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The Benefits of Fasting – Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 19th May 2017 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)

Allah has prescribed fasting for Muslims around the world in order for them to attain Taqwa (God consciousness), but how are fasting and Taqwa related? Many examples have been brought of people fasting in this lecture as well as the health benefits it can lead to.

Did you know Pythagoras would instruct his students to observe a 40-day fast before he would teach them? Many believe that fasting sharpens the mind and it is a practice used even today by modern day athletes and professionals.

This lecture perfectly combines some of the spiritual aspects of fasting as well as its practical uses to help us achieve the best in the month of Ramadan and outside of it.

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Shaykh Abu Yusuf Riyadh ul Haq was born in Gujarat, India in 1971. He came to the UK at the age of three, to join his father Moulana Muhammad Gora sahib who was serving as an Imam and religious leader for the Muslim community in Leicester, UK.

His father, himself renowned for his piety and learning, began his son’s religious instruction at a very young age. By the age of ten the Shaykh had memorised the entire Qur’an, and also completed the study of a number of books in various Islamic topics. When he was thirteen he enrolled at Darul Uloom al Arabiyyah al Islamiyyah, Bury, UK, (the first and most prestigious Muslim seminary in the West) and graduated six years later, in early 1991. In Darul Uloom the Shaykh undertook an intensive study of many Islamic topics including Arabic, Qur’anic tafseer, hadith and fiqh under traditionally qualified scholars. His eminent and erudite teachers from whom he has ijazah in various Islamic sciences include Shaykh Yusuf Motala and the late Shaykh Islamul Haq. He also has ijazah in hadith from the late Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi and the famous Muhaddith, Shaykh Yunus of Saharanpur, India.

Until 2003 the Shaykh served as the honorary principal of Madinatul Uloom al Islamiyyah, Kidderminster, UK (a branch of Darul Uloom, Bury, UK) where he had also been head teacher since 1992. Since graduation he has selflessly devoted himself to the work of deen and remained actively involved in dawah and teaching. He has taught and commented on many classical Islamic works and has lectured extensively on a range of topics including Qur’anic tafseer, hadith, aqeedah and fiqh. He has also travelled widely teaching and lecturing in various countries in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America. Many of his inspirational sermons and lectures are recorded and are widely available. He has also authored two books, ‘The Salah of a Believer in the Qur’an and Sunnah’ and ‘The Causes of Disunity’.

Shaykh’s extensive knowledge, command of both Arabic and English, together with his natural ability and eloquence in conveying the words of Allah and His Rasul SAWS moved the hearts of many and continue to do so.

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