Broken mirrors, broken worlds

Through the deceit of illusion, humans suppose themselves to be immortal. The idea of not dying results in seeing the passing of time as only the change of calendar pages, fancying that the old age and death are the problems of others and having a feeling that both their personal world and the real world outside will never disappear. In reality, however, this idea gives the result of the illusion of feeling immortal. My grandfather would not wish anything which was offered to us as kids; those things would never…

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Those who have hardship in wealth, and wealth in hardship

In world history, the time when Allah has given the most bounty is today. For instance, we can eat winter fruit in summer and summer fruit in winter. A middle class person today has possibilities and comfort which no sultan and no king had in the past. For example, no sultan had electricity, a phone, TV or central heating. It took them one week or one month on horseback to travel a distance which we today travel in a very short period of time by car or by plane. Yes,…

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Essence of the intention

Intention, which is an Arabic word, means “a determination to act in a certain way; what one intends to do”.1 It also means “decision of the heart to do something and knowing without thinking why that thing is done”.2 Intention is such a thing that if an action lacks intention, this will prevent it from obtaining the expected results. For instance, if a person stays hungry from pre-dawn until evening without the intention [of fasting for Allah], he will end up suffering from hunger for nothing. So the intention is…

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The moment we are most close to Allah

Salah (prayer) has a special place among all of the forms of worship for a Muslim, for it is the most important worship which will save the hereafter of a person. The fact that Salah is performed five times a day and at special predetermined times shows its importance. For the most part, a person cannot perform any religious activity while he is busy with his daily activities. Moreover, he will inevitably fall into heedlessness if he does not come across something to remind him of the hereafter. Especially with…

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Cooperation and division of labour

Tashreek-i masa‘i means joint effort, cooperation, uniting in labour and working together. Taqseem-i a’mal means division of labour, distribution of work and the specialization of everyone by giving thought to one subject and working on it. You can obtain great power and a lot of benefit by cooperating on any matter through means of cooperation and division of labour. By dividing the fields of study for everyone and uniting in work, many profitable results can be obtained in a short span of time. What reason urges us to cooperation? “The…

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Our duty is to serve

According to the secret of “The master of a people is the one who serves them.” 1 the condition for being a master is to serve. Although the words ‘duty’ and ‘service’ are used with similar meanings, there are some slight differences. Duty means the responsibility and mission given by an authority; service, on the other hand, means the trouble and hardship someone has while performing the duty. For instance, prophethood is a duty; worship and dawah (conveying) are the service of the duty of prophethood. For this reason, the…

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Four functions of Sunnah

Sunnah is defined as follows: The way lived in and adopted, tradition, character, creation (disposition) temper, way formed of commands and prohibitions. 1 As a term Sunnah means ‘the entire words, actions and approval (taqreer) which are attributed to our master, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)’. Approval (taqreer) refers to such situations where the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) saw a thing, kept silent and did not reject it. 2 The Sunnah of Rasulullah (pbuh) is the most important source after the Qur’an. In the religion of Islam, the model person to take…

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Answers to the claims of Deism

The claims of the philosophy of deism can be summarized in following two articles: 1. Allah exists. He has created the universe. However, He set up a system which operates by itself with the influence of the natural laws. He has never intervened in the universe or interfered with the human since He set up this system. 2. The only guide which leads to the truth is the reason. Human reason can discover all the truths which the religions, prophets and holy books have discovered. Reason can discover and legislate…

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