• Our Sole Duty Is to Communicate the Truth

    Question: Given that God may cause us to act as a means for guidance of people to truth, will we be held responsible because of failure to convey the truth? What will be their responsibility in this regard? <br /><br />There are t

    Published March - April 2012 - Hikmet Isik

    Liberating Theology from Alphabetic Writing's Reductionistic Reign

    The words on this page are squiggly black ink pressed onto white paper. You could run your fingertips across these letters and feel their slick texture, but the ink you touch as you read is separate from the keys I click as I writ

    Published March - April 2012 - Jonathan Camery-hoggatt

    Qast and Azm (Decision And Resolution)

    Qast means confidence, determination, choosing, and advancing straight toward a destination, thinking and reasoning moderately and deliberately, and living a moderate and balanced life. For Sufis, this term represents an initiate

    Published March - April 2012 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    The Prophet Muhammad's Illiteracy

    Question: Was the Prophet illiterate throughout his life? Or did he-the one for whom veils were lifted with the verse "Read!", and thus who could read the mysteries of the universe-ever read and write in the sense that we unders

    Published January - February 2012 - Hikmet Isik

    Inbisat (Expansion)

    Literally meaning growing larger and deeper, spreading and expanding, Sufis use inbisat to signify the relaxing of one's heart, to the extent allowed by the religion, so that it can embrace everybody and make them pleased or cont

    Published January - February 2012 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Two Assurances and Two Fears

    <b>Question: It is narrated in a Prophetic saying that God said the following: "I will not give my servant two fears or two assurances at the same time." Many of us live in comfortable and luxurious conditions, so what will our

    Published November - December 2011 - Hikmet Isik

    The Freedom of Religion, the Concept of War, and Gulen

    Scholars have put forward varying ideas on the legitimacy of war in Islam. While there is consensus on the prevention of atrocity and self-defense, there are disputes on issues like preclusion from the freedom of teaching religion

    Published November - December 2011 - Ahmet Kurucan

    Rida (Resignation) -2

    For ordinary people, resignation means not objecting to what God has willed for them. For those with a deeper spiritual knowledge of God, resignation means welcoming their individual destinies. For those who live a life of profoun

    Published November - December 2011 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Forgiveness: A Prophetic Example

    The compelling conditions of our time offer human society two paths to choose from. We will either continue past enmities and stereotypes, or we will learn how to live in peaceful coexistence. It is a world of global connectedness

    Published November - December 2011 - Fatih Harpci

    Divine Support and Ensuring Its Continuation

    <b>Question: God Almighty has graced us with a great deal of possibilities to serve humanity. What would you recommend so that this holy grace and benediction upon us shall not be stopped? </b> I think we all are aware that God

    Published September - October 2011 - Hikmet Isik

    Rida (Resignation)

    Resignation means showing no rancor or rebellion against misfortune, and accepting all manifestations of destiny without complaint and even better peacefully. In other words, one should welcome all things and events, even those no

    Published September - October 2011 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Using Abilities On The Path Of God

    Question: How can we make use of the abilities God has given us in the service of faith? Do we fulfill our responsibility with financial assistance only?<br /><br /><br />Every blessing of God is an opportunity given to human bein

    Published July - August 2011 - Hikmet Isik

    Sabr (Patience)

    Sabr literally means enduring, bearing, and resisting pain; suffering and difficulty; and dealing calmly with problems. In more general terms it means patience, which is one of the most important actions of the heart mentioned in

    Published July - August 2011 - M. Fethullah Gulen

    Fasting on Ramadan and Yom Kippur

    I am a Reform rabbi who has been studying Islam for more than 50 years. Reform Judaism is the largest branch of the three major denominations of Jews in America. I think it is vitally important for our generation to understand how

    Published July - August 2011 - Allen S. Maller

    Tying Altruistic Work to Personalities

    <B>Question: What would you say about tying some altruistic work to certain individuals?</B><br /><br />The place of some individuals in altruistic work cannot be denied; however, individuals are not all there is to this work. Per

    Published May - June 2011 - Hikmet Isik

    Shukr (Thankfulness)

    Literally meaning gladness felt about and gratitude shown for the good done to one, Sufis use shukr to mean using one's body, abilities, feelings, and thoughts bestowed upon one to fulfill the purpose of his or her creation: bein

    Published May - June 2011 - M. Fethullah Gulen