27 Eylül 2013 Cuma

DO NOT FORGET THE EXISTENCE OF THE JUDGEMENT - Didem Rahvancı

… and the Hour is coming without any doubt and Allah will raise up all those in the graves. (Surat al-Hajj, 7)

With every second we live, we are coming closer to the Judgment and the day we appear in the Presence of Allah to account for ourselves. Moreover, we have no idea how much longer we will be in this world. Whether we have 1 minute or 80 years left, we will eventually die. In all probability, the angels of death will come for our souls when we least expect it, after which we will see the Day of Judgment. Everything about this world will suddenly lose all meaning, and everyone will see the existence of Allah, the Judgment and the hereafter.

So while you still have the time, do not forget that everything related to this world will come to an end, nor to make preparations for the Day of Judgment, when everyone who has ever lived and done will be taken away and collected together to give account of themselves to Allah.

On the Day of Judgment, everything that everyone has ever done will be set out before them. On that day, those who did well and those who did evil will be recompensed in full for their actions, and those who did evil will wish that their evil deeds were a long way away from them. People will enter the Presence of Allah all alone, and judgment will be pronounced on them, without their suffering the slightest injustice.

Do not forget that the Day of Judgment is approaching and that you will be called to account in the Presence of Allah. Do not ignore the warnings and fall into the error of those who live lives far removed from Allah and the faith.

Mankind’s Judgment has drawn very close to them, yet they heedlessly turn away. No fresh reminder comes to them from their Lord without their listening to it as if it was a game. (Surat al-Anbiya’, 1-2)

On that day, through the eternal memory of Allah, all one’s thoughts and deeds, even those one has forgotten, will be brought up before on.

People are forgetful, but Allah never forgets and is never mistaken, so nobody will be able to escape the evil deeds he committed in this world. A person may not remember than he said something displeasing to Allah or harbored rebellious thoughts 10 years in the past, but on the Day of Judgment, Allah will raise all those thoughts and words before him, unless he has repented:

Say, ‘Whether you conceal what is in your chest or make it known, Allah knows it. He knows what is in the heavens and what is on earth. Allah has power over all things.’ On the Day that each self finds the good it did, and the evil it did, present there in front of it, it will wish there were an age between it and then. Allah advises you to beware of Him. Allah is Ever-Gentle with His slaves. (Surat al-‘Imran, 29-30)

On the Day Allah raises up all of them together, He will inform them of what they did. Allah has recorded it while they have forgotten it.Allah is a Witness of all things. (Surat al-Mujadilah, 6)

The Qur’an contains detailed descriptions of that difficult Day of Judgment in order to warn people. The Day of Judgment is when all material things will decay and cease to exist. Allah tells us "that Day will be a difficult day, not easy for the kafirun." (Surat al-Muddaththir, 9-10).

The Judgment begins with the first blast on the trumpet. People who sleep out on the streets after even the faintest tremor, will be stunned by the ferocity with which mountains are broken apart. Allah refers to that day as follows in Surat al-Qamar, verse 6, "On the Day the Summoner summons them to something unspeakably terrible…

On that day, there will be a terror that enfolds all things and all places, the like of which has never been seen before. The oceans will boil over with a swell (Surat at-Takwir, 6), the sky will be like molten brass (Surat al-Ma’arij, 8), the stars will be extinguished (Surat al-Mursalat, 8), the moon will beeclipsed and the sun and moon will be fused together (Surat al-Qiyamah, 8-9), heaven will be opened and become doorways (Surat an-Naba’, 19), the mountains will be pulverized (Surat al-Mursalat, 10), the mountains will be like tufts of colored wool (Surat al-Qari’ah, 5) and there will be no dip or gradient in the world (Surah Ta Ha, 107).

When the trumpet is blown for a second time, the dead will begin returning to life and people will be brought together to account for themselves. Verses say:

The Trumpet will be blown and those in the heavens and those in the earth will all lose consciousness, except those Allah wills. Then it will be blown a second time and at once they will be standing upright, looking on.

And the earth will shine with the Pure Light of its Lord; the Book will be put in place; the Prophets and witnesses will be brought;it will be decided between them with the truth; and they will not be wronged. (Surat az-Zumar, 68-69)

On that day, “They will emerge from their graves with downcast eyes, like swarming locusts, necks outstretched, eyes transfixed, rushing headlong to the Summoner.The kuffar will say, ‘This is a pitiless day’!” (Surat al-Qamar, 7-8). Those who imagine that Allah did not fix a certain time to call them to account (Surat al-Kahf, 48) “will say,Where can I run?’ No indeed! There will be no safe place. That Day the only resting place will be your Lord.” (Surat al-Qiyamah, 10-12)

Those who think they will never be resurrected and that death will last forever, will realize that the reminders they were given were true when the hour of the Judgment comes:

They will say, ‘Are we to be restored to how we were? when we have become perished, worm-eaten bones?’ (Surat an-Nazi'at, 10-11)

They will say, ‘Alas for us! Who has raised us from our resting-place? This is what the All-Merciful promised us. The Messengers were telling the truth.’ (Surah Ya Sin, 52)

