Bookbinding 

Bookbinding dates back to very old times. Before the invention of paper, the texts written on parchment and papyrus were kept as roll in wooden cases or boxes. In order to keep the texts safe, which were written on wax tablets and papyrus, wooden lids were used and a kind of binding was performed by fastening these lids from both sides with strings. Then, after the parchment was started to be used, the parchment was folded and made into forms, and then stitched and bound. With the invention of paper…

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The effects of social media and technology

No service! One day I was walking to the metro station after my class at the faculty. I intended to read the book I had read that morning while coming from home to school. So I hurried down the stairs to find an empty seat. And I got one! I found one at the back of the carriage and started reading at once when I took the seat. I continued so for about 5 or 6 stations. After a while my eyes got tired and I gave up reading. I…

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Seven Wonders of the World

One day a teacher asked his students to write a list of the things which are worth being among the Seven Wonders of the World in their opinion. While taking their papers the teacher realized a girl did not complete her list yet. “Is it this difficult?” the teacher asks. “Yes, a bit. I just cannot decide; there are so many.” the student replies. “Tell us what you have written until now, maybe we can help you complete the list.” says the teacher. After a moment of hesitation, she tells…

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Consumption frenzy and the child

Greed has never revealed itself before as severe a passion as today. Since the human being came into existence, the passion for possessing has not decreased; on the contrary it has increased and continued as ‘winning, having, consuming.’ This consumption culture, which has surrounded our life, sometimes goes so far that today’s human being makes even his family and children ‘objects of consumption’ without knowing. When the parents act without thinking about how their consumption habits influence their children, it becomes unavoidable that the children are dragged in this culture.…

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Father and son

It was long time ago. We gathered with friends at a blessed night in the neighbourhood. (It could be the night of Qadr or Miraj). After some chat and friendly conversation, an old man started to tell us about the miracles that occurred in the month of Ramadan. Just then the small son of one of our friends started to play with his father’s ear opposite me. He was running his fingers through his father’s hair as if he was combing it. On the other hand he was looking at…

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Power and politics

Power must serve the truth “If the principles in the wisdom, the honesty in the administration, the laws in the truth, and the bases in the power are not relied upon and not asked for help, they become neither successful nor effective among the nation. When the marks of Islam are neglected and abandoned in shariah, they are not relied upon and they are not trustworthy.” (Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi) Power must serve the truth, justice, reality, nation, and religious and national values. And this is possible when the laws,…

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It is worth knowing the stars of the sky

“If you had seen the sahabas, you would say ‘Are they insane?’ If they had seen you, they would say ‘Aren’t these Muslims?” This is the way Hasan al-Basri describes the spiritual enthusiasm in the first season of the rose garden of our Prophet (alayhissalatu wassalam) who has been sent as mercy to the worlds. May Allah’s mercy be upon Hasan al-Basri. This is the observation and comparison of the tabi’un (the followers) about the obedience to and living the Qur’an and Sunnah of over one hundred sahabas (companions) from…

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History & Nation

A nation which has lost the continuation of its history is doomed to lose everything it has. Like a mental patient whose memories have gone bit by bit, its relation is broken with its past, with its memories and the elements of its existence that composed its self. Once a state has deteriorated to the point of needing foreign intervention and foreign protection, it first loses its independence, and then its national personality, and finally its existence. -Peyami Safa- 

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How is the honour of the Muslim Nation protected?

Political and Social Analysis in the light of Munazarat (the Debates) Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi expresses that three groups of people are one of the main reasons not only for Muslim nations’ falling behind in material development but also for becoming miserable in abasement and poverty: 1- Some bad administrators 2- Fake patriots who claim they defend the interests of the homeland and the nation, and sacrifice themselves 3- False sheikhs and preachers He explains how these three groups have made our nation fall behind in material development as follows:…

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The key to our cultural heritage: Ottoman Turkish

Ercan Türk | General Director, General Directorate of Secondary Education, The Ministry of National Education of Turkey Language, which is the most important means of people’s communicating with each other, is the common treasury of national memory, national emotions and thoughts, all material and moral values, the appearance of the world of thought and the cornerstone of culture. Communication of “the common emotions and thoughts of a nation’s individuals” is done through language. When the subject is culture, the first thing that comes to mind is language. For this reason,…

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