Understanding Islam

“ISIS”, “Al-Qaida”, suicide bombing, “Muslim” intolerance and all the rest of it: anyone with an even elementary knowledge of Islamic learning and culture will know how strange and alien, indeed how “extreme” and unfamiliar the picture so often painted of Islam today is, especially when viewed in the context of the vast sweep of Islam’s great civilisational history, where it has been a paragon of peaceful coexistence, cultural diversity, scientific learning, broadmindedness and deep spirituality quite unparalleled elsewhere in human history. Inherited and media prejudices The first obstacle that some…

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The Necessity and Importance of Islamic Unity

All historical experiences and also the holy sources of Islam urge us to establish unity and develop close ties and improve cooperation amongst ourselves as Muslims. The Current Situation of the West and the Muslims The treatment to be prescribed for a great, yet unfortunate, continent; an illustrious, yet hapless, state, and a noble, high-minded people with neither guardian nor companion, is Islamic unity. The 20th century was a time period in which all the Jewish and Christian nations united and all the Muslim nations disintegrated, crumbled and went down….

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Islam, Reform and Reformists

In the last century, with the increase in the reformist and modernist trends in the Islamic world, imitating of the western world raised. The followers of these trends started increasingly claim that Islam was the main reason of underdevelopment of the Islamic world. There are some tricky questions, claims and politics followed by modernists and reformists about Islam. Trough these, they have been seeking to change Islam’s symbols and rituals by blind imitations, baseless proofs, excuses and comparisons. To begin with a blind imitation, they claim that “Converts to Islam…

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Despotism in the Middle East: A View from Bernard Lewis

The question as to whether Islam and democracy are compatible with each other has been widely debated. In these investigations Islam is always considered as the agent that needs to be subordinated to democracy, and that it needs to be changed, modified and tailored according to the principles of democracy. These intellectual pursuits increased, especially after the end of the Cold War. However, in the geography in which Islam has traditionally been the culturally dominating factor, democracy-oriented state structures did not develop much. Instead, totalitarian repressive regimes have flourished in…

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Raise your Head, You are not Alone!

She was sitting in her armchair looking through the window. Actually, she was contemplating her life. She was trying to pinpoint exactly where all this frustration started in her life. She was reconsidering how she lived from the beginning up to now. What has she been doing lately? She thought about her life. Was it really the best of quality as she assumed? Yes, she did actually regard her life as the best. But, this mindset was coming from cultural values ingrained for years. Now, she was lonely. Alone with…

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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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Science and Islam

1. Introduction Most learned people regard science as a reliable way of obtaining knowledge about the world and life because science requires healthy questioning and testing of ideas. Yet many regard religion as faith without evidence and reasoning or as mere traditional practice. This is the opinion of many learned people, particularly those influenced by western culture. In this article, we –as Muslim scientists, will try to show that while the above assertion about science is partially true, the assertion about religion is short sided and unscholarly, especially when the…

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ISLAM IS LIKE THE SUN. It cannot be extinguished by a blow!

4. International Bediuzzaman and Risale-i Nur Symposium was held 4. International Bediuzzaman and Said Nursi Symposium, organized by Hayrat Foundation was held in Bursa Merinos Ataturk Congress and Culture Centre with a large participation. The Pillars of Islam were negotiated in the symposium. Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister also participated to the symposium to which many scholars and academicians from around the world joined in. The symposium commenced with slide show. In the slide show the process beginning from the revelation of the Qur’an to the service of Risale-i…

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Stop The Boredom In You…

I AM BORED! Have you ever heard or said this sentence before? Probably the answer will be “Yes” and probably you say it most of the times in a day, therefore; it is so familiar. When boredom settles in, we probably try to find ways to get rid of it? I mean who doesn’t want to entertain himself when he is bored? Imagine what you do to get rid of this boredom! We ask ourselves why we are bored but it is in vain because the most probable answer to…

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Why Does Not Islam Have Special Missionaries?

Throughout history missionary activities have been important to Church in Christianity and the mission delegates have been raised for that aim by Church authority. Yet in Islam, there has not been a special group to spread belief. A special group raised by state or caliphate funded authorities… because spreading belief has been a task charged on all Muslim individual by the verses of Qur’an and the hadithes of prophet. In the surah of Fussilat, verse 33, Allah (SWT) invites the Muslims to spreading Islam as follows: “Who is better in…

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