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

Manners and Respect

We all want to learn about our religion. But, ilm cannot be gained without ādāb; without respect and without good, beautiful manners. Ibn Wahab, a famous scholar who was one of the students of Imam Malik says that we learnt, quoted and conveyed more about ādāb from Imam Malik رحمه الله than we did of knowledge. Even the companion Anas ibn Malik ضى الله عنه actually advised a young man ‘My Son! Learn ādāb (manners and respect) before you learn ilm’.

There is no concept of knowledge without respect.

[This excerpt is based on a talk entitled ‘Respect in Islam’ delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 10th March 2017]

Relieved of the World

When a person departs from this realm in to the realm of the hereafter, either they are relieved of the world or the world is relieved of them. When a good person passes away, they are relieved of the fatigue, pain and trouble of the world. When a bad person dies, then we learn from the hadīth that not only humans but even the animals and beasts are relieved of their presence.

It was narrated from Abu Qatadah bin Raib’i that he used to narrate:

أَخْبَرَنَا قُتَيْبَةُ، عَنْ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَمْرِو بْنِ حَلْحَلَةَ، عَنْ مَعْبَدِ بْنِ كَعْبِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ، عَنْ أَبِي قَتَادَةَ بْنِ رِبْعِيٍّ، أَنَّهُ كَانَ يُحَدِّثُ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم مُرَّ عَلَيْهِ بِجَنَازَةٍ فَقَالَ ‏”‏ مُسْتَرِيحٌ وَمُسْتَرَاحٌ مِنْهُ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ فَقَالُوا مَا الْمُسْتَرِيحُ وَمَا الْمُسْتَرَاحُ مِنْهُ قَالَ ‏”‏ الْعَبْدُ الْمُؤْمِنُ يَسْتَرِيحُ مِنْ نَصَبِ الدُّنْيَا وَأَذَاهَا وَالْعَبْدُ الْفَاجِرُ يَسْتَرِيحُ مِنْهُ الْعِبَادُ وَالْبِلاَدُ وَالشَّجَرُ وَالدَّوَابُّ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

A funeral passed by the Messenger of Allah and he said: ‘He is relieved and others are relieved of him.’ They said: ‘What does relieved mean and what does relieved of him mean: He said: “The believing slave is relieved of the hardships and troubles of this world, and the people, the land, the trees and the animals are relieved of the immoral slave.”[Sunan an-Nasa’i 1930]

In a verse of the Qur’an, Allāh says 


And the sky and the earth did not weep over them, and they were not guided. [Surah Ad-Dukhan 44:29]

May Allāh make us from amongst those that when we depart people weep over our departure, and not rejoice at being relieved of us.

[This excerpt is based on a talk delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 16th November 2018]


The life of the Prophet ﷺ was one of calmness: calmness and patience in everything even when things did not go to plan. He was accepting, tolerant and patient. 

Strange Love

In a famous poem, Imam Shafi رحمه الله says:

You express the love of Allāh
And yet You disobey Him
This is very strange indeed
If your love for Allāh was true then you would have obeyed him
For indeed the one who loves, obeys the beloved

[This excerpt is based on a talk delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 7th November 2018]

Tolerance not Vile Hatred

To be true believers our love of Allāh and His Rasūl ﷺ should surpass everything else. We should love that which Rasūl ﷺ loved. One of the things that Rasūl Allāh ﷺ loved was his ummah. That love means that we must tolerate each other, accept each other and love one another.

No one is perfect and no one will agree with you on everything. The idea that ‘Everyone must agree with everything I believe’ is truly a fantasy. The scope for disagreement is much greater than we often allow. It is bizarre that on one hand we are always speaking of the love of Rasūl Allāh ﷺ and yet at the same time expressing nothing but vile hatred for everyone else.

[This excerpt is based on a majlis (gathering for spiritual training) delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 31st August 2018]

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].


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