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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Our duty is to serve

According to the secret of “The master of a people is the one who serves them.” 1 the condition for being a master is to serve. Although the words ‘duty’ and ‘service’ are used with similar meanings, there are some slight differences. Duty means the responsibility and mission given by an authority; service, on the other hand, means the trouble and hardship someone has while performing the duty. For instance, prophethood is a duty; worship and dawah (conveying) are the service of the duty of prophethood. For this reason, the…

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The Importance of Repentance

Tawba (repentance) is a means to the infinite mercy of Allah and it is a shelter for the individual servant Allah blessed His servants with “free will” to choose between good and bad. He commands His servants to prefer good over evil; right over wrong; halal (lawful) over haram (unlawful) and promises heaven, the great reward, to those who obey His commands. As for those who are beaten by their nafs and the devil and disobey orders, Allah (SWT) calls them to repentance and opens the doors of His infinite…

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Blessed Months, Ramadan, Fasting

The change of individuals affects whole society somehow. The blessed three months, Rajab, Sha’ban and Ramadan- which are the months of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Allah (SWT) and the Muslim Ummah respectively- are the times the individuals and the society get the utmost benefit as a result of spiritual and behavioural change. In Ramadan, for instance, which is one of the most brilliant and splendid marks of Islam, Muslims obey the Divine command and fast for 30 days. Muslims as a whole nation proclaim worship before Divine dominicality and Divine unity.…

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