Obedience to Divine Law and obedience to egoistic caprice

The happiness of this world lies in worship and in becoming a soldier of Allāh, as does the happiness of the Hereafter. “The Third Word” from the Risale-i Nur Corpus O people! Worship your Lord (Qur’an: al-Baqarah, 2:21) If you wish to truly understand that worship (1) is an immense gain and happiness, and that open sin (2) and debauchery are ultimately massive loss and ruin, then direct your attention to this short allegory. Listen! [The allegory of the two roads – the road of Divine Law and the road…

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A window of reflection opened to the knowledge of Allah

“The seven heavens and the earth and whatever is in them exalt Him.” (Isra, 17:44) A work lets you know its artist Although you have not seen the architect Sinan in person, you know that he is a great architect. This is because Selimiye and Suleymaniye mosques, with their amazing domes, huge columns, great arts, perfect mastership and engineering, tell us about Sinan the architect. An orange tree that is about to bear its fruit, a daisy that adorns our garden and smiles at us, they both let us know…

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The existence of God

Islam teaches belief in one god, and that this God is not some arbitrarily chosen god amongst other gods, but the beginninglessly eternal reality, the Only God, Who did not beget, nor was He begotten. The seven heavens and the earth, and all that is in them glorify Him; and there is nothing but that it proclaims His praise, but you do not understand their glorification. Surely He is All-clement, All-forgiving. (Qur’an, “the Chapter of the Night Journey” 17:44) He is the First and the Last, the Outward and the Inward;…

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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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Evidences for the existence of Allah

İdris Tüzün Islam, with its whole truths, is based on the principles of faith; the principles of faith are based on “faith in Allah” which is the very first and the most important one. The faith in Allah (swt) underpins all the religious matters. 1- Importance of proving the existence of Allah Throughout the history of humanity, even though people worshiped the Sun, stars, stones and idols, it has been hardly seen that they denied the existence of Allah (swt). All the prophets from Adam (puh) to Muhammad (pbuh) fought…

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The spiritual secrets of “la ilaha illallah”

In this miserable world amongst these miserable, lost people and in a fruitless life, what is powerless, destitute man worth without an owner and protector, even were he to become the king of the entire world? “The Tenth Proof of Faith” from the Risale-i Nur Corpus بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم لااله الا الله وحده لا شریك له له الملك وله الحمد یحیی ویمیت وهو حی لایموت بیده الخیر وهو علی كل شیء قدیر والیه المصیر In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate There is none worthy of worship…

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A rewarding transaction and an honourable rank

The sale of one’s self to Allah is the most rewarding of transactions. “The Sixth Word” from the Risale-i Nur Collection In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate إنّ أللّه اشترى من المؤمنين أنفسهم و أموالهم بأنّ لهم الجنّة Surely Allah has bought from the believers their own selves and possessions, that Paradise might be theirs.1 What a rewarding transaction, and how honourable a rank, is the sale of one’s self and possessions to Allah, the Exalted Truth, and one’s becoming a slave and a soldier for Him!…

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Witnessing the Existence

Absolute nonexistence of something cannot be proved and cannot be witnessed; unless its existence is limited to some place and time. In other words, if I say there is not a “thing” in this room; it may be true and also I can prove it by ‘showing’ every place within the room to others or checking everywhere in the room and witnessing to others. However, it is so difficult to witness the absence of a “thing” in the world, because in that case I have to travel all around the…

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Does Allah have any physical form or shape?

Attributing a form to Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala is haram (prohibited). It is not possible to grasp the entity of Allah (swt), because “there is none comparable unto Him,” (Ikhlas, 112:4) and “vision comprehends Him not.” (Anʿam, 6:103) Mind can only comprehend those which are material; however, Allah (swt) is not material. All beings whether we can perceive with five sense organs or not, have been created by the Creator Who is Glorified. Creature is neither a part of nor like the Creator. (Shamil Islamic Encyclopaedia) “Substance is a composite…

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The key to limitless power

Saying ‘in the name of Allah’ binds man to a power and mercy that are limitless. “The First Word” from the Risale-i Nur Corpus بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اللّٰهِ ‘In the name of Allah’ is the beginning of all goodness – thus, at the beginning, we too begin to [explain] it. Oh my own lower self! Know that this blessed utterance is the symbol of Islam. It is also the invocation of every single thing in existence, expressed through the languages of the states of those things.1 بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اللّٰهِ ‘In the name of Allah’…

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