Making a correct diagnosis

Years ago in an Islamic conference I attended in the USA, a renowned speaker said the following: “Some youth come to me and ask questions related to iman (faith). I look at those juveniles and see that they have moral problems. I tell them: You have moral problems. That’s why you are asking faith-related questions. If you correct your morality, your faith-related questions and doubts will clear away!” I was utterly shocked by these words of the speaker! The young man has a ‘faith problem’ that needs to be solved…

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A joyous journey of life with faith

 “The Second Word” from the Risale-i Nur Corpus بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم الذين يؤمنون بالغيب In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Those who believe in the unseen…1 If you wish to understand how much happiness, and how many great blessings there are in faith,2 and the immense joy and tranquillity that are contained therein, then direct your attention to this short allegory. Listen! [The allegory of the self-seeking and God-seeking men] One day, two men set off on their travels, with the intention of both leisure and…

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Faith and Life

The modern individual has been crumbled into pieces mentally and spiritually. What will bring that individual to a holistic perspective is a critically verified faith. Thus many things in his life will change. Critically verified faith is attaining a sense of the Divine presence through the strength of certain, verified belief and through the lights proceeding from reflective thought about the creatures which leads to knowledge of the Maker; thinking that the Compassionate Creator is all-present and all-seeing; not seeking the attention of any other than He, and realizing that…

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Critically Verified Faith and the Risale-i Nur Model

The Risale-i Nur provides the most effective ways of acquiring critically verified faith in an age when faith is being attacked through reason, philosophy and science by atheistic circles. “I created jinn and mankind only to worship Me.” (Dhariyat, 51:56) This noble verse expresses that the wisdom and purpose behind mankind’s being sent to this world is nothing but recognising Allah (SWT) and believing in Him and worshipping Him. The most significant duty incumbent upon mankind is believing in Him and acquiring His marifah (knowledge) and recognising His existence and…

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Belief in the Unseen

The notion of unseen is considered as a fundamental subject in Islam. All six pillars of faith (iman) are mainly based on this fact. There are numerous verses in the Holy Qur’an mentioning about the belief in the unseen (ghaib) such as ”Those who believe in the Unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them. (Surah al-Baqarah, 2:3). On the other hand, positive science and some philosophical views consider religions as dogmatic belief systems. They claim that there is no way one can find a…

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Faith, faith, faith!

“O you who have believed, believe in Allah and His Messenger and the Book that He sent down upon His Messenger and the Scripture which He sent down before. And whoever disbelieves in Allah , His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day has certainly gone far astray.” (Nisaa, 4:136) It has been definitely understood that every man is a temporary guest here in this world. His real essence is turned towards an eternal life. For every believer, actually for everyone at this time, the case of attaining…

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The Life and Belief

Am I suggesting that the life of a nonbeliever must be one of dreary desperation without cause for hope or happiness? Not indeed. I think not only life of nonbelievers are full of anxiety and stress but also believers’. Anxiety is a common feeling that most of the people do have in their life especially in modern times due to technological and scientific development. The more you know the more you feel anxious and feared and threatened by the circumstances that you are surrounded. Believers feel anxious and threatened for…

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Degrees of Belief

Belief means to accept by heart what was revealed by Allah (SWT) and expressing it with one’s tongue. Sa’d al-Din al-Taftazani says: “Belief is the light (noor) Allah bestows unto the heart of His slaves whom he wishes after they use their own free will.” Belief can be divided into two: Imitative belief and verified belief. Imitative belief is the one that is acquired by imitating what one’s family and/or friends tell them and teach them about Islam. This type of belief is not based on proofs and researches. So…

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