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