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

September, 2017

  • 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.

  • 24 June

    Ramadan Day 30

    Ramadan Day 30: The five prayers, Friday to Friday, and Ramadan to Ramadan are all expiators of what’s in between them if one avoids major sins (Muslim).

  • 24 June

    Ramadan Day 29

    Ramadan Day 29: Oh Allah! Cause the crescent to dawn upon us with blessing and iman and with safety and Islam. (Oh Crescent) My Lord and Your Lord is Allah!

  • 23 June

    Ramadan Day 28

    Ramadan Day 28: ‘There are many who purify their clothes yet pollute their faith!’ – The companion Abu Ubaydah ibn al-Jarrah (رضى الله عنه). 

  • 22 June

    Ramadan Day 27

    Ramadan Day 27: We can get obsessed with halal and haram but we forget about the essence of worship, the core spirituality.

  • 21 June

    Ramadan Day 26

    Ramadan Day 26: In Ramadan the nafs is grinded, pressured, burdened and weaned off its desires.

  • 20 June

    Ramadan Day 25

    Ramadan Day 25: During Ramadan we should spend more moments in silence, meditation, reflection and try more consciously to engage in tasbeeh and dhikr (remembrance of Allah).

  • 19 June

    Ramadan Day 24

    Ramadan Day 24: A beautiful du’a (supplication) of the Prophet  ﷺ is: ‘Oh Allah! Grant my soul its taqwa and purify it, for you are the best who can purify it, for you are the Master of my soul and you are the Keeper of my soul’