Appreciation: A Way to Make Abilities Flourish

Showing appreciation and respect for scholars, artists and virtuous people is important, just as it is for ordinary people. This is one of the ways of bringing out the beauty inside people. Our Prophet (PBUH) and Appreciation Appreciation means to give value to people, to know and express how valuable they are and to treat them accordingly. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was an appreciative person. He would give such a great sense of value to people around him that all his companions would think that “he loves me most”. He…

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Why belief in destiny one of the pillars of Islamic Creed?

The  issue of qadar (fate) and human free will and their reconciliation with each other is one of the most challenging issue of history of theology of not only Islam but all religions. Imam Nursi’s approach to issue clarifies why it has been an essential and indispensable component of Islamic Creed. Throughout the Islamic history, only one of the pillars of Islamic Creed has been discussed by Muslim scholars and that is the belief of fate. The Jabariyah (Necessitarians) school has denied the human will by attributing everything to fate.…

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Clashes in Human Relations and Solutions

A healthy and stable society is comprised of psychologically healthy individuals. For such a society to flourish, the relations and communication between individuals should be solid and vivid, and the clashes in communication should be dealt with appropriately. We can define a clash as a disagreement between people who have different ideas, feelings, needs and desires. We are frequently exposed to clashes in the family and in society. These clashes can make us feel nervous and they may harm our relations with others and or even cause us to cut…

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Model Person Model Society

Following the Footprints of Prophet (PBUH) In today’s world, there is unfortunately not an ideal Muslim society which has been shaped by the divine principles of the Holy Qur’an and the way Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) governed. Thus nations of the world cannot see a living model society inspired by the Companions of Prophet. Even though there are some societies trying to implement Islamic law and Islamic education, it is still far beyond to name them as a ‘model society of Islam’. COMPREHENDING THE SUNNAH AS A WHOLE Sunnah is actions,…

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Proving the Existence of Allah (SWT)

Islamic theology (Kalaam) tried to prove God’s existence only emphasizing on mind, and did not dwell on marifatullah (knowing Allah),.  Mysticism (Tasawwuf) by contrast, did not focus on proving the existence of God, but on marifatullah, muhabbatullah (love of Allah), and spiritual tastes (lazzat-i ruhaniya), and  moved by heart and spiritual journey Risale-i Nur, combining the mind and the heart, proved God’s existence via  the mind, as well as using heart, and focusing on muhabbatullah and marifatullah. We can say that Risale-i Nur in this context, combines theology (Kalaam) and…

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Correct Understanding of the Quran

“Whatever befell the children of Israel will all befall my people step by step. If one of them openly commits adultery with his mother, there will be one out of my people who will do this. The children of Israel divided into 72 nations. My people will divide into 73 nations (sects). All except one nation (community) among are doomed for Hell.” They asked, “O the Herald of Allah! Which (nation) is that?” He said, “Those who are in my and my companions’ way.” (Tirmidhi , Ebu Dawood, Taberani) Let’s assume…

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