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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Editor’s letter: a strong tafseer of the Qur’an

As you know Imam Said Nursi (ra)’s Risale-i Nur treatises are the basic sources of our magazine. In every issue we present you various articles that benefited from Risale-i Nur. We also publish pieces telling about his great struggle for the service of the Qur’an and iman. You can read “Imam Bediuzzaman and His Movement of Belief in the 20th Century” written by Muhlis Körpe in this issue. Risale-i Nur is a strong commentary of the Qur’an al-Kareem. It gives us a strong faith lesson proving the truths of Islam.…

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Why Worship?

“O you people, worship…” (Baqara, 2:21) First of all, we must say that “we worship because our Creator tells us so.” We all know that there is great profit and happiness in worship, and there is great loss and ruin in not performing the worships. Every Muslim can tell this from personal experience. Worship is not performed to demand new rewards, it is actually a duty charged to us in return of the things we received in advance. In other words, we do not have a right to say “I…

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Benefits of illness

“[Those] Who say, when afflicted with calamity: “To Allah We belong, and to Him is our return.” (Baqara, 2:156) Man easily gets sick. It is really unbearable. You have headache all the time; lose your appetite; cannot get any taste from foods. Time, which normally flows like a river, almost stops. That is, life loses its beauty for the sick. It takes some time to get better. Apart from the medical process of recovery, there is the behavioural process of the sickness. That is, some of us show patience, but…

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What prevents a Muslim from Prayer?

Salah, the prescribed prayers, are very valuable for a Muslim. It is the pillar of the religion. It is the first thing that Allah will hold us to account for in the day of judgement. If a Muslim can successfully give account for Salah, he will easily pass all the other judgements inshaallah; because Salah keeps a Muslim away from wrongdoings and sins in his life. Our souls, however, does not want to perform this great worship which almost guarantees our eternal happiness. There are numerous and unreasonable reasons for…

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Faith, faith, faith!

“O you who have believed, believe in Allah and His Messenger and the Book that He sent down upon His Messenger and the Scripture which He sent down before. And whoever disbelieves in Allah , His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day has certainly gone far astray.” (Nisaa, 4:136) It has been definitely understood that every man is a temporary guest here in this world. His real essence is turned towards an eternal life. For every believer, actually for everyone at this time, the case of attaining…

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