Garden of Truths

GARDEN OF TRUTHS Mother Abu Hurairah (RA) narrates: A man came up and said: “O the Messenger of Allah! Who is most deserved of my good behaviour and nice conversation?” The Prophet (PBUH) answered, “your mother!” The man asked again: “then who?” The Prophet answered, “your mother!” The man asked again: “then who?” The Messenger (PBUH) answered again, “your mother!” The man asked for the fourth time: “then who?” For that time the Messenger (PBUH) answered, “your father!” (Bukhari)  *** Shall we learn foreign languages? The Prophet (PBUH) encouraged learning…

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Protection and Preservation and the Hereafter

Risale-i Nur Proves the Resurrection and the Hereafter* SEVENTH TRUTH [The Gate of Protection and Preservation, The Manifestation of the Names of Preserver (Hafiz) and Guardian (Raqib)] Is it at all possible that Allah’s attribute of Preserver (Hafiz), which protects all things with the utmost order and balance, – things in the heavens and on the earth, on dry land and in the ocean, dry and wet, large and small, commonplace and exalted- and as it were, sifts their results by way of accounting – is it at all possible…

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Mi’raj (Ascension) and the New Physics

The Dial Watch Issue in the Treatise of Mi’raj (Ascension): The Physics of Time and Space Though modern science keeps metaphysical phenomena out of its domain of research and indeed Islam does not necessarily need the endorsement of science to validate its principles, it is very interesting to observe that recent findings in modern physics give clues about the theoretical possibility of the Mi’raj of the Prophet (PBUH). While explaining the lofty aspects of the Mi’raj (the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to the heavens) in his treatise on…

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The Miracles of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

There are nearly one thousand miracles of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which prove his messengership. These miracles were witnessed and they have been narrated till this day by many people who are so trustworthy that it is impossible for them to lie. The Noble Messenger (PBUH) declared His prophethood, and presented to humanity a decree as the Glorious Qur’an and manifest miracles which number, according to the scholars, one thousand. The occurrence of those miracles in their entirety is as certain as the fact that he (PBUH) declared himself prophet….

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Resurrection and Three Stories

By Mehmet KURT  One of my friends recently died at his 30. I attended his funeral. First, the corpse was washed and shrouded. Then we performed the funeral prayer. Finally, the deceased was put in to the grave. Everybody started to bury the corpse in turn. Shortly it was buried under the earth. I was astonished that it took such a short time. What’s the rush? It seemed like everyone wanted to leave that place as soon as possible. Meanwhile, I started to contemplate the dead. The corpse would decay after…

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Why belief in destiny one of the pillars of Islamic Creed?

The  issue of qadar (fate) and human free will and their reconciliation with each other is one of the most challenging issue of history of theology of not only Islam but all religions. Imam Nursi’s approach to issue clarifies why it has been an essential and indispensable component of Islamic Creed. Throughout the Islamic history, only one of the pillars of Islamic Creed has been discussed by Muslim scholars and that is the belief of fate. The Jabariyah (Necessitarians) school has denied the human will by attributing everything to fate….

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The role of civil society in struggling against Islamophobia

Islamic non-governmental organizations should develop projects for enhancing the mechanisms of appropriate promotion and efficient representation in every field and on every topic of Islam in the fight against Islamophobia. ISLAMOPHOBIA: A THREAT OR AN OPPORTUNITY? Islamophobia is a compound word formed from the Greek word ‘phobia’, which means ‘baseless fear’, and Islam. Their combination together in one word is daunting, and the reality has become one of the gravest threats of our times. Unless it is defined properly and fought against with a strategic action plan, this relatively recent…

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Nationalism In the light of Risale-i Nur

Nationalism and ethnic conflicts is one of the most grieving agonies that the Islamic world is experiencing. The position of Islam on the issue needs to be highlighted and stressed clearly. “O humankind! Surely We have created you from a single (pair of) male and female, and made you into tribes and families so that you may know one another (and so build mutuality and co-operative relationships, not so that you may take pride in your differences of race or social rank, or breed enmities).” (Hujurat, 49:13) We can explain…

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The Positive Attitude

In the face of regime’s oppression Risale-i Nur movement has adopted the positive attitude as a way of existence and performing service to faith. The positive attitude in Risale-i Nur movement can be defined briefly as follows: To carry out our service without causing chaos, anarchy or violence, infringing the security and rights of other people and focusing on our duty with patience and endurance without being persistent about the results which are determined by will of Allah (SWT). Positive attitude means to establish the peaceful and safe atmosphere in which…

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April-June 2013 Issue

A new issue, new themes and a fresh enthusiasm… It is a good news that we are at the eve of the three blessed months of Islamic calender. The sacred and spiritual aura of three months will engulf our souls soon and we will have more opportunities to perform prayers and good deeds which will make us closer to Allah (SWT). These three months are a time period in which there are spiritually beautiful moments through which we can find a channel to develop our spirituality. One of these moments…

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