mentally disordered person or a junub person or a woman to call the Azân. In such a case, the Azân will have to be reperformed by the muazzin. [It yields plenty of thawâb to perform the Mawlid, to have it performed, and to go to a place to listen to the Mawlid being performed there. However, it is harâm for a woman to let nâmahram men hear her voice by performing the Mawlid or the Azân or by singing or by talking more loudly than needed, and for (nâmahram) men to listen to her. A woman (who is to perform such acts of worship) should do so only among other women, and then she mustn’t tape or record her voice or let it be broadcast through radio or television programs.] Although it is makrûh also for a man sitting or without an ablution, or for one riding an animal (such as a horse) within an urban area, to call the Azân, an Azân performed by one of them will not have to be reperformed. The Azân is performed on a minaret or (anywhere directly) outside (of) the mosque. It is not performed inside the mosque. It is makrûh to perform it in a manner called ‘telhîn’, i.e. by chanting melodiously and prolonging the syllables so as to distort the words. The Azân is not performed in any language other than Arabic.” It is stated in the book entitled Fatâwâ-i-Hindiyya: “It is makrûh for a muazzin to shout so loud as to exhaust himself (as he performs the Azân). Ibni ’Âbidîn ‘rahima-hullâhu ta’âlâ’ states: “It is sunnat for the muazzin to mount an elevated place to perform the Azân so that it should be heard at distant places. It is permissible for more than one muazzins to perform the Azân together.” As is understood from these scholarly passages, it is bid’at to perform the Azân or the Iqâmat or to conduct a namâz (in jamâ’at) by using a loudspeaker. And it is gravely sinfulto commit a bid’at. A hadîth-isherîf reads: “If a person commits a bid’at, none of his acts of worship will be acceptable.” Although a voice heard from a loudspeaker is quite similar to the human voice, it is not the human voice itself. It is a sound produced by pieces moved by magnetism. It is not the voice of a person standing on an elevated platform. The sin becomes doubled when they place the loud-speaker on the right or left or back side of the minaret or roof, so that the voice does not come out in the direction of Qibla. It is not necessary, on the other hand, for the voice to reach distant places or for us to stand the shrill metallic screaming of the loud-speaker. For, it is wâjib to build a mosque in every quarter. Thereby the Azân will be performed in every quarter and a quarter’s Azân will be heard from all its residences. Moreover, the Azân-i-jawq is something permissible. More than one muazzins’ calling the same azân – 120 –
together is called Azân-i-jawq. A touching human voice will be heard from afar, move hearts and souls, and freshen people’s îmân. [The muazzin performs the Azân and the imâm performs the qirâat with their natural voices loud enough only to be heard by the Muslims around the mosque and by the jamâ’at inside the mosque, respectively. It is makrûh for them to exert themselves so that their voices should be heard from afar. That also shows the frivolity of using a loud-speaker.] In short, the sound issuing from the horn called a loud-speaker is not the Azân. The Azân-i-Muhammadî is the voice coming out from the muazzin’s mouth. A hadîth-i-sherîf quoted in the book entitled Hilya-t-ul-Awliyâ and written by the great Islamic scholar named Abû Nuaym Isfahânî (Ahmad bin ’Abdullah) ‘rahmatullâhi ’alaih’ (336 [948 A.D.] – 430 ) reads as follows: “Voice of azân that comes out of a musical instrument is the Satan’s voice. People who (use a loud-speaker to) perform it are the Satan’s muazzins.” It is stated as follows in hadîth-i-sherîfs: “As Doomsday draws near the Qur’ân al-kerîm will be read (and recited) through mizmârs. It will be read (and recited) not for the grace of Allah, but for pleasure.” “There are many people who read (and recite) the Qur’ân al-kerîm, but the Qur’ân al-kerîm condemns them.” “A time will come when muazzins will be the meanest ones of Muslims.” “A time will come when the Qur’ân al-kerîm will be read (or recited) through mizmârs. Allâhu ta’âlâ will condemn those people (who do so).” Mizmâr means all sorts of musical instruments and pipes. The loud speaker is a mizmâr, too. Muazzins should fear these hadîth-i-sherîfs and avoid performing (their acts of worship) through loud-speakers. Some religiously unlearned people claim that the loud-speaker is useful because it carries voices to distant places. Our Prophet stated: “Perform acts of worship as you see me and my Sahâba perform them! People who make changes in acts of worship are called ‘ahl-i-bid’at’ (people of bid’at, bid’at holders). Holders of bid’at shall definitely go to Hell. None of their acts of worship shall be accepted.” It is not right to say, “We are adding useful things to acts of worship.” Statements of this sort are lies fibbed by enemies of religion. Islamic scholars, alone, know whether a change will be useful. These profound scholars are called mujtahids. Mujtahids do not make a change on their own. They know whether a certain addition or change will be a bid’at. There is a consensus that it is a bid’at to call the Azân by using a ‘mizmar’. It is a person’s heart that will make them attain grace and love of Allâhu ta’âlâ. The – 121 –
Se'âdet-i Ebediyye ENDLESS BLISS Fourth Fascicle
Subjects relating to belief of ahl as-Sunnat are quoted from famous Ahl as-Sunnat scholars' books.Various aspects of Hanafi Fiqh are explained, e.g., taharat, najasat, ghusl, wudu, tayammum, water, satr, women's covering themselves, adhan, iqamat, namaz, traveler's namaz, juma prayer, and music
THE BOOK ‘O SON’
Al-hamdu lillâhi Rabbil ’âlamîn. Wa-s-salâtu wa-s-salâmu ’alâ
Rasûlinâ Muhammadin wa Âlihi wa Sahbihi ajma’în.
