There are people who, although they are still alive, are old times.
On the other hand, there are people who, although they lived centuries ago, see their breaths give life to hearts and are still full of energy today. That is, no matter how long the time has passed, these people will never be gone.
Thus the letter written centuries ago to humanity sincerely by this great friend of Allah always finds an effect in the world today and arouses excitement. Because his works, which are also a legacy for humanity, help the person to recognize himself by holding a mirror of his inner world, to return to his origin and to solve his spiritual problems. In our day, the hearts of the oppressed, who are under the authority of the materialistic spirit, find peace and tranquillity, and are also an opportunity to find the right path.
Mawlânâ Djalâl ad-Dîn Rûmî is one of those exceptional friends of Allah to whom He has given a richness through the series of times that aim to guide and make hearts live.
Let us never forget that we have come to this World to earn our place in the Next World and let us never forget that a difficult journey awaits us. Our last breath, the grave, the resurrection, the Day of Reckoning, the Balance, the Judgment and the bridge of Sirât… are waiting for us.
Imam Rabbani says:
“Death is not a calamity. The real calamity is ignorance of what will come to pass after death.”
Countless warning and words of counsel confirm these truths in the Qur’an and Prophetic traditions. It is with the intention of enabling these important truths to become duly imprinted in our hearts and minds that we present this humble work to our readers.
Dear readers! As you know, we have started to present to you our Altınoluk articles, in which we have tried to explain and interpret the wise words of the friends of Allah, as separate booklets for each friend of Allah. This humble work, in which we have compiled our writings on Khalid al-Baghdadi, is a continuation of this series.
In this humble booklet, you will find Khalid al Baghdadi’s realization that eternal salvation cannot be achieved without going through a purification of the heart and his inclination toward the spiritual training in the hands of a doctor of the heart. He was undoubtedly a great scholar and was famously known as “The Sun of the Suns”. You will encounter pearls of wisdom presented to us as precious gifts from the journey of a man transformed into a spiritual sultan as a result of his deep yearning and spiritual aspiration. They are the gifts of his journey from material knowledge to spiritual knowledge, from imitation to certainty, and from belief to complete realization of belief.
The Holy Qur’an statutes that:
“And let there arise from among you a community inviting to good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. It is they who have found salvation.” (Al-i Imran, 3:104)
And after that our Lord make this sentence:
And who could be better of speech than he who calls [his fellow-men] unto God, and does what is just and right, and says, “Verily, I am of those who have surrendered themselves to God”?
This was the attitude of our Beloved and Blessed Prophet who embarked upon his duty of tabligh with great fervour and a deep feeling of responsibility. Only a handful of people believed him. Most of his relatives and clans remained fiercely opposed. The assaults, torture, injustice and abuse, however, did nothing to hold the Prophet back from the call.
After his departure to the hereafter his companions took the flag of guidance and carried it to the four corners of the world. They went on journeys of guidance and teaching all the way to Samarkand, China, Kairouan and deep into Africa. And by this way due to their blessed efforts we can now still live as Muslims. But this is from them a legacy that we’ve to transmit to the coming generations. And for that the most important and valuable way is to be a “guiding light” as was our prophet, his companions and those who follow them after that. Tabligh and promoting good amongst society also gain value according to the times in which they are conducted. Our times have become an age of ignorance which the Prophet foretold in his hadith explaining the trials and tribulations towards the end of times.
In this book our guide Sheikh Osman Nuri Topbaş provide us examples to be this one guiding light with the full conviction that He who sees the light does not turn back to return to the darkness but want to see more light.
This book that you carry in your hand is a humble but important step in attempting to describe the model of the insan-i kamil (the perfected human being). The Murshid-i Kamil these blessed people who have transcended time, are representatives of prophetic guidance and good behaviour. That is, they are models for those who did not have the honour of seeing the prophet r or his Companions y whose guidance is worthy of being followed. Their guidance and advice reflect the words and counsel of the Messenger of Allah. Just like the moon takes its light from the sun, the Friends of Allah are like mirrors that reflect the beauty of the prophetic character. This is why those who observe their state and behaviour with a gentle and loving heart will witness the subtle manifestations of prophetic character. The Golden Chain is a current of spiritual energy that has linked itself to an invisible line of love and that has reached us today, transferred from heart to heart. The lives of these Perfect Guides, their ‘sayr u suluk’ of having passed through their spiritual training and being given the duty of guiding others, are filled with lessons from which we can take heed, whether it be from periods in which they were in training or when they were training others. To take heed from their stories, to listen to their wise advice, to deeply contemplate on their profound states will undoubtedly benefit our correct understanding of aspects of Islam such as zuhd (abstention), ihsan, khushu(deep reverence), taqwa (God-consciousness), rabbaniyya (godliness), ruhaniyyah (spirituality), that is, in short TASAWWUF.
