Bediuzzaman Said Nursi dedicated his entire life to Islam

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, First of all, let me share the good news with you. A new translation of three epistles of the Risale-i Nur in English has been published: The Resurrection Epistle, The Short Words, and The Five Epistles. This new, critical English translation of the Risale-i Nur Corpus by Hayrat Foundation is the fruit of an exhaustive, line-by-line analysis of the text in the Ottoman original, including a comprehensive comparison with the previous Arabic translation. The goal has been to achieve an unprecedented accuracy in conveying the richness…

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Combining “positive and Islamic sciences and moral training” in formal education

Madrasatuz-Zahra was a university project which would combine positive and religious sciences. It aimed to give a powerful education covering the needs of the time, uplifting Muslims in science and thought, unite both hearts and minds; thus enabling Muslims to continually protect their own values. This was Imam Nursi’s project. He could not achieve it. But later in his life he said that his prayers for such a project were accepted via the establishment of hundreds of Nur Madaaris where students could study religious subjects along with their school subjects.…

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World needs to understand Islam correctly

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, As you all know a villainous coup attempt targeted our beloved country, Turkey. This treacherous attempt was against the independence of our nation. It was actually an attack against not only Turkey but the entire Muslims who have been with Turkey with their supports and prayers for a long time. Thousands thanks to our Lord, Allah (swt), that He did not let the traitors and enemies of Islam invade this servant country of Islam. May Allah never give any chance to our enemies to defeat us!…

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Editor’s letter: The Pen 25

Islamic faith makes this life a joyful journey to the hereafter Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, In the 25th issue of The Pen you will read articles on the evidence for the existence of Allah (swt), protecting our faith today, not to be alone to be among the people of salvation, the case of Andalusia showing the tolerance in Islam, the impact of Ramadan to the economy, frugality and extravagance from Islamic perspective, halal food and market opportunities. We have two exclusive pieces in this issue: “A joyous journey of life…

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Editor’s Letter: He who knows his Lord saves his hereafter

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, In this issue you will find articles about nafs, intellectual arrogance, servanthood to Allah (swt), spiritual crisis of the West (and its effects in the modern world), need for Risale-i Nur in the Islamic world, brotherhood among Muslims, Islamic economic order, Imam Nursi’s ideas about youth, the certainty of Hereafter,  creation and tawhid, and more. Nafs is a faculty embedded into our spirit; it is different from the nafs meaning ‘person’. The ‘I’- which gives sense of ego to the spirit, is the most important feature…

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Hunger teaches us many lessons

Blessed month Ramadan al Sharif has come again. For the last few years it is in summer. This means long hours of hunger and thirst in many countries. Muslims fast more than 17 hours in many regions. The hunger we experience during Ramadan is a means of many benefits. There is great wisdom behind the hunger of this valuable worship. Here are some of them: – Hunger teaches us that we are mortal! Many of us mistakenly suppose that the time will not come for us. We forget that we will…

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Workshops and reading texts

Well-prepared participant is crucial for the success of workshop. And in order to reach that success, sending articles to participants plays a very important role. Workshop is the best kind of meetings for the people to learn a particular subject. The opportunity to take part in discussions in a workshop is the most effective way of learning. But how can we make a workshop more fruitful? What steps do we need to take for a productive workshop? Here are some clues: First, decide on your objective for holding a workshop.…

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Editor’s Letter: Believer’s Quest for Spiritual Healing

Prophet Ayyub alaihissalam was afflicted with serious wounds and sores for a really long time. Even worms were generated in his wounds. He endured his sickness with patience until those worms make a way into his heart and tongue. Since the heart and the tongue are the places of remembrance and knowledge of Allah (swt), he supplicated his Lord to grant him good health. As today’s people we are in a very similar situation like that of Prophet Ayyub (as). Actually ours is worse than his. Compared with his physical…

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Unending war against lower self

Our struggle against our nafs al-ammara (evil commanding lower self) is an everlasting fight that will only end when we die. Lower self (i.e. nafs al-ammara) always commands the evil. It is never satisfied with sins. The desires for the sin come one after another. Lower self knows no limits and wants to do anything it wishes. It does not want to be within the boundaries of halal (legitimate). If a sin is committed repeatedly for a long time, it may turn into be a bad habit. And giving up…

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Misfortunes help man do his real duty

A monotonous life in ease and comfort would make the man forget his duty in this world. Sicknesses or disasters make him remember that duty. The man was created to worship his Lord. This is his sole duty, indeed. However, we, the sons of Adam, easily forget that single duty. We fail to remember that this worldly life has an end. We stop thinking about the Hereafter, our eternal life; but make plans for the world, our mortal life. We put out of our minds that the eternal happiness is…

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