Resurrection and Three Stories

By Mehmet KURT  One of my friends recently died at his 30. I attended his funeral. First, the corpse was washed and shrouded. Then we performed the funeral prayer. Finally, the deceased was put in to the grave. Everybody started to bury the corpse in turn. Shortly it was buried under the earth. I was astonished that it took such a short time. What’s the rush? It seemed like everyone wanted to leave that place as soon as possible. Meanwhile, I started to contemplate the dead. The corpse would decay after…

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Are we really able to see?

Basirat (insight) used in Islamic sources has a different connotation than when it is used as a term in secular contexts. By that word, a kind of spiritual faculty is meant which is associated with the heart. One of the words which is equivalent of the ‘eye’ in Arabic is ‘basar’ (بصر). The Qur’an says as follows while depicting the stages in the Judgement Day in verse 22 of surah Qaf, “and now We have removed from you your veil, so your sight today is sharp”. The word which is…

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Sunnah and Ihsan

Islam has defined the purpose of creation of humankind as to get to know and believe in Allah (SWT) and to worship him. The duty of humankind, in accordance with this purpose, is to try to get to know him well in return for his introducing himself to humankind and to make himself loved by Him by appreciating  and considering best His artistry and works in exchange for His making Himself loved through decorations and to love Him by obeying His rules in return for His showing His love for…

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