We have not, and will never forget!

We have never forgotten the villainous coup and occupation attempt that targeted our motherland which is the hope of the world, the shelter of the oppressed and victims. We will never forget it! And we will never let it be forgotten! We strongly condemn this cruel attempt, with the same anger and hatred we had on that day, which was arranged by vile centres from home and abroad, in order to destroy the unity, integrity and solidarity of our beloved country, Turkey. We state that we stand by the man…

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Namazgâh and prayer in the open field

Mustafa Yılmaz The word “namazgâh” – which means ‘place of prayer’ – is a compound of Persian word ‘namaz’ and preposition ‘gâh’ – which mean prayer and place respectively. Muslims have esteemed the prayer (i.e. salah) very much for centuries. And they have not neglected this worship even in the most difficult conditions including travelling. In Ottoman times, the places that were built in the countryside where there was no nearby mosque or masjid were called ‘namazgah.’ They are outdoor places of worship that are mostly used in summers and…

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Cambodian Muslims

Zafer Zengin I went to Cambodia as the volunteer of Hayrat Aid during the Qurban organization in 2016. I set off on this journey wishing to personally join in aid activities and see the conditions of our Muslim brothers who live there. And I also had the intention to see the illnesses of the Islamic world diagnosed by Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi on the field and to see the reflections of his ideas about the cures. Imam Bediuzzaman mentioned the illnesses of the Islamic world in Jami’ul Amawiyya (Umayyad Mosque)…

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End the story of interest rates

Oil exporting and oil importing Muslim countries can end the story of interest rates together Ahmed Cemaleddin Gülenay To understand the structure of interest rates in today’s world, it is very imperative to understand the essence of the whole global system which is well connected. Although a variety of interest rates exist in the system, like overnight interest rates or deposit interest rates, this article will only examine the interest rates for Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) as it is the main parameter for all types of it. With that base…

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The principles of administrative mentality in Islamic civilization

Emre Aracı Administration has come until today as a phenomenon from the time of the Prophet Adam (as). It has seemed as one of the most basic needs of humanity, because the innate nature of human requires an efficient administration, and many natural events, which we can call the innate nature of the universe, also teach us the administrative mentality. To be able to define a system as an administration, these four elements must be together: 1- A particular thought system 2- A community that gathers around this thought system…

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Achieving and safeguarding sincerity

Meditation on death: an effective means of achieving and safeguarding sincerity Receb Said Yıldırım Today we will read a part from the Epistle on Sincerity [from Risale-i Nur], which our Ustaz [Bediuzzaman Said Nursi] put a warning before it which says “this epistle must be read at least once in fifteen days.” I will not talk about what is sincerity, what are its principles, or the obstacles that violate the sincerity. I will talk about one of the most effective means of achieving sincerity: the meditation on death. Before reading…

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Intention

Zakir Çetin 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…

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Destruction is easier; the weak become destructive

Muhlis Körpe “The existence of all parts is the condition for the existence of the whole. Nonexistence, however, occurs with the lack of one part. Destruction is easier. For this reason, the weak man never prefers the positive which reveals [his real] power.  He acts negatively and is always destructive.” Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi here gives the definition of power which has an important role in human life. Actually he defines the real power in a new way. What is the power in real terms? Who is called powerful? Why…

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Corporeal resurrection is the most powerful case

Corporeal resurrection is the most powerful case and reality manifest in this world “The Sixth Proof of Faith” from the Risale-i Nur Corpus The Ninth Reality: The gate of bringing to life and causing to die Being a manifestation of the Name ‘The Living’ (al-Ḥayy), ‘The Self-sustaining Sustainer (al-Qayyūm), ‘The Giver of Life’ (al-Muḥyī) and the ‘Giver of Death’ (al-Mumīt). Is it really possible for one Almighty, Compassionate, All-Knowing and Wise, who gave life to the vast, tremendous earth after its dryness and death, and manifested His power through this…

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The nature of the Risale-i Nur and its place in Islamic history

The Hayrat Publishing Translation Committee What type of book is the Risale-i Nur? Many new readers of The Book of Light, especially in translation, note that it is not easy to place in a single genre. It variously embodies aspects of theology and Qur’anic exegesis, sometimes in the form of allegorical narrative, at other times in the more conventional form of scholarly treatise. At first glance, some parts of the Risale-i Nur seem similar to Sufi litany, and even philosophy and poetry. However, for Nursi, it is neither; the direct…

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