1– O son! Collecting from books written by the scholars of the
Hanafî Madhhab three hundred and sixty hadîth-i-sherîfs and
forty-four khabars and also the seven essentials and the five rukns
and the seven wâjibs and the fourteen sunnats and the twenty-five
mustahabs and the fourteen mufsids of namâz, I have explained
them for you. Adapt your acts and deeds to these teachings so that
you attain fayz and nejât (salvation)!
2– Also for your information, I have collected a thousand and
ninety âdâb (adabs) for you and for other young Muslims like you.
If you adapt your actions and acts of worship to these teachings,
they will be sufficient for you. If you laze, disobey Allâhu ta’âlâ
and cease from these practices and manners, you will be afflicted
with slavery and disgrace in the world and subjected to torment in
the world to come.
If you live up to them and advise your Muslim brothers to do
the same, it will be useful for you. They will say blessings over you.
And Haqq ta’âlâ will accept their invocations. For, a slave will be
pardoned on account of another slave’s invocations for them.
Halâl, harâm, and the doubtful,What is harâm to eat and things that are harâm to use, Wine, and alcoholic beverages. Is tobacco-smoking sinful?, Isrâf (wastefulness), fâiz (interest), and tobacco-smoking, Manners (âdâb) that must be observed when eating and drinking,(Siblings through) the Milk-Tie, Nafaqa, and rights of neighbours,Islam, and the woman...
Translations of letters from Imam-i Rabbani's Maktubat and Sayyid Abdulhakim Arwasi's books. Subjects include kinds of hadiths, justice, qada, qadar, madhhabs, bid'ats, fiqh, shafa'at, corrupt religions, Islam&Science and various aspects of sufism.
The Turkish original of the book Se’âdet-i Ebediyye consists of three parts, all of which add up to more than a thousand pages. We have translated the entire book into English and have published six individual fascicles. Se’âdet-i Ebediyye is a book prepared according to the Hanafî Madhhab. There is not a bit of knowledge or word which does not confirm the creed of the Ahl-i Sunnat and Jamâ’at in this book. This is the first fascicle. We invoke Allâhu ta’âlâ to help us deliver it to our dear readers.
There are two hundred and forty (240) chapters in Se’âdet-i Ebediyye, and it consists of three parts. Forty-one of the ninety-eight chapters in the first part, thirty-four of the seventy-two chapters in the second part and thirty-three of the seventy chapters in the third part are translations of the letters in the Persian original of Maktûbât (The Letters) by Hadrat Imâm-i Rabbânî ‘rahmat-Allâhi ’alaih’ . A few of them are translations of letters by Hadrat Muhammad Ma’sûm ‘rahmat-Allâhi ’alaih’. The remaining chapters are taken from many valuable books. Maktûbât by Hadrat Imam-î Rabbânî consists of three volumes (I, II, III) and they contain five hundred and thirty six letters. All of them were published in two volumes in Pakistan in 1392 [1972 A.D.], and it was printed by offset in 1397 [1977 A.D.] in Istanbul. Maktûbât by Hadrat Muhammad Ma’sûm, his son, is also of three volumes (IV, V, VI). The volume number and the number of each letter translated is given below. The additions in brackets are explanations made by the translator, (i.e. Hadrat Hüseyn Hilmi Işık 'quddisa sirruh'.).
Subjects relating to belief of ahl as-Sunnat are quoted from famous Ahl as-Sunnat scholars' books.
Ethics of Islam is taken from the book Berîka by Muhammad Hâdimi. Immorality and ways to get rid of it; 40 depravities and cures to them; usefulness of ethics; what is a soul; strengths of a soul; Personalities emanating from wisdom, courage, chastity and justice are extensively explained.
