(speech called) khutba in the sixtieth year ofthe Hegira, hadrat Mu’âwiya terminated his speech as follows: “O men! I have governed you long enough. I have made you tired of me. And I am tired of you, too. I want to leave. And you want me to leave, too. Yet no one better than me will come after me. As a matter of fact, those people who were prior to me were better than me. If any person wishes to be with Allâhu ta’âlâ, Allâhu ta’âlâ, too, will wish to be with him! Yâ Rabbî! I wish to be with Thee. Bless me with the fortune of being with Thee! Make me blessed and happy!” A few days later he became ill. He sent for his son Yezîd and said to him, “My son! I did not tire you in wars or on roads. I softened the enemies. I subdued the Arabs to obey you. I collected the amount of property which very few people have managed to collect. Protect the people of Hidjâz well! They are your origin. They are the most valuable of those who will come to you. Take care ofthe people of Iraq, too! If they ask you to dismiss your officials, do as they wish! Take care ofthe people of Damascus, too, for they are your helpers. I do not fear anyone for you. Yet Huseyn bin Alî ‘radiy-Allâhu anhumâ’ is an airy person. The people of Kûfa may provoke him against you. When you beat him, forgive him. Treat him well! For he is close to us, he has rights over us, and he is Rasûlullah’s grandson.” As his illness became worse, he said, “Hadrat Rasûlullah ‘sall-Allâhu alaihi wa sallam’ made me wear a shirt. I have preserved this shirt till today. One day I put the pieces of finger nails he had cut into a bottle. I have kept the bottle ever since. When I die, put the shirt on me. And put the nails on my eyes and in my mouth. Perhaps Allâhu ta’âlâ will forgive me for the sake ofthese valuable articles.” Then he added, “After my death there will not be any generosity or kindness left. Incomes of many people will be cut off. People in need will go back empty-handed.” His final statement was the following, which expresses his regrets: “I wish I had been a Qoureishi living in the village named Zî-tuwâ, rather than having busied myself with such things as commandership or governorship.” He passed away in the month of Rajab. His blessed grave is in Damascus ‘radiy-Allâhu anh’. As is seen, hadrat Mu’âwiya ‘radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ anh’ was a blessed Sahâbî. 41- “It is the safest and the firmest way for every Muslim to know these facts exactly as they are, to take lessons, and to act upon the hadîth-i-sherîf, ‘Do not criticise my As-hâb’. It is obvious that the treacherous and murderous events, the sources of which have been shown above, could not be interpreted in terms of – 304 –
genuine ijtihâd. There is no doubt as to the fact that acts and behaviours of this sort would incur vehement divine retribution. It cannot be thought that having attained the Prophet’s sohbat would protect one from the divine reproach,” he says. See how he babbles nonsense! On the one hand, he quotes the hadîth-i-sherîf, “Do not swear at my As-hâb!” And on the other hand he imputes inconceivably base motives to the greater ones ofthe As-hâb-i-kirâm and casts aspersions which others would feel shame to express. Strict dieting on the one hand, and pickled cabbage on the other! He knows that he could hardly blemish an Islamic hero such as hadrat Mu’âwiya, who was one of those people closest and most beloved to the Messenger of Allah and whose goodnesses and virtues, as we have cited above, are undeniably well-known. He therefore attempts to impute the son’s atrocities and murders to the father, i.e. to that exalted Sahâbî, disignoring the hadîth-i-sherîf he himself quotes. During the war of Siffîn hadrat Alî said, “Our brothers have revolted against us.” It is written in Qisâs-i-Enbiyâ that during the hottest phase ofthe combat hadrat Alî, with his sword in his hand, broke through the forces ofthe other side like a lion, entered hadrat Mu’âwiya’s tent, and talked with him. It is not something a Muslim would do to attack that noble Sahâbî by putting forward the disagreement between his ijtihâd and that of hadrat Alî. Some other malicious intentions must be underlying this attitude. To stir up the feelings by relating in a sad language the murders committed by Yezîd, by Ibni Ziyâd, and by Sa’d Ibni Ebî Waqqâs’ son ’Umar, and then to attack and blemish that virtuous and innocent Sahâbî, who has nothing to do with those unfortunate events and yet who is defenceless because he is dead; what could all this be if it were not the executional step of a clandestine plan? And it is such a plan as to blur a person’s mind and make him so blind that he fails to follow Rasûlullah’s hadîth-i-sherîf. We would like to stress one point lest we should be misunderstood: We do not mean that hadrat Mu’âwiya is a faultless person as innocent as Prophets. On the contrary, as every Sahâbî, including hadrat Alî, may have made mistakes, so hadrat Mu’âwiya cannot be said to have had no mistakes. Yet Allâhu ta’âlâ purports that “Those Sahâbîs who performed pious deeds and made Jihâd against disbelievers for the sake of Allah have been forgiven their past and future sins. Those selected and loved people will not become disbelievers; they shall enter Paradise.” These demented people contradict âyat-ikerîmas. They say that the Prophet’s sohbat will not save him. – 305 –
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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.