pronounced curses upon the Ahl-i-Bayt. This practice continued until ’Umar bin Abd-ul-Azîz canceled it. ’Umar bin Abd-ul Azîz annulled this malediction and recited the ninetieth âyat-i-kerîma of Nahl sûra for its place.” Did this vile event really take place, or not? Answer: Hadrat Emîr ‘kerrem-Allâhu ta’âlâ wajhah’, who was rahmat from head to foot, never, never cursed any Muslim at all, none the less for uttering maledictions against the As-hâb of our master, the Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu alaihi wa sallam’, especially aganist Mu’âwiya ‘radiy-Allâhu anh’, on whom the Messenger of Allah asked a blessing many times. Hadrat Emîr said about those who were with Mu’âwiya, “Our brothers have not agreed with us. They are not disbelievers or sinners. They have acted on their ijtihâd.” This statement of his keeps disbelief and sinfulness away from them. Why should he have cursed them, then? The Islamic religion does not contain a kind of worship comprising malediction, be it against the worst unbeliever. Since it is necessary to utter benedictions and to ask blessings after the five daily prayers of namâz, why should he have given up benedictions for the sake of maledictions which would have served only for the appeasing of personal hatred. Do these people put down hadrat Emîr, who had attained the highest grade of Fanâ  and the end of Itmi’nân  and completely renounced his personal desires, as a simpleton whose nafs seethed with grudge, contumacy, animosity like their own nafs-i-emmâra?  Is it this stupid supposition that causes them to traduce that very exalted person in such a despicable way as this? Hadrat Emîr had attained the highest grades of Fanâ fi-llâh (see footnotes) and Muhabbat-i-Rasûlillah (love ofthe Messenger of Allah), and had relinquished his life and property for the sake of his ‘sall-Allâhu alaihi wa sallam’ way. Why should he have wasted the time allotted for him to pray  The highest grade of Tasawwuf. In this grade the person concerned totally forgets about his own existence and disappears into the existence of Allâhu ta’âlâ.  The grade in which the malignant component existent in man’s nature, which is called NAFS, forgets about its own sensuous desires and adapts itself to the commandments of Allâhu ta’âlâ.  The malignant being in man’s nature; all the desires ofthe nafs run counter to the commandments of Allâhu ta’âlâ. It is one’s nafs that causes one to feel reluctant to do Islam’s commandments. And it is this very nafs again that may tempt one into the very dangerous position of being proud ofthe worships one has done. – 92 –
cursing his (supposed) enemies instead of spending it, for instance, pronouncing maledictions upon the enemies of Allâhu ta’âlâ and His Messenger ‘sall-Allâhu alaihi wa alâ âlihi wa sallam’, upon those people who had inflicted all sorts of torture and persecution on the Sultân of both worlds, our master, the beloved Prophet of Allâhu ta’âlâ ‘sall-Allâhu alaihi wa sallam’? On the other hand, his statement, “They have acted on their ijtihâd,” shows that he was not hostile to them. The truth is that the wars and controversies between them did not stem from inimical feelings, nor were they based on inveterate bitternesses such as grudge. They were the results of ijtihâd and ta’wîl. There could have been no place for criticising, let alone cursing, in this business. If it were a pious act, a worship to vituperate or curse a person, it would have been one ofthe requirements of Islam to curse the accursed devil, Abû Jahl, Abû Lahab, and the other ferocious, unbelievers of Qoureish who hurt, persecuted and tormented our master the Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu alaihi wa sallam’ and who perpetrated so many pernicious acts of turpitude against this true religion. Inasmuch as it is not a commandment to curse the enemies, how could it be a pious act to curse the friends? Rasûlullah ‘sall-Allâhu alaihi wa sallam’ stated, “If a person curses the Shaytân (Satan), he (the Satan) will say, ‘I am the accursed already. Your cursing will not give me any (additional) harm’. If a person supplicates, “Yâ Rabbî (o my Allah)! Protect me against the Shaytân’, he (the Shaytân) will say, ‘You have broken my back.’ ” This comes to mean that the allegations above are slanders, calumniations against hadrat Emîr. On the other hand, to say that Mu’âwiya ‘radiy-Allâhu anh’ began to curse hadrat Emîr, hadrat Hasan, hadrat Huseyn, and the others ‘radiy- Allâhu anhum ajma’în’ would mean to slander hadrat Mu’âwiya ‘radiy-Allâhu anh’. You say, “Did this event really take place? If it did, why should it not be normal to curse Mu'âwiya and the others? If it did not happen, what is the meaning in the book of Tafsîr of Kash-shâf (the book titled Sherh-i-Dîwân-i-kutub-itawârih)?” Our answer is: No, it did not take place. According to the Madh-hab of Ahl as-sunnat wa-l-jamâ’at (the scholars ofthe Sunni way), it is not permissible to speak ill of Mu’âwiya ‘radiy- Allâhu anh’. The allegation (above) is intended to traduce him. In addition, there is not a true report in this respect. Historians narrate it; yet how can their narration be of documentary value? Religious principles cannot be based on historians’ statements. In this matter the statements of Imâm-i-a’zam Abû Hanîfa and his – 93 –
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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.