Frugality and extravagance: an Islamic perspective

Marifatul Haq Yasini The current economic world order has brought a degree of prosperity for some segments of the society in different parts of the globe. However, the damaging consequences of this order prevail over its productivity. It has produced a society, which believes and practices a wasteful and extravagant life-style rather than a moderate and frugal life that is desired by our Creator from us. Living an extravagant life is contrary to the basic principles of Islam. In fact, it means showing ungratefulness to Allah (swt) for the bounties…

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Tolerance in Islam: the case of Al-Andalus

Gökhan Göl History of Conquest of Iberian Peninsula Al-Andalus was the Muslim territory in the Iberian Peninsula and is known for being the center of tolerance in Europe during the dark Middle Ages, times of many religious and political strife. The name of the territory means in Arabic “Land of Vandals” and was applied to most of the Iberian Peninsula, even entire of it. The conquest of the Iberian Peninsula took place during the Umayyad dynasty in 711. In 710, Musa b. Nusayr, the governor of Ifriqiyah (the name for…

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Bediuzzaman’s advices to the Members of Parliament

Mustafa Topöz After the Independence War, Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, for the sake of Qur’an, Islam and motherland, publishes and distributes a declaration composed of 10 articles in 1923 for the then MPs who are unfortunately in the flush of victory, overcome with slackness, and careless against, first, five daily prayers and symbols of Islam. He also reads the declaration to all the MPs in a session in the parliament. Imam Bediuzzaman, who has heroically struggled against the British occupation forces in Istanbul, goes to Ankara in November of 1922…

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Why should I learn the Qur’an?

Our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) says in his hadith; “The best amongst you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.” (Bukhari, Fadhail ul Qur’an, 21) In another hadith; “A believer, who recites the Qur’an and acts on it, is like an orange (utrujjah) which tastes nice and smells nice. And the example of the believer who does not recite the Qur’an but acts on it is like a date that tastes sweet but has no smell. And the example of the hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is like a sweet…

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Meaning of the life and how it gains value

Today, we will read a part [from Risale-i Nur] addressing the heart, rather than the mind. From “ayat al hasbiyya” –that is, the verse of hasbunallah wa ni’mal wakiil- It is a kind of explanation of our Ustaz [Bediuzzaman Said Nursi]. A beautiful piece that tells the meaning of the life, that how the life gains value when we look at it in the name of Allah. Let’s read and try to get benefit. The fifth degree of the luminous verse ‘حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل’ (For us Allah suffices) “Another…

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Principles of raising children

From Majmu’a Rasail Imam Ghazali According to Imam Ghazali (ra), child education starts with birth; because personalities of parents have influence on their child’s future personality. He put special emphasis on moral education and expressed his opinions on the subject. In the introduction to his “Golden Principles of Raising Children,” Imam Ghazali first calls child “Allah’s trust given to parents.” He describes the heart of a child as “a nice, clean, and simple mirror capable of accepting the influence of all types of impressions and influences.” A child’s heart can…

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Do not be on your own to be the people of salvation

At the end of times -akhir zaman- we live in a very dangerous sea and try to save our life from its fatal waves. In this situation, we firstly need a life ring. However, this is not enough if we are alone and do not know where we will swim. After that we have to swim towards safety island with the others in the sea and join the people of salvation (ahl an-najat). In this hypothetical short story there are three main metaphors (sea, salvation and island). The sea and…

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Evidences for the existence of Allah

İdris Tüzün Islam, with its whole truths, is based on the principles of faith; the principles of faith are based on “faith in Allah” which is the very first and the most important one. The faith in Allah (swt) underpins all the religious matters. 1- Importance of proving the existence of Allah Throughout the history of humanity, even though people worshiped the Sun, stars, stones and idols, it has been hardly seen that they denied the existence of Allah (swt). All the prophets from Adam (puh) to Muhammad (pbuh) fought…

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The impact of Ramadan to the economy

Economics is a very strange discipline among all disciplines partially because of its direct relationship with every part of life. But perhaps what makes it so interesting is its aim to derive empirical and in a way scientific results from social events or behaviours. Thus, the term social science first called with Economics for its method of combining quantitative and qualitative techniques. Say in mathematics, a derived result is certain and undisputable since the data flow has no brake in its own chain. You either gain a result or you…

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Ramadan: the golden opportunity

Titled as the sultan of the eleven months a new blessed Ramadan is coming. We live in the end times. We commit many sins and are addicted to various of them. The best way to get rid of our sins is to evaluate Ramadan at utmost level. While returning Madinah after the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah our Prophet (asw) told his companions that a surah was revealed to him that night, and it was more pleasing to him than anything on earth. Why he talked like that is because surah al-Fath…

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