On that day, believers and unbelievers will be separated from one another. Verses say that the faces of the believers will shine brightly as a reflection of the joy within them, while the faces of the unbelievers are darkened:

Faces that Day will be radiant, gazing at their Lord. And faces that Day will be glowering, (Surat al-Qiyamah, 22-25)

While believers who spend their lives on Allah’s path and for our Lord’s approval, those forget they will have to account for themselves to Allah will live in sorrow and regret, and, as Allah reveals in verses, will say, "... will say, ‘If only I had not been given my Book and had not known about my Judgment’!” (Surat al-Haqqah, 25-26)

Everyone’s own Judgment will begin with death, and apart from those whom Allah chooses, everyone in the earth and sky will be terrified. Sinner will blame one another and unbelievers will be unhappy. Only those who sincerely obeyed Allah’s commands throughout their lives will enjoy security amid that fear on that day. The more people were heedless of the Judgment in the life of this world, and the less prepared they were for it, the greater the terror they will feel on that day. Allah reminds people of the terror of that day in verses:

Mankind, have taqwa of your Lord! The quaking of the Hour is a terrible thing. On the day they see it, every nursing woman will be oblivious of the baby at her breast, and every pregnant woman will abort the contents of her womb, and you will think people drunk when they are not drunk; it is just that the punishment of Allah is so severe. (Surat al-Hajj, 1-2)

Do not forget that on such a day, nobody will ask after even his closest friend and nobody will treat anyone with friendship or help them. People will be happy to hand over even those closest to them as hostages in order to escape the punishment. But none of these will be accepted:

even though they can see each other.An evildoer will wish he could ransom himself from the punishment of that Day, by means of his sons, or his wife or his brother or his family who sheltered him or everyone else on earth,if that only meant that he could save himself. But no! It is a Raging Blaze (Surat al-Mearij, 11-15)

In short, there will be no precautions that people can take against what befalls them on that day, and no place of refuge. Rank, title, family or money in this world will mean nothing. On that day, people will be divided solely on the basis of the good or evil they committed. Everyone will be asked whether or not he served Allah, his creator. On that day, when nothing remains hidden, nobody will be able to make amends for their mistakes in this world.

on the Day when the secrets are sought out and man will have no strength or helper. (Surat at-Tariq, 9-10)

But on that day, everything will be easy for Muslims, insha’Allah. They will be in safety against the fear of the Day of Judgment and kept far away from the flames of the punishment. They will attain the countless blessings of paradise.

The Day of Judgment is an absolute fact, and it is approaching. Even an irreligious person must admit the possibility he will see the day described here. It is illogical to say, “I do not believe, so that day will not affect me.” Because even if someone does not believe, according to his own logic he must admit there is an at least 50% possibility of seeing that day. When he considers the features of the Day of Judgment and the punishment in hell, he will be terrified that there is a 100% probability of seeing that day, and must strive to avoid the endless torment that will follow.

In addition, death and the Day of Judgment are drawing closer every second. Death and the Judgment are the inescapable fate of all. That being the case, do not forget your Judgment before it is too late, and strive to attain your endless life of the hereafter.

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THE SPILLING OF MUSLIM BLOOD WILL CEASE WHEN THE UMMAH OF ISLAM IS UNITED - Didem Rahvancı

Islam encapsulates unity, togetherness, love and brotherhood. In Holly words "... If you do not act in this way there will be turmoil in the land and great corruption." (Surat al-Anfal, 73) Allah tells us in the Qur’an that believers must be one another’s friends and allies, united and unified, if we are about to end corruption and strife in the world. All Muslims have a responsibility to obey that command. They must want the Islamic world, Muslims, to be united under a single roof. Those who do not want unity – may Allah forbid – must want disunity. And as we have witnessed over the years, disunity is of no use to the Islamic world. Muslims’ strength and power and interests must be as one. In addition, it is obligatory in the Qur’an for believers to be united. As Allah reveals in the following verses:

Hold fast to the rope of Allah all together, and do not separate. Remember Allah’s blessing to you when you were enemies and He joined your hearts together so that you became brothers by His blessing. You were on the very brink of a pit of the Fire and He rescued you from it. In this way Allah makes His Signs clear to you, so that hopefully you will be guided. (Surat al-‘Imran, 103)

The muminun are brothers, so make peace between your brothers and have taqwa of Allah so that hopefully you will gain mercy. (Surat al-Hujurat, 10)

Obey Allah and His Messenger and do not quarrel among yourselves lest you lose heart and your momentum disappear. And be steadfast. Allah is with the steadfast. (Surat al-Anfal, 46)

Those who are kafir are the friends and protectors of one another. If you do not act in this way there will be turmoil in the land and great corruption. (Surat al-Anfal, 73)

those who, when they are wronged, defend themselves. (Surat ash-Shura, 39)

Allah loves those who fight in His Way in ranks like well-built walls. (Surat as-Saff, 4)


These verses make it clear that Muslims have a religious obligation to unite at once, to bond with one another with love, like blood brothers, not to argue, to be one another’s friends and guides, to protect and watch over one another under all circumstances and to wage an intellectual struggle against denial by standing together like well built walls.

