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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Truthfulness of Hadith Imams

How did Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi explain the truthfulness of the Hadith Authorities and the Great Hadith Imams? In different parts of the Risale-i Nur, Imam Bediuzzaman made various statements expressing that they were such truthful Imams. Two of them are as follow: “Among such authorities were those who memorized more than 100,000 Traditions, who were so pious that for 50 years they performed the morning prayer with the night prayer’s wudu’ (ablution) (spending night awake in long vigils), and who compiled the six authentic books of Tradition. Any Tradition…

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The authenticity of the Hadiths

Even though it has been around 1450 years since our Prophet Muhammad’s time, how can we know if the Hadiths survived correctly until now? History books and biographies of the Prophet record that the Companions, next to preserving the Qur’an and its verses, did their best to record and preserve the Messenger’s deeds and words, especially those concerning miracles and Divine Commands, and to confirm their authenticity. They never neglected even an apparently insignificant act or state of the Prophet, as confirmed by the books of Tradition. While the Prophet…

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Was there ever a woman prophet?

Was the blessed Mary (Virgin Mary) a prophet? And was there ever a female prophet? The Answer: No, she was not a prophet. Because, the mission of prophecy is assigned for men. Fahreddin Ar-Razi said in his interpretation that the verse “And before thee also the messengers We sent were but men, to whom We granted revelation: if ye realise this not, ask of those who possess the Message,” (Nahl, 16:43) shows us that there was not female prophet sent to humanity. However, there is a subtle point here. Some…

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The importance of taking oath in daily life

Using Wallahi, Billahi, Tallahi in Our Daily Life We have heard a lot of Muslims say “I swear on my children that …” or “I swear on my mother,” or “I swear in the name of Quran.” According to Islam, it is unlawful to take an oath by anyone except Allah (SWT). You can only swear by Allah. So, if you want to take an oath by something then take an oath by Allah, which is “I swear by Allah” or “wallahi” or “tallahi”. Nafi’ related from ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar…

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Compensation for the things taken without permission

Let’s suppose someone took some money or belongings where he worked for without the permission of the employer in the past. Afterward that person repented of his bad deeds and sought refuge in Allah. So, should that person go and explain what he has done, and ask the person he worked with to forgive his fault; or should he just ask him to forgive him not explaining the details? Answer: It is not enough to ask forgiveness not explaining the reality. If it is handled in this way, it is…

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The Order of the Pillars of Faith

Why “the belief in the holy books” came before “the belief in the prophets” in the order of the pillars of faith? Answer: First of all; the first four of the pillars of faith are listed at the end of Baqara (2: 285-286) in this order: “Each one believed in Allah and His angels and His scriptures (Books) and His messengers – We make no distinction between any of His messengers – and they say: We hear, and we obey.’’(Baqara 2: 285) As Fakhr al-Razi reported, the order in the…

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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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124 thousand prophets, 124 million saints

How many prophets were sent to the humanity? Is it 124 thousand? And is it true that 124 million saints lived in the world? Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) answered the question “How many prophets were sent?” as “One hundred and twenty four thousand.” (Musnad Ahmad, v.45, p.252) The number of the saints, however, has been hundreds of millions. Because, many saints were raised in the community of all the prophets and particularly in the ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Throughout centuries, the number of those saints had definitely reached hundreds…

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