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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Qur’an Copies from Revelation to Ottoman Era

The writing of the Qur’an took its finest form in the 19th and 20th centuries with “Ayat Barkanar” and “Tawafuq” styles. As it’s known, our Holy Qur’an began to be revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in Laylat al Qadr in 610. Our Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) dictated all the verses that revealed through 23 years to wahy (revelation) scribes. When the Prophet (pbuh) passed away, all the verses of the Holy Qur’an had been written. As it’s known, during Abu Bakr Siddiq (ra)’s khilafah era, a committee of the companions…

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Ramadan and the Quran

Quran was sent to us in the month of Ramadan, in the month of fasting, through Prophet Muhammed (saw) in Makkah. It was one of the odd nights during the last ten days of the month of Ramadan. “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).” [Qur’an, Baqarah 2:185] We can say that Ramadan is the month of fasting, the month of Quran and the month of good deeds. We should increase…

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Benefits of Belief in Hereafter to Four Group of People

Belief in hereafter has been discussed a lot in the last century. But this article is not about to make readers believe in the resurrection after death and the existence of hereafter. This is about benefits of believing in it, the afterlife. Living in the world is not something easy. We all know it might get too hard struggling with the problems such as money, conditions of environment, trust issues, or health. And the list goes on like that. But maybe the most important of them is the question of…

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Acoustic Miracle of the Holy Quran

The Holy Qur’an is the word of the Lord of the worlds. Qur’an is the ocean of miracles and the interpreter of this secret universe. It is the sacred map of the hereafter. It is the living miracle of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) for fourteen centuries. It rescues the universe from disorderliness, idleness, inexpressiveness and nothingness. Because it teaches the complete rules for  Muslims to live a good, chaste, abundant and rewarding life in obedience to the commandments of Allah (swt) in the world  and to gain salvation in the hereafter.…

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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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Luminous Workers of the Universe: Angels

Malaika are dutiful living creatures that serve Allah Subhanahu wa Taʽala everywhere. The heavens have attracted the interest of the man since he first set foot on the earth. Questions like “I wonder if anyone lives there? If so, who are they? How are their lives? Is it possible to communicate with them? What do they do?” always occupied man’s mind until today. Both the Divine Religions and other beliefs attribute different meanings by giving various names to the inhabitants of the heavens. In this article, the attributes, features and…

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The Miraculous Inimitability of the Word of Allah

The Qur’an is the inimitable, eternal Divine address to mankind. *This article is the transcription of a talk given in a workshop. The Qur’anic Miracles (al-Mu’jizatul Qur’aniyya) is one of the most important “risalas” (which means epistle or treatise) in the Risale-i Nur. And the subject is al Mu’jizat al-Qur’aniyya, the Qur’anic miracles, the miraculousness or as you might call it inimitability of the Qur’an. Iʿjaz (اعجاز) literally means to make someone impotent, to make someone powerless, and to make someone unable to act. What the Qur’an does in its…

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