“Wa’l ‘Asr!”

“Wa’l ‘asr!” Thus begins the 103rd surah of the Qur’an, drawing our attention to time and informing us that all people are in loss. With the exception of a group of people ‘who believe, do good deeds, urge one another to the truth, and urge one another to steadfastness.’ Time is passing and our companionship goes on with the twentieth issue of The Pen Magazine in the journey that we set out upon six years ago. This issue of our magazine is also full of articles that will, we believe,…

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Ramadan; a blessed month for spiritual healing

Praises be to Allah that we have reached the blessed month of Ramadan of 1434. The dictionaries say that one meaning of ‘Ramadh’ is the rain of autumn. We will wash our spirits with the mercy and compassion of this blessed month and make them ready for new seasons. We will try to search and find the Lord of the nights and recognize the value of each moment. The Islamic world will form itself into a regular congregation, responding to the glory of Divine Lordship with a perfect discipline of…

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The role of civil society in struggling against Islamophobia

Islamic non-governmental organizations should develop projects for enhancing the mechanisms of appropriate promotion and efficient representation in every field and on every topic of Islam in the fight against Islamophobia. ISLAMOPHOBIA: A THREAT OR AN OPPORTUNITY? Islamophobia is a compound word formed from the Greek word ‘phobia’, which means ‘baseless fear’, and Islam. Their combination together in one word is daunting, and the reality has become one of the gravest threats of our times. Unless it is defined properly and fought against with a strategic action plan, this relatively recent…

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Editor’s Letter for Issue 17

A New Year, a New Breath! On 15th November, we entered the new year of 1434 according to the Hijra calendar. This means that humanity has been addressed by the message of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for 1446 years. Or, looking back from the present time to the past, the Islamic world has had a magnificent and deep-rooted 1446 year history. But today the situation of the Islamic world is just heart-rending. Yet, we continue to be hopeful… Our dreams about the future are more powerful than our memories of…

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It is time to launch a campaign for Syria!

“THE HUMANITARIAN ASPECT OF CRISIS IN SYRIA” CIHANGIR ISBILIR General Coordinator, the Union of Non-governmental Organizations of Islamic World (UNIW) It has been twenty months since the beginning of demands for change of Assad regime in Syria. The arrest and torture of some children whose ages vary from 9 to 15 because they wrote “We demand freedom and democracy” on the walls of their school led to the burst of the rage which had been accumulating for 48 years. As a last wave of Arab Spring in Syria, the protests…

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Unity and Consultation

“Hold fast to God’s rope all together, and split not into factions” (Āl ‘Imran 3/103) The relationship of believers one to the other is like that of the bricks of a building – each strengthens the other. (Bukhari and Muslim) Unity, solidarity, cooperation, being together, acting together and helping each other… All these actions and positions are advised, commanded and recommended many times to the Muslims in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet. As Muslims, we are the people of tawhid, and we are obliged to achieve unity….

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Global Chess in the Middle East

    ‘Last Oriantalist’ Bernard Lewis, writes in his book “Mideast”, “Gamma is the most favorite game in the Mideast; chess is the preference of the educated.” and Concluding from the difference among these two games, he puts forward opinions on the life style of the region with the comparison of ‘will-power’ and ‘destiny’. With the codes of Europe-centered perspective of civilization does zionist-minded Lewis see the motherland of the ancient civilizations… In fact, Lewis ascribes gamma to the Middle Eastern nations and chess passing from the East to the West…

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The Extramural Students in Turkey

As a result of opening its doors to outside much more every year that goes by and its initiatives abroad in every field Turkey has become a centre of attraction for students from a variety of countries as well as it becomes for members of different kind of professions. Turkey which is gaining the most comprehensive momentum of history of republic with its planning of basic education reform and opening of nearly two hundred universities is desired to reach a level in coming years proportional to its attraction and historic…

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A Gentle Man and a Prophet

Editor’s letter from the January-March 2012 print issue Boundless thanks to Almighty and All-Merciful Allah for granting us the ability to communicate with each other again through the13th issue of The Pen magazine. Despite all its hardships, life presents us with opportunities to submit our grateful feelings to the Creator and indeed this is what makes life worth living. We decided to address the general perception of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) as the cover topic of this issue, a highly controversial topic these days. Even…

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The Greatest Master of Europe

Andalusia Lessons II I was about to finish A history of Islamic Spain by M. Watt and P. Cachia published by Küre Pub. When I read the article “The Sound of the Call for Prayer in Cordoba after centuries” in the website dunyabulteni.net on Wednesday October 26. The article giving good news reads: “From now on, Muslims can recite the call for prayer out loud and practice their prayers just next to the Great Mosque of Córdoba which had been built delicately throughout 205 years by Caliphs of Andalusia and…

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