Know before you talk

Talking just for fun will only waste our time. It is one of the causes of corruption of the tongue. Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “One of the signs of goodness of a Muslim man’s submission to Allah (swt) is avoiding vain talk.” Ibn Abbas (RadhiAllahu Anhu) said: Achieving the following five matters is more beneficial than owning the best types of horses: – Not involving yourselves in conversations that do not concern you, as there is no guarantee that you would not sin therein. – Not talking about things that…

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Unending war against lower self

Our struggle against our nafs al-ammara (evil commanding lower self) is an everlasting fight that will only end when we die. Lower self (i.e. nafs al-ammara) always commands the evil. It is never satisfied with sins. The desires for the sin come one after another. Lower self knows no limits and wants to do anything it wishes. It does not want to be within the boundaries of halal (legitimate). If a sin is committed repeatedly for a long time, it may turn into be a bad habit. And giving up…

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Our Beloved Ones: Children

Children are a blessing from Allah (swt). As they are innocent and sinless, they can be directed into righteous people with a positive approach. We should always try to treat our children in a fair way. We should treat neither the boy nor the girl in an unjust way. As known, even in Muslim countries, families might be treating the boy or the girl unjustly. This is not the way in Islam. We should treat and embrace all of our children in the same way. Also we should not abandon…

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Misfortunes help man do his real duty

A monotonous life in ease and comfort would make the man forget his duty in this world. Sicknesses or disasters make him remember that duty. The man was created to worship his Lord. This is his sole duty, indeed. However, we, the sons of Adam, easily forget that single duty. We fail to remember that this worldly life has an end. We stop thinking about the Hereafter, our eternal life; but make plans for the world, our mortal life. We put out of our minds that the eternal happiness is…

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Witnessing the Existence

Absolute nonexistence of something cannot be proved and cannot be witnessed; unless its existence is limited to some place and time. In other words, if I say there is not a “thing” in this room; it may be true and also I can prove it by ‘showing’ every place within the room to others or checking everywhere in the room and witnessing to others. However, it is so difficult to witness the absence of a “thing” in the world, because in that case I have to travel all around the…

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The Miraculous Inimitability of the Word of Allah

The Qur’an is the inimitable, eternal Divine address to mankind. *This article is the transcription of a talk given in a workshop. The Qur’anic Miracles (al-Mu’jizatul Qur’aniyya) is one of the most important “risalas” (which means epistle or treatise) in the Risale-i Nur. And the subject is al Mu’jizat al-Qur’aniyya, the Qur’anic miracles, the miraculousness or as you might call it inimitability of the Qur’an. Iʿjaz (اعجاز) literally means to make someone impotent, to make someone powerless, and to make someone unable to act. What the Qur’an does in its…

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Economic System Debates

History has proved that one of the main reasons for conflicts around the world have taken place because of economic inequality and injustice. Especially, after the industrial revolution, the issue has gained more importance because it is a historical fact that the revolution has only changed the form of slavery and created a huge economic differences or wealth gap between poor and rich people. The revolution created large-scale effects not only in the West but also in the East. With the mechanization and commercialization, goods were produced faster and in…

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Human as a Minimized Sample of the Universe

Medicine is the field of applied science related to the art of healing by diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.  It encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness in human beings.  Medicine is a multidisciplinary science which is composed of miscellaneous studies such as anatomy, physiology, histology, pathology, clinical and surgical studies etc.  Human body and human soul are the main fields the medicine is interested in. When we examine human body we will see a great deal of perfect mechanisms and structures which are well-organised and very regular. Through…

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Islam in Spain: A Fragmented History, a Fragmented Identity

Islam is presented to the Europeans as something alien and threatening, but in fact, they share a history of 1300 years. Spain, in particular, has a special bond with the Muslim world: Al-Andalus (1) was the result of the first contact of Islam with the West. However, since the fallen of Granada a successful propaganda apparatus has been veiling and distorting the historical events creating, thus, a vulnerable and fragmented collective identity unable to incorporate and articulate part of the past of a whole people, and this trauma continues today…

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Be hopeful!

The prescription for a magnificent but unfortunate continent; a glorious yet hapless state; a valuable yet helpless community is Islamic Unity. In this period of time when we begin to breathe a spiritually and materially brand new season, a spring which will embrace all the ummah and when we begin to hear the footfalls of the good news of the Prophet (PBUH) which says, “Doomsday will not materialize unless a group from among my ummah raises up upon the Truth!”, in order to establish the ground for a consultation which…

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