This study book as for aim to transmit h the religion’s history as the Muslims teachers have taught. This book include a global definition of religion notions and then after the specificity of each religion called “monotheist”. You will find in this book as for all other study books questions of revision and tests of knowledge.
İSTANBUL! AH İSTANBUL! Only the fact to claim as mentioned the name of İstanbul can be enough to understand how this city is full of stories happened in his great history. This book has not the purpose to describe İstanbul as it is quite impossible in few words but it try to not only show the places which can be sawn in İstanbul but also a part of history of those points. The one who is looking for a guide more near from history can and should take it, read it before to visit this wonderful city.
The Muslim’s fundamental faith, acts of worship, ethical principles, cordial customs and traditions both together form our basic values. All of these characteristic should be in full correspondence with the most exemplar model the one’s of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa.
Today, the most vital responsibility of our mothers, fathers and educationists is to raise the children and the young who carry the fundamental principles of Islam and our values.
The book “A Muslim’s Character” is the result of such a quest and effort.
We have paid attention to the fact that this book, which we hope will be a reference book that our children (age eleven and up) may enjoy reading, is a guide book for our parents, and a supplementary textbook for our teacher in their classes of education of values, we have also tried to make sure that this is both a book of information and also a book of activities that can be done both individually and in a group.
In this volume we have dealt with ten fundamental values, you will find according to the children’s developmental characteristics and levels;
In this second book which deals with ten basic moral values, you will find in each section,
- Interpretations of the verses from the Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet related to the subject matter,
- Concepts related to the value in question and their explanations,
- Best examples from the lives of our beloved Prophet and his Companions,
- Exemplary events from the lives of great Muslims,
- Remarkable stories from the contemporary world,
- Activities that children can write and draw themselves while reading the book alone,
- Plays and activities that can be played in the class,
- Practices suitable to the techniques that increase emotional and spiritual awareness,
- Activities of hands-on learning that will ensure more lasting knowledge,
- Tests of measuring, understanding, and evaluating it in every chapter.
Humans to be understood and see their aim achieved, their ideas diffused and their feelings shared have to be eloquent. The beautiful speech is a necessity. These issues are resolved by the principles of public speaking. The Khitaba (Rhetoric) sign language or oral, serves to inform and persuade people. Thus the Messenger of Allah r anxiously asked this question to the y after his farewell sermon: … And you would be asked about me (on the Day of Resurrection), (now tell me) what would you say? They (the audience) said: We will bear witness that you have conveyed (the message), discharged (the ministry of Prophethood) and given wise (sincere) counsel. He (the narrator) said: He (the Holy Prophet) then raised his forefinger towards the sky and pointing it at the people (said):" O Allah, be witness. 0 Allah, be witness," saying it thrice. Then after Allah U has revealed His message: …This day have those who reject faith given up all hope of your religion: yet fear them not but fear Me. This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion… (s5/v3) This book has for aim to help for a good communication and teach the religious prescription as it has been revealed by our Prophet r. With its method everything will be well understood. The book is composed with koranic and prophetic instruction on the subject.
Lo! We, even We, reveal the Reminder, and lo! We verily are its Guardian. (15:9) The Holy Qur’an guide for human beings needs to be presented and those who have made Tafsir have to be introduced for a good understanding. This is the aim of this book which is composed of 5 great volumes which are:
1. Holy Qur’an presentation and history
2. Tafsir Qur’an presentation and tafsir history
3. Quranics sciences
4. Famous Mufassirs
5. Some themes choosed inside of the Holy Qur’an
Islam is based on 2 pillars which cannot be dissociated: The Holy Qur’an revealed to humans by the intermediate of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Mustafa r and the Sunnah (tradition). The Sunnah is composed of 2 branches which are the divine Sunnah (preached by the Holy Qur’an) and the Prophetic Sunnah (communicate to the companions y and spread by them to their descendants by mean of narration called Hadiths). This book in your hands as for aim to treat on the subject of science of Hadiths which contain: The way of communication (oral, verbal or by consensus), the origin, the transmission, the control and the authentication.
This book that is prepared for elementary school children narrates the life of the prophets which are mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. As the life of our beloved prophet Muhammad Mustafa r is detailed in a special book there is not in this book a great volume concerning his life. This book which aim is to be a supplementary course book content not only narration of the life of the prophets but also questions and activities for a better understanding and comprehension of all presentations. İt ensure the children’s active participation in the class where they have the opportunity to express their opinions.