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

May, 2020

  • 4 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 11: External Carriage

    Ramadan 2020 Day 11

    “For eleven months of the year we starve the rūḥ and lavish all our attention on the external carriage (our physical body).” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq  

  • 3 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 10: 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.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 2 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 9: Expiation

    “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)” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 1 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 8: Miracle

    Ramadan 2020 Day 8

    “Millions of children being able to memorise the Quran, a book of over 80,000 words in a language they can’t understand, is truly a miracle.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

April, 2020

  • 30 April

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 7: 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.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 29 April

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 6: Sacred Hours

    “The hours, days and nights of Ramaḍān are sacred and one should be mindful of their sanctity just as one is mindful of the sanctity of the Ḥaram.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 28 April

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 5: Solitude

    “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.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 27 April

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 4: Bodily Seclusion

    “Fasting itself is a form of i’tikāf whereby we retreat into a bodily seclusion, renounce food, drink and desire, and focus on the spirit.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq  

  • 26 April

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 3: Spiritual Retreat

    Ramadan 2020 Day 3

    “The original meaning of i’tikāf was 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 Ramaḍān as a spiritual retreat where we devote ourselves to, and focus on, the ibadah of Allāh to the exclusion of everything else.” – …

  • 25 April

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 2: Quarantine

    Ramadan 2020: Day 2

    “Ramaḍān is a quarantine: a sanitised and blessed atmosphere in which we spiritually recuperate, and immunise and heal our afflicted souls.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 24 April

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 1: Du’a

    “May Allāh make this Ramaḍān Mubarak for all of us, adorn our tongues with Qurʾānic recitation, and accept our deeds and supplication. Āmīn.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 16 April

    Provisions of Taqwa

    We should always prepare for, and be mindful of the terminator of all pleasures: death. Below is an English translation of a beautiful Arabic poem where the author reminds us to prepare provisions of Taqwá: Oh Man! Prepare your provisions of Taqwa For indeed you do not know when the night settles with its darkness if you will remain alive …

  • 9 April

    Let No One Pride Themselves on Their Strength

    We as human beings have mastered so much. We have dived to the depths of the ocean and landed on the moon. We have sent probes to Mars and are planning manned missions to Mars. We scan the heavens. We have huge satellites and observatories. We have controlled the atom. We have made almost all the animals subservient to us …

  • 2 April

    The Product of Allah is Expensive

    Living one’s life in a good manner, achieving good and doing good, and gaining paradise is not simple. In a hadith the Prophet ﷺ says ‘Lo and behold! The product of Allāh is expensive’.  What is the product of Allāh? Jannah. In a verse of the Qur’an, Allāh says أَمْ حَسِبْتُمْ أَن تَدْخُلُواْ الْجَنَّةَ وَلَمَّا يَأْتِكُم مَّثَلُ الَّذِينَ خَلَوْاْ مِن …

March, 2020

  • 26 March

    The Fear of Loss

    Allāh has made many promises and Shayṭān has made many promises. These are covered in the verses of the Holy Qur’an. In Sūrat al-Aʿrāf we learn that Shayṭān made a promise to Allāh. Shayṭān said to Allāh that, “I shall surely sit on the straight path before them, and then I will surely come to them from in front of …

  • 5 March

    Who do we Object to?

    Rasūl Allāh ﷺ warned us against envy and encouraged us to be true believers. True īmān cannot reside in the same heart as hasad (envy).  When we are envious of a person, we object to Allāh’s choice in bestowing his favour on that person. A poet says in Arabic, “Say to one who has remained envious of me, do you know who …

February, 2020

  • 27 February

    Showing and Telling

    In a hadith narrated from ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin ‘As the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said: “When the treasures of Persia and Rome are conquered, what kind of people will you be?” ‘Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Awf رضي الله عنه‎ said: “We will say what Allāh has commanded us to say.” One of the meanings of this is that ‘We shall be grateful …

  • 20 February

    Be Active Not Passive

    Imam al-Bukhārī’s  رحمه الله memory was amazing and he was renowned for it. Someone once asked him if there was any medicine available to obtain the kind of memory that he had for memorisation. People thought that perhaps Imam al-Bukhārī has the recipe for a secret potion that he drinks that helps him to memorise so much. Imam al-Bukhārī replied …

  • 13 February

    Blinding Anger

    When a person is angry, there can be many underlying reasons. It could be due to deep-seated insecurities or it could also be due to arrogance. In fact, arrogance can arise from insecurity also. When a person is deeply insecure and consider themselves lowly, they cannot reveal that to the world although sometimes people see flashes of that insecurity. How …

  • 6 February

    Projection of Guilt

    Projection of guilt is a famous term in psychology and is also a trait of hypocrisy. This is where a person is guilty of something and they try and deflect that guilt on to another person. They have no shame in doing so. They are the ones that are lying but they tell the innocent person that ‘You are lying’. …