Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Topics, 2004-2005

(in alphabetical order)

A Jigsaw Puzzle: Kawn and Fasaad
JigsawKawn, to be, to make... Fasaad, corruption of the being... The World of kawn and fasaad... a world of "jigsaw puzzle"... When "Kawn and Fasaad" is mentioned, one just remembers Surat al-Kahf: ... August 2005

"A white shiver, a misty glide"
snowSnow came early this year. We had snow yesterday; at times fairly heavily, at other times calmly and softly, but always a very fascinating flow, delicacy, and whiteness. One of those views that ... November 2005

Allah, the only god
snowRecited every day after the dawn prayer (fajr). Sometimes it is very very influential:
huwallaahullazee laa ilaaha illaa huu
'aalimul-gaybi wash-shahaadah
October 2005

An Oasis or Just a Mirage?
According to what we learn from our Book, there will be very interesting scenes on the Day of Resurrection, ... April 2006

Answer The Call That Will Give You Life!
To make dua and to answer the dua...this relation is in reverse order in an ayat of the Surat al-Anfal: ... March 2005

As a Mercy to the Worlds
Why is The Messenger of Allah a mercy to the worlds?
Because on the day when our souls had replied to ... April 2005

As Far as the Distance of the Two Easts
43:36. and whoever turns away from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (Allah) ... November 2005

Be Not Sad! Surely Allah is With Us!
In this world of testing and trials, every one of us faces tests after tests. Indeed, it is not easy at all to... December 2004

Chubby Birds and Mimosa
Chubby Birds and MimosaThe mimosa in front of my window has already been budding. Winter will arrive soon, and on a February day it will bloom in the midst of snow, bright yellow. Glad tidings of spring!
This morning, once again, ... October 2005

Clarity in Surat al-Yaaseen
Clarity in Surat al-YaaseenThe paths to the guidance are very clear. Quran is very clear. Prophethood is very clear. Yet we refuse to see clarity, but why?
First we say Yaaseen, then "imaamin mubeen": A clear book, a clear register: ... June 2005

Cover Me Up!
Surat al-Muzzammil and Surat al-Muddassir begin with two very similar addressings: ... February 2006

Darkness and Lightnings
One of the examples in the Surat al-Baqara is about people who say "We believe, too" when they meet the believers; ... April 2006

Divine Favor and Being Grateful
There is a small administration building at the east side of the Ayasofya Mosque. A short ayat on gratefulness is ... March 2005

Eid Morning in the Sulaymaniya Mosque
Eid Morning in the Sulaymaniya MosqueIn the morning of Eid ul-Fitr I was in the Sulaymaniya Mosque in Istanbul. I don't know why I just find myself in this mosque every Eid morning. Maybe it has something to do with the unforgettable verses of the Turkish poet ... November 2005

Emergence of Al-Asmaa
A tender prayer of Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh), a sincere dua:
... illaa rabbal-'aalameen ... May 2005

Everlasting Deeds
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) gave great importance to Surat al-Kahf. There are 4 stories in this surat and ... December 2005

Fatiha in Hadith
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: If anyone observes prayer in which he ... November 2004

Fear Allah As He Should Be Feared
There are three ayats in the Surat al Aal-i 'Imraan that everybody should know by heart. ... September 2005

Freshness of the Night
Freshness of the NightThe sun of revelation had just appeared to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the Pride of Humanity. And that bright and blessed Moonlight was trembling under the unbearable burden of revelation. ...
March 2005

From Patience To Gratitude
Living in wealth or poverty...two states so far away from each other, aren't they? Indeed, at one side there is ... December 2004

Fundamentals at the Opening
Fundamentals at the OpeningThere have been some people who have perceived The Protected Book in Surat al-Fatiha (Opening), and even Surat al-Fatiha in its first sentence. Moreover ...
November 2004

Glad Tidings To The Believers
The side walls of the Sulaymaniya Mosque in Istanbul are decorated with a very lovely ayat, which stays ... November 2005

Greed? How?
In English, a very negative meaning is attached to the word "greed": avarice, covetousness. In Arabic, the ... June 2005

Hajj: Love & Wisdom
On the day of Arafat, as soon as the sun sets, the rituals of hajj begin. People just flow to Muzdalifah, ... January 2005

Here I am O Allah, at Your Service
The ninth day of the month of Dhu'l-hijjah is the day of congregation at Arafat; it is the day of Arafat. ... January 2005

Here is the Challenge!
The miracles of the Quran and that the Quran lets its opponents to fall into despair is a historical reality. ... November 2005

Hidden Sorrow
While I was looking for something else, a couplet popped up suddenly out of nowhere, which I had forgotten since long time ago:
Our life is short ... September 2005

