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

April, 2012

  • 5 April

    Fast Disappearing Qualities

    Alongside the apparent laws, Islam also has a certain spirit. Qualities such as selflessness, tolerance, open-heartedness, open-mindedness and eagerness to serve others are fast disappearing. In this day and age and with our modern society, many of us are not learning sublime, spiritual qualities and social etiquettes, epitomised by the great Muslims of the past, rather we have become increasingly …

March, 2012

  • 22 March

    A Balanced Perception of Others

    Islam teaches us to maintain a balanced perception of others. We should not have unrealistically high expectations of anyone. This is because if our exceedingly high expectations (of others) are not realised, we will be disappointed and will eventually lose respect for them. Human beings naturally make mistakes and only Allah سبحانه وتعالى is perfect. If we see others as …

  • 8 March

    Speak with Love and Respect

    Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an, وَقُلْ لِعِبَادِي يَقُولُوا الَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ يَنزَغُ بَيْنَهُمْ “And say to My servants to speak that which is the best, for shaytaan seeks to draw divisions between them.” [al Isra’ 17:53] Shaytaan creates enmity and hatred between us by exploiting what we say to each other. It is human nature …

  • 1 March

    Abandon that which does not Concern you

    Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an, وَلا تَقْفُ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلْمٌ إِنَّ السَّمْعَ وَالْبَصَرَ وَالْفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُوْلَئِكَ كَانَ عَنْهُ مَسْئُولاً “Do not pursue that regarding which you have no knowledge. Indeed the hearing, the sight and the heart will be questioned” [al Isra’ 17:36] Further, in a hadeeth Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم mentions, “Part …

February, 2012

  • 9 February

    Remember the Terminator of all Pleasures

    أكثروا ذكر هاذم اللذات يعني الموت ”Remember the terminator of all pleasures i.e. death.” [Tirmidhi] In the above hadeeth we are being reminded to remember the terminator of all pleasures. This is why we are instructed to visit graves and remember death, because death is something that awaits every one of us. The believers have been instructed to take part …

November, 2011

  • 3 November

    Control the Nafs

    In a hadeeth Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم mentions: الكيس من دان نفسه وعمل لما بعد الموت والعاجز من اتبع نفسه هواها وتمنى على الله Intelligent is he who suppresses his nafs and works for that which is to come after death, and the weak is he who allows his nafs free reign and continues to build hope in …

October, 2011

  • 28 October

    Forced to Reflect

    Ilm ul zaahir (outward knowledge) is appealing for a number of reasons including the fact that such knowledge is tangible and stimulates the mind e.g. learning Arabic, fiqh and tafseer. Ilm ul baatin (inner, spiritual knowledge) does not have the same appeal for someone who is interesting in learning and thus some people actually deny it exists. Ilm ul zahir …

  • 20 October

    Spiritual Advice for Hajj

    Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an: الْحَجُّ أَشْهُرٌ مَّعْلُومَاتٌ فَمَن فَرَضَ فِيهِنَّ الْحَجَّ فَلاَ رَفَثَ وَلاَ فُسُوقَ وَلاَ جِدَالَ فِي الْحَجِّ وَمَا تَفْعَلُواْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ يَعْلَمْهُ اللّهُ وَتَزَوَّدُواْ فَإِنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَى وَاتَّقُونِ يَا أُوْلِي الأَلْبَابِ The season of Pilgrimage is the months known; wherefore whosoever ordaineth unto himself the pilgrimage therein, there is no lewdness nor wickedness …

  • 13 October

    Debating, criticizing and obstinacy

    Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم mentioned the following ḥadīth, “One of the most detested people in the Sight of Allah is he who is obstinate and argumentative.” [Bukhārī] By constantly debating and discussing a person’s heart becomes hard, his ʿibādāt (acts of worship) become mechanical and all he thinks about and is perturbed about are the fine points of …

August, 2011

  • 19 August

    The Resident Enemy

    يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ “O believers, fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who came before you so that you may attain taqwa(consciousness of Allah).” [al Baqarah 2/183] The nafs is the resident enemy in the heart of a Muslim and the accomplice of …

  • 12 August

    The Month of Training

    Ramadhan is the month of training for one on the path of tazkiyah (spiritual purification) and the training one receives in this month is not received at any other time. Below is some practical advice one should try to act on during this blessed month: • Ramadhan is the month of the Qur’an and one should try to complete at …

June, 2011

  • 30 June

    Spiritual Reality

    Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Quran, وَمَنْ جَاهَدَ فَإِنَّمَا يُجَاهِدُ لِنَفْسِهِ “And whoever strives, thus he strives only for himself.” [al ʿAnkabūt 29/6] One can never progress on the path of tazkiyah without mujāhadah (striving against one’s nafs and carnal desires) and this, undoubtedly, is very difficult. However, if, with the Help of Allah سبحانه وتعالى,one’s mujāhadah is …

  • 24 June

    Die Before Your Death

    At the time of death, the dying man possesses certain attributes whose inculcation is understood from the following aphorism: “Die before your death.” The attributes that are in the perfect state in the dying man are tawba (repentance), zuhd (abstention), qana’a (contentment), tawakkul (trust in Allah), azla (solitude), tawajjuh ila ‘Llah (attention directed to Allah), sabr (patience), rida (being pleased …

  • 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 …