The Real Identity of Women: Tasattur

Tasattur (Islamic dress code) is the most constant and the most sacred divine law pertaining to the community life. As 350 thousand Qur’anic interpretations (tafseer) and 350 million scholars (‘ulama) agreed on this covering issue, all the Divine Books also agree on this matter. Women leaving their coverings seized by the European mindset, which does not fit with the honour of Muslim women, both distort their innocent natures and are lowered to the degree of toys by those dark powers aiming to destroy the moral disposition of society. Risale-i Nur…

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Editor: The true Invitation and the effective Representation

We are again together in current issue with the cover topic entitled “How to invite people to Islam?” We hope that the articles which our esteemed authors have written will enlarge the horizons of the readers. The Pen magazine, improving in every issue, seeks the way of accurate invitation and effective representation in 5. issue. What defines “the true invitation” or what should be its result is “effective representation”. “Representation problem” is one of the vital questions of Muslims of today. This deficiency in question which can be recounted to…

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Nothing but Adab!

There is a truthful saying, which probably has never been fully understood by anyone or its secret never discovered, which is: “I entered the circle of scholarship and desired the wisdom. Wisdom stood far away; it first demanded nothing but propriety!” Yes, propriety is both earlier and later than scholarship. That is, propriety is both the beginning and conclusion of scholarship. The result of propriety is scholarship and the result of scholarship is the propriety. It is known that there are three principles to set the essence of wisdom in…

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The Eternal Fruits of The Love for The Sake Of Allah

Human beings love many things such as first his self and relatives in the world. The most important duty of man is to love the world and creatures in the name of Allah. We should say for the beautiful things, “Allah created so well-orderly” and should not let any other kind of love enter our heart. This is because it is the place of reflection of Allah that is As-Samad and is particular to him. If all these loves are in the name of Allah, then they both are legal…

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Zuhd and Administration

Asceticism means not to appreciate and enjoy the world and its properties. In many verses of the Qur’an and the ahadith of the Prophet, the love of the world is condemned, and the ones who do not love the world are praised. (Ustad Bediuzzaman says the love of world, which the Qur’an condemns, contains the lustful things and that it is not wrong to love the world for the sake of Allah.) It is ordered in the Qur’an: “And do not stretch your eyes after that with which We have…

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Does the Qur’an Contain Everything?

It is said that “the Qur’an contains everything.” Could you explain this sentence? “There is not a grain in the darkness of the earth nor anything fresh or dry that is not in a clearest Book (the Qur’an)!” (An‘am: 59) As understood from the verse, the Qur’an contains everything. But first and foremost, it must be known that the Glorious Qur’an is a Book of Worship. In order to address all levels of people, it uses expressions such as allegories and comparisons so that it can be generally comprehended. However;…

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Is Coming Into Existence Possible on its own ?

Ranging from the atoms to the stars an extraordinary harmony is observed throughout the universe. Two alternatives are in question for this excellent and harmonic composition’s coming into existence. It is bound to be said either “Each being even an atom has such an intelligence and brilliance much higher than human beings. Thus; each one is able know and see everything in the universe and has the complete power to compose this excellent harmony consciously.” or “Beings are unconscious and unreasonable. If so; a superior Entity has created these unconscious…

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The Impact of Da‘wah

Introduction: Each time the Muslim ummah faced with a setback or a socio-religious down turn, Allah the Almighty with all His blessings and grace sent the mujaddid (reformer) or mujaddidun (group of reformers) to purify and upgrade their iman (faith) for them, so that they would always be in the right path and attain success in their life. This has taken place in the past through the process of tajdid (renewal or purification of faith) which could be witnessed in history since centuries ago. In the following pages, as the…

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The Principles of Invitation to Islam

The activity of invitation to Islam has been described in a tafseer1 based upon the principles expressed in the verses of the Qur’an and hadiths. Reading those, we can highlight some principles. For me, the following are the most important ones of these principles: 1. To start with faith as it is the essence of the religion. 2. To explain the truths of faith from a viewpoint convincing both the mind and the heart. 3. To live what we say so as to make our words influential. 4. To act…

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The Odd One Out Community in the USA; Muslims

No doubt, the life became harder for Muslims after 9/11. Meanwhile, the raising conspiracy theories about it (the very well known one is coded with the term “Inside Job”) and the actions of the Bush administration in Iraq, despite the fact that there were no nuclear weapons, cooled down the pressure over Muslims. Since then, a small amount of packed actions has been served to the attention of people in order to remind them how dangerous the Muslims are. On the 5th of November, an army psychiatrist fatally shot 12…

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