My Journey through Risale-i Nur 

Risale-i Nur explains the divine truths of the Qur’an and Sunnah in a clear and convincing way. Almighty Allah says in the Qur’an, “Allah is the nur (light) of the heavens and the earth. The example of His nur is like a niche within which is a lamp; the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire.…

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Tajdid Duty of Risale-i Nur

Risale-i Nur is a mujaddid that has done the duty of revival in terms of preserving the tenets of faith. Altınbaşak Academic Research Board Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi and Risale-i Nur introduced the Qur’an and its effectiveness in a way suitable for understanding in this century. He and Risale-i Nur deserve the title given by Prophet (pbuh) in this hadith “Allah (swt) shall raise for this Ummah at the head of every century a man who shall renew (or revive) this religion.” 1 Imam Said Nursi states in his dream which…

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Qur’an Copies from Revelation to Ottoman Era

The writing of the Qur’an took its finest form in the 19th and 20th centuries with “Ayat Barkanar” and “Tawafuq” styles. As it’s known, our Holy Qur’an began to be revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in Laylat al Qadr in 610. Our Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) dictated all the verses that revealed through 23 years to wahy (revelation) scribes. When the Prophet (pbuh) passed away, all the verses of the Holy Qur’an had been written. As it’s known, during Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra)’s khilafah era, a committee of the companions…

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Patience

Enduring the misfortunes and illnesses, withstanding the desires of the lower self and being steadfast in worshipping are kinds of sabr (patience) that will lead us to the Paradise. Sabr is the ability to hold back, remain calm, maintain one’s cool, restrain oneself and wait and see despite the urge to jump on, barge in, respond, and do something in the situations of heat, pressure, anxiety, curiosity, anger, confrontation, etc. It is also the patience exercised during the hardships people face in their lives such as illnesses and diseases, death…

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Getting Motivated to Perform Salah 

The five daily prayers, our first and most important duty, are the key to the happiness in this life, preventing us from starving spiritually, and in the Hereafter, bringing us eternal Paradise. risaleonline.com There are three separate booklets in Risale-i Nur written in order to make people eager for salah (i.e. five daily prayers) under the title of the 4th, the 9th and the 21st Words.  Some explanations that motivate us to salah in the 21st Word, which is the most detailed one of those risales, can be compiled as…

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Hunger teaches us many lessons

Blessed month Ramadan al Sharif has come again. For the last few years it is in summer. This means long hours of hunger and thirst in many countries. Muslims fast more than 17 hours in many regions. The hunger we experience during Ramadan is a means of many benefits. There is great wisdom behind the hunger of this valuable worship. Here are some of them: – Hunger teaches us that we are mortal! Many of us mistakenly suppose that the time will not come for us. We forget that we will…

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Ramadan and Kids

Children, our beloved ones. They are great gift from Allah (swt). We need to act in the way how Islam wants us to act for them. Sultan of the months Ramadan has come. What do we need to do as parents? Well, we should not, first of all, force our children to fast if they are under age (puberty). However, their parents are strongly recommended to encourage them to fast few days so that they get used to it and they grow up knowing of the worship of fasting as…

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Ramadan and the Quran

Quran was sent to us in the month of Ramadan, in the month of fasting, through Prophet Muhammed (saw) in Makkah. It was one of the odd nights during the last ten days of the month of Ramadan. “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).” [Qur’an, Baqarah 2:185] We can say that Ramadan is the month of fasting, the month of Quran and the month of good deeds. We should increase…

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Cleanliness    

Question: Who or what taught humanity the cleanliness? Answer: When we look at the people of world, we see people are clean. Nowadays we know it is inevitable for health but technology showed us this. I mean we see bacteria, viruses, etc. We know what kind of diseases they cause and how they can cause them in the absence of hygiene. However, religion taught people to be clean centuries ago. I want to start and carry on with logic. One of the ways of knowing a person is to understand…

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia was built in the year 324 in the town center of Istanbul by the order of The Byzantium Emperor Konstantinos I. The building was subject to various attacks and disasters throughout history and it was burned down during a revolution in the year 404. It was built in 415 again but was burned down again in 532 during another insurrection. Between the years 532 – 537, The Byzantium Emperor Justinianus wanted a more sumptuous building to be constructed on the other two Hagia Sophias which were already built…

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