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

July, 2017

  • 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’

  • 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.