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

Stopping at the Door

The exterior teaching of religion is the key to the door to the inner world of spirituality. The interior (spirituality) cannot be achieved without the exterior but the danger is that we stop at the door and do not move forward.

Academic Ability

Allāh rewards on effort and sincerity, not on academic ability.

Prepare for Reality

Before time escapes us, we should prepare for what is real: theʾĀkhirah

A Dangerous Weapon

Apparent knowledge in itself is a weapon. Ilm creates arrogance and without the necessary tools is extremely dangerous. Ilm is only beneficial when it comes accompanied with adab, spirituality and fear of Allāh. Rasūl Allāh ﷺ used to supplicate “O Allāh, I seek refuge (and protection) in You from ilm which does not benefit” [Reported by Muslim and others].

Students of knowledge and ulamā are at greater risk of insincerity and impurity in intention/motive than others. Ilm is powerful and attractive and can offer that which the nafs desires. The nafs does not crave things of this lowly worldly life. Rather, when the ruh gets corrupt it craves something celestial (because its origin is celestial). It craves ibadah and worship.

Students of knowledge and scholars may not commit sins of the flesh but there is a danger that they are committing subtle shirk.

[This excerpt is based on a talk delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 31st August 2018].


If we want popularity, let us seek popularity with Allāh.

Humility before Arabic

We were taught humility before we were taught Arabic.

Adab before Ilm

We learnt adab before we learnt ilm from our teachers.

[A saying of scholars of the past].

Ramaḍān 2018 – Day 29: True Eid

A person’s Eid will only be Eid if their Ramaḍān was Ramaḍān.

Ramaḍān 2018 – Day 28: Wind of Mercy

During Ramaḍān, there is a wind of Rahma which touches everyone. This is why people change in Ramaḍān; there is a natural inclination to good.

Ramaḍān 2018 – Day 27: Sacred States

Similar to salāh and Hajj, fasting is a sacred state.

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