An âyat-i-kerîma in Fat-h sûra purports, “Thine As-hâb are always very compassionate with one another. They are always very vehement towards unbelievers.” Islam’s enemies, on the other hand, assert that the As-hâb-i-kirâm were inimical towards one another, that they had one another poisoned. Certainly, Muslims will (prefer to) believe Allâhu ta’âlâ. We say that the Ashâb-i-kirâm loved one another very much. The As-hâb-i-kirâm performed ijtihâd on the question whether retaliation was necessary against the murderers of hadrat ’Uthmân. This was a religious matter. They disagreed in their ijtihâd. Such disagreements of ijtihâd took place in Rasûlullah’s time as well. In fact, their ijtihâd would sometimes disagree with that of Rasûlullah. And this disagreement would not be considered a sin. On the contrary, it was informed that all ofthem would be given thawâb (for their ijtihâd). A couple of times the âyat-i-kerîmas revealed through Wahy informed that the ijtihâd contrary to Rasûlullah’s ijtihâd was correct. For Islam has granted men the freedom of thought and the freedom to express their thoughts. Islam is the source of human rights and human freedoms. The disagreement among the As-hâb-i-kirâm was based on their ijtihâd on the question of retaliation. Disagreement of this sort is not considered a sin, neither by Allâhu ta’âlâ, nor by His Messenger, nor by a person with common sense. They consider it a right conferred on humanity. Those who disagreed with one another in their ijtihâd did not think of fighting, nor even ofoffending, one another. For it was not the first time that such disagreements took place. Disagreements had taken place several times before. And it had not even occurred to them that they should hurt one another. Some oftheir children, misunderstanding the disagreements of ijtihâd among their fathers, had had tiffs with one another from time to time. Yet their fathers, who could not tolerate even such petty huffs among their children, had stopped them, each father rebuking his own child. This fact is known very well by Shiites as well. Yet zindiqs are trying to convince other people that the As-hâb-i-kirâm felt enmity against one another and that they perpetrated sordid and abominable deeds. Thus, they plan, they will manage to spread the conviction that the As-hâb-i-kirâm were thoughtless, unlearned and bad-tempered people, which consequently will give them the chance to demolish, extirpate Islam. For Islam consists ofthe total ofthe narrations reported by the As-hâb-ikirâm. Qur’ân al-kerîm and hadîth-i-sherîfs were conveyed to us – 284 –
y the As-hâb-i-kirâm. All the teachings of Islam were derived from Qur’ân al-kerîm, from hadîth-i-sherîfs, and from the statements and behaviours of any one ofthe As-hâb-i-kirâm. The sources and the documents of Islamic lore are the words ofthe As-hâb-i-kirâm. Vilification ofthe As-hâb-i-kirâm would naturally lead to rejection and degradation of what they conveyed to us, i.e. Islam. All the As-hâb-i-kirâm are higher than all the past, present and future people in all respects, with the exception of Prophets. For recognizing the value of Islam and being a true Muslim one has to discern this subtlety very well. A person who knows Rasûlullah’s ‘sall-Allâhu alaihi wa sallam’ superiority, value and honour and who is able to comprehend what it means to be the Messenger of Allah, will easily realize the fact that these distinguished people, whom that exalted Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ alaihi wa sallam’ educated and employed in all his services, must have occupied very high grades. Neither hadrat Alî nor hadrat Mu’âwiya, nor any ofthe Sahâbîs who were with them thought of hurting one another. Both in the event of Camel and in the event of Siffîn, their meeting was intended to make an agreement and to secure peace and comfort among Muslims. Members of both sides stated their purposes as such. Books of Kelâm and history written by Sunnite scholars are in the open. Stories fabled by Hurûfîs and books and magazines published by upstart men of religion are of no value. A close search into history will show that the Sahâba never killed one another. They always felt sorrow and wept over one another’s death. It is written in the hundred and seventieth page of Qisâs-i- Enbiyâ: That hadrat Hasan was poisoned by his wife Ja’da is a widely known fact. Hadrat Hasan ‘radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ anh’ had made a habit of entering into marriages and divorcing his wife soon after each marriage, so much so that his father (hadrat Alî) had to warn the people in (a speech he made in) Kûfa, saying, “Do not give your daughters to Hasan! He will divorce them.” The answer he received from the audience was, “We shall give them the girl he likes. Let him live with her or divorce her.” Hadrat Hasan was extremely good looking. He resembled Rasûlullah (his grandfather). A girl he married would fall in love with him. For some reason whatsoever, she decided to kill him. It is stated in the book Mir’ât-i-kâinât: Hadrat Mu’âwiya decided to see to it that hadrat Hasan should succeed him as Khalîfa. He announced his decision to the people. Yezîd, (hadrat – 285 –
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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.
At the beginning of the book (The Blessed) superiority of Ashâb of our prophet, Muhammad ´alayhissalâm, is explained along with how unjust and ignorant are those who defame Ashâb-ı-kirâm. Besides, the meaning of ijtihâd is explained. In the part of cautioning, an answer is given to the book (Hüsniyye) written by an enemy of Islam. In another part, biographies of great savants of Islam - hadrat Imâm-ı Rabbâni and hadrat Sayyed Abdülhakîm-ı Arvâsi - are explained. In the part Two Apples of the Eye of Muslims superiority of hadrat Abû Bakr and hadrat Omar is explained; in the part The First Fitna in Islam events between Ashâb-ı-kirâm are explained beautifully from the pen of hadrat Imâm-ı Rabbâni Ahmad Fârûkî Sarhandi who explains that to love all of Ashâb-ı-kirâm is a fundamental condition of being Ahl-i-sunnat.
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.
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.
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?)
In this precious book written by Imâm-ı Rabbânî Ahmed Fârûkî Serhendi, one of the greatest savants of Islam, explained are the proof of Prophethood, the special features of a Prophet that distinguish him from other men, a miracle, the Prophethood of Muhammad ׳alayhissalâm. In addition to this, the lives of great savants of Islam such as Sayyed Abdülhakîm-i Arvâsî, Sayyed Fehîm-i Arvâsî, Sayyed Tâhâ-i Hakkârî and Hüseyn Hilmi bin Sa’id Effendi are briefly narrated.
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.
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.
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.
Answer to an Enemy of Islam
This is a refutation of the lies and slanders which the lâ-madhhabî Rashîd Rıdâ of Egypt, who appeared in the disguise of a religious man and wrote against the scholars of Islam in his book Muhâwarât.
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.
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.