Key to bliss

Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullah. People are all on the road of life which starts from the world of spirits, passes through the grave, and extends on to the hereafter. We are travellers on the same road and going in one direction and have one destination only. There is no different road, direction, or destination. While on this journey, some affiliate themselves with the Creator (i.e. believing in Allah), some don’t do that. Believing in the Creator is the first step you have to take to have a good welcome when…

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We need a guide – the most perfect guide

In this day and age, human mind and heart roll about between good and evil in a dreadful, spiritual storm. We, our family, our friends and all others are in a great danger of losing the direction that goes to shore of safety. We have hesitations, uncertainties, whisperings of Satan and worries. Sometimes we feel like we are lost. We cannot decide which way to go. Sometimes we fall into despair and come to the point of surrendering to the whims of the lower self. We cannot take the right…

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The person who has lived the Qur’an in his life the most

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah. The Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) – the entire words, actions and approval attributed to him – is the most important source after the Qur’an. By following the Sunnah we implement the Qur’an into daily life. The life of our Prophet is entirely Qur’an centred. He based his every behaviour, word and deed on the Qur’an. He acted according to the rulings of the Qur’an. We learn how our Creator, Allah Most High, will be pleased with us from…

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Finding pretexts for attacking the pious predecessors

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, Today there are some people who want to spread their denial of the Schools of Legal Thought. They claim equality with the imams of the Schools of Legal Thought, the great mujtahid (interpreters) of the law, by saying “They were humans like us, why should we be compelled to follow them?” They even claim equality with the sahaba (companions). However, they talk as if they are from Ahl al-Sunnah (the people of sunnah) when they give lectures. In this way, they try to convince their audience…

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The main road of the Ahl al-Sunnah leads to the guidance of Allah

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said that the ummah never unanimously agrees on misguidance. The muslim ummah has done what the Prophet said; we have never unanimously agreed on misguidance. On the contrary, we almost unanimously, 90%, have agreed on the guidance of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The ummah obeyed the commands of the Qur’an, thus we loved and obeyed the Prophet. The Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamaah has learned Islam from the Prophet, accepted him as the best example of a…

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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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