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

June, 2011

  • 10 June

    Hearts and Minds

    Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an: أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ Has the time not come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allah’s Reminder. [al Ḥadīd 57/16] In order for a person to be to be fully receptive of the laws of Allah سبحانه وتعالى, his heart and mind …

May, 2011

  • 27 May

    Sublime Character

    Allah سبحانه وتعالى says of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم in the Holy Quran, وَإِنَّكَ لَعَلى خُلُقٍ عَظِيمٍ Verily you are upon a sublime character. [al Qalam 68/4] The inner character, manners and demeanour of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم and the Companions رضى الله عنهم would shine through both in private and in public, regardless of who they were …

  • 19 May

    Adorn Your Character

    Mawlana Rashid Ahmad Gangohi  رحمة الله عليه, a great a scholar of the Indian subcontinent who died in 1905, wrote an article in which he listed the attributes and characteristics that are manifested in those who reach the rank of ihsaan. We should work towards these attributes which are: 1. To adopt humbleness and regard oneself as inferior. 2. To …

  • 5 May

    Annihilate Your Nafs

    One of the goals of tazkiya is to annihilate one’s nafs before one’s death. We should realise that in order to extinguish the nafs and thereby to be instilled with sublime qualities, much sacrifice has to be made. We will have to tolerate some pain (to the nafs) in doing so; only then can we reach the goals we aspire …

April, 2011

  • 7 April

    The Spiritual Connection

    Islam is a very spiritual religion and our outward actions have a spiritual effect. For example, for congregational  salah Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم instructed “Straighten your rows [thrice]. By Allah you should indeed straighten your rows or Allah will cause your hearts to differ.” [Abu Dawood ] In addition, ilm is priceless and the journey towards it is a …

March, 2011

  • 25 March

    Humbling Ourselves Before Allah

    We pray to Allah mornings and evenings, days and nights. After making our own prayers we request each other to remember us in their du’as (supplications). We yearn for the acceptance of our du’as. We have the obvious hope in Allah سبحانه وتعالى that our innermost desires, concerns and fears will be addressed and answered. We plead with Allah and …

  • 11 March

    The Real Passenger

    Our whole life hangs by a thin thread and that thin thread is the spirit (ruh). It is amazing that we devote our entire attention to our body not our spirit. This body is a cage; the real spirit resides within this cage. The body is only a means of transport. It is a vehicle and the real passenger is …

  • 4 March

    The Power of Duʿā

    Allah سبحانه وتعالى out of love and compassion and in order to cleanse and purify a person and bring him closer to Him embroils him in tests, trials and tribulations. At such times one must not underestimate the power of duʿā (supplication) since it brings out all of the qualities Allah سبحانه وتعالى loves in a person.  These include admitting to one’s …

  • 4 March

    The Power of Du’a

    Allah سبحانه وتعالى out of love and compassion and in order to cleanse and purify a person and bring him closer to Him embroils him in tests, trials and tribulations. At such times one must not underestimate the power of du’a (supplication) since it brings out all of the qualities Allah سبحانه وتعالى loves in a person.  These include admitting …

February, 2011

  • 25 February

    The Fluctuating Heart

    It is inhuman and impossible to retain a high level of spirituality, imaan and awareness of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and these things will naturally fluctuate in a person. The reason the heart is called ‘qalb‘ in Arabic is because qalb means ‘to flip and change’ and the condition of the heart is constantly flipping and changing. Even the Companions felt …

January, 2011

  • 27 January

    Constancy in Remembrance of Allah and Negating Stray thoughts

    Allah  سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an: أَلاَ بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find contentment [Sura al Ra’ad 13:28] A person should strive to remember Allah سبحانه وتعالى in every situation, whether in public or in private. One way to achieve this is to recite the sunnah du’as (supplications) prescribed by Rasulullah …

  • 6 January

    Constancy in Purity and Fasting

    Over the next few posts, we will elaborate briefly on the points mentioned in ‘Constancy in 8 Things‘. Constancy in purity and worship means that one’s external purity is reflected in one’s inner self.  One should strive to be in a perpetual state of wudhu, especially one who seeks to reach the rank of ihsaan. Wudhu is also the weapon …

December, 2010

  • 3 December

    Pie in the Sky?

    Perhaps we are very neglectful of spirituality because today even though we may profess to be Muslims we have been so affected by materialism that we devote all our attention to those things that are material. So we place trust in money instead of Allah. We rely more on material things than we rely upon tawakkul (faith in Allah). We …

November, 2010

  • 18 November

    Pearls of Wisdom 2

    A few more pearls of wisdom taken from some of the majalis (gatherings for spiritual training) held by  Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq in 1998: •    Hub-e-Jaah (love of name,fame and recognition) is normally the last  thing that leaves a person’s heart even though the other spiritual ailments like love of wealth and dunya may have been removed. •    Ishraafun Nafs …

  • 12 November

    Pearls of Wisdom 1

    Below are some pearls of wisdom taken from a few majalis (gatherings for spiritual training) held by  Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq in 1998: •    Part of the cure to the diseases of the heart is to realise their dangers and how they manifest themselves in a person. •    If a person does not work on purifying his inner, his external …

October, 2010

  • 28 October

    Eradication of Spiritual Diseases

    قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن زَكَّاهَا He who purifies the soul, he is successful. [Surah al Shams 91:9] Just as the body falls ill, the ruh (soul) also falls ill.The illnesses of the ruh include pride, jealousy, malice, hatred, love of dunya (worldly life) and suspicion. However, we are not concerned with these spiritual diseases although the health of the ruh should …

  • 21 October

    Hard of Heart

    Sayyiduna Abdur Rahman bin Auf رضى الله عنه repeatedly made the dua ‘Oh Allah! Protect me from the greed of my own soul’. A person who is greedy becomes enslaved to his own nafs and not to Allah سبحانه وتعالى. Such a person becomes hard-hearted and it is very difficult to talk sense into a person who begins to follow …

September, 2010

  • 17 September

    Oh Allah! Grant my soul its taqwah and purify it

    A famous du’a (supplication) of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم is: اللَّهُمَّ آتِ نَفْسِي تَقْوَاهَا وَزَكِّهَا أَنْتَ خَيْرُ مَنْ زَكَّاهَا أَنْتَ وَلِيُّهَا وَ مَوْلَاهَا ‘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 o f my …

  • 10 September

    When my nafs tells me to remain silent…

    An alim (scholar) was asked ‘How do you learn to control your tongue?’. His reply was amazing. He said ‘My way of controlling my tongue is as follows; whenever my nafs tells me to speak, I remain silent. Whenever my nafs tells me to remain silent, I speak’. There is a wealth of information in these words of wisdom. When …

  • 2 September

    Oh Nafs! Isn’t it true…?

    One great scholar in a classical piece of writing addresses his nafs (soul) and says ‘Oh Soul! Admit! Isn’t it true that when I recite the Qur’an you feel fatigue, tiredness and you remind me of the need for the body to rest. You feel the desire to go away and lie down. You remind me of the obligation of …