Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qurān, الْأَخِلَّاء يَوْمَئِذٍ بَعْضُهُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ إِلَّا الْمُتَّقِينَ The intimate friends on that Day will be hostile unto one another save the God-fearing. [Az-Zukhruf 43/67] This verse tells us that the best of friends will be enemies of each other on the Day of Judgement except those with taqwa. In reality, there are …
Gratitude for a gift is not something that is expressed verbally, rather it is expressed in attitude and deed, i.e. it is appreciated and utilised it in a beneficial manner. We have the opportunity to learn, educate and reform ourselves, yet despite this gift of ilm available to us, we lack desire and motivation. We do not appreciate this opportunity …
Many of us wander at our lack of spiritual progress yet we fail to avoid the basic sins. For example, sins of the tongue such as swearing, backbiting, rumour mongering and slander. Silence is the hallmark of a believer and one of the goals of tazkiyah is to cut down on one’s speech. Most people tend to talk excessively and …
This is an excerpt from Lesson 332 of al Tajrid al Sarih (The Abridged Saheeh al Bukhari) from ‘the Book of Taking of & the Payment of Loans & the Freezing of Assets & Bankruptcy’ by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq. Delivered on Friday 28th January 2011 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester.
This is an excerpt from Lesson 329 of al Tajrid al Sarih (The Abridged Saheeh al Bukhari) from the Book of Watering by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq. Delivered on Friday 2 March 2012 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester.
We should regularly attend gatherings of knowledge and engage in the work of deen (religion), to ensure our own stability, steadfastness and imaan (faith). Allah’s deen is not in need of us and nor do we have something to offer, rather we should do so for our own good and benefit. The work of deen is not necessarily doing things …
This is an excerpt from Lesson 327 of al Tajrid al Sarih (The Abridged Saheeh al Bukhari) from the Book of Farming and Agriculture by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq. Delivered on Friday 17 February 2012 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK).
This is an excerpt from Lesson 291 of al Tajrid al Sarih (The Abridged Saheeh al Bukhari) from the Book of Transactions by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq. Delivered on Friday 11th February 2011 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester. SHOW MORE
The tongue is the mouthpiece of the heart; whatever is in the heart will be revealed through the tongue. When a person is calm he can maintain a facade, however the moment he becomes angry, passionate or embroiled in an argument, his tongue will reveal what is truly in his heart. If a person does not work on cleaning his …
In a hadeeth Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم said: الوحدة خير من جليس السوء والجليس الصالح خير من الوحدة ”Solitude is better than bad company and good company is better than solitude.” [Bayhaqi – Shu’ab al Imaan] If a person cannot adopt good company, then he should remain in solitude. Nothing is more helpful in achieving sincerity of intention …
This is an excerpt from Lesson 250 of al Tajrid al Sarih (The Abridged Saheeh al Bukhari) from the Book of Transactions by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq. Delivered on Friday 4 December 2009 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester.
Every Muslim has a responsibility to impart naseehah (advice) to his fellow Muslim. However when doing so, one should only speak about those points which are within the scope of one’s knowledge and not delve beyond that. When a person is asked a question by another person thinking him to be knowledgeable, he should never rush to answer whilst thinking …
In a hadeeth reported by Imam Bukhari, Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم said: والله إنِّي لأَسْتَغْفِرُ الله وأَتُوبُ إِلَيْه في اليَوْمِ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ سَبْعِينَ مَرَّةً By Allah I seek forgiveness from Allah and repent to Him more than seventy times in a day [Tirmidhi] A person cannot progress on the path of tazkiyah (spiritual purification) without sincere tawbah (repentance). …
Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Quran: أَحَسِبَ النَّاسُ أَن يُتْرَكُوا أَن يَقُولُوا آمَنَّا وَهُمْ لَا يُفْتَنُونَ وَلَقَدْ فَتَنَّا الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ فَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا وَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ الْكَاذِبِينَ Bethink men that they shall be left alone because they say: we believe; and that they shall not be tempted? And assuredly We have tempted those who were before them. So …
Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Quran: وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَوْلا نُزِّلَ عَلَيْهِ الْقُرْآنُ جُمْلَةً وَاحِدَةً كَذَلِكَ لِنُثَبِّتَ بِهِ فُؤَادَكَ “And those who disbelieve say,’Why isn’t the Quran revealed to him in one go?’ In this way We strengthen your heart…..” [al Furqan 25/32] The Quran was revealed piecemeal to Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم over a period of …
Allah سبحانه وتعالى Says in the Holy Qurān, وَالَّذِينَ جَاهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا “We shall guide those who strive hard in Our cause to the path leading to Us.” [al ʿAnkabūt 29/69] Allah’s hidayah (guidance) is proportional to one’s ṭalab (zeal). One should develop a yearning and desire to attain higher goals in life, beyond one’s mundane existence, in the …
This is an excerpt from Lesson 296 of al Tajrid al Sarih (The Abridged Saheeh al Bukhari) from the Book of Transactions by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq. Delivered on Friday 18 March 2011 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester.
This is an excerpt from Lesson 289 of al Tajrid al Sarih (The Abridged Saheeh al Bukhari) from the Book of Transactions by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq. Delivered on Friday 28 January 2011 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester.
A sahabi رضى الله عنه asked the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم for advice. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said: ‘Say ‘I believe in Allah’ and then remain steadfast’ [Reported in Muslim] It is very easy to say ‘I believe in Allah‘ but the second part i.e. ‘remain steadfast‘ (one word in Arabic – istiqamah) is very …
Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Quran, يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ ادْخُلُواْ فِي السِّلْمِ كَآفَّةً O believers, enter into Islam completely [al Baqarah 2:208] One of the greatest problems today amongst Muslims is that outwardly Islam is present, but the baatin (inner character and spirituality) is missing. A complete Muslim, however, is a Muslim not only externally but also …