“Allah has caliphs”

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Question: A person who introduces himself to be of the Party of Allah and who rejects madhhabs says, “Allah is a deity, and He has no caliphs. Whoever says He has, he or she has attributed godhood to caliphs and so ha...

“What does makr-i ilâhî mean?” – 1

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Question: Âl-i ‘Imrân Sûra and Anfâl Sûra say, “Wa makarû wa makarallah, wallahu khayrul mâkirîn,” which means, “Allah is the best of those who play makr [trick]. What does “Allah’s playing makr” mean? ANSWER Makr m...

“What does makr-i ilâhî mean?” – 2

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Envying the property and wealth of disbelievers Question: While many people who have nothing to do with Islam and most non-Muslims have property and wealth, many Muslims live in penury and woes. Why does Allah give s...

“Deistic view and its refutation”

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Question: I am a deist. I believe in the existence of a creator, but I do not believe that this creator has sent religions, prophets, divine books. I do not believe in the life after death, either. Now am I irreligiou...

“The îmân obtained through investigation”

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Question: Some people assert, “Those who do not obtain îmân through investigation (îmân-i tahqîqî) believe blindly; they are not sure about their îmân. However, those who have obtained îmân through investigation by re...

“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...