Namazgâh and prayer in the open field

Mustafa Yılmaz The word “namazgâh” – which means ‘place of prayer’ – is a compound of Persian word ‘namaz’ and preposition ‘gâh’ – which mean prayer and place respectively. Muslims have esteemed the prayer (i.e. salah) very much for centuries. And they have not neglected this worship even in the most difficult conditions including travelling. In Ottoman times, the places that were built in the countryside where there was no nearby mosque or masjid were called ‘namazgah.’ They are outdoor places of worship that are mostly used in summers and…

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Achieving and safeguarding sincerity

Meditation on death: an effective means of achieving and safeguarding sincerity Receb Said Yıldırım Today we will read a part from the Epistle on Sincerity [from Risale-i Nur], which our Ustaz [Bediuzzaman Said Nursi] put a warning before it which says “this epistle must be read at least once in fifteen days.” I will not talk about what is sincerity, what are its principles, or the obstacles that violate the sincerity. I will talk about one of the most effective means of achieving sincerity: the meditation on death. Before reading…

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Intention

Zakir Çetin Our Prophet said, “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions.” 1 Imam Bediuzzaman explained the matter of intention as follows: “This matter of intention is the result of my 40-year life. Yes, the intention has got such a quality that it becomes an elixir and yeast that transforms the habits and behaviours into worship. It is also a spirit that revives the lifeless situations and makes them lively worships. And it has also got such a quality that it transforms the sins into good deeds (worship) and…

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Making a correct diagnosis

Years ago in an Islamic conference I attended in the USA, a renowned speaker said the following: “Some youth come to me and ask questions related to iman (faith). I look at those juveniles and see that they have moral problems. I tell them: You have moral problems. That’s why you are asking faith-related questions. If you correct your morality, your faith-related questions and doubts will clear away!” I was utterly shocked by these words of the speaker! The young man has a ‘faith problem’ that needs to be solved…

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Whoever forgets Allah forgets his self

I would like to talk about a person. More precisely, I would like to describe a character at some length. Imagine a person; Who only thinks himself, Who says, “As long as my stomach is full, let others die of hunger, I don’t care,” Who says “You work, and I will eat,” Who can easily go to bed when his neighbour suffers hunger, Who makes all his effort just for his interest: lives and works for his own profit, and never cares about benefit of his nation and ummah, Who…

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Head to head with a Darwinian

We were in a program in Sav madrasa in Isparta. One evening an elder brother, Hafiz Bekir, called me and said, “I have an atheist nephew. He is a teacher, and he is with me now. He is an outspoken man and says, ‘If you prove me the existence of Allah, I will believe.’” This elder brother wanted me to meet his nephew; and I said OK. We met in our senior brother Süleyman Semiz’s house at 9 pm. With a deep compassion and affection towards this man, we started…

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Sincerity: the most important basis, the greatest strength

“The Twenty-First Flash” from the Risale-i Nur Corpus بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّح۪يمِ وَلَا تَنَازَعُوا فَتَفْشَلُوا وَتَذْهَبَ ر۪يحُكُمْ وَ قُومُوا لِلّٰهِ قَانِت۪ينَ قَدْ اَفْلَحَ مَنْ زَكّٰيهٰا  وَ قَدْ خَابَ مَنْ دَسّٰيهَا وَلَا تَشْتَرُوا بِاٰيَات۪ي ثَمَنًا قَل۪يلاً In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate Quarrel not with one another, lest you lose heart, and your spirit depart (Anfal 46) Stand before Allah in devotion (Baqarah 238) He who purifies his soul succeeds, and he who corrupts it fails (Shams 9-10) do not sell My signs for a paltry price (Baqarah…

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