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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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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Anger Management

Everyday some people are asked to seek counseling to control their anger. Many work places, organizations, schools have consultants and seminars about this growing issue. Getting some kind of training and professional assistance will indeed  facilitate people from harming themselves, as well as others. Unfortunately, some people denies and ignores this problem. Anger is an emotion, which is in creation. If we can use it correctly then the results will be positive. Anger is an enemy within us, we need to challenge and defeat it. We do experience various problems…

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Know before you talk

Talking just for fun will only waste our time. It is one of the causes of corruption of the tongue. Prophet Muhammad (saw) said: “One of the signs of goodness of a Muslim man’s submission to Allah (swt) is avoiding vain talk.” Ibn Abbas (RadhiAllahu Anhu) said: Achieving the following five matters is more beneficial than owning the best types of horses: – Not involving yourselves in conversations that do not concern you, as there is no guarantee that you would not sin therein. – Not talking about things that…

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Backbiting: Killer of Social Life

Giybah is a denounced deed that ruins the social relationships and consumes the good deeds of the backbiter. Giybah (backbiting) is an utterance said behind someone which will offend him when he hears it. Prophet Muhammad Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam said: “”Do you know what giybah is?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He then said, “It is to say something about your brother that he would dislike.” Someone asked him, “But what if what I say is true?” The Messenger of Allah said, “If what you say about him is true,…

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Bediuzzaman and Working Life

Working is an activity which can be seen in all creatures. What spurs it is the pleasure found within it. A philosophy of working within the boundaries of Islamic principles should be established among Muslims so that many problems may be prevented. EVERYTHING DOES ITS WORK WITH GREAT CARE In all religions, firstly, the problem of existence is solved and the basic assumptions are established. The concept of a Creator is proposed. If you do not have a concept of God and a paradigm of justice in your mind, the…

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The Educational Methods of Our Prophet (PBUH)

By Vahap Gultekin As a model in human relationships, the methods that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used in spreading his cause and mission will prove to be effective if we can apply them successfully in our own educational activities. What is more important than what we teach in education is how we teach it. Of course, we have to teach good and useful things to people and youth, but this must be done in effective ways. It is known that the students who do not like a teacher generally do…

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Clashes in Human Relations and Solutions

A healthy and stable society is comprised of psychologically healthy individuals. For such a society to flourish, the relations and communication between individuals should be solid and vivid, and the clashes in communication should be dealt with appropriately. We can define a clash as a disagreement between people who have different ideas, feelings, needs and desires. We are frequently exposed to clashes in the family and in society. These clashes can make us feel nervous and they may harm our relations with others and or even cause us to cut…

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Criticism in Human Relations and The Damage It Can Cause

Within the framework of enjoining what is good and preventing what is evil, taking an effective approach towards people’s mistakes is important. If we do not evaluate the balances and factors involved well, the results may be counterproductive. Criticism is to see the positive and negative aspects of a situation, item, person or behaviour and to expose them to other eyes and minds. In this article I will cover the criticism in human relations, but not scientific, philosophical or literary criticism. Criticism in human relations may be divided into two…

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Lack of awareness of the Spiritual Bonds between Muslims

Lack of awareness of the Spiritual Bonds between Muslims, and the Problem of Group Fanaticism Most of the problems in the Islamic world regarding unity arise from lack of awareness of the bonds binding us together. Most of the responsibility is on the shoulders of administrators and intellectuals of the Islamic world in the understanding of these values. Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi is a hero of Islam who spent his whole life working to strengthen the bonds between Muslims that bind them to one another. The verse “وَٱعْتَصِمُوا۟ بِحَبْلِ ٱللَّهِ…

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