THE SUNNI PATH
The beginning of (The Sunni Path), the book by a statesman of the Ottoman Empire Ahmet Cevdet Pasha (Ma’lûmat-ı Nâfia=Beneficial Information), gives a succinct information about how to believe in the religion of Islam and makes the classification of the science of Islam. Imâm-ı Gazâli, one of the greatest savants of Islam, briefly explains the explanations of Ahl-i-sunnat savants of the true religion of Islam preached by Muhammad ׳alayhissalâm. In addition to this, the life of Imâm-ı A’zam Ebû Hanifa, a great Ahl-i-sunnat savant, is summarized in the book (The Sunni Path). Besides, given are an answer to the slanderers and an explanation to (How to be a True Muslim?)
BELIEF AND ISLAM
star This work, Belief and Islam, originally was written in Persian under the title I’tiqâd-nâma by Hadrât Mawlânâ Khâlid al-Baghdâdî, a profound ‘âlim of Islam and a specialist in ma’ârif of tasawwuf. Hâji Faydullah Effendi of Kemah, a khalîfa of great walî Mavlânâ Mahmûd Sâhib, the brother of the author, translated the book into Turkish and named it Farâid-ul-fawâid which was printed in Istanbul in 1312 A.H.. Our bookstore had it translated again from the Persian original into Turkish and, some explanations and three chapters, published it with the title Imân ve Islâm in 1966. German, French and Arabic versions are also published by our bookstore. This book, explains five fundamentals of Islam, six fundamentals of îmân and the contemporary information about the matter and refutes those who are against Islam and those who are lâ-madbhabî.
CONFESSIONS OF A BRITISH SPY
Must read for every Muslim!
This book ConfessionbyaBritishspy, translated from the book (Muzakkarat-ul Mister Hempher) which was published in Cairo by (Dâr-ul-kitâb-is-sufi), consists of the memoirs of Hempher, one of the thousands of spies, men or women, send to islamic countries by Ministry of the British Colonies, to demolish the Islamic religion. In this confession, the spy, Hempher, disclosed the lies and slanders fabricated by the Ministry; how he had deceived Muhammad bin Abdulwahhab, the founder of Wahhâbism; how he had strived to divide Muslims into groups and to corrupt their religion.
WHY DID THEY BECOME MUSLIMS?
The book Why Did They Become Muslims consists of 3 sections. Section I is a book of Islam and Christianity. Information about Prophets, books, religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) is given, conditions of being a true Muslim are explained, the words of those filled with admiration for Islam and the lives of 42 people who being a member of other religions chose Islam are narrated. Section II is a book of the Qur’an-ı Karîm and the Torah and the Bibles as of Today. Information about today’s Torah and Bibles is given, errors in the Bible are explained; that the Qur’an-ı Karîm is the last and unchangeable book is explained scientifically. Besides, explained are miracles, virtues, moral practices and habits of Muhammad ´alayhissalâm. Section III is a book of Islam and Other Religions. That Islam is not a religion of savageness, that a true Muslim is not ignorant, that there can be no philosophy in Islam are explained along with explanations of primitive religions and celestial religions.
ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY
This book is written in the nature of a “key” for those Muslim brothers of ours who have just a smattering of knowledge on how the Islamic religion has developed, and it has been written for those non-Muslims willing to know the fundamentals of Islam. Islam, the most up-to-date and the most immaculate of the world’s existing religions, is based upon very humane and very logical principles. Without going into details, this book touches upon the fundamentals of Islam and makes a comparison of Islam with other religions. It answers criticisms raised against Islam by its adversaries and explains as compendiously as possible the qualifications essential for being a good Muslim.
For those who would like to read valuable books on Islam written by Islamic scholars (rahimahumullâhu ta’âlâ) after learning the facts contained in this book, we advise that they read books published in different languages by the Hakîkat Kitabevi (Bookstore) in Istanbul. The names of these books are appended to our books. Read this book slowly and with reflection! Encourage others to read it, too! An ignorant person cannot be a good Muslim. Indeed, it is impossible for a person not to attach all his heart to Islam after learning its fundamentals. After reading this book, you will also realize what a lofty, sacred, logical, and perfect religion Islam is, and you will attach all your heart and soul to it in order to attain salvation and repose in this world and in the hereafter.
Islam that abrogated celestial religions of Judaism and Christianity along with their validity is explained first. That Qur’an-ı Karîm is word of Allah; miracles of Muhammad ׳alayhissalâm, his virtues, moral practices and habits; how to be a true Muslim; a comparison of Islam and Christianity; that Muslims are scientifically powerful; are explained next.
It is a translation of (Cevap Veremedi) into English. Harputlu Ishâk Effendi explains how the Bible - the true book revealed to Isa 'alaihis-salam - was distorted; how words that belonged to people were put into firstly written four Gospels; that the theory of trinity is erroneous; the belief of Tawhid (the unity of Allahu ta’ala) in Islam. Besides, a few very precious letters - a food of a soul by Muhammad Ma’sûm-î Fârûkî - take place. Information about Judaism, Torah and Talmud is also given.