Sheikh Riyadul Haqq
Sheikh Aby Yusuf Riyadh ul-Haq is a graduate of Darul Uloom Al-Arabiya Al-Islamiya, a madrasa school located in Northern England. He completed his studies in Quran, Hadith, Arabic and general Islamic Studies. Upon graduation in 1991, Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq continued in teaching and spreading the message of Islam.
Isa - The Prophet of Islam
The Holy Quran relates the remarkable story of Isa (peace be upon him) and his mother in surah Maryam. The Miraculous nature of Isa's (peace be upon him) conception and birth together with certain aspects of his life were misinterpreted, misquoted and exaggerated so as to give rise to a New World religion based on the mistaken ideology of the "Holy Trinity" that forms the basis of Christianity. The simple truth is that Allah is One the All Knowing. He begets not nor is He begotten. All things are created by Him and submit to Him alone. This eloquent commentry dispels the confusion surrounding Isa (peace be upon him) as well as presenting the Islamic perspective on this noble Prophet of Allah.
Backbiting - A Form Of Cannibalism
The act of backbiting has been declared prohibited in Islam. This is the only religion which has declared it to be haram, however its nature is detested in all cultures. Yes, in this age, due to our pitiful state it is overlooked, but the word used to refer to the act 'backbiting' even in theEnglish language, signifies its graveness. The Quran calls it cannibalism and the English language implies the same. The sin of backbiting is grave indeed and its consequences are very severe, yet we overlook or explain it away. Our excuses may appease those around us today but on the Day of Judgment we will be held to account.
The True Servants Of ar-Rahmaan
Allah (SWT) outlines in Surah al Furqan the relationship between Man and his Creator. The qualities and characteristics that one should aspire to in order to claim the honorary title of 'Servant of the Most Merciful' are presented. So how can one hope to inculcate some of the following pre-requisites: humbleness, humility in speech, patience, abstention from sin, spending in the way of Allah (SWT)
Silence is Salvation
Allah & His Prophet (peace be upon him) love the excellent characteristic of remaining silent over vain speech and have exhorted the believers to adopt this exemplary trai. And indeed, one of the beautiful qualities of a believer is that he only speaks good otherwise he remains silent. Unfortunately, in this day and age, we have adopted an un-Islamic approach to this sphere of life and taken on board the maxim'... words will never hurt...'
As a result of this, we deem the deeds of the tongue as being insignificant in comparison to other deeds whereas the reality is that the tongue can lead one to paradise or hell. This talk also outlines the manner, conditions and circumstances in which we have been instructed to speak by the Quran and Sunnah.
Is the Understanding of deen as simple as picking up a copy of an English translation of the Qur'aan or a book of hadeeth and interpreting it oneself as is understood by many of us today. Our beloved Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam once said as part of a longer hadeeth related by Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibn Abbas radiyallahu anhu and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi 'he who speaks with regards to the Qur'aan according to his own opinion then let him prepare his own abode in the fire.'We remain indebted to our pious predecessors in particular to the four Great Imams and leaders of the authentic schools of thought, who concluded that without perfect understanding and spiritual guidance one cannot obtain true comprehesion of deen.
The Evil Within
Two of the greatest blessings from Allah Ta'ala are peace and prosperity. Today many Muslims despair over the fact that they are deprived of these two blessings by the enemies of Islam. However, Muslims should realise that they too are responsible for the deprivation of these two blessings and are guilty of inflicting dhulm (oppression) upon one another mentally and emotionally. This form of dhulm (oppression) is often overlooked, although it may prove to be more destructive than the former.
Sunnah - In Conduct & Character
Unfortunately for many of us the understanding of the sunnah of the noble prophet is limited to an image sketched out in our minds in the form of clothing and physical features. For some the limitation extends further and they act upon particular sunnahs such as the manner of prayer, fasting, Hajj etc. Of course all these acts of sunnah are undisputed and are highly virtuous and many people are zealous in there observance. This talk however, elaborates on how equally, if not more important, is to adopt the sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam in ones character and to follow his example in our social, financial, family and personal interactions. Many ahadeeth are related which describe his noble character in detail, including his emotions and mental thoughts when confronted with either joyous or sorrowful news.