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

Constancy in Silence

Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qu’ran: مَا يَلْفِظُ مِن قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ Not a word he utters but there is a watcher ready. [Surah Qaaf 50:18] For every word that we utter, an angel is ever-eager …

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Constancy in Purity and Fasting

Over the next few posts, we will elaborate briefly on the points mentioned in ‘Constancy in 8 Things‘. Constancy in purity and worship means that one’s external purity is reflected in one’s inner self.  One should strive to be in …

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Constancy in 8 Things

When a person reaches the stage of ihsaan, his walking, talking, sitting and so on all become ibaadah (worship) because he is conscious of Allah at all times; thus, his whole life becomes ibaadah. However before a person can reach …

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Unrestrained Excess

The ulama (scholars) of the past, in their search for knowledge and in order to progress and become close to Allah سبحانه وتعالى, sacrificed a lot. This is the reason why they were humble and simple, but nowadays many of …

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The Halal Way

Allah عز وجل says in the Holy Qur’an: وَأَمَّا مَنْ خَافَ مَقَامَ رَبِّهِ وَنَهَى النَّفْسَ عَنِ الْهَوَى فَإِنَّ الْجَنَّةَ هِيَ الْمَأْوَى As for he who fears the standing before his Lord and prevents his nafs from fulfilling its desire, Jannah …

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Pie in the Sky?

Perhaps we are very neglectful of spirituality because today even though we may profess to be Muslims we have been so affected by materialism that we devote all our attention to those things that are material. So we place trust …

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Pearls of Wisdom 2

A few more pearls of wisdom taken from some of the majalis (gatherings for spiritual training) held by  Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq in 1998: •    Hub-e-Jaah (love of name,fame and recognition) is normally the last  thing that leaves a person’s …

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Pearls of Wisdom 1

Below are some pearls of wisdom taken from a few majalis (gatherings for spiritual training) held by  Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq in 1998: •    Part of the cure to the diseases of the heart is to realise their dangers and …

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True Servants of Rahman

In a hadeeth related by Imam Muslim رحمة الله عليه in his Sahih, on the authority of Sayyiduna  Abu Hurairah رضى الله عنه, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم says ‘Never does anyone’s wealth decrease by giving in the way …

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Eradication of Spiritual Diseases

قَدْ أَفْلَحَ مَن زَكَّاهَا He who purifies the soul, he is successful. [Surah al Shams 91:9] Just as the body falls ill, the ruh (soul) also falls ill.The illnesses of the ruh include pride, jealousy, malice, hatred, love of dunya …

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Hard of Heart

Sayyiduna Abdur Rahman bin Auf رضى الله عنه repeatedly made the dua ‘Oh Allah! Protect me from the greed of my own soul’. A person who is greedy becomes enslaved to his own nafs and not to Allah سبحانه وتعالى. …

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Pause and Reflect

One of the main teachings of tazkiyah is muraqabah. Most people think that muraqabah is to sit in a dark room with one’s head bowed and meditate. The original meaning would literally mean ‘to watch over and monitor oneself’. We …

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Attraction of Worldly Life

It is easy to be fooled in to thinking that happiness lies in wealth and successful education, employment and careers. Although none of these things should be overlooked and belittled altogether, we should question ourselves as to what lies in …

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High Expectations

In a hadeeth reported by Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal and others it is reported that Sufyan ibn Abdullah al Thaqafi رضى الله عنه said: ‘I said, “O Messenger of Allah, tell me something about Islam that I cannot ask anyone …

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Experience True Love

Our religion has a lot to teach us about love. Once a person becomes immersed in the love of Allah سبحانه وتعالى and His Rasul صلى الله عليه وسلم, nothing else means anything at all as the person reaches such …

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Oh Allah! Grant my soul its taqwah and purify it

A famous du’a (supplication) of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم is: اللَّهُمَّ آتِ نَفْسِي تَقْوَاهَا وَزَكِّهَا أَنْتَ خَيْرُ مَنْ زَكَّاهَا أَنْتَ وَلِيُّهَا وَ مَوْلَاهَا ‘Oh Allah! Grant my soul its taqwa and purify it, for you are the best …

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Oh Nafs! Isn’t it true…?

One great scholar in a classical piece of writing addresses his nafs (soul) and says ‘Oh Soul! Admit! Isn’t it true that when I recite the Qur’an you feel fatigue, tiredness and you remind me of the need for the …

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Why do we still sin in Ramadhan?

Why do we still fall victim to desire and continue to sin during Ramadhan? We know that the shayateen (devils) are locked up in Ramadhan so why do we still persist in sin during this blessed month? This is not …

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