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

April, 2021

  • 15 April

    Ramadan 2021 – Day 3: Quality

    “Our fast should be of quality; avoid all forms of ḥarām, abstain from ḥarām speech, conversation, thoughts and sight” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 14 April

    Ramadan 2021 – Day 2: Switch

    “Fasting is not difficult. All it takes is for a person to switch on mentally and it can be done. It is within our capability.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 13 April

    Ramadan 2021 – 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

June, 2020

  • 11 June

    Guard Your Speech

    We are very unguarded when it comes to speech. Bodily actions require a lot of motivation and energy. Speaking, in contrast, requires little effort. We have a habit of always speaking, making a comment or offering an opinion on matters that do not concern us. Many scholars mention that if someone regards their speech as being deep, they will be …

May, 2020

  • 23 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 30: Farewell

    “Such sweet sorrow as we bid farewell to a blessed month and welcome a festive day. May Allah grant us many more moons of Ramadan and Eid.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 22 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 29: Distraction

    “Let not the fatigue of our month’s endeavours or the excitement of the pending Eid distract us from the last few blessed moments of Ramadan.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 21 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 28: Spiritual Bends

    “One can prevent post-Ramadan ‘spiritual bends’ (decompression) by acclimatising through the 6 Shawwal fasts and other continued good deeds.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 20 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 27: True Knowledge

    “A smattering of learning often breeds arrogance. True knowledge, which ultimately is a realisation of one’s ignorance, instills humility.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 19 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 26: Legacy

    “Among other things, early Muslims have bequeathed us a truly astounding legacy of reciting and memorising the Quran, especially in Ramadan.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 18 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 25: Spiritual Nourishment

    “As a living being the soul needs nourishment, nurture and protection to survive and thrive. This is Ramadan’s preparation for the whole year.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 16 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 24: 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.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 15 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 23: Sacred State

    “Let’s not fast passively and unconsciously, merely being hungry and thirsty, but actively remaining conscious of the sacred state we’re in.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 14 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 22: Culmination

    “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.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 14 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 21: Last Ten

    “Aishah (ra) said, ‘When the last ten days would begin the Prophet ﷺ would fasten his cloth, keep vigil, and awaken his family.’ (al-Bukhari)” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 13 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 20: Higher Awareness

    “Fasting creates taqwa, which is a higher awareness and consciousness of Allah, similar to ihsan, of which the Prophet ﷺ said, ‘Ihsan is that you worship Allah as though you see him, and if you do not see him then indeed he sees you.’” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq  

  • 12 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 19: Inner Turmoil

    “Much of our inner turmoil is self inflicted as we, being dissatisfied with ourselves, are always trying to be someone else somewhere else.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 11 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 18: Hate

    “We may have reason to disagree but disagreement itself is no reason to hate. Our resentment is more a reflection of ourselves than others.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 9 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 16: Knowledge and Ignorance

    “Knowledge is the realisation of one’s ignorance. Ignorance is the delusion of knowledge.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 9 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 17: Rejuvenation

    “Fasting has many physical benefits including the healthy maintenance of the whole body, and the rejuvenation of the entire immune system.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq

  • 8 May

    Ramadan 2020 – Day 15: Wind of Rahma

    “During Ramaḍān, there is a wind of Rahma which touches everyone. This is why people change in Ramaḍān; there is a natural inclination to good.” – Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq