The illness of intellectual arrogance

Intellectual arrogance disease may lead people who are more or less educated to oppose to the great scholars of Islam, and may lead them to refuse their ideas. What common believers need to do toward those great scholars is to approach them with good opinion, trust and submission. In today’s world, where people mount the horse of ego and rush in the valleys of heresy, the illness that many people caught is intellectual arrogance; relying on one’s own ideas about every topic, or looking down on or being closed to…

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Repentance from secret sins of the heart

We must recognize the sins of our hearts -which are, in fact, the cause for many other sins- and repent to our Lord in sincerity. When repentance and asking for forgiveness are the subject matters, mostly the sins that are committed by body and action come to mind. We do not even think of the sins which we commit in our hearts. This is a big heedlessness. It is possible that, because of this heedlessness, even the believers who abstain from major sins face a great spiritual danger. This danger…

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The work that destroys the cornerstone of irreligion

As a work on the philosophy of naturalism’s pitfalls and fallacies, the Treatise on Nature of Imam Nursi is very effective in revealing the inner workings of this intellectually poisonous ideology. When Bediuzzaman went to Ankara in November 1922, he noticed that an appalling idea of irreligion was spreading in the parliament and that there was a secret plot against the very foundations of belief. Ziya Gokalp, an ideologue of the modern Turkish Republic, was one of the people who was working privately to spread these irreligious ideas. Said Nursi…

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Imam Said Nursi’s Service to Faith

Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi gave tremendous service to the people of Turkey by protecting their faith under the harsh conditions of the former autocratic nationalist secular Republic of Turkey, handing down the Risale-i Nur collection and raising a generation with verified faith as a legacy to the community of Islam. I intend to devote my article to ‘the service of Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi to the faith’ due to the fact that this year is the 52nd anniversary of his departure from this earthly life. Imam Rabbani, the mujaddid of…

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A story and what it refers to

One method we use to convince people in daily life is to present examples. Starting a sentence “Let me give you an example,” we see that a good example can be very useful to explain what we mean. For instance, we say, “If every man would just sweep his own doorstep, the city would soon be clean,” and we try to stir the sense of responsibility in people. To teach a child habits of cleanliness we say, “Look, even the flies clean themselves continuously.” In fact, it is not surprising…

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Blessed Journey from Earth to Heavens: Miraj

The miracle of Miraj happened on the 27th night of the month of Rajab, a year and a half before hijrah (migration) when RasulAllah (the Apostle of Allah) was in Mecca. That night Gabriel (PBUH) took the Apostle of Allah with a Heavenly mount named Buraq and brought him first to Jerusalem (Al-Quds), to Masjid al-Aqsa. This part of the journey is called Isra meaning night journey. After he performed a prayer as an imam to the souls of all the Prophets (peace be upon them all) there, he was…

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References to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from today’s Bible

The arrival of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was an important event which was reported and referred in all holy books centuries ago and this is very natural, because; since these holy books tell about some relatively less unimportant events, it is inevitable for them not to refer to arrival of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which is the most prominent event in history of religions and humanity and which abolished former religions and holy books. Therefore, these originally holy books must have reported the arrival of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) either acknowledging or rejecting…

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Why does Allah (SWT) create the evils?

Evil means “not good, bad and harmful thing”. As understood from the verse “Allah is the Creator of all things (An’am 102),” the One who creates the evil and good is Allah (SWT). The issue of creation of evil is one of the important titles of belief in destiny. Our Prophet (PBUH) defined the belief in destiny as “to believe in destiny, and that the source of good and evil is Allah (SWT)”. For this reason, when reciting Amantu that sequences the pillars of belief, we say “I believe in…

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The Greatest Person in World History

We will share the findings of a western non-Muslim scientist, Michael Hart, about our Prophet (PBUH) in this article. Ustad Bediuzzaman says; “Virtue is what even his enemies confirm” Now, although that man is a non-Muslim, since he searched with fairness he saw the clear virtues of our Prophet (PBUH) and showed these facts in his book in a clear way that everybody can understand. Assigning the first place to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in his book entitled “The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History” he…

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The Eternal Fruits of The Love for The Sake Of Allah

Human beings love many things such as first his self and relatives in the world. The most important duty of man is to love the world and creatures in the name of Allah. We should say for the beautiful things, “Allah created so well-orderly” and should not let any other kind of love enter our heart. This is because it is the place of reflection of Allah that is As-Samad and is particular to him. If all these loves are in the name of Allah, then they both are legal…

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