Excerpts

May, 2016

  • 19 May

    Ascribing Children to Allah

    Ascribing Children to Allah

    An Excerpt from the Lecture, ‘Allah, The One, The Unique:A Tafsīr of Sūrat 112 – al-Ikhlās’

  • 16 May

    The Oneness of Allah

    An Excerpt from the Lecture, ‘Allah, The One, The Unique:A Tafsīr of Sūrat 112 – al-Ikhlās’

April, 2016

  • 28 April

    When to Speak

    An alim said that whenever the nafs tell me to speak that I know that is when I should keep quiet. Whenever the nafs tell me to remain quiet, I know that is when I should speak. [This short excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 17th April 2016].

February, 2016

  • 20 February

    The Beloved of the Beloved of Allah

    This is an excerpt from Lesson 184 of al Tajrid al Sarih (The Abridged Saheeh al Bukhari) by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq. Delivered on Friday 15th February 2008 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester.

December, 2015

  • 24 December

    Mark of a Believer

    ‘Sincerity is a mark of a believer.’ (Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq)

January, 2015

  • 15 January

    Guarding Oneself

    The most succinct definition of taqwa is to guard oneself from the displeasure of Allah by guarding oneself from the disobedience of Allah. We must guard our eyes, ears, tongue, hands, feet and even our heart from any act, thought, sentiment and emotion of disobedience and displeasure. How does a person develop taqwa? There are many ways of developing taqwa …

January, 2014

  • 9 January

    Staying Afloat

    There is no concept of remaining stagnant in deen. We are either rising or falling, progressing or deteriorating, but we never remain at a constant level of spirituality and devotion. In order to remain afloat in water, we have to do something proactive or else we will sink. Similarly, the greatest benefit of attending gatherings of learning is that they …

December, 2013

  • 26 December

    Who are your True Friends?

    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 …

January, 2013

  • 10 January

    Gift of Ilm

    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 …

July, 2012

  • 19 July

    Lack of Spiritual Progress

    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 …

June, 2012

  • 2 June

    The Prophet is closer to the believers than themselves

    The Prophet is closer

    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.

May, 2012

  • 18 May

    Kindness and Compassion to Animals

    Kindness and Compassion to Animals

    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.

April, 2012

  • 26 April

    Work of Deen

    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 …

  • 21 April

    Islamic Economics – The Solution to the Global Financial Crisis

    Global Financial Crisis

    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).

March, 2012

  • 16 March

    The Obligation of Honesty in Dealings

    Obligation of Honesty in Dealings

    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

February, 2012

  • 16 February

    Mouthpiece of the Heart

    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 …

  • 2 February

    Solitude

    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 …

January, 2012

  • 27 January

    The Power of Dajjal

    Power of dajal

    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.

  • 19 January

    Self-Conceit

    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 …

December, 2011

  • 22 December

    Sincere Repentance

    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). …