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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Broken mirrors, broken worlds

Through the deceit of illusion, humans suppose themselves to be immortal. The idea of not dying results in seeing the passing of time as only the change of calendar pages, fancying that the old age and death are the problems of others and having a feeling that both their personal world and the real world outside will never disappear. In reality, however, this idea gives the result of the illusion of feeling immortal. My grandfather would not wish anything which was offered to us as kids; those things would never…

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Essence of the intention

Intention, which is an Arabic word, means “a determination to act in a certain way; what one intends to do”.1 It also means “decision of the heart to do something and knowing without thinking why that thing is done”.2 Intention is such a thing that if an action lacks intention, this will prevent it from obtaining the expected results. For instance, if a person stays hungry from pre-dawn until evening without the intention [of fasting for Allah], he will end up suffering from hunger for nothing. So the intention is…

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The moment we are most close to Allah

Salah (prayer) has a special place among all of the forms of worship for a Muslim, for it is the most important worship which will save the hereafter of a person. The fact that Salah is performed five times a day and at special predetermined times shows its importance. For the most part, a person cannot perform any religious activity while he is busy with his daily activities. Moreover, he will inevitably fall into heedlessness if he does not come across something to remind him of the hereafter. Especially with…

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