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

April, 2020

  • 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’. …

January, 2020

  • 30 January

    Verbal Judo

    Often when someone tells us that we are in the wrong, we react in anger and reject the advice and insist that we are right. We offer contorted arguments and reasons to prove ourselves to be true and innocent. For an onlooker, it can be truly embarrassing to hear our attempts to justify our behaviour, but we feel no shame. …

  • 23 January

    Hope and Scope

    When we reflect on our character, conduct and behaviour we should realise that we may not be angels, but we are not absolutely worthless either. We are somewhere in-between. That gives us hope and scope for improvement and betterment. It makes us realise that we are far from perfect and there is a lot that we can improve on. When …

  • 16 January

    Is Your Body Changing?

    The external teachings of religion should be matched by a reflective, inner spirituality because ultimately that is what all of the teachings of religion lead to. We are not who we are because of our bodies but because of our rūḥ. Allāh created the rūḥ first. It is the rūḥ that was breathed into the womb of the mother, it …

  • 2 January

    Arguing over Inches of land

    Arguments and disputes over wealth are common. Siblings who grew up with each other argue over inches of land and fight over their dead parent’s inheritance. All love goes out of the window. That is how it can be even within families.  We go to tribunals and stand before judges. We stand in court to make claims against each other …

December, 2019

  • 26 December

    Deep Roots

    In a hadīth, the Prophet ﷺ has described the munāfiq and the muʾmin with examples of trees. The muʾmin is similar to a tree with deep roots. It is tall-standing and firm. Even when it is buffeted by the strong winds of a hurricane, the most that happens to it is that it sways and bends with the wind. It does not snap or fall. When …

  • 19 December

    The Colour of Allah

    One of the traits of hypocrisy is that a person tries to please the whole of creation but not Allāh. It is impossible to please everybody and tell everybody what they want to hear. This is because to do so will mean that there is lying and deception involved. Every time someone tells another person what they want to hear, …

  • 12 December

    Nice Guys Finish Last

    Deception is a trait of hypocrisy.  For every single trait of hypocrisy, you will note that the opposite will be true for īmān and the believers. What is the opposite of deception? Innocence. A believer is innocent and trusting.  Rasūl Allāh ﷺ was innocent, believing and trusting. That is the character of a believer. The opposite is true of a munāfiq. A munāfiq does not …

  • 5 December

    Reconciliation through Positivity

    Reconciliation does not happen if you keep on digging up old dirt. If you wish to resolve a dispute, you should not repeatedly go over what has happened before. You have to bury the past. In order to reconcile, forgive and forget, and to tolerate others you have to focus on the positives and overlook the negatives. This is what …

November, 2019

  • 28 November

    Richest Man in the Cemetery

    Abū al-Dardāʾ رضى الله عنه used to say “We eat and drink and the rich eat and drink. We dress and the rich dress. The rich have excess wealth and they look at their excess wealth and we look at their excess wealth. But they will be questioned about it, and we will not.” These are real words of wisdom …