How to protect women’s rights?

“Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one [men] over the other [women] and what they [men] spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], beat them [lightly]. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”…

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You cannot achieve your goal by wrong means

Islam will last for eternity, for it comes from the Qur’an which is called the eternal word. It is only possible to free ourselves as nation from the ugly oppression of our nafs (lower self) and Satan by living Islam. This is because the history which records the true events shows this to us as the most truthful witness. In fact a Japanese chief commander accepts Islam as such a true and right system and says, “Muslims developed materially and spiritually as much as they adhered to and acted according…

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Intention

Our Prophet said, “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions.” 1 Imam Bediuzzaman explained the matter of intention as follows: “This matter of intention is the result of my 40-year life. Yes, the intention has got such a quality that it becomes an elixir and yeast that transforms the habits and behaviours into worship. It is also a spirit that revives the lifeless situations and makes them lively worships. And it has also got such a quality that it transforms the sins into good deeds (worship) and the good…

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Head to head with a Darwinian

We were in a program in Sav madrasa in Isparta. One evening an elder brother, Hafiz Bekir, called me and said, “I have an atheist nephew. He is a teacher, and he is with me now. He is an outspoken man and says, ‘If you prove me the existence of Allah, I will believe.’” This elder brother wanted me to meet his nephew; and I said OK. We met in our senior brother Süleyman Semiz’s house at 9 pm. With a deep compassion and affection towards this man, we started…

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Rights of the Wife over Husband 

Husband must be friendly, kind, generous and nice to his wife. First of all, I believe we must know that the law of the family is for ensuring the happiness of the whole family. Therefore, in what way the happiness is brought it is the most important and basic thing to do. If we will further violate the rights of children and family members while trying to seek our rights, in that case, the family peace must be our priority instead of seeking our right. In fact, when someone’s right…

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Nationalism In the light of Risale-i Nur

Nationalism and ethnic conflicts is one of the most grieving agonies that the Islamic world is experiencing. The position of Islam on the issue needs to be highlighted and stressed clearly. “O humankind! Surely We have created you from a single (pair of) male and female, and made you into tribes and families so that you may know one another (and so build mutuality and co-operative relationships, not so that you may take pride in your differences of race or social rank, or breed enmities).” (Hujurat, 49:13) We can explain…

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The Truth about Mediation in Islam

By Zakir Cetin Mediation and mentioning the names of blessed people, things and places while praying to Allah (SWT) has been dealt with in many verses and hadiths. We will try to analyse what people do and live within the frames of rububiyyah (divine administration) and ubudiyyah (worship) in terms of creed and causes. What is the status of demanding something either from the living or the dead, or of making them mediators for our demands, according to Islam? “O you who believe! Keep from disobedience to Allah in reverence…

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The Wisdom Behind Calamities

Disasters are facts of life and they are not meaningless. If we try to read the messages that they convey to us, we may receive the wisdom behind them. وَاتَّقُواْ فِتْنَةً لاَّ تُصِيبَنَّ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُواْ مِنكُمْ خَآصَّةً وَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ شَدِيدُ الْعِقَاب “And fear a trial which will not strike those who have wronged among you exclusively, and know that Allah is severe in penalty.” (Anfal, 8:25) لو أن عبادي أطاعوني لأسقيتهم المطر بالليل ، وأطلعت عليهم الشمس بالنهار ، ولم أسمعهم صوت الرعد “If My servants were to obey…

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The Spiritual Jihad

While in the past, under certain conditions, Muslims were ordered to engage in jihad against their enemies as a defence, in today’s world of chaos, uncertainty and lack of final authority, Muslim individuals are responsible for disciplining their own  souls and fighting an intellectual battle against unbelief. “O you who have believed, shall I guide you to a commerce that will save you from a painful punishment? [It is that] you believe in Allah and His Messenger and strive (make jihad) in the cause of Allah with your wealth and…

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The Real Guide: Qur’an

وَلاَ رَطْبٍ وَلاَ يَابِسٍ إِلاَّ فِي كِتَابٍ مُّبِينٍ “There is nothing fresh or dry (green or withered) but is (inscribed) in the Clear Record (in the Qur’an according to one saying).” (An’am, 59) Also, Muslim scholars said that just as everything is included in the Qur’an, in the same way, the entire Qur’an is included in the Surah al-Fatihah. So, it is also included in the formula BismillaherRahmanerRaheem, so too this formula is included in the letter “B” that comes at the beginning. As for the meaning of letter “B”,…

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