The fourth pillar of Islam: fasting

The fourth pillar of Islam is fasting in the month of Ramadan, the month in which the Qur’an was revealed, in solidarity with the poor, and as a spiritual exercise cultivating qualities of discipline, self-denial and non-indulgence. This is the month in which Muslims abstain from food, drink and sexual activity between dawn and dusk, and busy themselves with the practice of the Divine Remembrance (dhikr), and reading and reflecting upon the Qur’an. Yet it is also a month of material blessings and joy, and after dark, a festival month…

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Bediuzzaman Panel in Burkina Faso

A panel with the theme “Bediuzzaman and Reviving the Faith through the Signs of Creation” has been held for the medical students of the University of Ouagadougou in the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou. In the panel it has been explained with examples and visuals that all the sciences describe us our Lord, Allah (swt), in their own language of states (lisan al-hal). Some examples have been presented that how the misguided ideologies abuse the science. The following subjects have also been covered in the panel: The terms of self-indicative…

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Imam Bediuzzaman remembered in Burkina Faso

Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi has been commemorated by his students in Burkina Faso at the 57th anniversary of his death with a program titled “The Personality of Imam Bediuzzaman and His Service to the Islamic Thought.” Held in the capital Ouagadougou the program started with the Qur’an recitation of Abdurrahim Ouedraogo. Hayrat Foundation representative Yasir Kaya made the first presentation titled “The Personality of Imam Bediuzzaman.” Imam Bediuzzaman’s life was chronologically given in this presentation. Then Hayrat Foundation Burkina Faso representative Said Ilboudo made the second presentation titled “Imam Bediuzzaman’s Service to…

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Eat together

Eat together and do not eat separately, for the blessing is in being together. -Sunan Ibn Majah- حَدَّثَنَا الْحَسَنُ بْنُ عَلِيٍّ الْخَلَّالُ قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا الْحَسَنُ بْنُ مُوسَى قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا سَعِيدُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا عَمْرُو بْنُ دِينَارٍ، قَهْرَمَانُ آلِ الزُّبَيْرِ قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ سَالِمَ بْنَ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ، قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ أَبِي، يَقُولُ، سَمِعْتُ عُمَرَ بْنَ الْخَطَّابِ، يَقُولُ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «كُلُوا جَمِيعًا، وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا، فَإِنَّ الْبَرَكَةَ مَعَ الْجَمَاعَةِ» -سنن ابن ماجه-

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Three types of patience

THE FIRST: Patience to abstain from sins. It is to patiently continue refraining from sins and rebellion (against Allah). That is, it is the patience shown by abstaining from the things Allah prohibits. A person being patient by not eating something prohibited, turning his face away from the opposite sex and not gazing, and his striving not to commit sins like gambling, drinking alcohol and practicing usury are the examples for this type of patience. It is called taqwa (piety). The best example of this is the patience of Yusuf…

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A subtle point related to two noble hadiths

The first: The ink expended by the scholars of the truth will on the Day of Resurrection be weighed by the measure of the blood of the martyrs, and be on a par therewith. (See Kanz al-‘Ummāl, 28901) The second:   He who holds fast to my sunnah when my Community has become corrupted shall have the reward of a hundred martyrs. (See al-Targhīb wa al-Tarhīb, 1:61) That is, winning the reward of one hundred martyrs is possible for the one who holds fast to the Exalted Sunnah and to…

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The Pen 30th issue

Editor’s letter: The person who has lived the Qur’an in his life the most Yunus Emre PEHLİVAN Answers to the claims of Deism Mustafa TOPOZ Four functions of Sunnah Ali CIRIT Our duty is to serve Dr Muhammed BOSTAN  Cooperation and division of labour Zeynelabidin YILDIRIM The moment we are most close to Allah Arif Emre GUNDUZ Essence of the intention Kudret UGUR Those who have hardship in wealth, and wealth in hardship Idris TUZUN Broken mirrors, broken worlds Dr Ebuzer OZKAN  One who eats halal does not become rebellious Recep Said YILDIRIM Keeping one’s promise Ali SEMERCI Cure…

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On Ramadan al-Sharif

Verses from the Qur’an “It was the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was (first) sent down as guidance for all people, having (in it) clear proofs of (divine) guidance and the criterion (for right and wrong). So whoever among you bears witness to the month shall then fast it. Yet if one among you is sick or is on a journey (such a person shall then fast) the same number of other days. God intends for you ease, and does not intend for you hardship. Rather, (He wills)…

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The most perfect fasting

The most excellent fasting is to make the human senses and organs, such as the eyes, ears, heart, and mind, fast together with the stomach. That is, to withdraw them from unlawful things and from trivia, and to urge each of them to their particular worship. For example, to ban the tongue from lying, back-biting, and obscene language, thus making it fast, and to busy it with such activities as reciting the Qur’an, praying, glorifying Allah’s Names, asking for Allah’s blessings for the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon…

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