Jihad: A Misunderstood Islamic Term

The Islamic term ‘jihad,’ meaning ‘struggle’ in Arabic, is misinterpreted in today’s lexicon. It does not mean forcing someone into accepting Islam or its belief because, as stated in the Quran, ‘There is no compulsion in religion’ Osman Gazi, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, once gave a piece of advice to his son: “My…

Causes of Disbelief (Kufr)

There are three kinds of kufr, [i.e. enmity toward Allah:] Kufr-i-inâdî, kufr-i-jehlî (or jahlî), and kufr-i-hukmî. Kufr-i-inâdî is the stubborn denial of Islam and îmân by a person who does so knowingly, e.g. kufr of people such as Abû Jahl, Fir’awn (Pharaoh), Nemrûd (Nimrod), and Sheddâd (Shaddâd bin Ad). It is permissible to say outright…

Attributes of Îmân

Scholars of Ahl as-Sunnat say that îmân has six attributes: ÂMANTU BILLÂHI: I believe that Allâhu ’adhîm-ush-shân exists and is One; I have îmân in it. Allâhu ’adhîm-ush-shân exists ’and is One. There is not a sherîk or nadhîr for Him. (He does not have a partner or a likeness.) He is munezzeh (free, exempt) from…

The Fundemantals of Islam

With the aid of and the strength given by Allâhu ta’âlâ, who keeps all ’âlams in existence and gives all the favours and gifts and who never sleeps, now we begin to explain the blessed saying of our Prophet (sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam). Our beloved superior Hadrat ’Umar ibn al-Khattâb (radî-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’anh), who…

Answer To A University Student

The following is the simplified translation of a letter written as an answer to a university student by Abdulhakim Arwasi (quddisa sirruh) when he was the senior professor of Tasawwuf at the Madrasat almutahassisîn, the Faculty of Theology, which was located in the Sultân Selîm Mosque in Istanbul during the declining years of the Ottoman Empire. Go out…

Allah Exists And is One

ALLAH EXISTS AND IS ONE. ALL CREATURES WERE NONEXISTENT AND THEY WILL BECOME NONEXISTENT We recognize the things around us through our sense-organs. Things that affect our sense-organs are called beings or creatures. Beings’ effects on our five senses are called properties or attributes, by which they are distinguished from one another. Light, sound, water, air and glass material are all beings; they…