirit

    We are allowing our Rūḥ (spirit) to become malnourished because we are too focused on our body.

June, 2017

  • 29 June

    Is Your Body Your Temple?

    The custom of most of us is to lavish attention on our bodies and neglect our spirits. The love of life drives us to ensure that we remain healthy so that we can live longer. We train and exercise to look good and to prolong life. Healthy eating, exercise, and diet are ultimately about prolonging life via good health i.e. …

  • 25 June

    A Message of Peace

    Eid ul Fitr: Eid Mubarak to everyone! May Allah accept our deeds, and on this auspicious day may He bring peace and joy to everyone’s hearts and homes.