The Compability of Divine Determining (Qadar) And Power of Choice

Compared to other creatures in this universe, humans have a high position enabling them to say “I am free; I can do whatever I want”. Human can have opposite ideas in his universe of thought. For example, when divine determining is understood as an obligation, there will be no freedom for people. Indeed, throughout the history, some currents have emerged claiming that human has no power of will and human is like a leaf on the wind. Some other currents exaggerated so much that they denied divine determining stating, “If…

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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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The Qur’an in the language of the Qur’an

Since the Age of Bliss hundreds of thousands of lovers of the Qur’an have written exegesis, books, poems and essays about the Qur’an so far. All of them have showed  maximum effort to depict the Qur’an. However, the Qur’an has been portrayed in the best way again by the owner of the Qur’an. Some names and some kinds of attributes that the Qur’an uses to tell about itself identify it better and facilitate its understanding. Allah (SWT) has named his word as the Qur’an. However he has given other names…

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Why Qur’an is Arabic?

“Mighty and perfect versification of the Qur’an’s letters and words, which the letters compose have impressed people since it was revealed. Each person who is not against Qur’an cannot help hearing the music belonging to this language of its coherence, writing and the deep effect it does on the human soul.” “Whenever a person recites one letter from the Book of Allah, one good deed is recorded for him. One good deed is equal to ten good deeds the like of it. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is a…

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Why Does Allah Use the Pronoun “We” Instead of “I” Referring to Himself in Some Verses?

If Allah is the only one God, why does He refer Himself as “we” instead of “I” referring in the Qur’an? • First of all, with the affirmation and witness of the whole universe, from the smallest atoms to the largest stars; there is no doubt in the fact that “Allah (SWT) is the only one God.” • In the Qur’an, the usage of the plural noun referring to Allah is only seen for “the first person.” Yet, whenever the second and the third personal pronouns are mentioned referring to…

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The Qissas In The Qur’an and The Meaning Which They Give Into Life

Al-qissa is the news about the historical figures and events in the Qur’an and it is the knowledge of all these news included in the Qur’an. In the dictionary it is explained as “to trace somebody and follow him/her; to inform somebody about a news or speech”. As a term it comprises every sort of event such as stories as narration or the fact or imaginary events that can be told about. That is why they do not use the word “story” for the qissas in the Qur’an. Then, the…

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The History of Qur’an

The Glorious Qur’an was revealed in the Arabic language into the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by Allah (SWT) through the angel Jibril Amin (peace be upon him), in twenty three years verse by verse, surah by surah, in a blessed time (month of Ramadan) and in the blessed place, that is Mecca. The honour of time and place met for the sake of the Qur’an. Both the wording and the meaning of that book are divine. When a verse or a surah was revealed by Allah, our Prophet used to make…

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Editor:The Qur’an, 1400

This year is the 1400th anniversary of revelation of the Qur’an. This year is the year of the Qur’an. The Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) took the decision that to mark the 1400th anniversary of the Qur’an. 2010 and 2011 will be the years of commemoration and paying tribute to the Qur’an in all Muslim countries. In the same date, the council of the Union of Non-governmental Organizations of Islamic World (UNIW), gathered in Kuala Lumpur on 22-25 of May, made a decision to organize activities promoting and understanding the…

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And We Are the Brave Youth of This Ummah

Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullah Distinguished Frequenters of the Pen Magazine On a shiny summer day, we have come together with a sincere intention in true sisterhood and brotherhood merely to attain the sake of Allah without considering any worldly interest. Coming together to attend the Forth Youth Gathering held by UNIW and also to meet and socialise with the other half of the world. The main theme of the gathering was Westernisation and secularisation in the Muslim communities. In the workshops we discussed this subject and I sincerely wish to…

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Quran Addresses Everybody

How does Quran address everybody? (From “Ask a Question to Us” website) Each letter and each word of the Qur’anic verses indicate so many meanings and aspects that it is impossible for the human mind to comprehend the whole. And also, all people’s benefitting from a book equally cannot be expected. So, the Quran uses a facilitated method of statement that everybody from a child to an uneducated elderly can reflect upon, in order to approach the subjects which the addressees can’t fathom directly to their understanding levels. Allah (SWT)…

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