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

Ramadan Day 1

Insha’Allah everyday in Ramadan Content Soul will bring you a beautiful quote from Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq for you to reflect upon during this blessed month.


Spiritual Retreat

Iʿtikāf is a form of seclusion and retreat where we stay in the masjid for a number of days, devoting ourselves to the ibadah of Allah and staying away from worldly affairs. The original meaning of i’tikāf was not just restricted to this. It meant to devote oneself and focus oneself on something to the exclusion of everything else. Ramadan is a form of iʿtikāf for the entire month. We should treat the whole of Ramadan as a spiritual retreat where we devote ourselves to, and focus on, the ibadah of Allah to the exclusion of everything else. In daily worship, it can be very difficult to reach elevated states of spirituality. However, in Ramadan the whole environment and climate changes drastically which can help us reach higher levels of spirituality. To achieve this, we need to seclude and detach ourselves from worldly matters.

[This short excerpt is based on the talk ‘Ramadan: A Spiritual Retreat’ which was delivered by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq on 14th May 2017].


Ramadan Preparation

Our preparation for Ramadan should be physical, mental and spiritual. Rasul ﷺ spoke to the sahabah before Ramadan not only about the virtues of Ramadan but also about practical preparation so that they would make the most of the month and not to let it go to waste. Practically, we should look at ways of freeing up time for the month of Ramadan e.g. completing chores and other work in advance. Mental preparation includes readying ourselves for the ibadah of Allah with focus and devotion.

[This short excerpt is based on the talk ‘Ramadan: A Spiritual Retreat’ which was delivered by Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq on 14th May 2017].


It’s easy to slip…

It’s very easy to slip into complacency and become relaxed in religion. There is never inertia in religion. Man never stands still. He is always being pulled or pushed, in one direction or another. In whichever direction he is travelling in, he gathers pace in that direction. The more a person carries on down that path, the more difficult it becomes to stop and change direction.

This is why the ulama have always advised us not to abandon nawafil prayers. They have observed that when someone gets relaxed about their nafil prayers, they will then get more relaxed about sunnah ghair muakkadah prayers, then sunnah muakkadah, then Witr. Ultimately, the quality of their fardh salah will suffer.

Allah condemns such people in the Holy Qur’an who perform their salah lazily:


إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ يُخَادِعُونَ اللَّهَ وَهُوَ خَادِعُهُمْ وَإِذَا قَامُوا


إِلَى الصَّلَاةِ قَامُوا كُسَالَىٰ يُرَاءُونَ النَّاسَ وَلَا يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ إِلَّا قَلِيلًا

Verily the hypocrites would beguile Allah, whereas it is He who beguileth them, ; and when they stand up to prayer, they stand up languidly, making a show to the people, and they remember not Allah but little taqwa [an Nisa 4/1142]

May Allah protect us from complacency in our prayers.

[This short excerpt is based on a lecture delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 9th January 2017].


Personal Achievement

What a person achieves or accomplishes is not out of one’s own greatness or position but its through the divine enablement of Allah. In any personal achievement one should always be humble and grateful to Allah.


Anger Management

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Heart to Heart

Knowledge is from heart to heart


Sincerity

Sincerity is a mark of a believer

Sincerity is a mark of a believer


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].


A Beautiful Garden

The heart should be thought of as a garden. To make a beautiful garden, one of the first thing you have to do is clean out the garden – remove all the nettles, brambles, weeds, clean and prepare the soil. You have to then maintain the weeding to prevent them from overgrowing. To cultivate a good heart and grow the love of Allah, His Rasul ﷺ and love of the akhirah, purity, pleasantness then one of the first things we must do is remove the harmful elements otherwise they will overwhelm the heart.

[This short excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 17th April 2016].


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