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.

The good pleasure of God: Rida in this world, ridwan in the next

Is there a difference between rida and ridwan?

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 […]

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Believers’ Stance against the Malevolent Circle of Hypocrites

Believers’ stance against the malevolent circle of hypocrites - Fethullah Gulen

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 […]

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One Supplication and Four Essentials

One supplication and four essentials

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 […]

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Turtledoves of the Metaphysical Realm and the Expected Revival

The Mysterious Key to Opening to Metaphysical Realms - Supplication - Fethullah Gulen

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, […]

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