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

Man’s Natural Deterioration

A reminder from an old post that we naturally deteriorate in spirituality over time and we most strive to arrest that natural decline.

Spiritual Deterioration


Pure Inner Spirit

The sahabah were not just concerned with physical, external ritual purity. Their external purification was also reflected in their inner spirit. 

Does your Tongue Betray Your Heart?

A state is a a condition or way of being that exists at a particular time. A state is all encompassing. For example, when a person is in a state of joy, fear or anxiety they are overcome by that particular state. Hajj and fasting are both states. We should be overcome by the states of Hajj and fasting.

Let’s consider the state of Hajj. For most of us, ihram is simply two pieces of cloth. We become very worried about various rules and regulations concerning ihram such as inadvertently covering our heads or face. However, should we just be restricted and concerned by these things only? The first thing Allah سبحانه وتعالى mentions in the Holy Qurʾān in this verse about Hajj is related to obscenity i.e. controlling our tongue:

الْحَجُّ أَشْهُرٌ مَّعْلُومَاتٌ فَمَن فَرَضَ فِيهِنَّ الْحَجَّ فَلاَ رَفَثَ وَلاَ فُسُوقَ وَلاَ جِدَالَ فِي الْحَجِّ وَمَا تَفْعَلُواْ مِنْ خَيْرٍ يَعْلَمْهُ اللّهُ وَتَزَوَّدُواْ فَإِنَّ خَيْرَ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَى وَاتَّقُونِ يَا أُوْلِي الأَلْبَابِ

The season of Pilgrimage is the months known; wherefore whosoever ordaineth unto himself the pilgrimage therein, there is no lewdness nor wickedness nor wrangling during the pilgrimage, and whatsoever of good ye do, Allah shall know it. And take provision for the journey, for verily the best provision is abstainment; and fear Me, O men of understanding!

[al Baqarah 2/197]

A person cannot be in a sacred state when their mind and body lacks purity. The heart can never be pure until the tongue is pure. There is a saying in Arabic that the tongue is the spout of the heart; the spout can only pour out what is in the vessel (i.e. the heart).

In flashes of anger, our tongue betrays our heart. We should contemplate on what the reality is of the content of our heart.


[This short excerpt is based on a talk delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 8th September 2017].


Contentment is when you are at peace within and with everything and everyone around you, even though you may be afflicted with misfortune and trials. The most contentment you will feel (even more than through dhikr) is through the recitation of the Qurʾān.

Purify Your Speech

If you want to purify your heart, purify your speech.


Appreciate the Inner Reality

It is sad to see an emphasis on the words of the Qurʾān without any appreciation of the inner reality.

Hollow Shell

The shell of Dīn is present today but there is a lack of inner spirituality and reality.


Hajj is meant to achieve something. It is not simply about the rituals; they are symbolic.

A Private Affair

Hajj is a very visible form of worship. We have a huge public gathering, yet at its core it is a deeply spiritual, private affair. 

How to Abandon a Sin?

In order to abandon a sin, you need to abandon everything associated with that sin including the place and company of that sin.

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