Bismillah

Bismillah is the beginning of all goodness, the symbol of Islam, the invocation of every single thing in existence; the power of the powerless, mercy of the poor, strength of the weak; the key to the truths of life which is full of mysterious, formidable secrets. Despite the powerlessness, poverty and shortcoming that trouble the human being, Bismillah is the elixir that makes him the vicegerent of the earth. It is the light which turns the fire into a rose garden, the staff into a dragon, the light which subjugates the…

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The real duty, capital of life and unnecessary works

As a country we have recently gone through – and still we are going through – very important processes. In the geography we live in there have been very heated and continuously changing events. People have difficulty in even just following these events. National and global news busy us too much. Without even realizing it, we abandon our responsibilities due to our “busyness.” We neglect our real duties with the pretext of worldly activities. This situation actually lays extra burden on us. At this point, we remember a letter of…

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Obedience to Divine Law and obedience to egoistic caprice

The happiness of this world lies in worship and in becoming a soldier of Allāh, as does the happiness of the Hereafter. “The Third Word” from the Risale-i Nur Corpus O people! Worship your Lord (Qur’an: al-Baqarah, 2:21) If you wish to truly understand that worship (1) is an immense gain and happiness, and that open sin (2) and debauchery are ultimately massive loss and ruin, then direct your attention to this short allegory. Listen! [The allegory of the two roads – the road of Divine Law and the road…

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A window of reflection opened to the knowledge of Allah

“The seven heavens and the earth and whatever is in them exalt Him.” (Isra, 17:44) A work lets you know its artist Although you have not seen the architect Sinan in person, you know that he is a great architect. This is because Selimiye and Suleymaniye mosques, with their amazing domes, huge columns, great arts, perfect mastership and engineering, tell us about Sinan the architect. An orange tree that is about to bear its fruit, a daisy that adorns our garden and smiles at us, they both let us know…

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Be patient with each other and stay strong 

Once upon a time one of the students who served in a dervish lodge told his master, Imam Feriduddin Attar: “Sir, I endeavour to serve your highness as much as I can and try to attain your love. However, some of our brothers in the lodge have different characteristics. Their behaviours and words disturb me a lot. A lot of our brothers are also disturbed similarly. For this reason we are thinking of leaving the lodge.” Having listened to his student, the master said: “Son, listen to me carefully. It…

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The illness of the century: Double standard

According to the dictionary, the word ‘standard’ means, “a level of quality or achievement, especially one that people generally consider normal or acceptable.” Starting from this meaning of ‘standard,’ we can say that the reaction and treatment of conscientious people against an event – whether it is positive or negative – will be within certain limits; that is, there will be a standard. In other words, the reaction and treatment do not change according to country, geography, race and nationality. For example, theft is a crime everywhere in the world.…

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Is the intercession a reality?

Sayyid Sharif Jurjani defines intercession in Tarifaat as follows: “Shafā’t (Intercession) is to ask forgiveness of sins which are serious crimes.” Tahanawi defines as “To ask through supplication that someone, other than one’s own self, is freed from harm or is bestowed with a blessed state.” (Keşşafu Istılahatu’l-Fünun, V. 1, p. 1034) The translator of Qamus-ul Muhit, Asım Efendi says, “According to the statement of the writer in Basair, “شفاع” (shafā’) means “شفع” (shaf’) which means being an assistant and a helper to a person, or being associated with him…

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You cannot achieve your goal by wrong means

Islam will last for eternity, for it comes from the Qur’an which is called the eternal word. It is only possible to free ourselves as nation from the ugly oppression of our nafs (lower self) and Satan by living Islam. This is because the history which records the true events shows this to us as the most truthful witness. In fact a Japanese chief commander accepts Islam as such a true and right system and says, “Muslims developed materially and spiritually as much as they adhered to and acted according…

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If you give up Sunnah, you perish

Historically, the Islamic World has seen various periods of serious crises. The current period which we live in is also in a serious crisis. This crisis has both material and spiritual aspects. We can clearly see the material aspect of the crisis. Regarding the spiritual aspect, two main sources of the Islamic culture “the Qur’an and Sunnah” are often approached with some suspicion; they are under attack. When these two sources are attacked, we see that Sunnah is attacked first. This is because if the Sunnah – which explains the…

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