the word ‘disbeliever’]. Yezîd would invite hadrat Zeynel-’âbidîn to eat with him every morning and every evening, and they would have breakfast and dinner together. As they bid farewell to each other, he said, “May Allâhu ta’âlâ curse Ibni Merjâna! Wallahi, if I had been in his place, I would have accepted all your father’s wishes. It was Allah’s foreordination, after all! Write to me if you need something. I will send it immediately whatever it is.” Yezîd died in the year 64, when he was thirty years old. And Ibni Ziyâd was slain by the chief of bandits Mukhtâr during the bloody combats he fought in the month of Muharrem ofthe year 67. Hadrat Abdullah bin Zubeyr ‘radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ anh’, who occupied the seat of caliphate at that time, appointed his brother Mus’ab governor of Basra. And Mus’ab sent one of his Emîrs, one named Muhalleb, against Mukhtâr. At the end of a bloody battle, Mukhtâr was killed in 67. If these writings borrowed from Qisâs-i-Enbiyâ are read with reason, it will be seen that hadrat Huseyn’s ‘radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ anh’ martyrdom was not a result of a grudge against him or his blessed father, but it was a consequence of worldly ambitions. Whatsoever the reason, even Yezîd would not shoulder accountability for this ignominious savagery. He cursed Ibni Ziyâd for this abominable deed. Grave as Yezîd’s felony is, it would be injustice equally grave to attempt to blemish his father on account of this guilt. It would be like blaming Âdem ‘alaihis-salâm’ for his son Cain’s slaying his brother Abel. To allege that hadrat Mu’âwiya’s appointing Ubeydullah Ibni Ziyâd a governor was intended to have hadrat Huseyn martyred, would mean to gainsay the events. As it is stated in Qisâs-i-Enbiyâ, he appointed him governor because he had fought against disbelievers successfully and suppressed the Khârijîs, who were hostile to hadrat Alî. Seeing that he was serving Islam, he appointed him to Basra. Hadrat Huseyn ‘radiy-Allâhu anh’ was in Medîna then. If hadrat Mu’âwiya had had malice towards hadrat Huseyn, he would have appointed Ibni Ziyâd governor of Hidjâz. Why do not those people who blame hadrat Mu’âwiya for (his son) Yezîd’s guilt, put the blame for ’Umar’s martyring hadrat Huseyn, instead of setting him free, on his father? ’Umar’s father Sa’d Ibni Ebî Waqqâs is one of those fortunate people who were given the good news that Allâhu ta’âlâ promised Paradise to them (Asharai-mubashshara). They know that if they criticized this person their secret plans and lies would be noticed. Abd-ul-wahhâb-i-Sha’rânî states as follows in the hundred and – 290 –
twenty-ninth page ofthe abridged version of Tezkîra-i-Qurtubî: Yezîd sent hadrat Huseyn’s blessed head and the captives from Damascus to Medîna. Upon the order of ’Umar bin Sa’d, the governor of Medîna, his blessed head was shrouded and buried beside the blessed grave of hadrat Fâtima-t-uz-zehrâ in the cemetery of Bâkî’. Fâid, the thirteenth Fâtimî (Fatimid) ruler, was brought to the throne in 549 [A.D. 1154], when he was five years old, and died in 555. In his time the state was under the control of his vizier Talâyi’ bin Ruzayk. When this person had the cemetery called Mashhad (or Meshhed) built in Cairo, he had hadrat Huseyn’s blessed head brought from Medîna to Cairo by spending forty thousand golds. It was wrapped in green atlas, put in a coffin made of ebony, and buried beside the tomb of Imâm-i-Shâfi’î ‘rahmatullâhi aleyh’ and the grave of Sayyed-at-Nefîsâ in Mashhad. This event also has been distorted by Hurûfîs. They say that forty days after the martyrdom his blessed head was brought to Kerbelâ and buried beside his body. Mawlânâ Hâfid Hakîm Abd-ush-shekûr Ilâhî Mirzâpûrî Hanafî, a great scholar of Pâkistan, wrote a book titled Shehâdati-Huseyn (Huseyn’s Martyrdom) ‘radiy-Allâhu anh’. This book, which was originally in the Urdu language, was translated into Persian by Mawlawî Ghulâm Haydar Fârûqî, a student in the Madrasa-i-Islâmiyya in Karachi. This great madrasa, which is located at Newtown 5 in Karachi, offers a higher education in the Islamic sciences. Students come here from all over the world and are educated and trained as scholars of Ahl as-sunna. Muhammad Yûsuf Benûrî, a great scholar and at the same time the founder ofthe Madrasa, wrote an eulogy commending the information provided in the book. Yûsuf Benûrî passed away in Karachi in 1400 [A.D. 1980]. The book contains one hundred and two pages. The author states that enemies of Islam have been disguising themselves as Muslims in order to destroy Islam from within and arousing hostility against the Ahl-i-Bayt by pretending to be “lovers ofthe Ahl-i-Bayt.” Throughout the pages ofthe book, he presents documents from Shiite books and corroborates this fact. He states in the eleventh page: Muhammad Bâqir Khorasânî, a Shiite scholar better known by the name Molla Muhsin, died in Mashhad in 1091 [A.D. 1679]. He says in the three hundred and twenty-first page of his book Jilâ ul-uyûn, “Mu’âwiya ‘radiy- Allâhu anh’ gave his son Yezîd the following advice as he was passing away: You know Imâm-i-Huseyn’s closeness to – 291 –
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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.