Excerpts

April, 2011

  • 15 April

    Strengthen Your Heart

    وَكُـلاًّ نَّقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ مِنْ أَنبَاء الرُّسُلِ مَا نُثَبِّتُ بِهِ فُؤَادَكَ وَجَاءكَ فِي هَـذِهِ الْحَقُّ وَمَوْعِظَةٌ وَذِكْرَى

March, 2011

  • 31 March

    There is no Tazkiya without Shariah

    Allah سبحانه وتعالى says in the Holy Qur’an: إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ Except one who comes to Allah with a sound heart [Surah al Shuaraa 26:89] The goal of tazkiya is to return to one’s beginning i.e. as a new-born child, pure and innocent, free from malice, self-conceit and pride. The dunya, however, makes a person’s heart hard …

February, 2011

  • 17 February

    In Search of Barakah

    Jabir رضى الله عنه reported that Allah’s Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم commanded the licking of the fingers and the dish, saying: “You do not know in what portion the blessing lies.” [Reported by Muslim] This hadeeth teaches us that when we eat, we should not assume that the barakah (blessings) will be in the main part of the meal. …

  • 10 February

    Constancy in Solitude

    Today is the final post in the series related to constancy in 8 things. Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم said in a hadeeth ,”Solitude is better than bad company but good company is better than solitude.” [Bayhaqi – Shu’ab al Imaan] In this day and age especially, we should endeavour to stay away from bad company and remain in an …

  • 4 February

    Contentment with the Decree of Allah

    Over the past few weeks, we have been posting some brief points regarding constancy in 8 things which are necessary in the beginning stages of tazkiyah. Today’s post is the penultimate in this series concerning the decree of Allah سبحانه وتعالى. Allah says in a verse of the Holy Qur’an: مَا أَصَابَ مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي أَنفُسِكُمْ إِلَّا …

January, 2011

  • 20 January

    Constancy in the company of one’s spiritual guide

    To be constant in maintaining a bond (of the heart) with one’s spiritual guide is a very important condition on the path of tazkiyah (spiritual purification). In Islam, there is a spiritual dimension and knowledge passes from heart to heart. Spirituality is gained through the relationship one has with one’s spiritual guide; the more clean and transparent this relationship is, …

  • 13 January

    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 to record it. We should act on everything that we learn, especially with regard to remaining silent. The less a …

December, 2010

  • 30 December

    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 this lofty stage he must firstly become constant in, and perfect, 8 beginning stages: 1.    Constancy in purity and worship, …

  • 23 December

    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 us are spoilt and pampered and we complain if do not get what we want. Many ulama of tazkiyah have …

  • 17 December

    Guard The Tongue

    This is an excerpt from Lesson 252 of al Tajrid al Sarih (The Abridged Saheeh al Bukhari) from the Book of Fasting by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq. Delivered on Friday 8 January 2010 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester.

  • 9 December

    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 is his abode. [Surah Naziaat 79:40-41]. Doing something the halal way is always very difficult and a test in itself, …

November, 2010

  • 20 November

    Can a 7th Century Man be a Role Model in the 21st Century?

    Can a 7th Century Man be a Role Model for the 21st Century? Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq. Delivered on Saturday 13th July 2008 at Islam Expo, London.

  • 4 November

    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 of Allah and never is a servant of Allah forgiving and merciful to anybody else except that Allah سبحانه وتعالى …

October, 2010

  • 14 October

    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 should, in general, meditate and reflect over our condition all the time, whenever we have a few moments to think. …

  • 8 October

    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 the heart and mind as opposed to the hand. There were sahabah رضى الله عنهم (companions) who were rich and …

  • 1 October

    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 other than you.” He صلى الله عليه وسلم  said, “Say, ‘I believe in Allah and then remain steadfast.”’ To say …

September, 2010

  • 24 September

    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 a degree of imaan that he actually tastes the sweetness of imaan. How can this be achieved? Not from books …

August, 2010

  • 12 August

    Do You Love Allah?

    There is a famous poem in Arabic where the poet says that you claim to love Allah and you express Allah’s love but at the same time you disobey him. By Allah, this is a very strange thing indeed! If your love for Allah was true, you would obey him because one who claims love for another, always follows him, …

July, 2010

  • 23 July

    Weeds in a Rose Garden

    It is easy to achieve a rapport with Allah سبحانه وتعالى. but it is difficult to maintain especially for a person who has pride in his heart. One of the consequences of pride is that it leads to friction with others. A proud person will expect respect, love, attention and affection from others but when he does not receive them …

  • 16 July

    Religion is Firm

    The sahabah رضى الله عنهم were blessed with beautiful characters and manners and they reached the rank of ihsaan due to the blessing of being in the presence of the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم. They benefitted from the suhba (company) of Rasulullah صلى الله عليه وسلم. We, today, have to work towards this aim, i.e. attaining the rank of …