Edirne historical hospital: Dar al Shifa

Dar al Shifa , as it is used in the Ottoman, can be described in the simplest term as the place that offers health service to public. “Darussifa” is also named “Shifakhane,” “Mâristan,” “Bîmaristan,” “Dârüssıhha,” “Dârülâfiya,” “Me’menülistirahe” and “Dârüttıb” in Anatolia. Having gathered under the name of Dar al Shifa , these institutions became reliable healthcare organizations that had trusted and reassuring staff. These healthcare organizations offered health service without any discrimination of religion, language and race. It was always a condition for the doctors to work here that they…

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Exploring halal opportunities in a growing market

The scope and sphere of the food manufacturing/processing sector continues to adjust to dynamic changes in the marketplace. Various issues are coming together to shape food buying habits i.e. demography, culture, ethnicity, religion, healthy lifestyles and environmental concerns. Consumers are not only interested in what they eat. They are interested in where food comes from and how it’s processed and manufactured. Suppliers are taking notice of this complex scenario and the new doors and avenues that need to be explored. A case in point is the opportunities presented by the…

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What are parents? And what are they not?

Pedagogy Association, Istanbul Our “values” and “identities” are mixed up like many other things in today’s world. And when the daily rush of life is added to this mix-up, our identities, which determine our way of life, completely lose function. Sometimes although we have the aim of using our identities more effectively, we may forget who we are or our self amidst this daily rush. When it comes to the identity of “mother and father,” who are of particular concern to our children- whom we cannot realize how quick they…

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Meaning of the life and how it gains value

Today, we will read a part [from Risale-i Nur] addressing the heart, rather than the mind. From “ayat al hasbiyya” –that is, the verse of hasbunallah wa ni’mal wakiil- It is a kind of explanation of our Ustaz [Bediuzzaman Said Nursi]. A beautiful piece that tells the meaning of the life, that how the life gains value when we look at it in the name of Allah. Let’s read and try to get benefit. The fifth degree of the luminous verse ‘حسبنا الله ونعم الوكيل’ (For us Allah suffices) “Another…

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Principles of raising children

From Majmu’a Rasail Imam Ghazali According to Imam Ghazali (ra), child education starts with birth; because personalities of parents have influence on their child’s future personality. He put special emphasis on moral education and expressed his opinions on the subject. In the introduction to his “Golden Principles of Raising Children,” Imam Ghazali first calls child “Allah’s trust given to parents.” He describes the heart of a child as “a nice, clean, and simple mirror capable of accepting the influence of all types of impressions and influences.” A child’s heart can…

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Global Halal movements and market opportunities

The expanding Halal food market represents a significant opportunity for food and beverage, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical companies with a growing Muslim population of about 1.7 billion worldwide.  By 2025, the halal consumers will make up 30 percent of the world demographic. Some 25 years ago, the halal market was still in a developmental stage on the global scene. Today, the word halal has gained continuous momentum both in the industry and halal community at large due to the transformation and rapid benefits of sophisticated communication. Halal is a benchmark for…

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Bediuzzaman Said Nursi and the youth

Youth is a great blessing which we can make eternal by spending it in the way of Allah (swt). The nations’ hope of future is the youth. Countries expect the advance and progress in civilization from the efforts of youth. Therefore, youth is not a moment or period of life but the future. Tomorrow’s history has expectations from youth. The spirit, strength and truth of a nation are its youth. To this respect, those who want to take a role at the stage of history have invested highly in its…

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The spiritual bonds among us

It is our responsibility to know the spiritual bonds that can bind Muslims to each other for the unity of Islam. One hundred years ago, one young man delivered a speech in historic Umayyad Mosque to a gathering of close to ten thousand, including one hundred scholars. With his extraordinary speech, this charismatic and brilliant young man mentioned six sicknesses of the Islamic world. One of the sicknesses according to this young man is disunity among Muslims, which is our greatest problem at present. We are a very fragmented and…

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What is holy for families?

What is spoken most in family is its most holy. Family life is the special place where people express themselves in the most comfortable way, and show their true personalities by leaving the business stuff and all the roles aside. Family life, from this aspect, is an environment where truth is lived and spoken. Therefore, the interests, concerns, conversations, agendas, plans, programs, sorrows, joys of the family members are shaped according to this environment. What sets our agenda in our house? As family members coming together in evenings, what do…

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Malicious Envy

Hasad (envy) leads to unhappiness, bad morality, mischief and even disbelief. The cure: do not envy the worldly things, which are transient; and do not envy the matters of the Hereafter, where there is no room for jealousy. ______ A sultan meets two villagers on his way. He says to one of them, “Ask for anything you want from me! But whatever you want, I will give your friend twofold.” However, this villager is a very envious one. He thinks to himself: if he wishes for a horse, his friend…

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