Amirs of the People of Paradise: Huffaz of the Qur’an

Huffaz* are the beloveds of our Prophet who praised them many times. Huffaz are the servants of the Qur’an and the actual manifestations of the kalām (word) of Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala. They are the carriers of the ‘nur’ dating back from the Age of Bliss to the End of Time; because they work for Kalāmullah (the Word of Allah) day and night. They spend their time for the sake of Allah (swt). They are the friends of the Qur’an, hafiz of the Words of Allah (swt). The Qur’an, as…

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Does Allah have any physical form or shape?

Attributing a form to Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala is haram (prohibited). It is not possible to grasp the entity of Allah (swt), because “there is none comparable unto Him,” (Ikhlas, 112:4) and “vision comprehends Him not.” (Anʿam, 6:103) Mind can only comprehend those which are material; however, Allah (swt) is not material. All beings whether we can perceive with five sense organs or not, have been created by the Creator Who is Glorified. Creature is neither a part of nor like the Creator. (Shamil Islamic Encyclopaedia) “Substance is a composite…

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Common Mistakes in Child Education

We must love our children despite everything and raise them for both this world and the hereafter. In this life of anxieties and troubles, a safe haven and a place of refuge for every person, especially for a Muslim, is his family life. What make the family liven up are the children who can be our reward channels even after we die. If a person raises a dutiful child, his book of sins will be closed, but his book of good deeds will be open when he dies; and he…

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January-June 2014 Issue

The Pen 21st Issue A Strong Commentary of the Holy Qur’an: Risale-i Nur   Risale-i Nur is a Commentary of the Holy Quran Altınbaşak Academic Research Board Risale-i Nur is such a strong tafseer, which expresses, explains, and proves the truths of faith of the Qur’an with strong evidence and proof, that it silences the most obstinate philosophers who deny the existence of Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala.   Editor’s Letter Yunus Emre PEHLİVAN Leadership and Modesty İdris TÜZÜN Humble leaders become successful and, more importantly, attain the pleasure of Allah Subhanahu…

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Katip Çelebi and Knowledge

ʿIlm is a blessing of Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala that He bestows on those who seek it. Katip Çelebi (1609-1657) is the greatest bibliographer and geographer of the Turkish history of science in Ottoman era. He is internationally famous in social sciences. He authored quality works in many fields. His most distinctive features are that he meticulously wrote his works by providing references; observed critical and objective point of view in accordance with today’s academic research methods; and he was the first Ottoman intellectual who consulted scientific works of the…

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Backbiting: Killer of Social Life

Giybah is a denounced deed that ruins the social relationships and consumes the good deeds of the backbiter. Giybah (backbiting) is an utterance said behind someone which will offend him when he hears it. Prophet Muhammad Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam said: “”Do you know what giybah is?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He then said, “It is to say something about your brother that he would dislike.” Someone asked him, “But what if what I say is true?” The Messenger of Allah said, “If what you say about him is true,…

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The Gains of the Islamic Unity

Ittihad will save the oppressed from tyranny and help many people to see the guidance of the religion of tawhid. When our Prophet Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam died, the entire Arab peninsula had been conquered. Then, in the period of thirty years of Caliphs, the borders of the Islamic State was extended to the interior of Anatolia and Azerbaijan in the north, to Herat in the east with the conquest of Iran and to Tripoli in the west. In the period of the Umayyad, Islam crossed the whole of North Africa…

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The key to limitless power

Saying ‘in the name of Allah’ binds man to a power and mercy that are limitless. “The First Word” from the Risale-i Nur Corpus بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اللّٰهِ ‘In the name of Allah’ is the beginning of all goodness – thus, at the beginning, we too begin to [explain] it. Oh my own lower self! Know that this blessed utterance is the symbol of Islam. It is also the invocation of every single thing in existence, expressed through the languages of the states of those things.1 بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اللّٰهِ ‘In the name of Allah’…

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Social Harms of Interest

Interest, which is an undeserved gain, leads to the breakdown of the social order. To abolish it would close the door to many conflicts it causes. As economic events can be seen like social events, the economic effects of interest and all the problems that occur due to interest can be seen as its social effects. Indeed, in countries where the economic troubles such as unemployment, low income, corrupt income distribution, people are, in the words of Plato, like idle masses carrying poison in them. Some of these people are…

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Imam Bediuzzaman and His Movement of Belief in the 20th Century

Imam Said Nursi defended the tenets of iman against the disbelief and saved the faith of millions of people with the strong rational evidences he presented in the Risale-i Nur. Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi lived at such a time that the Risale-i Nur struggle can only be understood by realizing the spirit of the time during Imam Nursi lived. It was during his life period with the exploration and advancement of the steam power that humanity had entered into a new era; a change from the agriculture base to the…

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