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

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 tarbiyah on 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


Am I responsible?

Imam Nasa’i and others relates a ḥadīth where it is mentioned that Rasūl Allāh صلى الله عليه وسلم led Fajr salah. He was reciting the Holy Qur’an and experienced some difficulties in the recitation. After salah he turned to the congregation and said to ‘Oh people! Make good your wudhu. Some of you do not complete your wudhu and because of that I was being affected in my recitation of the Qur’an’.

Thus, someone failing to perform wudhu correctly had an effect on the Rasūl Allāh’s صلى الله عليه وسلم recitation of the Holy Qur’an, even though he was the Messenger of Allāh سبحانه وتعالى and the recipient of the Holy Qur’an. This ḥadīth shows that before we question others about their behaviour and think anything negative regarding them we should pause for thought and ask ourselves what have I done to contribute to that? Am I responsible for this in any way? For example, if the Imam is making errors in his recitation during salah could it be possible that my own sins and lack of purity (physical and spiritual) may be having that effect?

We always blame the other. We never think about ourselves.We should remember that we cannot change the world as many things are beyond our control. The only person we can change is ourselves. We can change the way we react to any given situation.

[This short excerpt is based on a spiritual gathering held by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 17th May 2015].


Pride and Arrogance – Spiritual Gathering February 2015

Pride and Arrogance

Pride and Arrogance – Monthly Spiritual Gathering by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq, Sunday 15th February 2015 at 2.30 PM

 


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