politics best. Wouldn’t your father like you to become the Emîrul-mu’minîn?’ Yezîd told his father about this. Hadrat Mu’âwiya sent for Mughîra and asked him. Mughîra was one ofthe greatest ofthe Sahâba and one of those who promised homage (to the Prophet) under the tree. Mughîra said, ‘O Emîr al-mu’minîn! You have seen all the so many tumults that have broken out and so much blood that has been shed after hadrat ’Uthmân. Make Yezîd Khalîfa! He will be an asylum for people. It will be an auspicious deed. You will have prevented fitna.’ Mughîra chose ten people from Kûfa and sent them to Damascus with his son. They persuaded the Khalîfa. When Ziyâd heard about this, he gave advice to Yezîd. Yezîd corrected his manners, habits and attitudes. Hadrat Mu’âwiya convened many of his governors in Damascus and consulted with them. One ofthem, Dahhâk by name, asked for permission and said, ‘O Emîr al-mu’minîn! After you, a person will be needed for the protection of Muslims. Thus Muslims’ blood will not be shed. They will live in peace and comfort. Yezîd is very clever. In knowledge and mildness he is superior to us all. Make him Khalîfa!’ A few other outstanding Damascenes made similar talks. Damascenes and Iraqis agreed in Yezîd’s caliphate. Upon hearing these statements, hadrat Mu’âwiya thought it would be auspicious to do so. He came to Mekka, where he had sweet conversations with hadrat Huseyn, Abdullah bin Zubeyr and Abdullah bin ’Umar. After making hajj, he called them again and said to them, ‘You see how much I love you. Yezîd is your brother. He is your paternal cousin. I want you to accept his caliphate for the salvation of Muslims. Yet I shall put the following stipulations: Appointment and dismissal of governors, collecting zakât, ushr and other taxes, and delivering the arriving property to the right places shall be under your control. Yezîd shall not interfere with any ofthese procedures.’ [This meant to say that he was going to make a constitution]. They were quiet. He asked them once more to answer him. They would not answer this time, either. Then the Khalîfa mounted the menber and made a speech: ‘Eminent ones of this Ummat have accepted Yezîd as Khalîfa. (I offer you to) accept him, too.’ So they accepted him. Then hadrat Mu’âwiya came to Medîna and made the same proposition to its people. They, too, agreed. Then he went back to Damascus.” As it is seen, hadrat Mu’âwiya did not think of making Yezîd Khalîfa. It was first suggested to him by people he trusted, then advised by the eminent ones, and eventually approved by the – 298 –
people. Only after these stages did he make his final decision. For he had experienced the tumults that had happened after hadrat ’Uthmân and seen the Muslim blood shed. And now the number of those who supported the Jewish plans had increased, Khârij’îs, who were the enemies of Ahl as-sunna, had gained strength and become a grave nuisance to Muslims. He thought this out and obtained the people’s approval. If the constitution he conceived had been supported, a perfect Islamic democracy would have arisen. And consequently all Muslims would pronounce benedictions over him till the end ofthe world on account of this service. To assert that “The fitna and mischief caused by hadrat Mu’âwiya’s ‘radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ anh’ children and grandchildren lasted for centuries,” would mean to deny history. For his grandson Mu’âwiya II was renowned for his wisdom, piety, attachment to Islam, and justice. Unfortunately, he passed away after only two months’ service in theoffice of caliphate. Because he had no children left alive, he was succeeded by Merwân bin Hakem, again by military force. Merwân was hadrat Mu’âwiya’s paternal cousin, yet they were not close to each other. No other attitude could be so senseless as blaming hadrat Mu’âwiya for the blunders committed by this person or by some Umayyad rulers succeeding him. The oppressions and cruelties inflicted on the Ahl-i-Bayt by the Abbasids were much heavier than those perpetrated by the Umayyads. Readers of history are well aware of this fact. As it would be a very base slander to blame and curse the Abbasids’ great grandfather hadrat Abdullah and his father hadrat Abbâs on account ofthe barbarous fellonies which Abbasids perpetrated against the Ahl-i-Bayt, so it would obviously be an even more stupid and baser vilification to blame hadrat Mu’âwiya for the less significant mismanagements executed by those Khalîfas who were Merwân’s descendants. Another fact we would like to impart to those who allege that hadrat Mu’âwiya’s sons and grandsons carried on their atrocities for centuries, is that none of that great Sahâbî’s relatives occupied a commanding position after his celebrated grandson, (Mu’âwiya II), who made a fame for his justice and fear of Allah. Hadrat Mu’âwiya had another son, who was named Khâlid. This person was not fond of sovereignty. He had been raised as a scientist by his father. Jâbir, the celebrated chemist, was a disciple of this Khâlid’s. He learned chemistry from his master Khâlid. Then these wicked calumniators, thinking that there was no one to stop them, – 299 –
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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.