Content Soul

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

February, 2018

  • 22 February

    It Begins in the Mind

    In a verse of the Holy Qurʾān, Allāh says: يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱجۡتَنِبُواْ كَثِيرً۬ا مِّنَ ٱلظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعۡضَ ٱلظَّنِّ إِثۡمٌ۬‌ۖ وَلَاتَجَسَّسُواْ وَلَا يَغۡتَب بَّعۡضُكُم بَعۡضًا‌ۚ أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُڪُمۡ أَن يَأۡڪُلَ لَحۡمَ أَخِيهِ مَيۡتً۬ا فَكَرِهۡتُمُوهُ‌ۚ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ۬ رَّحِيمٌ۬ Oh believers! Abstain excessively from speculation (conjecture) for indeed some instances of conjecture are a sin. Do not investigate, do not …

  • 15 February

    Filling the Void

    The Prophet ﷺ has said, “If the Son of Adam (Man) had a valley full of gold, he would desire a second valley; and if he was given a second valley, he would desire a third valley, and nothing will fill the cavity in Man except the dust of the Earth. And Allah forgives he who repents to Him.” [Bukhari] …

  • 8 February

    Social Concerns

    One of the beauties of Islamic teaching is to visit the sick, to attend funerals and visit each other for the sake of Allah. These social etiquettes and social concerns are slowly being lost. We should be more social in our daily lives. In fact, one of the the wisdom’s of congregational salāh is it’s social effect. [This short excerpt …

  • 1 February

    Selfishness in Religion

    We may think that piety and godliness lies only in our relationship with Allāh سبحانه وتعالى . The Qurʾān and hadith tell us that this is not the case. Allāh سبحانه وتعالى says: لَّيْسَ الْبِرَّ أَن تُوَلُّواْ وُجُوهَكُمْ قِبَلَ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ وَلَـكِنَّ الْبِرَّ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ وَالْمَلآئِكَةِ وَالْكِتَابِ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ وَآتَى الْمَالَ عَلَى حُبِّهِ ذَوِي الْقُرْبَى وَالْيَتَامَى وَالْمَسَاكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ …

January, 2018

  • 25 January

    Your Last Day

    Many scholars have said that you should live your day as if it is your last day.

  • 19 January

    Your Brief Stay

    Some ulamā have said that we should regard our time in the dunya as the time between Adhān and Salāh.

  • 11 January

    Our Time

    Allah has given us time so that we may put it to good use and be grateful to Allah. What will our relationship be with Allah if we abuse it?

  • 4 January

    Real Loss

    Real loss is not the loss of wealth of possessions. Real loss is when a person allows themselves to be distracted by their dunya from the remembrance of Allah and their true purpose.

December, 2017

  • 28 December

    Character and Conduct

    Ilm shines in character and conduct.

  • 21 December

    Chain of Purification

    The true ulama were such that they were purified by their teachers and they purified their students.

  • 7 December

    Softening the Heart

    Reciting durood (salutations upon the Messenger ﷺ) abundantly not only has a calming effect on a person but also softens the heart.

November, 2017

  • 30 November

    Falling is Easy

    Always remember that spirituality can easily be lost – climbing is difficult but falling is easy. Consolidate what you have i.e. fardh and sunnah acts of ibadah and take things slowly, with patience and perseverance.

  • 16 November

    Heart and Mind

    Ilm is in the heart not just in the mind.

  • 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.