The effects of social media and technology

No service! One day I was walking to the metro station after my class at the faculty. I intended to read the book I had read that morning while coming from home to school. So I hurried down the stairs to find an empty seat. And I got one! I found one at the back of the carriage and started reading at once when I took the seat. I continued so for about 5 or 6 stations. After a while my eyes got tired and I gave up reading. I…

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Father and son

It was long time ago. We gathered with friends at a blessed night in the neighbourhood. (It could be the night of Qadr or Miraj). After some chat and friendly conversation, an old man started to tell us about the miracles that occurred in the month of Ramadan. Just then the small son of one of our friends started to play with his father’s ear opposite me. He was running his fingers through his father’s hair as if he was combing it. On the other hand he was looking at…

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Be patient with each other and stay strong 

Once upon a time one of the students who served in a dervish lodge told his master, Imam Feriduddin Attar: “Sir, I endeavour to serve your highness as much as I can and try to attain your love. However, some of our brothers in the lodge have different characteristics. Their behaviours and words disturb me a lot. A lot of our brothers are also disturbed similarly. For this reason we are thinking of leaving the lodge.” Having listened to his student, the master said: “Son, listen to me carefully. It…

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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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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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