Ramadan and the Social Life

One of the benefits of fasting can be explained as follows: There are people that Allah has created who live in different walks of life. Allah tests some people as rich and prosperous while some others are tested as poor and needy in this world. Because of that He orders the rich to help the poor. However the rich cannot feel and truly understand the deplorable states and difficulties experienced due to food shortages. Yet, if they get hungry through fasting, the rich can feel the worst-cases and bad situations…

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The History of Islamic Unity

It is generally understood that when the Muslims follow the basics of Islam they can establish unity and solidarity among themselves. When they have not done so, the results have been tragic. The Qur’an, which illuminated the universe with its revelation, is a remedy for troubles of the mind, heart, soul and interior realm of man, and it is the only true solution to all man’s needs.It also contains many kinds of solutions which will provide peace and tranquillity to man in the exterior world. In this context, just as…

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The History Box

We have been guarding you so far, from now on we are in your service In 1889, when he was 16, Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi had been in Mardin, a south-eastern province of Turkey, for a while for academic purposes. Realizing his deep knowledge and ability, the scholars in the city regarded him as a master for them and held scholarly conversations with him. The governor of the province misunderstood the situation and misinterpreted the Imam’s influence in the city and decided to exile him to Bitlis, handcuffed and accompanied…

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Questions on the Expulsion from Heaven

We know that Prophet Adam (PUH) was expelled from Paradise for his well-known sin which is the requirement of man’s nature and contrary to that of the angels. But some questions come up: Why the expulsion occurred because of a sin? Could not it be a direct arrival (to the world)? What is a sin doing there in the Heaven? In the hereafter, people would say to him, “We lost the Heaven because of you,” wouldn’t they? Which kind of nature forced them (Adam and Eve) to the sin? The…

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The Flood of Noah

Was there a pair from each animal species in the Noah’s Ark? If so, wouldn’t it be an enormous Ship?  And also, did the Flood of Noah cover the whole earth? The issue of “a pair from each species” is described in the surah Hud (11:40). But, the question “How did so many animals gather in a ship?” has not been given attention and not answered in the five or six important interpretations we examined. There are two possibilities that come to mind: 1- Those animals were the quite necessary…

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How did Paganism emerge?

According to the sources, after Cain killed his brother Abel; He fled to Yemen being afraid of his father, Adam (PUH). Satan told him “Abel’s sacrifice was burnt by the fire and accepted. Because He worshipped and served the fire.” Then the Satan inspired him to do the same. Thus Cain built a fire house, started a fire there, and worshipped it. (History of Tabari v.1, p.82) At first, Sons of Seth (PUH) would come to visit Adam’s grave in a cave in a mountain. They would show respect to…

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History of the Qur’an

From the first revelation to the first copy, and till today, everything about the Qur’an has occurred in the clear light of history. The Glorious Qur’an was revealed in the Arabic language into the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by Allah (SWT) through the angel Jibril Amin (peace be upon him), in twenty three years verse by verse, surah by surah, in a blessed time (month of Ramadan) and in the blessed place, that is Mecca. The honour of time and place met for the sake of the Qur’an. Both the wording…

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Dhul-Qarnayn-2

Throughout human history, man had built up many archeological structures. Most of them were fortified castles and cities by strong walls as a defense mechanism. Those castles, city walls, great barriers were both the signs of the power and the fear from the invaders. Some of them are clearly showing us the importance of the security for a state would reach such levels. The constant raids and invasions of one tribe, or a state to another one produced these constructions. The Great Wall of China is one of the massive…

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Dhul-Qarnayn

The history has many interesting subject, characters, events ex… Although the writing invented around 3500 BC, “the established, known history of humanity stretches back approximately four thousand years. This deficient, short view of history cannot give accurate knowledge about the times before the Prophet Abraham, upon him be peace. It either gives superstitious information, or denies some facts, or can provide only very brief knowledge.”[1] Because of lack of enough information.” Dhul-Qarnayn (Zul-qarnain) is one of the characters has always been discussed. Who really is he; Alexander the Great of…

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The Great Irish Famine and the Ottoman Humanitarian Aid to Ireland

Two years ago, while the President of Ireland was visiting Turkey; she brought a gift to the Turkish President as a remembrance of the Ottoman aids sent by Ottomans by ships. Then I decided to study and research this topic. Because, this study will be of great value to understand the Ottoman point of view on humanitarianism. Ireland is an island in northwest Europe in the North Atlantic Ocean on the western part of Great Britain. It is separated from England by the Irish Sea and from mainland Europe by the Celtic Sea.…

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