Essence of the intention

Intention, which is an Arabic word, means “a determination to act in a certain way; what one intends to do”.1 It also means “decision of the heart to do something and knowing without thinking why that thing is done”.2 Intention is such a thing that if an action lacks intention, this will prevent it from obtaining the expected results. For instance, if a person stays hungry from pre-dawn until evening without the intention [of fasting for Allah], he will end up suffering from hunger for nothing. So the intention is…

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Achieving and safeguarding sincerity

Meditation on death: an effective means of achieving and safeguarding sincerity Today we will read a part from the Epistle on Sincerity [from Risale-i Nur], which our Ustaz [Bediuzzaman Said Nursi] put a warning before it which says “this epistle must be read at least once in fifteen days.” I will not talk about what is sincerity, what are its principles, or the obstacles that violate the sincerity. I will talk about one of the most effective means of achieving sincerity: the meditation on death. Before reading that part, however,…

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Sincerity: the most important basis, the greatest strength

The most important basis, the greatest strength, the shortest way to the truth, the spiritual supplication most likely to be accepted, the loftiest character trait and the purest worship in this world, and especially in services related to the Hereafter is sincerity. “The Twenty-First Flash” from the Risale-i Nur Corpus بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّح۪يمِ وَلَا تَنَازَعُوا فَتَفْشَلُوا وَتَذْهَبَ ر۪يحُكُمْ وَ قُومُوا لِلّٰهِ قَانِت۪ينَ قَدْ اَفْلَحَ مَنْ زَكّٰيهٰا  وَ قَدْ خَابَ مَنْ دَسّٰيهَا وَلَا تَشْتَرُوا بِاٰيَات۪ي ثَمَنًا قَل۪يلاً In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate Quarrel not with one…

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How to feel that Allah always with us?

How could we feel that Allah (SWT) watches us for everything we do, even when we are reading this article? In order to feel Allah with us all the time and to feel that He watches us at any time, we need to have a strong belief. The sign of feeling that we are in the presence of Allah   is to abstain from the sins, to perform good deeds that will please Allah and perform our actions just for the sake of Allah. This is just possible to struggle to…

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