The most valuable legacy: Sunnah al-Saniyya

O Allah, Who turns the states from good to bad, from bad to good! Turn our state to the best! Bestow upon us good states! Those who long for the truth look for an awakening, an uprise, a revival. There it is Sunnah al-Saniyya! The source of water of life… The source of paradise springs in the world, which has never lost its abundance in asr al-saadah- the age of bliss- and following centuries… The brightness for the eyes that has lost their light and try to hold on to…

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Understanding Islam

“ISIS”, “Al-Qaida”, suicide bombing, “Muslim” intolerance and all the rest of it: anyone with an even elementary knowledge of Islamic learning and culture will know how strange and alien, indeed how “extreme” and unfamiliar the picture so often painted of Islam today is, especially when viewed in the context of the vast sweep of Islam’s great civilisational history, where it has been a paragon of peaceful coexistence, cultural diversity, scientific learning, broadmindedness and deep spirituality quite unparalleled elsewhere in human history. Inherited and media prejudices The first obstacle that some…

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Edirne historical hospital: Dar al Shifa

Dar al Shifa , as it is used in the Ottoman, can be described in the simplest term as the place that offers health service to public. “Darussifa” is also named “Shifakhane,” “Mâristan,” “Bîmaristan,” “Dârüssıhha,” “Dârülâfiya,” “Me’menülistirahe” and “Dârüttıb” in Anatolia. Having gathered under the name of Dar al Shifa , these institutions became reliable healthcare organizations that had trusted and reassuring staff. These healthcare organizations offered health service without any discrimination of religion, language and race. It was always a condition for the doctors to work here that they…

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Exploring halal opportunities in a growing market

The scope and sphere of the food manufacturing/processing sector continues to adjust to dynamic changes in the marketplace. Various issues are coming together to shape food buying habits i.e. demography, culture, ethnicity, religion, healthy lifestyles and environmental concerns. Consumers are not only interested in what they eat. They are interested in where food comes from and how it’s processed and manufactured. Suppliers are taking notice of this complex scenario and the new doors and avenues that need to be explored. A case in point is the opportunities presented by the…

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What are parents? And what are they not?

Pedagogy Association, Istanbul Our “values” and “identities” are mixed up like many other things in today’s world. And when the daily rush of life is added to this mix-up, our identities, which determine our way of life, completely lose function. Sometimes although we have the aim of using our identities more effectively, we may forget who we are or our self amidst this daily rush. When it comes to the identity of “mother and father,” who are of particular concern to our children- whom we cannot realize how quick they…

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“I cannot live without freedom!”

“You are governed as you deserve” says the Prophet (pbuh).  Since the night of July 15th 2016, 78 million people living in Turkey have declared all together once more that “we cannot live without freedom!” Such a millat* which is free of tyranny but loyal to Allah (swt) will of course be rewarded with an administration that is bound to the Truth. Allah (swt) has not put this nation under enthrallment and may He never put it. The nefarious act of terror and failed coup d’état attempted on July 15th…

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Combining “positive and Islamic sciences and moral training” in formal education

Madrasatuz-Zahra was a university project which would combine positive and religious sciences. It aimed to give a powerful education covering the needs of the time, uplifting Muslims in science and thought, unite both hearts and minds; thus enabling Muslims to continually protect their own values. This was Imam Nursi’s project. He could not achieve it. But later in his life he said that his prayers for such a project were accepted via the establishment of hundreds of Nur Madaaris where students could study religious subjects along with their school subjects….

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Kashmir:  trouble in Paradise

So much for Ban Ki-moon’s heart and possibly even more so his soul!  One can only recall the quote in Matthew and the betrayal of Jesus, “When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.” The United Nations has walked away from the slaughter in Kashmir and washed its hands of it, and the world body has told India, “It’s…

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Making a correct diagnosis

Years ago in an Islamic conference I attended in the USA, a renowned speaker said the following: “Some youth come to me and ask questions related to iman (faith). I look at those juveniles and see that they have moral problems. I tell them: You have moral problems. That’s why you are asking faith-related questions. If you correct your morality, your faith-related questions and doubts will clear away!” I was utterly shocked by these words of the speaker! The young man has a ‘faith problem’ that needs to be solved…

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Servanthood: first and foremost

Prophet Suleiman (as) He was a blessed gift given to David, peace be upon him. That is, he was a prophet son given to a prophet father. 1 He was the prophet who asked Allah (swt), “My Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom,” 2 and who was given such a sovereignty that has not been given to any other prophet. He was the one to whom the wind was subjected so that he could travel wherever he wanted. He was the one who was obeyed by jinns and…

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