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

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].


Stopping at a Critical Time

We focus a lot on children’s tarbiyah at a young age but then stop at a critical time during their teenage years. We never focus on the tarbiyah of adults. Rasul ﷺ did tarbiyah on the sahabah. Who will do our tarbiyah? We are in need of nurturing and cultivation. We are need of someone to help us to develop and flourish. We need to focus on our ruh and spirit. This requires the right environment and company in order to develop.

[This short excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 16th August 2015].


Mark of a Believer

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


Value of the Teacher

‘Those who don’t have a teacher appreciate the value of a teacher.’ (Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq)


Heart to Heart

Knowledge in Islām is not just from mouth to ear or from books, but knowledge in Islām is predominantly from heart to heart.’ (Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq)


A Mechanical Performance

A routine, mechanical performance of salah in reality is not sufficient although it may fulfil the obligation. We also need to consider social etiquettes, and fulfilling the rights of the creation as well as the creator. We can get obsessed with halal and haram but we forget about the essence of worship, the core spirituality.

[This short excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 16th August 2015].


Polluted Faith

‘There are many who purify their clothes yet pollute their faith!’ – The companion Abu Ubaydah ibn al-Jarrah (رضى الله عنه).

Tweet by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq @sh_riyadhulhaq November 3 2015


Ramadan Reflections 2

1. If, even in the blessed and sanitised atmosphere of Ramadan, we do not reform our character and conduct then we must ask ourselves: ‘When?’

2. Fasting in Ramadan with constant awareness and mindfulness is the easiest and most effective course for anger management and self discipline.

3. Ramadan was the chosen month of divine revelation, and it remains a unique time of devotional communication through prayer and supplication.

4. Ramadan is the month of the Quran; a time to devotedly recite its words, reflect on its meanings, and apply its teachings in our lives.

5. Fasting is abstention, and in a true fast, along with the body’s abstention, the mind and heart abstain from sinful thoughts and sentiments.

Tweets by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq @sh_riyadhulhaq Ramadan 1436 June/July 2015


Ramadan Reflections 1

1. Fasting curbs our animalistic indulgence and carnality, and enables us to break free of the shackles of bestiality and soar to spirituality.

2. The Islamic purpose of fasting is to create taqwa: the soul’s own immune system, which develops resistance to spiritual diseases and sin.

3. Fasting curbs the cravings of the lower self, for when the body is hungry the nafs is full but when the body is full the nafs is hungry.

4. The first sin the Prophet (saws) warned against while fasting is vulgarity. Let us observe the fast of the tongue by avoiding all obscenity.

5. Ramadan is a quarantine: a sanitised and blessed atmosphere in which we spiritually recuperate, and immunise and heal our afflicted souls.

6. In Ramadan we should deny our overindulged bodies their earthly gratification and instead provide heavenly food for our malnourished souls.

7. The body is earthly and its nourishment comes from the earth. The spirit, however, is celestial and its nourishment comes only from Heaven.

Tweets by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq @sh_riyadhulhaq


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