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

August, 2019

  • 8 August

    Success and Wealth

    We think money will buy us everything – power, love, influence, recognition, peace, joy, happiness and so on. Money cannot necessarily buy these things. We think success is in wealth. We often say that he or she is ‘successful’ meaning that they are wealthy. If someone does well in business, they are considered successful. Hence, we equate wealth with success …

  • 1 August

    Rise and Fall

    We want perfection in everything around us. We would all want the weather to be perfect, for example, but we have to learn that we have no control over it. When the weather is not the best, how do we react? If we accept, we may see beauty in what we accept. If not, there will be bad weather outside …

June, 2019

May, 2019

  • 31 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 26: Last Friday

    As the final hours of the last Jumuah of this Ramadan pass, let not the beauty and blessings of these moments escape us. Du’as!

  • 30 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 25: Malnourished Souls

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

  • 29 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 24: Content

    Instead of learning to just ‘live’ with what we have but learning to be actually ‘content’ with what we have is true belief in Allah’s Qadr.

  • 28 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 23: No Equal

    A hadith on fasting: Abu Umamah al-Bahili relates: I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Instruct me with a deed through which Alläh will benefit me.’ He ﷺ replied, ‘Adhere to fasting for it has no equal.’ (al-Nasai in his Sunan)

  • 27 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 22: Vigil

    Aishah رضي الله عنها  said: When the last ten days would begin the Prophet ﷺ would fasten his cloth, keep vigil, and awaken his family. (al-Bukhari)

  • 26 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 21: Last Ten

    The Prophet’s ﷺ devotion increased in Sh’aban, then again at the beginning of the new month, culminating in the last ten days of Ramadan.

  • 25 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 20: Seclusion

    The Prophet’s ﷺ practice of i’itikaf began even before Quranic revelation when he would seclude himself in the cave of Hira during Ramadan

  • 24 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 19: Expiators

    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)

  • 23 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 18: Vulgarity

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

  • 22 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 17: Quran

    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.

  • 21 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 16: Curb the Nafs

    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.

  • 20 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 15: Immune System

    Fasting has many physical benefits including the healthy maintenance of the whole body, and the rejuvenation of the entire immune system.

  • 19 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 14: The Soul’s Immune System

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

  • 18 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 13: Soaring

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

  • 17 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 12: Time for Change

    If, even in the blessed and sanitised atmosphere of Ramadan, we do not reform our character and conduct then we must ask ourselves: ‘When?’