How to Give Alms to the Poor
We should give alms to poor people, but how? Is it elegant to give by offending them and with a show-off? ... December 2004

Huda and Khuda
The topic of today is two words which are often mixed up because they are very similar to each other. ... February 2005

"I Do Not Love Those That Set"
It is said that the number of the paths to Allah is as many as the number of the breaths of His servants. Indeed, it is so. If it were not so, our Lord would not have created ... February 2005

I Turn To You
In the early stages of his lifetime, during babyhood and childhood, one just spends his days displaying ...October 2005

If insides were to be turned outside
The dua of Prophet Ayyub: waayyuuba iz naadaa rabbahuu annee massaniyad-durru waanta arhamur-raahimeen ... June 2005

In the Name of the God
Let us begin in the name of the God
Bismillahirrahmanirrahim ... November 2004

Invoke Allah so that...
MadinaTwo weeks ago, we were in Madina on Friday. The dawn prayer (fajr) is prayed 15 minutes after imsak (dawn), around 5 am. The flow of people to the mosque begins before 4 am. The prayer of two rakaats lasted ... September 2005

Keeping Promises
There is an interesting analogy in the Surat an-Nahl. The resembling ones are those people who do not keep ... March 2006

Let us not Miss the Opportunity
Today is the last Friday of Ramadan. Let us not miss the opportunity. Giving a charity today is very ... October 2004

Let's Return to Him in a Pure State
Imagine yourself in a garden...a gorgeous garden, adorned with beautiful bounties. Nothing is restricted but ... April 2005

Like a Drop of Poison in Honey
NuunSurat al-Qalam is one of the first revealed suras. In fact, according to one opinion, it is the second revealed sura, right after the Surat al-Alaq. The interesting thing is that our attention is drawn to the pen in this sura, right after the order ... January 2006

Me, Myself and My Nafs
Nafs is the physical being of human. The living part of him which is seen, which is felt; his ownself in comparison to ... March 2005

Mosque of Piety
In Surat at-Tawba there are interesting ayats about mosques:
9:18. The mosques of Allah shall be maintained ... August 2005

Muhammad, Peace be upon Him
Let us see how the name Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) is mentioned in Quran: ... April 2005

No Room for Despair!
The ayat which is recited in the mosques just before the salat al-janazah - funeral prayer, 39:53 Say: "O my ... October 2004

O Lord, Don't Let Our Fears Come True!
Prophet Yaqub (Jacob) tells his sons to take precaution but then again he surely knows that: ... May 2005

O You People!
The pearls of this week address to all people:
O you people! Worship your Lord who created ... April 2005

O You Wrapped Up in Garments!
According to one opinion, the revelation stopped for some six months after the first revealed ayats. ... December 2005

On That Day...
99:1-8. when the earth is shaken with its shaking and throws out its burdens; when man will say: ... September 2005

On the Wings of a Butterfly
On the Wings of a Butterfly-"I think, soon I will die..."
-"Come ooon! What are you talking about?"
-"Death, grave..."
-"Hush! I don't want to hear these!"
... May 2005

Perform Hajj! Join the River of Love and Wisdom!
2:196. Perform properly the hajj and the umrah for Allah.
The umrah can be performed at any time ... January 2005

Prayer of the Traveler
Today let us remember the prayers for travel, from our Book which is full of pearls. The first of the ... January 2005

Prayer Times
Narrated by Abdullah Ibn Abbas (ra): Gabriel (pbuh) led me in prayer at the House (i.e. the Ka'bah). He prayed ... October 2005

Prophets and Lessons
There are very lovely pearls in the Surat al-Anbiya, apparent and hidden. The ayats which describe Allah, ... February 2005

Quran and Understanding
In a hadith, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: "Allah The Almighty says: Whoever is kept busy with the ... February 2005

Read in the Name of Your Lord
IqraWe all know that the ayats which are revealed first are the first five ayats of Surat al-Alaq and the first order is "iqra!", that is "read!". Before studying this sura below, let us first pay attention to the stage before the first revelation. ... November 2005

Real Doer is Him and Him Alone
Surat al-Waaqi'a has three parts: First, that on the Day of Resurrection, people will be separated into three ... March 2005

Rejoice Everywhere, With The Beloved One
It is Eid is Eid now!
Rejoice everywhere, with the Beloved One. ... January 2005

Report Cards are After the Test
This world is the test place. The report cards will be given somewhere else and nobody here is in the ... December 2004

Requirements of Hajj
Kabe2:197. The Hajj (pilgrimage) is in the well-known months. So whoever intends to perform Hajj therein, then he should not have ...
January 2005

Rush to Prayer! Rush to Success!
Adhan is the most beloved reminds us our meeting with our Lord: "Rush to prayer! Rush to success!" ... January 2005

