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

June, 2017

  • 18 June

    Ramadan Day 23

    Ramadan Day 23: Ramadan is the month of mujaahadah (striving) and our greatest mujaahadah would be to overcome the laziness and lack of motivation of the nafs in reciting the Qur’an.

  • 17 June

    Ramadan Day 22

    Ramadan Day 22: He who wastes his time in Ramadhan is truly deprived of the virtues and forgiveness of this month. The sahabah رضى الله عنهم ensured that not a moment passed in futility.

  • 16 June

    Ramadan Day 21

    Ramadan Day 21: An alim (scholar) was asked ‘How do you learn to control your tongue?’. His reply was amazing. He said ‘My way of controllingmy tongue is as follows; whenever my nafs tells me to speak, I remain silent. Whenever my nafs tells me to remain silent, I speak’.

  • 15 June

    Ramadan Day 20

    Ramadan Day 20: The original meaning of i’tikāf was not just restricted to this. It meant to devote oneself and focus oneself on something to the exclusion of everything else. Ramadan is a form of iʿtikāf for the entire month. We should treat the whole of Ramadan as a spiritual retreat where we devote ourselves to, and focus on, the …

  • 14 June

    Ramadan Day 19

    Ramadan Day 19: When fasting we should not even shout or raise our voices let alone argue. This is the month in which we should all remain silent as much as possible and not say or do anything which inconveniences others.

  • 13 June

    Ramadan Day 18

    Ramadan Day 18: In order for the fast to create taqwa in a person, one must strive and act opposite to the nafs.

  • 12 June

    Ramadan Day 17

    Ramadan Day 17: More than anything else Ramadhan is about the nafs and taqwa. Ramadhan is the month of mujaahadah (striving) and if we cannot strive against our nafs in this blessed month when the shayaateen are locked up, then when are we going to? 

  • 11 June

    Ramadan Day 16

    Ramadan Day 16: We know that the shayateen (devils) are locked up in Ramadhan so why do we still persist in sin during this blessed month? This is not due to the shayateen misleading us but rather our own nafs. Committing certain sins has almost become second nature for us hence we feel no remorse or guilt and do not …

  • 10 June

    Ramadan Day 15

    Ramadan Day 15: Fasting is abstention, and in a true fast, along with the body’s abstention, the mind and heart abstain from sinful thoughts and sentiments.

  • 9 June

    Ramadan Day 14

    Ramadan Day 14: Ramadan is the month of the Quran; A time to devotedly recite its words, reflect on its meanings, and apply its teachings in our lives.  

  • 8 June

    Ramadan Day 13

    Ramadan Day 13: Fasting curbs our animalistic indulgence and carnality, and enables us to break free of the shackles of bestiality and soar to spirituality.

  • 7 June

    Ramadan Day 12

    Ramadan Day 12: The Islamic purpose of fasting is to create taqwa: the soul’s own immune system, which develops resistance to spiritual diseases and sin.

  • 6 June

    Ramadan Day 11

    Ramadan Day 11: Ramadan is a quarantine: a sanitised and blessed atmosphere in which we spiritually recuperate, and immunise and heal our afflicted souls.

  • 5 June

    Ramadan Day 10

    Ramadan Day 10: The first sin the Prophet ﷺ warned against while fasting is vulgarity. Let us observe the fast of the tongue by avoiding all obscenity.

  • 4 June

    Ramadan Day 9

    Ramadan Day 9: The world is abuzz with Quranic recitation in Ramadan. The Quran, by far, is and will always be the most oft read and recited book ever.

  • 3 June

    Ramadan Day 8

    Ramadan Day 8: Fasting curbs the cravings of the lower self, for when the body is hungry the nafs is full but when the body is full the nafs is hungry.

  • 2 June

    Ramadan Day 7

    Ramadan Day 7: In Ramadan we should deny our overindulged bodies their earthly gratification and instead provide heavenly food for our malnourished souls.

  • 1 June

    Ramadan Day 6

    Ramadan Day 6: The body is earthly and its nourishment comes from the earth. The spirit, however, is celestial and its nourishment comes only from Heaven.

May, 2017

  • 31 May

    Ramadan Day 5

    Ramadan Day 5: Ramadan is the time to implement personal resolutions as it is the perfect month for creating positive, profound and enduring change.

  • 30 May

    Ramadan Day 4

    Ramadan Day 4: Fasting in Ramadan with constant awareness and mindfulness is the easiest and most effective course for anger management and self discipline.