Making a correct diagnosis

Years ago in an Islamic conference I attended in the USA, a renowned speaker said the following: “Some youth come to me and ask questions related to iman (faith). I look at those juveniles and see that they have moral problems. I tell them: You have moral problems. That’s why you are asking faith-related questions. If you correct your morality, your faith-related questions and doubts will clear away!” I was utterly shocked by these words of the speaker! The young man has a ‘faith problem’ that needs to be solved…

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What the Arab Spring Teaches Us

Islamic World is going through a relatively difficult and erratic period for the last couple of years as with the Arab Spring in the Middle East compared to the time before it broke out. People living under harsh conditions at the hands of their oppressive regimes took to the streets asking for their legitimate rights in peaceful manners. However, so-called Islamic governments responded with severe actions, which drove people to go against further and further until they took down the heads of their governments. Although the one in Syria has…

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Belief in the Unseen

The notion of unseen is considered as a fundamental subject in Islam. All six pillars of faith (iman) are mainly based on this fact. There are numerous verses in the Holy Qur’an mentioning about the belief in the unseen (ghaib) such as ”Those who believe in the Unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them. (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:3). On the other hand, positive science and some philosophical views consider religions as dogmatic belief systems. They claim that there is no way one can find a…

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“I Have Grown in a Christian Family, Yet We Were Atheists Indeed”

Could you introduce yourself to our readers? My name formally is Boris Schlerling. I adopted the name ‘Abdulkarim’ after I became Muslim. I am 17. I study in high school, department of Economics. I live in Mönchengladbach city of Germany. I have a sister and a brother who are older than me. My sister is 19, brother is 22. My father works in a film company and my mother is a pedagogue. Under what kind of circumstances have you grown? I have grown in a Christian family. My siblings became…

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Nationalism-2

Nationalism and western civilization urge societies to struggle for their personal benefits, while a Muslim works for attaining the pleasure of Allah (SWT). Nationalism and western civilization urges people to struggle, while Islam says that the best among people is the one who helps others and promotes cooperation through every means. Nationalism and western civilization claim that you can survive if you are strong and powerful, but Islam declares that one is powerful as much as he depends on Allah (SWT), who is powerful over all things. Man is a…

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The Existence of Allah necessitates the Existence of Prophets

Each and every one of the pillars of Islamic faith is like a sun that cannot be extinguished or denied by anyone. Whoever closes his/her eyes makes it dark for himself/herself, because the sun is out there, bright as ever. All the pillars of faith have such strong and inter-dependent proofs that they cannot be destroyed. Unbelievers deny Islam and its truths completely, whereas, there are others who believe in Allah or the existence of a god, but do not believe in the other fundamentals of religion, such as prophethood,…

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Bediuzzaman’s Perspective in Educational System

Bediuzzaman’s new perspective in educational system and his university project “Madrasat’uz Zahra” One day, he read a statement of the British Minister of Colonies, Gladstone, in the newspaper which read: “So long as the Muslims have the Qur’an, we shall be unable to dominate them. We must either take it from them, or alienate them from it.” Thereupon, Bediuzzaman clearly understood the dangerous plans that the Islamic World was faced with and said “I shall prove and demonstrate to the world that the Qur’an is a never-fading, inextinguishable Sun!” Thus…

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Impressions of Bangladesh

By grace of Allah, I had the opportunity to visit Bangladesh for the Eid-ul Adha between 13-19 November to attend a qurban organization conducted by the Social Agency for Welfare and Advancement in Bangladesh (SAWAB) all over Bangladesh. I would like to mention about some facts regarding Bangladesh as well as my impressions and views that I acquired during my journey. In the past, East Bengal was part of British India since 16th century until mid 20th century. It gained its independence in 1947 along with West Pakistan and it…

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Program with the Executive Director of Kashmir American Council

Within the scope of the tenth Council Meeting held by the Union of NGOs of the Islamic World (UNIW), UNIW Council Member from the USA and Executive Director of Kashmir American Council Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai was scheduled to have some other meetings apart from the main meetings. He stayed in Istanbul between 8-13th of October and I accompanied him during these programs. Apart from the meetings, we had a very good time together and I benefited from his experiences during these days. Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, a lecturer at…

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Two Important Meetings In Istanbul

Recently, Istanbul has hosted very important meetings and I had the honor and pleasure to take part in these organizations as a translator. Now I would like to share my experiences, memories and the nice atmosphere during these days. Before this, I would like to give you brief information about the international Muslim umbrella organization who organized these events. The Union of Non-Governmental Organizations of the Islamic World (UNIW) was established in 2005 in Istanbul. The UNIW was founded for the purpose of ensuring sustainable development, unity and coordination between…

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