INTERVIEW: Unity is Possible notwithstanding the Obstacles!

We conducted an interview with Salahuddin Ahmad Mazhary who participated in a forum in Istanbul from the UK. He lives in London. He is a student of History at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. We talked with him about the problems that Muslims, particularly young Muslims, are experiencing in the UK. *** TP: What kind of difficulties do you have in UK as young Muslims? Mazhary: First of all, at the heart of all the problems of the young Muslims in the UK is fundamentally…

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The History Box

We have been guarding you so far, from now on we are in your service In 1889, when he was 16, Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi had been in Mardin, a south-eastern province of Turkey, for a while for academic purposes. Realizing his deep knowledge and ability, the scholars in the city regarded him as a master for them and held scholarly conversations with him. The governor of the province misunderstood the situation and misinterpreted the Imam’s influence in the city and decided to exile him to Bitlis, handcuffed and accompanied…

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Doubt in the Faith 

Having doubt in iman (faith) concerning the pillars of belief, such as the existence of God and the hereafter, is a mental confusion that occupies the mind and which might result in complete denial. It is essential and fardh (obligatory) for every Muslim to strengthen his iman. Belief has different levels, and it is just not enough to just say, “I believe” in order to achieve high levels of iman. And it is not certain whether a Muslim can keep his belief strong all through his life. What concerned the…

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Marks of Islam

Sha‘a’ir means ‘mark’ or ‘symbol’. Some modes of worship and social institutions are called sha’a’ir al-Islamiyya which   are the things that symbolize Islam, are always seen in Muslim communities, and show that the country is a Muslim nation. Acts of worship like prayer, fasting in Ramadan, and calling the adhan; articles of clothing like the turban and the hijab; Qur’anic writing and letters, and the mosques and minarets are among the sha’a’ir. And they present the outward manifestation of Islam. There are two great social benefits of the sha’a’ir:…

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New Generation

“O you unfortunates who have given up Islam, which is the spirit of the two worlds, and who are like walking corpses! Do not stand in the way of the coming generation. The grave is waiting for you. Do not get in the way, so that the new generation, who will thoroughly cherish the truths of Islam in the world, will come.” Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi  

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The unity of the Muslims

The articles on The unity of the Muslims in the history of Turkish media first appeared in the Basiret newspaper in October 1873. The first article was written by Esad Efendi, clerk of the maritime court. To him Islamic history was in fact a history of the unity of the Muslims; and the Ottomans became a point of reference and a protector. “Since the religion of Islam commands tawhid (unity), the means of unity for us is the fact that Islam brings together and unites,” said Esad Efendi; and the…

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Hunting

Hunting Hunting is the pursuit of game or other wild animals for food or sport. Wild animals, birds, or fish hunted for food or sport are called game. A person who hunts game for food or sport is called a hunter. Hunting was a means of livelihood for primitive man. As the civilization advanced, in addition to the pursuit of game for food, man started hunting for sport as well. Various game laws then came into existence for the protection of game animals, birds, and fish. Game laws defined conditions…

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Who is the most fortunate?

The most fortunate is the person who: does not forget the hereafter for this world, does not sacrifice the hereafter for this world, does not destroy the life of the hereafter for worldly life, and does not waste his life on trivial things; But rather: considers himself to be a guest and acts in accordance with the commands of the guest-house’s owner. Then: opens the door of the grave in confidence and enters upon eternal happiness. Because: this world is transitory, life is short, the truly essential duties are many,…

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The Contribution of Imam Nursi in the Fields of Religion and Philosophy

Dr. Oghuz Mashkur Khan Bediuzzaman Said Nursi was born in 1877 in a small village called Nurs, in the district of Hizan, a province of Bitlis (Turkey). He was an Islamic scholar of the highest standing, having studied not only all the traditional religious disciplines, but also modern science, and earned the name Bediuzzaman, the wonder of the age. He was an advocate of a form of Islam strongly committed to non-violence and constructive engagement with the West and with Christianity. He brought teachings of the traditional religious disciplines as…

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The Fear of Death and Hiding behind the Wall

During a conversation in a working environment when he was with his mother, I asked a question of a young man who is a student in a prestigious university and has read lots of books: “Do you love your mother?” He said, “Yes” without hesitation. I asked again, “Where will your mother go when she dies?” He paused for a moment, and thought. He could not answer. What about your beloved ones, your family, your youth, your memories, your studies, your works, etc.? I asked lots of questions one after…

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