Do Inappropriate Questions Coming to Mind About Allah Harm One’s Faith?

Do Inappropriate Questions Coming to Mind About Allah Harm One’s Faith?* Answer: Questions which occur involuntarily do not damage a person’s faith or make the person sinful unless they are pursued with the purpose of denying God. Since such thoughts occur because of Satan’s whispers, they do not originally belong to man. By reminding him of such thoughts, Satan tries to trick man, wanting him to fall into a state of desperation about his faith and end up losing his faith completely. Suffering in the heart because of the whispering…

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Lack of awareness of the Spiritual Bonds between Muslims

Lack of awareness of the Spiritual Bonds between Muslims, and the Problem of Group Fanaticism Most of the problems in the Islamic world regarding unity arise from lack of awareness of the bonds binding us together. Most of the responsibility is on the shoulders of administrators and intellectuals of the Islamic world in the understanding of these values. Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi is a hero of Islam who spent his whole life working to strengthen the bonds between Muslims that bind them to one another. The verse “وَٱعْتَصِمُوا۟ بِحَبْلِ ٱللَّهِ…

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Imam Nursi’s Vision for Islamic Unity

By Mahmud Misri The great need for Islamic unity, which was always referred to by Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, is becoming increasingly apparent, day after day, for the people of faith who have clear vision. I. Introduction Many of the thinkers of the Islamic world, past and present, have discussed the reasons for the advancement of civilization of a nation, trying to answer the big question: Why have the Muslims become backward, while others have progressed? We point out here that thinkers have agreed on the importance of a specific…

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Educational Reform Centring on Madrasatu’z-Zahra

The Madrasatu’z-Zahra project, if it can be achieved, may bring solutions to the separation of modern, spiritual and Islamic disciplines in educational institutions and it may contribute to the establishment of Islamic unity. The most important problem of Turkey and the Islamic world is our inability to give a sound, efficient and straightforward education to our children. The main factor behind most of the problems that we can imagine such as economic crisis, moral degeneration, terror, chaos in social life and disintegration of Islamic world is our shortcomings in education….

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Imam Said Nursi’s Service to Faith

Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi gave tremendous service to the people of Turkey by protecting their faith under the harsh conditions of the former autocratic nationalist secular Republic of Turkey, handing down the Risale-i Nur collection and raising a generation with verified faith as a legacy to the community of Islam. I intend to devote my article to ‘the service of Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi to the faith’ due to the fact that this year is the 52nd anniversary of his departure from this earthly life. Imam Rabbani, the mujaddid of…

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What is the Qur’an?

What is the Qur’an and what is the definition of it?* Answer:  • The Qur’an is the entire book of the revelations sent down by Allah (SWT) to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) over his 23 years of prophethood. • The Qur’an is “the last heavenly book.” • The Qur’an is “the word of Allah” which is also known as “Kitabullah: the book of Allah”; Furqan; Tanzil (that which is sent down); Mushaf (the manuscript bound between two boards, written book); Kitab (Book); Nur (Divine light); Dhikr (remembrance) and “Umm-ul Kitab”…

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Imam Sharani

Imam Sharani was one of the great awliya of Egypt and an imam of Islamic law of the Shafii School. His given name was Abdulwahhab. He was born in 1491 AD (898 AH). He was descended from the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Imam Sharani began his academic life in Cairo while he was still very young. He was intelligent and hardworking. He memorized the Qur’an by the age of seven. He also memorized most of the books he studied in his lessons. Sharani frequented the circles of knowledge and took lessons…

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Unity and Consultation

“Hold fast to God’s rope all together, and split not into factions” (Āl ‘Imran 3/103) The relationship of believers one to the other is like that of the bricks of a building – each strengthens the other. (Bukhari and Muslim) Unity, solidarity, cooperation, being together, acting together and helping each other… All these actions and positions are advised, commanded and recommended many times to the Muslims in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet. As Muslims, we are the people of tawhid, and we are obliged to achieve unity….

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Consolidating the Consultation Culture and Civil Societies

Consultation and counsel seem to offer possible solutions for certain monolithic and authoritarian leanings in the Islamic world. The initiatives to organize mechanisms to provide such consultation within ummah should gain momentum. What are consultation (mashwarat) and counsel (shura)? Consultation (mashwarat) means to exchange opinions on particular issues. The gathering that is comprised of the negotiators is called a counsel (shura). To come to the best decision after discussing with others and listening to different opinions is something like ending up with a jar of honey after collecting many different…

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Political and Economic Integration: the fruits of Islamic unity

By Mohd Yunus Aminuddin* Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi`s thoughts and commentary on Islamic unity in relation to political and economic integration provides us with a new vision about the future, yet translating his ideas into action and practice will take time and effort.  Islamic unity is a very vital issue which concerns all Muslims, and it is not only a political issue, but encompasses all other issues related to the whole spectrum of worldly life. The essence of this unity emerges from the bonds and solidarity between two Muslims due…

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