Qur’an Copies from Revelation to Ottoman Era

The writing of the Qur’an took its finest form in the 19th and 20th centuries with “Ayat Barkanar” and “Tawafuq” styles. As it’s known, our Holy Qur’an began to be revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in Laylat al Qadr in 610. Our Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) dictated all the verses that revealed through 23 years to wahy (revelation) scribes. When the Prophet (pbuh) passed away, all the verses of the Holy Qur’an had been written. As it’s known, during Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra)’s khilafah era, a committee of the companions…

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Patience

Enduring the misfortunes and illnesses, withstanding the desires of the lower self and being steadfast in worshipping are kinds of sabr (patience) that will lead us to the Paradise. Sabr is the ability to hold back, remain calm, maintain one’s cool, restrain oneself and wait and see despite the urge to jump on, barge in, respond, and do something in the situations of heat, pressure, anxiety, curiosity, anger, confrontation, etc. It is also the patience exercised during the hardships people face in their lives such as illnesses and diseases, death…

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Getting Motivated to Perform Salah 

The five daily prayers, our first and most important duty, are the key to the happiness in this life, preventing us from starving spiritually, and in the Hereafter, bringing us eternal Paradise. risaleonline.com There are three separate booklets in Risale-i Nur written in order to make people eager for salah (i.e. five daily prayers) under the title of the 4th, the 9th and the 21st Words.  Some explanations that motivate us to salah in the 21st Word, which is the most detailed one of those risales, can be compiled as…

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The value of religion for mankind

Disbelief makes people miserable, and it costs them their success and happiness in this life and the next. “The Eighth Word” from the Risale-i Nur Corpus بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم * ألله لا إله إلا هو الحيّ القيّوم * إنّ الدّين عند الله الإسلام * In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate * Allah: There is none worthy of worship but Him, the Living, the Self-subsisting Sustainer1 * The true religion before Allah is Islam.2 * If you wish to understand the true nature of this world and…

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Rights of the Wife over Husband 

Husband must be friendly, kind, generous and nice to his wife. First of all, I believe we must know that the law of the family is for ensuring the happiness of the whole family. Therefore, in what way the happiness is brought it is the most important and basic thing to do. If we will further violate the rights of children and family members while trying to seek our rights, in that case, the family peace must be our priority instead of seeking our right. In fact, when someone’s right…

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Family Life in Ayahs and Hadiths

The verses from the Holy Qur’an: “And enjoin prayer upon your family [and people] and be steadfast therein.” (TaHa, 20:132) “O you who have believed, protect yourselves and your families from a Fire…” (Tahrim, 66:6) “And live with them [women] in kindness.” (Nisa, 4:19) “Upon the father is their [i.e., the mothers’] provision and their clothing according to what is acceptable.” (Baqarah, 2:233) “Let a man of wealth spend from his wealth, and he whose provision is restricted – let him spend from what Allāh has given him. Allāh does…

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Description of Battlefield of Life: Motivation, enemies and remedies

There exists for man a great comfort in hardship. Since man’s fitrah (innate disposition) is agitated, his comfort is only to be found in work and striving. Life constitutes one [great] activity and movement.  Shawq (ardour) is its horse. When your himmah (your aspiration for work) mounts on (the horse of) ardour and runs upon the ground of life’s struggle, the very first enemy you run into- a fierce enemy indeed- is yaʾs (despair). It demotivates you (breaking your spiritual power). Against this fierce enemy, you utilise the sword of لا تَقنَطوا (Do not despair of God’s Mercy – Zumar, 39:53) Later, the…

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Editor’s Letter: Believer’s Quest for Spiritual Healing

Prophet Ayyub alaihissalam was afflicted with serious wounds and sores for a really long time. Even worms were generated in his wounds. He endured his sickness with patience until those worms make a way into his heart and tongue. Since the heart and the tongue are the places of remembrance and knowledge of Allah (swt), he supplicated his Lord to grant him good health. As today’s people we are in a very similar situation like that of Prophet Ayyub (as). Actually ours is worse than his. Compared with his physical…

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The Pen 23rd Issue

. . January – June 2015 Repentance from Sins Do not risk the loss of the great rewards of the hereafter for mere passing pleasures       Editor’s letter: Believer’s quest for spiritual healing Yunus Emre PEHLİVAN   Virtue of Justice Dr A.Mirza İNAK True justice, giving the right holder what he deserves by protecting his right, cannot be achieved through absolute equality.   Dua’ in the Qur’an and its importance Enes ÇALIK Man’s basic duty is iman (belief) and dua’ (supplication).   Malicious Envy İdris TÜZÜN Hasad (envy) leads to unhappiness, bad…

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