The main road of the Ahl al-Sunnah leads to the guidance of Allah

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah, Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said that the ummah never unanimously agrees on misguidance. The muslim ummah has done what the Prophet said; we have never unanimously agreed on misguidance. On the contrary, we almost unanimously, 90%, have agreed on the guidance of the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The ummah obeyed the commands of the Qur’an, thus we loved and obeyed the Prophet. The Ahl al-Sunnah wal-Jamaah has learned Islam from the Prophet, accepted him as the best example of a…

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The Pen 28th issue

Editor’s Letter: The main road of the Ahl al-Sunnah leads to the guidance of Allah Yunus Emre Pehlivan If you give up Sunnah, you perish Enes Çalık You cannot achieve your goal by wrong means Zakir Çetin Is the intercession a reality? İdris Tüzün   The illness of the century: Double standard Arif Emre Gündüz Be patient with each other and stay strong A story a lesson A window of reflection opened to the knowledge of Allah Obedience to Divine Law and obedience to egoistic caprice The Third Word from The Risale-i Nur…

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Namazgâh and prayer in the open field

Mustafa Yılmaz The word “namazgâh” – which means ‘place of prayer’ – is a compound of Persian word ‘namaz’ and preposition ‘gâh’ – which mean prayer and place respectively. Muslims have esteemed the prayer (i.e. salah) very much for centuries. And they have not neglected this worship even in the most difficult conditions including travelling. In Ottoman times, the places that were built in the countryside where there was no nearby mosque or masjid were called ‘namazgah.’ They are outdoor places of worship that are mostly used in summers and…

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Cambodian Muslims

Zafer Zengin I went to Cambodia as the volunteer of Hayrat Aid during the Qurban organization in 2016. I set off on this journey wishing to personally join in aid activities and see the conditions of our Muslim brothers who live there. And I also had the intention to see the illnesses of the Islamic world diagnosed by Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi on the field and to see the reflections of his ideas about the cures. Imam Bediuzzaman mentioned the illnesses of the Islamic world in Jami’ul Amawiyya (Umayyad Mosque)…

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End the story of interest rates

Oil exporting and oil importing Muslim countries can end the story of interest rates together Ahmed Cemaleddin Gülenay To understand the structure of interest rates in today’s world, it is very imperative to understand the essence of the whole global system which is well connected. Although a variety of interest rates exist in the system, like overnight interest rates or deposit interest rates, this article will only examine the interest rates for Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) as it is the main parameter for all types of it. With that base…

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The principles of administrative mentality in Islamic civilization

Emre Aracı Administration has come until today as a phenomenon from the time of the Prophet Adam (as). It has seemed as one of the most basic needs of humanity, because the innate nature of human requires an efficient administration, and many natural events, which we can call the innate nature of the universe, also teach us the administrative mentality. To be able to define a system as an administration, these four elements must be together: 1- A particular thought system 2- A community that gathers around this thought system…

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Achieving and safeguarding sincerity

Meditation on death: an effective means of achieving and safeguarding sincerity Receb Said Yıldırım Today we will read a part from the Epistle on Sincerity [from Risale-i Nur], which our Ustaz [Bediuzzaman Said Nursi] put a warning before it which says “this epistle must be read at least once in fifteen days.” I will not talk about what is sincerity, what are its principles, or the obstacles that violate the sincerity. I will talk about one of the most effective means of achieving sincerity: the meditation on death. Before reading…

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Intention

Zakir Çetin Our Prophet said, “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions.” 1 Imam Bediuzzaman explained the matter of intention as follows: “This matter of intention is the result of my 40-year life. Yes, the intention has got such a quality that it becomes an elixir and yeast that transforms the habits and behaviours into worship. It is also a spirit that revives the lifeless situations and makes them lively worships. And it has also got such a quality that it transforms the sins into good deeds (worship) and…

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Destruction is easier; the weak become destructive

Muhlis Körpe “The existence of all parts is the condition for the existence of the whole. Nonexistence, however, occurs with the lack of one part. Destruction is easier. For this reason, the weak man never prefers the positive which reveals [his real] power.  He acts negatively and is always destructive.” Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi here gives the definition of power which has an important role in human life. Actually he defines the real power in a new way. What is the power in real terms? Who is called powerful? Why…

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Corporeal resurrection is the most powerful case

Corporeal resurrection is the most powerful case and reality manifest in this world “The Sixth Proof of Faith” from the Risale-i Nur Corpus The Ninth Reality: The gate of bringing to life and causing to die Being a manifestation of the Name ‘The Living’ (al-Ḥayy), ‘The Self-sustaining Sustainer (al-Qayyūm), ‘The Giver of Life’ (al-Muḥyī) and the ‘Giver of Death’ (al-Mumīt). Is it really possible for one Almighty, Compassionate, All-Knowing and Wise, who gave life to the vast, tremendous earth after its dryness and death, and manifested His power through this…

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