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

May, 2019

  • 12 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 7: Abstention

    Fasting is abstention, and in a true fast, along with the body’s abstention, the mind and heart abstain from sinful thoughts and sentiments.

  • 11 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 6: Astounding Legacy

    Among other things, early Muslims have bequeathed us a truly astounding legacy of reciting and memorising the Quran, especially in Ramadan.

  • 9 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 5: Nourishment for the Soul

    As a living being the soul needs nourishment, nurture and protection to survive and thrive. This is Ramadan’s preparation for the whole year.

  • 8 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 4: Active Fasting

    Let’s not fast passively and unconsciously, merely being hungry and thirsty, but actively remaining conscious of the sacred state we’re in.

  • 8 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 3: Ihsan

    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.’

  • 7 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 2: Divine Revelation

    Ramadan was the chosen month of divine revelation, and it remains a unique time of devotional communication through prayer and supplication.

  • 6 May

    Ramadan 2019 – Day 1: Ramadan Mubarak

    May Allāh make this Ramaḍān Mubarak for all of us, adorn our tongues with Qurʾānic recitation, and accept our deeds and supplication. Āmīn.

April, 2019

  • 25 April

    Goal of Fasting

    As we approach Ramaḍān, we should think about the purpose of fasting. The goal of the fast is to work on the rūḥ. In the entire Quran, Allāh only mentions one specific and direct objective of fasting: to create taqwá. In Sūrat al-Baqarah, Allāh says: “Oh Believers! Fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who …

March, 2019

  • 21 March

    Managing Disagreements

    Disagreements are a fact of life. Disagreements can arise between siblings, close family members and friends. It is human nature to disagree. But, Allāh and His Rasul ﷺ in the Qur’an and hadīth do not teach us to remove all disagreements. What they have taught us is how to manage disagreements. When we disagree, we are taught to confine our …

February, 2019

  • 7 February

    Manners and Respect

    We all want to learn about our religion. But, ilm cannot be gained without ādāb; without respect and without good, beautiful manners. Ibn Wahab, a famous scholar who was one of the students of Imam Malik says that we learnt, quoted and conveyed more about ādāb from Imam Malik رحمه الله than we did of knowledge. Even the companion Anas …

January, 2019

  • 10 January

    Relieved of the World

    When a person departs from this realm in to the realm of the hereafter, either they are relieved of the world or the world is relieved of them. When a good person passes away, they are relieved of the fatigue, pain and trouble of the world. When a bad person dies, then we learn from the hadīth that not only …

  • 3 January


    The life of the Prophet ﷺ was one of calmness: calmness and patience in everything even when things did not go to plan. He was accepting, tolerant and patient. 

December, 2018

  • 27 December

    Strange Love

    In a famous poem, Imam Shafi رحمه الله says: You express the love of AllāhAnd yet You disobey Him This is very strange indeedIf your love for Allāh was true then you would have obeyed himFor indeed the one who loves, obeys the beloved [This excerpt is based on a talk delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 7th November …

  • 20 December

    Tolerance not Vile Hatred

    To be true believers our love of Allāh and His Rasūl ﷺ should surpass everything else. We should love that which Rasūl ﷺ loved. One of the things that Rasūl Allāh ﷺ loved was his ummah. That love means that we must tolerate each other, accept each other and love one another. No one is perfect and no one will …

November, 2018

  • 15 November

    Stopping at the Door

    The exterior teaching of religion is the key to the door to the inner world of spirituality. The interior (spirituality) cannot be achieved without the exterior but the danger is that we stop at the door and do not move forward.

October, 2018