Kufic script

The origin of the Islamic style of writing goes back to the Nabati script of Aramaic origin. Kufic was developed from the Nabati script over the course of a historical process. Rough square script, which was used in the first years of Islam, was later developed in the city of Kufa. That is why the script was named Kufic. Kufic script was often used in writing copies of the Qur’an, inscriptions on tombstones, in business connections, exchanging letters and daily routines. Along with religious and social life, it found a…

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  Eat together

Eat together and do not eat separately, for the blessing is in being together. -Sunan Ibn Majah- حَدَّثَنَا الْحَسَنُ بْنُ عَلِيٍّ الْخَلَّالُ قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا الْحَسَنُ بْنُ مُوسَى قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا سَعِيدُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ قَالَ: حَدَّثَنَا عَمْرُو بْنُ دِينَارٍ، قَهْرَمَانُ آلِ الزُّبَيْرِ قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ سَالِمَ بْنَ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ، قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ أَبِي، يَقُولُ، سَمِعْتُ عُمَرَ بْنَ الْخَطَّابِ، يَقُولُ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «كُلُوا جَمِيعًا، وَلَا تَفَرَّقُوا، فَإِنَّ الْبَرَكَةَ مَعَ الْجَمَاعَةِ» -سنن ابن ماجه-

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I belong to my family!

Experts define the family as ‘the group, the household who live in the same house and consists of a husband and a wife at least, or a father, a mother, a child, and relatives as part of a larger family’. Yes, this is the description of a family; but what are the important principles and pillars which will support the family and prevent its collapse? The answer to this question is very important for the continuation of the family unit. There are very important principles which tie family members to…

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Three types of patience

THE FIRST: Patience to abstain from sins. It is to patiently continue refraining from sins and rebellion (against Allah). That is, it is the patience shown by abstaining from the things Allah prohibits. A person being patient by not eating something prohibited, turning his face away from the opposite sex and not gazing, and his striving not to commit sins like gambling, drinking alcohol and practicing usury are the examples for this type of patience. It is called taqwa (piety). The best example of this is the patience of Yusuf…

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Patience is a must, my son!

In his advice, Shaykh Adabali – the famous scholar and teacher of Osman Bey, the founder of the Ottoman Empire – says “Patience is a must, my son. You cannot arrive at your destination without patience. You cannot reach Mount Qaf without patience.” Yes, you cannot get anywhere without patience. You cannot work without patience. You cannot obtain knowledge without patience either. Impatience and intolerance in a family break the peace that has been established. If the master of a workplace is impatient, he cannot do a good job. If…

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It is worth being in a spiritual struggle with the pen

‘‘Whenever the sounds of swords got louder, and a battle gathered pace, our eyes would search for Rasulullah.’’ says Imam Ali (ra), the Lion of Allah, karramallahu wajhah. We know it. We imagine. We try to sense it. Though very slowly, through imagination, we approach the source of courage. We approach the bravery itself, indeed. We approach our Prophet’s quality of  ‘‘being the most courageous person of all mankind’’. Yet, would our eyes search for him like the Sahaba by transcending distances? Take refuge behind him if need be? Would…

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A subtle point related to two noble hadiths

The first: The ink expended by the scholars of the truth will on the Day of Resurrection be weighed by the measure of the blood of the martyrs, and be on a par therewith. (See Kanz al-‘Ummāl, 28901) The second:   He who holds fast to my sunnah when my Community has become corrupted shall have the reward of a hundred martyrs. (See al-Targhīb wa al-Tarhīb, 1:61) That is, winning the reward of one hundred martyrs is possible for the one who holds fast to the Exalted Sunnah and to…

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Cure to the believers

Since it is an interpretation of the Qur’an, the Risale-i Nur is a material and spiritual cure to the believers In our previous articles, we have mentioned the worldly and spiritual, material and immaterial results and merits of handwriting the Risale-i Nur epistles in Qur’anic letters. In this article we will try to explain the material and immaterial healing qualities of the Qur’anic letters. Yes, just as the Risale-i Nur diproves the claims of irreligion and protect the truths of faith by means of reasonable and logical proofs, it also…

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Keeping one’s promise

Many verses of the Qur’an lay emphasis on keeping your promises, fulfilling your oaths and sticking to the agreements you make.1 Just like in every matter of good morals, the best example is the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Our Prophet, who said “the command ‘remain on a right course as you have been commanded’ 2 made me grow old,” enlightens us on this matter. This is because ‘a servant’ who is attentive to the promise he made to Allah will of course keep his promise he made to people too. In…

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One who eats halal does not become rebellious

According to our religion, Islam, the concepts ‘halal’ and ‘haram’ solely and exclusively belongs to our Lord, Allah (swt), and they are clearly expressed in our Holy Book, the Qur’an, leaving no need for the comment of any human. For the parts we may not understand, our Lord has sent our Master, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), to interpret them; and he has explained those parts in detail. Moreover, Allah taught us all the fundamentals, manners and concepts of our religion by sending the madhhab imams and scholars of Islam who have…

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