Question: What are the lessons to be drawn from the verse meaning: “…Then when He grants the couple a sound child, they begin to associate partners with God in respect of what He has granted them. Infinitely is He exalted above their association of partners with Him and whatever they associate with Him as partners” (al-A’raf 7:190). Answer: In the […]Read more
Category: Fethullah Gulen’s Weekly Sermons
Fethullah Gulen is a Turkish Muslim scholar, thinker, author, poet, opinion leader, educational activist, peace advocate, and preacher emeritus. His weekly sermons are published at Herkul.org.
Question: Is there a difference between rida and ridwan? What are the most important means of attaining ridwan? Answer: Rida means a person’s being pleased with God and Islam, showing heartfelt submission to everything He decrees, and meeting the troubles and misfortunes faced in the world with a heart at rest. The blessed Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, drew […]Read more
Question: What position should believers take in the face of some improper negative incidents? Answer: Initially it should be noted that this is not the first time certain negative occurrences have taken place, nor will it be the last. Presenting this truth to our consideration in vivid pictures, the Qur’an mentions the Prophets’ stories, which have their own hue and […]Read more
Question: Could you please elucidate the four essentials mentioned in the following oft-repeated supplication of the noble Prophet: “O God! I beseech You for guidance, piety, decency, and dignified contentment.” Answer: First, it is necessary to point out that each of the points mentioned in this prayer refers to an important attribute of the Prophets. It is even possible to […]Read more
Question: Bediüzzaman tells that once he opened Imam Rabbani’s book for a good omen with a pure heart and found the counsel about turning in one direction (qiblah) only, which led him to turn to the Qur’an as the sole guide. Could you elucidate on this issue and the messages it gives to us in today’s circumstances? Answer: I would […]Read more
Question: What factors allow someone to be open to spirituality and the metaphysical realms? Answer: As some people see materialistic considerations as everything, they lead a life closed to metaphysics. Although character plays a certain role at these people’s remaining closed to spirituality, the point that really needs to be considered is their making no serious effort in this respect, […]Read more