The Fear of Death and Hiding behind the Wall

During a conversation in a working environment when he was with his mother, I asked a question of a young man who is a student in a prestigious university and has read lots of books: “Do you love your mother?” He said, “Yes” without hesitation. I asked again, “Where will your mother go when she dies?” He paused for a moment, and thought. He could not answer. What about your beloved ones, your family, your youth, your memories, your studies, your works, etc.? I asked lots of questions one after…

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Are you afraid of Death?

This question comes to everybody. No matter who we are or how we live or in which position we act the reality of death never changes. In a certain time and place, in one way or another it will come and we will leave this world with the visit of Azrael, the angel of death. Death is not annihilation and absolute non-existence; it is rather an act, a change of abode, and the spirit’s liberation from its place of confinement. (Signs of Miraculousness-From the Risale-i Nur Collection) It is all…

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Death: Never on our Agenda

We lost two brothers of us last week in an accident. It was a real shock for us. Two men passed away in their thirties at a time nobody expected. We have got plans for the future. There are agendas in minds actually. Those agendas mostly are full of objectives to be achieved in this world. Therefore, we put the death—the last thing people would like to talk about—at the bottom of the page. The last thing I would like to face is death. This life is a long journey…

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She is Mine…

“…Give glad tidings to the steadfast, (Surah Baqara; 155) Who say, when a misfortune strikes them: ‘Lo! we are Allah’s and lo! unto Him we are returning.’” (Surah Baqara; 156) “And of His signs is this: He created for you helpmeets from yourselves that ye might find rest in them, and He ordained between you love and mercy. Lo! herein indeed are portents for folk who reflect.”  (Surah Rum; 21) “Losing a life… Losing an angel… So many plans they had… Future plans together… but now life seems to be…

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A Poem: Imagine

“Frequently mention death which dispels pleasure and makes it bitter” (Tirmidhi, Zuhd 4) ~ I M A G I N E ~ Imagine yourself after you pass away Imagine your grave through night and through day Wishing that you did not do as they say Wishing that you had got up and had prayed.. Imagine, my friends, the day that you died Imagine all of the tears that they cried Remember how it felt when your body was tied Remember how it felt in the grave which you lied.. Imagine…

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What I’ve Learnt In Forty Years: “Four Phrases”

Let us remember the famous scholar Imam Al-Nursi’s famous quotation from Mathnawi al-Nuriya: “I have learnt only four words and four phrases in forty years of my life and thirty years of my education”. We mentioned the four words, which are point of view, intention, significative meaning and nominal meaning in the previous article. (For further details on the first words, refer to the article “Four Words”). This week we’ll read on the same quotation but pass on those following phrases. Imam Bediuzzaman states the first of four phrases as…

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