“Two indispensable bases of îmân (faith)”

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Question: If a person, though believing in the six tenets of belief expressed in the Amantu, dislikes the friends of Allahu ta’ala and likes His enemies, is such a person not considered a Muslim? ANSWER In order for...

“There is one Islam”

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Question: Is it appropriate to use such expressions as “Turkish Islam” and “Ottoman Islam”? ANSWER Every nation has different customs. However, there is one Islam, and it has to be one, indeed. Today, Shiite Iran’s ...

“What does hidâyah mean?”

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Question: What does hidâyah mean? ANSWER It has such senses: to enter the true path after seeing right as right and wrong as wrong; to guide one to the true path; to turn away from dalâlah [deviation, going astray] ...

“Reaching Allah before death” – 1

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Question: Wherever they see the word “hidâyah” in the Qur’ân, some people, somehow, say it means a soul’s reaching Allah before death. Actually, are there any âyât or hadîths that are in accordance with this definitio...

“Reaching Allah before death” – 2

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What does hidâyah mean? Question: The Islamic scholars have translated the word hidâyah as the true path for 14 centuries. But hidâyah means reaching Allah in this world, doesn’t it? ANSWER It never does. By saying...

“Reaching Allah before death” – 3

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Question: Isn’t there the expression “reaching Allah before death” at the end of the Arabic hadîth of îmân? Have the translators not added this part? ANSWER There has not been a lie of this kind. One cannot reach Al...

“Reaching Allah before death” – 4

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Denying the meeting with Allah Question: In the Qur’ân, it is declared, “He who denies the meeting with Allah becomes a kâfir [disbeliever].” What is “meeting with Allah”? Those who claim that the fundamentals of îmâ...

“Is faith a necessity?”

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Question: Why do people feel the need to believe in Allah? ANSWER Some philosophers say, “Human beings have the need to worship. For this reason, there have been people who worship fire, the sun, or idols.” Howev...

“Holding fast to the rules of Islam”

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Question: After learning my religion correctly, I have begun to observe its rules as much as I possibly can. An atheist heard about my situation and emailed me so: “I heard about your becoming an extremist. You are sa...

“I am certainly a Believer”

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Question: In the book Endless Bliss, it is written that one should say, “I am certainly a Mu’min [Believer]” even when expressing one’s îmân at one’s last breath. We have no doubts at all about its being true, but we ...

“People who have not heard of Islam”

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Question: Suppose that a person lives in the mountains, in the desert, in a cave, in a forest, or on an uninhabited island and he/she has not heard of any religions or prophets. If such a person cogitates and infers t...

“What is meant by “a mote of îmân”?”

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Question: If those who do not have any good deeds or acts of worship and who spend their years sinning say the Kalima-i shahâdat with ikhlâs and die with this faith, will they go to Jannat [Paradise]? ANSWER It is v...