Servants of the Most Gracious
Today, in the salat al-fajr, the last part of the Surat al-Furqan was recited. The ayats were just so influential and ... March 2006

Sides of the Daytime
I just can't get enough of looking at the pictures of the Earth taken from a distance. Here is one of them which I would like to share with you. I have erased the darkness of the space and marked prayer times on the globe. ... October 2005

So Pure...Like Angels
Dhu'l-hijjah, the month of Hajj begins very soon. Hajj is performed only in this month. The "ten nights" which are ... January 2005

Speaking Gently
A strong and powerful shepherd in the desert. Together with his family, they have lost their way; looking for a ... February 2005

Speaking the Truth
Let us have a look at the ayats 70-71 of the Surat al-Ahzaab and think about the importance of truthfulness ... July 2005

Spring is Here!
First, mimosas and almond trees have bloomed, in the midst of snow. Then plum trees have brought glad tidings of the coming spring. Hundreds of trees, thousands of flowers ... March 2005

Stones and Hearts
2:74. Then, after that, your hearts were hardened and became like stones or even worse in hardness. ... April 2006

"Sun has not reached them"
Sometimes we see a pair of fruits on a tree branch. One of them has already turned red, become sweet, ripened; the other one still green, sour, unripe. You can't even believe that they are ... December 2005

The Bravest Among Us
"By Allah, when the battle grew fierce, we would seek protection by Rasulullah (pbuh), and the bravest among us ... April 2005

The Cure for Solicitude
Solicitude, uneasiness, groundless suppositions...Sometimes, we fixate our minds on yet unhappened events. ... August 2005

The Most Beautiful Example
Let us see how the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon Him) is mentioned in the Quran: ... April 2005

The Most Important Activity of the Week
Friday62:9. O you who believe!
When the call is proclaimed for the Salat on Friday, hasten to the remembrance of Allah, and leave off business; that is better for you if you did but know.

... February 2005

The Nonexisting Power of the Devil
Seven surats in the Quran mention of the creation of Adam and of the prostration of angels to him. In all the ... December 2005

The Seen & The Unseen
What is the seen? Poor people, who are in need of a piece of bread, those who look for something to eat ... December 2004

The Story of a Piece of Bread
80:24. Let man look at his food, that We pour forth water in abundance and We split the earth in clefts, and ... June 2005

The Test
Yes, it is not difficult to say that this life is just a test. But is this acknowledgement just on the surface, just on ... June 2005

The Truth That the Liar Told
A strange riddle: Find a truth, told by a liar. ... June 2005

Those Righteous People
In the Surat al-Aali 'Imran, there is a concise and inclusive description of those who have taqwa ... April 2005

Those who are drawn near to Allah
Surat al-Mutaffifin starts saying "woe" to those who don't have any sense of justice, who are selfish and who have ... May 2005

Those who do not look forward to
At the 14. and 15. ayats of the Surat al-Jathiya, our Lord says:
Tell those who believe to forgive those who do not ... July 2005

To Purify
Today I would like to draw your attention to two ayats of the Surat al-A'laa: Indeed whoever purifies himself ... September 2005

We Are In Desperate Need
"Just as supplication and reliance on God greatly strengthen the inclination to good, so too, repentance and ... April 2005

Welcome O Ramadan...Welcome!
I most sincerely wish that the Month of Ramadan - which is full of blessed nights - may bring grace and blessing ... October 2005

What a Wrong Judgement!
The second part of the Surat al-Qalam begins with questions. As it is stated in the commentaries of Quran ... January 2006

"What Led You into Hell Fire?"
The second part of the Surat al-Muddassir begins with three swearings. It draws our attention to moon, ... December 2005

Why Rainbow?
Rainbow Why always trees and birds,
why flowers and rains,
why sun, moon and stars,
why seasons and centuries,
why rainbow and mountains ...
...if you say why, ... October 2005

Winter and Hidden Sorrow
The coldest days of winter have not arrived yet, but the longest nights are already here. Were the nice days of ... December 2004

With Most Sincere Devotion
We have already learned the meaning of the Dua al-Qunuut, word by word. qanata: to obey faithfully, to follow ... September 2005

Without a Doubt
The word "yaqeen" means a fact which is certain, which is true without any doubt. ... July 2005

Woe to Those Who Have Double Standards!
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
83:1. woe to mutaffifeen (those that deal in fraud) ... May 2005

Words of Wisdom
For us, each and every word that we say is important. Keeping our word is our principle. Since we had promised ... March 2005

Would You Not Suffice, O Death!
75:20-21. Nay! But you love the present life and neglect the hereafter ... June 2005

Yes...There is a Way Out!
Prophets...those blessed and suffering people. In the previous article, we had seen how they were invoking ... December 2004