The Pen 30th issue

Editor’s letter: The person who has lived the Qur’an in his life the most Yunus Emre PEHLİVAN Answers to the claims of Deism Mustafa TOPOZ Four functions of Sunnah Ali CIRIT Our duty is to serve Dr Muhammed BOSTAN  Cooperation and division of labour Zeynelabidin YILDIRIM The moment we are most close to Allah Arif Emre GUNDUZ Essence of the intention Kudret UGUR Those who have hardship in wealth, and wealth in hardship Idris TUZUN Broken mirrors, broken worlds Dr Ebuzer OZKAN  One who eats halal does not become rebellious Recep Said YILDIRIM Keeping one’s promise Ali SEMERCI Cure…

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The person who has lived the Qur’an in his life the most

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullah. The Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon him) – the entire words, actions and approval attributed to him – is the most important source after the Qur’an. By following the Sunnah we implement the Qur’an into daily life. The life of our Prophet is entirely Qur’an centred. He based his every behaviour, word and deed on the Qur’an. He acted according to the rulings of the Qur’an. We learn how our Creator, Allah Most High, will be pleased with us from…

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Way to escape mischief

Our noble Prophet (alayhissalatu wassalam) said “My ummah is a blessed community. Whether its beginning or its end is better is unknown.” (Tirmidhi) Those who interpreted this hadith highlighted that there is a similarity between the beginning and the end of the ummah. We know for certain that the beginning of the Muslim community, the Sahaba (the Companions) and the Tabeen (the Followers), are blessed. The hadith gives the good news that the end is going to be blessed too. As a matter of fact when we evaluate the first…

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Risale-i Nur through African eyes 

Metin Uçar – A.Furkan Yeşilova The biggest problems of this century result from the decline and lack of the studies of faith. With the grace of Allah, Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi produced such an amazing work and a great role model that he led to a lot of beautiful things to happen and is still contributing to good results today. We know and witness that the Risale-i Nur works are a benefit to many countries around the world. When I visited Sudan for an event on the youth, I had…

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The Story of A Traveller

Haluk İsmail Pütkül A traveller visited many countries and saw many nations. In the countries he visited, he examined the attitudes of people towards each other and their customs with special care. He realized that there were some commonalities of the various nations living in different locations. For example, in many countries, brides wore white at wedding ceremonies. He also saw with his eyes that those who passed away were shrouded in a white fabric in all the places he visited. These were noteworthy similarities. But there was something else…

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Lying is not among the necessities of family life

Today the destructive and disruptive effect of lying is damaging family life in an indescribable way. Lying comes across us as one of the worst characteristic in married life as it is in every other aspect of life. Its opposites such as honesty, loyalty, telling the truth are, however, assurances of a happy marriage. One of the main reasons that cause unrest in the family is unfortunately the “lack of confidence between husband and wife.” The first and foremost bad character that causes and feeds the mistrust between a husband…

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Consumption frenzy and the child

Greed has never revealed itself before as severe a passion as today. Since the human being came into existence, the passion for possessing has not decreased; on the contrary it has increased and continued as ‘winning, having, consuming.’ This consumption culture, which has surrounded our life, sometimes goes so far that today’s human being makes even his family and children ‘objects of consumption’ without knowing. When the parents act without thinking about how their consumption habits influence their children, it becomes unavoidable that the children are dragged in this culture.…

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Power and politics

Power must serve the truth “If the principles in the wisdom, the honesty in the administration, the laws in the truth, and the bases in the power are not relied upon and not asked for help, they become neither successful nor effective among the nation. When the marks of Islam are neglected and abandoned in shariah, they are not relied upon and they are not trustworthy.” (Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi) Power must serve the truth, justice, reality, nation, and religious and national values. And this is possible when the laws,…

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Bismillah

Bismillah is the beginning of all goodness, the symbol of Islam, the invocation of every single thing in existence; the power of the powerless, mercy of the poor, strength of the weak; the key to the truths of life which is full of mysterious, formidable secrets. Despite the powerlessness, poverty and shortcoming that trouble the human being, Bismillah is the elixir that makes him the vicegerent of the earth. It is the light which turns the fire into a rose garden, the staff into a dragon, the light which subjugates the…

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Be patient with each other and stay strong 

Once upon a time one of the students who served in a dervish lodge told his master, Imam Feriduddin Attar: “Sir, I endeavour to serve your highness as much as I can and try to attain your love. However, some of our brothers in the lodge have different characteristics. Their behaviours and words disturb me a lot. A lot of our brothers are also disturbed similarly. For this reason we are thinking of leaving the lodge.” Having listened to his student, the master said: “Son, listen to me carefully. It…

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