A Short History of Risale-i Nur Service

Imam Nursi, after living a life full of struggle to save the faith of the people and to defeat the materialist ideology, left behind a service which is now illuminating the paths of millions of people. Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi was born in Nur village of Bitlis province in the eastern part of Turkey in 1877. Thanks to his extraordinary intelligence and memory, Allah (SWT) granted that he complete his education in the Islamic disciplines, which normally takes fifteen years, in a much shorter time and he took his diploma…

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Tawafuq, the Cipher in Qur’an and the Book of the Universe (2)

Tawafuq (sychronicity) in the universe opens the gateways of wisdom for those who wish to decipher it. Tawafuq (the synchronicity of things and events in time and place) is a talisman and a cipher in which the mysteries of the book of the universe are encoded. It clearly indicates the wisdom and knowledge, will and power, order, measure and balance, coherence and cooperation, similarity, alliance and unity behind the existence of the universe. It is a seal which proves the existence of the magnificent and great Lord of the universe;…

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The Importance of Repentance

Tawba (repentance) is a means to the infinite mercy of Allah and it is a shelter for the individual servant Allah blessed His servants with “free will” to choose between good and bad. He commands His servants to prefer good over evil; right over wrong; halal (lawful) over haram (unlawful) and promises heaven, the great reward, to those who obey His commands. As for those who are beaten by their nafs and the devil and disobey orders, Allah (SWT) calls them to repentance and opens the doors of His infinite…

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Concentration and humbleness in Prayers

By Mohammad Qasim* Although the main prayer in Islam (known as salat in Arabic) is ostensibly made up of some physical movements, indeed it should be performed with reverence, concentration and humbleness which can only be reached at the end of a spiritual education process. We are going to touch upon and comment on two important and basic words which are ‘salat/prayer’ and ‘khushu/reverence, concentration and humbleness’. As stated in a hadith narrated by al-Baihaqy, from Umar (ra), the Messenger of Allah said, prayers are the pillar of religion. Prayers…

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