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

May, 2018

  • 16 May

    Ramadan 2018 – Day 1: Ramaḍān Mubarak

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

  • 10 May

    The Month of Training

    Ramaḍān is the month of training for one on the path of tazkiyah (spiritual purification) and the training one receives in this month is not received at any other time. Below is some practical advice one should try to act on during this blessed month: • Ramaḍān is the month of the Qurʾān and one should try to complete at …

April, 2018

  • 19 April

    Love not Hate

    In a hadīth related by Imām Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal in his Musnad and others, Rasūl Allāh ﷺ says “The disease of the nations of yore has crept into you, which is envy, and malice/hatred is the shaver. I do not say that it shaves hair, rather it shaves religion. By Allāh in Whose Hand rests my soul, you will never …

  • 12 April

    Be the Better One

    In a hadīth we learn that Uqbah ibn Amir رضى الله عنه took hold of Prophet’s ﷺ hand and said “Oh Messenger of Allah, inform me of the virtuous deeds.” Prophet ﷺ said 3 things to him: “Bond and join relations with the one who severs relations with you, give to one who deprives you and turn away from and …

March, 2018

  • 29 March

    Sticks and Stones

    The concept of ‘sticks and stones may break bones, but words never hurt’ does not stand in Islam. In Islam, we have always been taught that words can hurt as much as stones. Words can inflict as much pain as sticks. A broken bone can be mended, but a broken heart can not as easily be mended from hurtful words. …

  • 8 March

    A Suspended Duʿā

    A person’s duʿā remains suspended between the heaven and the earth until he sends salutations on the Prophet ﷺ – – Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb (عمر بن الخطاب) رضى الله عنه

  • 1 March

    Be Careful What You Say

    We should be careful what we say and when. We do not know when Allāh will accept our duʿā or our words.  

February, 2018

  • 22 February

    It Begins in the Mind

    In a verse of the Holy Qurʾān, Allāh says: يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ ٱجۡتَنِبُواْ كَثِيرً۬ا مِّنَ ٱلظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعۡضَ ٱلظَّنِّ إِثۡمٌ۬‌ۖ وَلَاتَجَسَّسُواْ وَلَا يَغۡتَب بَّعۡضُكُم بَعۡضًا‌ۚ أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُڪُمۡ أَن يَأۡڪُلَ لَحۡمَ أَخِيهِ مَيۡتً۬ا فَكَرِهۡتُمُوهُ‌ۚ وَٱتَّقُواْ ٱللَّهَ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ۬ رَّحِيمٌ۬ Oh believers! Abstain excessively from speculation (conjecture) for indeed some instances of conjecture are a sin. Do not investigate, do not …

  • 15 February

    Filling the Void

    The Prophet ﷺ has said, “If the Son of Adam (Man) had a valley full of gold, he would desire a second valley; and if he was given a second valley, he would desire a third valley, and nothing will fill the cavity in Man except the dust of the Earth. And Allah forgives he who repents to Him.” [Bukhari] …

  • 8 February

    Social Concerns

    One of the beauties of Islamic teaching is to visit the sick, to attend funerals and visit each other for the sake of Allah. These social etiquettes and social concerns are slowly being lost. We should be more social in our daily lives. In fact, one of the the wisdom’s of congregational salāh is it’s social effect. [This short excerpt …

  • 1 February

    Selfishness in Religion

    We may think that piety and godliness lies only in our relationship with Allāh سبحانه وتعالى . The Qurʾān and hadith tell us that this is not the case. Allāh سبحانه وتعالى says: لَّيْسَ الْبِرَّ أَن تُوَلُّواْ وُجُوهَكُمْ قِبَلَ الْمَشْرِقِ وَالْمَغْرِبِ وَلَـكِنَّ الْبِرَّ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ وَالْمَلآئِكَةِ وَالْكِتَابِ وَالنَّبِيِّينَ وَآتَى الْمَالَ عَلَى حُبِّهِ ذَوِي الْقُرْبَى وَالْيَتَامَى وَالْمَسَاكِينَ وَابْنَ السَّبِيلِ …

January, 2018

  • 25 January

    Your Last Day

    Many scholars have said that you should live your day as if it is your last day.

  • 19 January

    Your Brief Stay

    Some ulamā have said that we should regard our time in the dunya as the time between Adhān and Salāh.

  • 11 January

    Our Time

    Allah has given us time so that we may put it to good use and be grateful to Allah. What will our relationship be with Allah if we abuse it?

  • 4 January

    Real Loss

    Real loss is not the loss of wealth of possessions. Real loss is when a person allows themselves to be distracted by their dunya from the remembrance of Allah and their true purpose.

December, 2017

  • 28 December

    Character and Conduct

    Ilm shines in character and conduct.

  • 21 December

    Chain of Purification

    The true ulama were such that they were purified by their teachers and they purified their students.

  • 7 December

    Softening the Heart

    Reciting durood (salutations upon the Messenger ﷺ) abundantly not only has a calming effect on a person but also softens the heart.

November, 2017

  • 30 November

    Falling is Easy

    Always remember that spirituality can easily be lost – climbing is difficult but falling is easy. Consolidate what you have i.e. fardh and sunnah acts of ibadah and take things slowly, with patience and perseverance.

  • 16 November

    Heart and Mind

    Ilm is in the heart not just in the mind.