The real purpose of those who deny the School of Thoughts, interpreters and the Companions

Today there are people commonly called experts in various areas. They naturally express their ‘expert opinion’ on only their fields. However, when the subject is religion, a lot of people who do not even have enough knowledge easily give a so-called opinion. As a matter of fact, it is also the principle of religious sciences like of all other sciences that ‘those who are knowledgeable talk about it.’ At such a time when people who are not knowledgeable talk and stir up trouble, we can also come across people who…

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It is worth knowing the stars of the sky

“If you had seen the sahabas, you would say ‘Are they insane?’ If they had seen you, they would say ‘Aren’t these Muslims?” This is the way Hasan al-Basri describes the spiritual enthusiasm in the first season of the rose garden of our Prophet (alayhissalatu wassalam) who has been sent as mercy to the worlds. May Allah’s mercy be upon Hasan al-Basri. This is the observation and comparison of the tabi’un (the followers) about the obedience to and living the Qur’an and Sunnah of over one hundred sahabas (companions) from…

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How is the honour of the Muslim Nation protected?

Political and Social Analysis in the light of Munazarat (the Debates) Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi expresses that three groups of people are one of the main reasons not only for Muslim nations’ falling behind in material development but also for becoming miserable in abasement and poverty: 1- Some bad administrators 2- Fake patriots who claim they defend the interests of the homeland and the nation, and sacrifice themselves 3- False sheikhs and preachers He explains how these three groups have made our nation fall behind in material development as follows:…

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The illness of the century: Double standard

According to the dictionary, the word ‘standard’ means, “a level of quality or achievement, especially one that people generally consider normal or acceptable.” Starting from this meaning of ‘standard,’ we can say that the reaction and treatment of conscientious people against an event – whether it is positive or negative – will be within certain limits; that is, there will be a standard. In other words, the reaction and treatment do not change according to country, geography, race and nationality. For example, theft is a crime everywhere in the world.…

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Kashmir:  trouble in Paradise

So much for Ban Ki-moon’s heart and possibly even more so his soul!  One can only recall the quote in Matthew and the betrayal of Jesus, “When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.” The United Nations has walked away from the slaughter in Kashmir and washed its hands of it, and the world body has told India, “It’s…

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Tolerance in Islam: the case of Al-Andalus

Gökhan Göl History of Conquest of Iberian Peninsula Al-Andalus was the Muslim territory in the Iberian Peninsula and is known for being the center of tolerance in Europe during the dark Middle Ages, times of many religious and political strife. The name of the territory means in Arabic “Land of Vandals” and was applied to most of the Iberian Peninsula, even entire of it. The conquest of the Iberian Peninsula took place during the Umayyad dynasty in 711. In 710, Musa b. Nusayr, the governor of Ifriqiyah (the name for…

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Islamic world is in need of Risale-i Nur

Twelve Iraqi Islamic scholars from The Union of Sunni Scholars of Iraq were welcomed in Hayrat Foundation for a Risale-i Nur study from January 26th to January 31st 2015.   Participant scholars told that they got great benefit from the whole program which included an intensive Risale-i Nur group study and visiting historical places of Istanbul. After the program, we asked them about Bediuzzaman Said Nursi and Risale-i Nur. We share with you the answers we got. Interview by Rıdvan Abut  “This is the greatest pleasure that I can get.” Yunus…

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The spiritual crisis of Western civilisation in the 21st century

“Humankind cannot bear very much reality.” T.S. Eliot, Burnt Norton In the alarming times in which we live, in which the post-Enlightenment Western world has once again, after the anti-semitism of the 1930s, chosen a universal scapegoat to serve as a negative self-definition – and this time it is Islam – nothing could be more topical than an analysis of the spiritual crisis within Western civilisation itself, that persists relentlessly in inflicting such intense suffering on itself and the rest of the world. For in this strange post-9/11 world, the…

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How to spend spiritual time in Istanbul

1. Fath 1453 Panorama Museum This museum, located at the exact battle field and close to the tent of the Sultan Muhammad al-Fatih, is the fruit of a scholarly research and artistically hard work. You will see it when you visit inshaAllah. Whenever I go there, I do remind myself of this and share it with students and friends. You can make your own way of storifying or another way of motivating the children. They need to imagine themselves as if they are in the illustrated battlefield. Here is the…

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Katip Çelebi and Knowledge

ʿIlm is a blessing of Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala that He bestows on those who seek it. Katip Çelebi (1609-1657) is the greatest bibliographer and geographer of the Turkish history of science in Ottoman era. He is internationally famous in social sciences. He authored quality works in many fields. His most distinctive features are that he meticulously wrote his works by providing references; observed critical and objective point of view in accordance with today’s academic research methods; and he was the first Ottoman intellectual who consulted scientific works of the…

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