12 Questions Answers With Youth

We had a conversation with our young fellow townsmen on 17 March 2018 in our city Konya which despite being a city of history, culture, and civilization, receives its real value by being the home for one of the prominent friends of Allah and one of sultans of the spiritual world, Mawlana Jalaluddin al-Rumi.
The main subject of our conversation was about what the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) taught and how he taught it to his companions and in their personality to his entire ummah. However, as our addressees were the youth we were asked to make this conversation in the form of question and answer, considering the fact that it would yield more benefits. Consequently we took our main subject, the education system of our Prophet Muhammed, as our first question and tried to answer the other questions asked by our young brothers too. Because our time was not enough to answer all fifty questions asked by them, we dealt with the ones that had priority.
It was requested by the Konya Metropolitan Municipality that this fruitful program could be published as a booklet in order to keep it as a pleasant memory in our souls. In this way, we had the opportunity to make some reviews and additions by including some issues that we could not express during the program due to the limited time.
I hope that this humble booklet may become an opportunity for the good and I pray Allah to bestow happiness both in this world and the Hereafter upon Konya Metropolitan Municipality personnel who provided valuable contribution to the performance of this program and upon those who personally attended in our conversation or who attend it by their hearts by means of this booklet.

Being A Guiding Light

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.

Masters Of The Naqshibandi Way

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.

A Muslim's Character - 2

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.