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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Marks of Islam

Sha‘a’ir means ‘mark’ or ‘symbol’. Some modes of worship and social institutions are called sha’a’ir al-Islamiyya which   are the things that symbolize Islam, are always seen in Muslim communities, and show that the country is a Muslim nation. Acts of worship like prayer, fasting in Ramadan, and calling the adhan; articles of clothing like the turban and the hijab; Qur’anic writing and letters, and the mosques and minarets are among the sha’a’ir. And they present the outward manifestation of Islam. There are two great social benefits of the sha’a’ir:…

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New Generation

“O you unfortunates who have given up Islam, which is the spirit of the two worlds, and who are like walking corpses! Do not stand in the way of the coming generation. The grave is waiting for you. Do not get in the way, so that the new generation, who will thoroughly cherish the truths of Islam in the world, will come.” Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi  

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The unity of the Muslims

The articles on The unity of the Muslims in the history of Turkish media first appeared in the Basiret newspaper in October 1873. The first article was written by Esad Efendi, clerk of the maritime court. To him Islamic history was in fact a history of the unity of the Muslims; and the Ottomans became a point of reference and a protector. “Since the religion of Islam commands tawhid (unity), the means of unity for us is the fact that Islam brings together and unites,” said Esad Efendi; and the…

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Who is the most fortunate?

The most fortunate is the person who: does not forget the hereafter for this world, does not sacrifice the hereafter for this world, does not destroy the life of the hereafter for worldly life, and does not waste his life on trivial things; But rather: considers himself to be a guest and acts in accordance with the commands of the guest-house’s owner. Then: opens the door of the grave in confidence and enters upon eternal happiness. Because: this world is transitory, life is short, the truly essential duties are many,…

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The Fear of Death and Hiding behind the Wall

During a conversation in a working environment when he was with his mother, I asked a question of a young man who is a student in a prestigious university and has read lots of books: “Do you love your mother?” He said, “Yes” without hesitation. I asked again, “Where will your mother go when she dies?” He paused for a moment, and thought. He could not answer. What about your beloved ones, your family, your youth, your memories, your studies, your works, etc.? I asked lots of questions one after…

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Foresight of Bedouin

A Bedouin travelling with his camel comes across a man hardly able to walk and almost dying of thirst. The man wants some water from the Bedouin, so he dismounts from the camel and gives some water to the man. All of a sudden the man, having drunk the water, pushes Bedouin out of the way, mounts the camel and starts to ride away. The Bedouin shouts after him, “OK! Take the camel, but do not tell anyone what happened here.” Hearing this strange wish, the thief slows down and…

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A Garden of Truths

Ashab Al Kahf Ashab Al Kahf (the People of the Cave) is the seven young men who were forced to wor­ship a deity other than Allah and took refuge in a cave. As a miracle these seven young men were made slept for 309 years in the company of their dog named Qitmir. This incident is a great lesson for the resur­rection after death. On the other hand, it has got some other lessons for today’s people. More than a century the status quo and the fitna spread from the…

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Corruption of the scientist

Famous Muslim Astronomer Biruni submitted his best studies on astronomy to the ruler of his time, Sultan Mas’ud, the son of Mahmud of Ghazni. Amazed by the wonderful scientific study, Sultan Mas’ud sent him many gifts of an elephant load. However, Biruni said, “These gifts may corrupt me and draw my attention away from the science and knowledge if I take them” and he declined the gifts.  

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