On Ramadan al-Sharif

Verses from the Qur’an “It was the month of Ramadan in which the Quran was (first) sent down as guidance for all people, having (in it) clear proofs of (divine) guidance and the criterion (for right and wrong). So whoever among you bears witness to the month shall then fast it. Yet if one among you is sick or is on a journey (such a person shall then fast) the same number of other days. God intends for you ease, and does not intend for you hardship. Rather, (He wills)…

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The most perfect fasting

The most excellent fasting is to make the human senses and organs, such as the eyes, ears, heart, and mind, fast together with the stomach. That is, to withdraw them from unlawful things and from trivia, and to urge each of them to their particular worship. For example, to ban the tongue from lying, back-biting, and obscene language, thus making it fast, and to busy it with such activities as reciting the Qur’an, praying, glorifying Allah’s Names, asking for Allah’s blessings for the Prophet Muhammad (blessings and peace be upon…

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The art of paper and leather cutting: Qat‛ı

Qat or qat‛ı means “to cut” in the dictionary. Qat‛ı is the art of decoration which is done by gouging out a writing, motif or figure on a paper or leather and then pasting it onto another paper or piece of leather. A work of art done in this way is named “qaatıa” or “muqatta”; its artist is called “qaatı‛” and “qattaa‛”. The part that is gouged from a pattern is called male-carving; the cavity formed thereof is called female-carving. These two figures can be pasted on separate surfaces and…

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Three advisements

Good or bad, whatever a person does he does it for himself, He cannot despise anyone if he knows what he is himself. Despise nobody!  One of the mistakes – maybe the first and foremost – that the Muslims make in their social relations among themselves is that they do not act carefully regarding their Islamic fraternity as required. We are living a life that is a test. Therefore, some people are rich and some are poor. Some others have financial problems at some periods of their lives. Some people…

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How to protect women’s rights?

“Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one [men] over the other [women] and what they [men] spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], beat them [lightly]. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”…

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Way to escape mischief

Our noble Prophet (alayhissalatu wassalam) said “My ummah is a blessed community. Whether its beginning or its end is better is unknown.” (Tirmidhi) Those who interpreted this hadith highlighted that there is a similarity between the beginning and the end of the ummah. We know for certain that the beginning of the Muslim community, the Sahaba (the Companions) and the Tabeen (the Followers), are blessed. The hadith gives the good news that the end is going to be blessed too. As a matter of fact when we evaluate the first…

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Risale-i Nur through African eyes 

Metin Uçar – A.Furkan Yeşilova The biggest problems of this century result from the decline and lack of the studies of faith. With the grace of Allah, Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi produced such an amazing work and a great role model that he led to a lot of beautiful things to happen and is still contributing to good results today. We know and witness that the Risale-i Nur works are a benefit to many countries around the world. When I visited Sudan for an event on the youth, I had…

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Knowledge and application of disciplining the lower self are totally different

  “Do you order righteousness of the people and forget yourselves while you recite the Scripture? Then will you not reason?” (The Qur’an, Baqarah, 2:44) Years ago one of my friends complained about a man who frequented his lectures: “He is so egotistical and arrogant. I do not know how to teach him not to be so egotistical and proud.” I advised him “Talk about the badness of egoism and arrogance and the ways to overcome them when he is present in the classes. Do not directly address him however!…

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The illnesses that blind you and their treatment

In this piece we are going to discuss the illnesses that blind both the physical and spiritual sight of the human, cover the reality, and deaden insight and foresight of people although they should see the truth bright like daylight. These illnesses are familiarity, custom and monotony. Familiarity means ‘being used to something’. It becomes a veil in front of the eyes and prevents the reality to be seen. Another veil which is similar to familiarity is the laws of adatullah. Sunrise and sunset, cycle of seasons, the laws of…

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The philosophical core of the educational system must change

Education is the activity of changing the ideas and behaviours of people through teaching. The ideas they are taught first start to change their understanding and then their behaviours follow. Once the change of ideas and behaviours is accomplished, it means that education has achieved its goal. The Philosophy of Positivist Education In today’s educational system, the dominant philosophy in teaching the physical sciences to students is that of positivism. The positivist education philosophy assumes the existent beings as if they act on their own. It describes the relation of…

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