From Roseland To The Country of Roses

Ornamenting the firmament with stars, enlightening our nights, putting various views in our sphere, our Lord has adorned the floor of earth with various colourful and scented flowers and set tables of feast for the pleasure of our hearts. A starless heaven is unthinkable; likewise a flowerless floor is unimaginable either. Flowers: the mark of beauty, purity, clearness and embroidery. However, there is one among them, which is the sultan of flowers. Maybe, that is why it has become the symbol of the Sultan of realms. It is created from…

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A Reflection on Uslub Al-Da’wah of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

TWENTIETH LETTER: This is an attempt to give a brief review in term of styles and approaches of da’wah of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, based on the Twentieth Letter, contained in the Second Volume of Risalat-i Nur Collection titled The Letters, written by him between 1928-1932, while in exile in Barla, an isolated village in Province of Insparta in South Western Anatolia. They were largely written in reply to questions put by his students and also in reply to criticism and attack on various questions of belief and Islam. Its original…

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The Impact of Da‘wah

Introduction: Each time the Muslim ummah faced with a setback or a socio-religious down turn, Allah the Almighty with all His blessings and grace sent the mujaddid (reformer) or mujaddidun (group of reformers) to purify and upgrade their iman (faith) for them, so that they would always be in the right path and attain success in their life. This has taken place in the past through the process of tajdid (renewal or purification of faith) which could be witnessed in history since centuries ago. In the following pages, as the…

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Said Nursi, Muslim advocate of non-violence

Ironically Muslims all over the world are being labeled as “terrorists” and “violent” despite their being the epitome of peace and non-violence. Understandably, what prompted such a rash of derision against Muslims could be alluded to virtual envy by their detractors whose exploits would pale in comparison to Muslim achievements in peace advocacy in various aspects of the human endeavour. It is fair enough for Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) of India to deserve the international honorific as the symbol of non-violence. But in a not too distant place and time, there…

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Editor: Swear by the Pen and its Writings!

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.Swear by the Pen and its writings! Endlessly Praises be to Allah, Our Lord that He bestowed ‘the Word’ and ‘the Pen’ upon us and He made us the Students of ‘the Pen’ writing the meanings of ‘the Word’. Praises, as many as the numbers of the letters written in the past and will be written in the future, read and will be read , be to the Lord of the all Universe, Allah (Subhana Wa Taala)

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A Brief Account of The Life of Imam Bediüzzaman Said Nursi

Birth: 1876, Hizan, Nurs village, Bitlis / Ottoman Empire (Turkey) Death: March 23rd 1960, Şanlıurfa, Turkey Imam Bediüzzaman Said Nursi devides his life into two periods: “The period of Old Said” is from his first visit to Istanbul until the First World War, and “the period of New Said” is from his exile to Barla where he started to compile “the Treatise of Light” until his death. The term in between the two periods is a period of self-accounting and self-struggle.

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