Fasting and Allah’s Lordship

The fast of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, and it is one of the greatest of the marks and observances of Islam. There are many purposes and instances of wisdom in the fast of Ramadan which look to both Allah’s (SWT) Lordship (rububiyyah), and to man’s social life, his personal life and the training of his instinctual soul, and to his gratitude for Divine bounties. One of the many instances of wisdom in fasting from the point of view of Allah’s (SWT) Lordship (rububiyyah) is as…

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Garden of Truths

GARDEN OF TRUTHS Mother Abu Hurairah (RA) narrates: A man came up and said: “O the Messenger of Allah! Who is most deserved of my good behaviour and nice conversation?” The Prophet (PBUH) answered, “your mother!” The man asked again: “then who?” The Prophet answered, “your mother!” The man asked again: “then who?” The Messenger (PBUH) answered again, “your mother!” The man asked for the fourth time: “then who?” For that time the Messenger (PBUH) answered, “your father!” (Bukhari)  *** Shall we learn foreign languages? The Prophet (PBUH) encouraged learning…

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Protection and Preservation and the Hereafter

Risale-i Nur Proves the Resurrection and the Hereafter* SEVENTH TRUTH [The Gate of Protection and Preservation, The Manifestation of the Names of Preserver (Hafiz) and Guardian (Raqib)] Is it at all possible that Allah’s attribute of Preserver (Hafiz), which protects all things with the utmost order and balance, – things in the heavens and on the earth, on dry land and in the ocean, dry and wet, large and small, commonplace and exalted- and as it were, sifts their results by way of accounting – is it at all possible…

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“I give help in their hard times to those who say salawat on me”

While Sufyan al Thawri was performing tawaf (the ceremony of going around the Kaaba during the pilgrimage at Mecca) around the House of Allah he saw a man who was saying only salawat (prayers for the Prophet) as he was raising and lowering his feet on the ground and he asked: “What are you doing? Do you not know any other prayers?” The young man answered, “Since you are a foreigner in this town, let me tell you. I was on my way to Hejaz with my father. He died…

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“Unless the words are spoken properly…”

Two thousand five hundred years ago, the disciples of Confucius asked him how he would start work and what he would do first if the authority and power was given to him to solve the problems of the country and put things in order. He said, “I would try to make people utter their words properly”. When the disciples asked why he attached such a great importance to the language, he said: “If words are not uttered properly, the words that are heard do not correspond with our intentions. When…

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“Give up superiority, greed and showing-off”

Three friends, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim, set out on a journey together. When a heavy snowstorm started, they took shelter in a rest-house and waited for the weather to improve. In the rest-house, a dish of delicious halvah made of honey was served to the three friends. All of them wanted to have the halvah for themselves, so finally they came to the conclusion that whoever saw the best dream that night would get the halvah the next day. They slept and woke up early the next…

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“Could this state ever collapse?”

One day, Sultan Selim the Grim said to his Grand Vizier Piri Muhammad Pasha: “Wherever we have gone so far, we have returned with victory by the grace of Allah. We have increased our treasure and we are rich and powerful. Do you think this powerful state could ever collapse?” Pasha responded to this question as follows: “My great and wealthy Sultan, the state will not collapse given this present situation. But if a different set of circumstances comes about in this state, then it could certainly collapse. For example,…

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The Qur’an is a Cure

By Ali Cirit The Qur’an, as it declares itself, is a cure for both material and spiritual illnesses. The Qur’an, which was sent as the last book by Allah (SWT), was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The word ‘qur’an’ means “to gather, to recite, and to compile”. The Qur’an has been preserved so far through either the memorization of hafidhs or manuscripts and writing, and it will be preserved until eternity without being changed in any way, because the religion of Islam is the last religion which has been…

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The Principles of Happiness

By Ahmad Masud The only true happiness, not only in the hereafter but also in this world, is to be found within the boundaries of the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Uqba bin Amir’ul Juhani relates: “We set out for the Tabuk campaign. One night, the Prophet (PBUH) was sleeping. He did not wake up till the sun had risen. When he woke up, he said: ‘O Bilal! Did I not say to wake us for the Morning Prayer?’ Bilal answered: ‘O Messenger of Allah, what happened to you…

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Do Inappropriate Questions Coming to Mind About Allah Harm One’s Faith?

Do Inappropriate Questions Coming to Mind About Allah Harm One’s Faith?* Answer: Questions which occur involuntarily do not damage a person’s faith or make the person sinful unless they are pursued with the purpose of denying God. Since such thoughts occur because of Satan’s whispers, they do not originally belong to man. By reminding him of such thoughts, Satan tries to trick man, wanting him to fall into a state of desperation about his faith and end up losing his faith completely. Suffering in the heart because of the whispering…

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