Servanthood: first and foremost

Prophet Suleiman (as) He was a blessed gift given to David, peace be upon him. That is, he was a prophet son given to a prophet father. 1 He was the prophet who asked Allah (swt), “My Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom,” 2 and who was given such a sovereignty that has not been given to any other prophet. He was the one to whom the wind was subjected so that he could travel wherever he wanted. He was the one who was obeyed by jinns and…

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Dua’ in the Qur’an and its importance

Man’s basic duty is iman (belief) and dua’ (supplication). In this piece, we will quote the verses that show how important dua’ (supplication) is in the sight of Allah Subhanahu Wa Taʽala. We will also include the verses where our Lord teaches us the right way to pray. The importance of dua’ قُلْ مَا يَعْبَأُ بِكُمْ رَبِّي لَوْلَا دُعَاؤُكُمْ “Say, “What would my Lord care for you if not for your supplication?””1 Every dua’ is responded وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِي سَيَدْخُلُونَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِينَ…

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Patience

Enduring the misfortunes and illnesses, withstanding the desires of the lower self and being steadfast in worshipping are kinds of sabr (patience) that will lead us to the Paradise. Sabr is the ability to hold back, remain calm, maintain one’s cool, restrain oneself and wait and see despite the urge to jump on, barge in, respond, and do something in the situations of heat, pressure, anxiety, curiosity, anger, confrontation, etc. It is also the patience exercised during the hardships people face in their lives such as illnesses and diseases, death…

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Getting Motivated to Perform Salah 

The five daily prayers, our first and most important duty, are the key to the happiness in this life, preventing us from starving spiritually, and in the Hereafter, bringing us eternal Paradise. risaleonline.com There are three separate booklets in Risale-i Nur written in order to make people eager for salah (i.e. five daily prayers) under the title of the 4th, the 9th and the 21st Words.  Some explanations that motivate us to salah in the 21st Word, which is the most detailed one of those risales, can be compiled as…

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Hunger teaches us many lessons

Blessed month Ramadan al Sharif has come again. For the last few years it is in summer. This means long hours of hunger and thirst in many countries. Muslims fast more than 17 hours in many regions. The hunger we experience during Ramadan is a means of many benefits. There is great wisdom behind the hunger of this valuable worship. Here are some of them: – Hunger teaches us that we are mortal! Many of us mistakenly suppose that the time will not come for us. We forget that we will…

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Ramadan and Kids

Children, our beloved ones. They are great gift from Allah (swt). We need to act in the way how Islam wants us to act for them. Sultan of the months Ramadan has come. What do we need to do as parents? Well, we should not, first of all, force our children to fast if they are under age (puberty). However, their parents are strongly recommended to encourage them to fast few days so that they get used to it and they grow up knowing of the worship of fasting as…

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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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Misfortunes help man do his real duty

A monotonous life in ease and comfort would make the man forget his duty in this world. Sicknesses or disasters make him remember that duty. The man was created to worship his Lord. This is his sole duty, indeed. However, we, the sons of Adam, easily forget that single duty. We fail to remember that this worldly life has an end. We stop thinking about the Hereafter, our eternal life; but make plans for the world, our mortal life. We put out of our minds that the eternal happiness is…

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Jawshan al-Kabir

Jawshan is a unique duaʿ of our Prophet which is like a shield protecting us from material and spiritual dangers with Allah’s permission. Jawshan al-Kabir is a great and comprehensive supplication that our Prophet Muhammad Alaihissalatu wassalam made with numerous names of Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala. As a word of Persian origin, Jawshan means a kind of shield and armour for war. Jawshan is divided into two: Jawshan al-Kabir and Jawshan al-Saghir. Today Jawshan al-Kabir is well-known. Musa al-Kadhim related Jawshan al-Kabir from the Prophet Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam on the successive…

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Prayer Atmosphere

Duaʿ is a priceless blessing that makes us closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala in every moment of life. Every perfection of the creation which is praiseworthy belongs to Him. Therefore, the praises are to Him. The praises from azal (pre-eternity) to abad (post-eternity); from whoever to whomever; in the past or in the future are all to Him. Because blessing, favour, perfection, beauty and means of thanks all of which deserve praise or admiration belong to Him. Oh Allah! Bless our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam, his family…

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