To do the opposite, to separate rather than to come together, not to treat our Muslim brothers with love and affection, not to be forgiving, protective and watchful toward our Muslim brothers and not to wage an intellectual struggle against denial like well built walls, is a sin.

The absence of an Islamic Union, division, fragmentation between Muslim countries and conflicts among Muslims and the Islamic world not speaking with a single voice leave innocent Muslims defenseless. Wretched and needy women, children and old people in Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Kashmir, East Turkestan, Pathani, Moro and many other places, are awaiting liberation from persecution. The responsibility for these people lies first and foremost with the Islamic world. Muslims must not forget that our Prophet (saas) says, "A Muslims does not oppress another Muslims or leave him in peril.”

The Islamic world must set divisions and differences aside. All Muslims must remember they are “brothers” and represent to the world the fine moral values bestowed by this spiritual brotherhood. The brotherhood between believers is a blessing from Allah. True Muslims must give thanks to Allah for this blessing and not forget His command “not to separate.”

Hold fast to the rope of Allah all together, and do not separate.... (Surat al-‘Imran, 103)

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THE DANGER OF EXTREMISM - Didem Rahvancı

The Islamic world has long been wrestling with the danger of extremism and radicalism. Although the number of those attempting to make extremism part of Islam is not large, there are still many people who believe this minority. These people are also portrayed as Muslims in the media. The people in question generally come to the fore with hatred, threats, fear and rage, implement violence and thus manage to remain on the agenda. The word “Muslim” has always brought to mind these people’s loveless aspects, and that has always suggested war, hatred and rage.

Extremists who claim to be Muslims proclaim the religion they establish on the basis of their own rules to be Islam. But that religion has nothing to do with Islam. Such people are generally unaware of the error they find themselves in. These people engage in intense activities in order to depict things described as lawful and fine in the Qur’an as unlawful, inflicting lack of quality on the Islamic world and portraying Islam, a religion of peace, as one of war and hatred. Asked about the source of the nonsense they append to the faith, they can never produce any evidence from the Qur’an. Most of them ignorantly violate our Almighty Lord’s verse “You who have iman! do not make haram the good things Allah has made halal for you, and do not overstep the limits. Allah does not love people who overstep the limits” (Surat al-Ma’ida, 87) by trying to make delights praised by the Qur’an unlawful. As a result, they produce their own cold religion of hatred, devoid of quality.

The fact is that Islam is a religion of love, affection, beauty and happiness.

In contrast to the false religion of the extremists, Allah states in the Qur’an that Islam is a religion of beauty, quality and felicity:

Islam is based on love:

Allah loves to loves. In the verse “As for those who have iman and do right actions, the All-Merciful will bestow His love on them” (Surah Maryam, 96) our Almighty Lord reveals how Muslims have love in their hearts, not hatred.

There is no hatred for the People of the Book (Jews and Christians) in Islam:

Love and affection for and protection of the People of the Book are fundamental. In verse 5 of Surat al-Ma’ida, Almighty Allah makes if lawful for Muslims to eat food prepared by Jews and Christians. The same verse also permits Muslims to marry women from the People of the Book. In other words, according to this verse of the Qur’an, a Jew or a Christian is not to be hated, she is a Muslim’s wife and beloved with whom he will live in the hereafter. In verse 169 of Surat al-A’raf, Allah reveals there are “a group who guide by the truth” among the Jews. In verses 113, 114 and 199 of Surat al-‘Imran, verse 52 of Surat al-Qasas, verse 162 of Surat an-Nisa’, verse 62 of Surat al-Baqara and verses 12 and 69 of Surat al-Ma’ida, Allah reveals the existence of “Jews and Christians who have a deep faith in Allah.” He promises them a fine reward. So according to the Qur’an, the People of the Book, who some radicals regard with hatred, are the friends and even the wives of Muslims.

In Islam, everyone can read the Qur’an in his own language, everywhere and under all circumstances:

In the verse “And remember the Signs of Allah and the wise words which are recited in your rooms.” (Surat al-Ahzab, 34) our Lord reveals that the verses of the Qur’an should be read all the time and that their wisdom should be grasped and not forgotten. The Qur’an can be read at all times and in all places. There are no commandments about not touching the Qur’an. The important thing is to understand it. Therefore, everyone must read it is his own language and grasp the wisdom of its verses. According to verse 44 of Surat az-Zukhruf, in the hereafter all Muslims will be asked about the Qur’an, which the radicals hang on a wall and forget or read in Arabic and fail to understand. Therefore, nobody must be led astray by the radicals into abandoning the Qur’an and their acts of worship.

There is no sorrow in Islam:

Islam is a religion of joy and happiness. Allah says that Muslims should laugh and be happy. According to the Qur’an, weeping and sorrow are features of the people of hell. Of them, Allah says, “Let them laugh little and weep much.” (Surat at-Tawba, 82) therefore, a Muslim has a responsibility to live in a way that will be pleasing to Allah, by laughing and being happy and joyful.

Quality, cleanliness, beauty, art, science, education, fineness and being well-groomed are important in Islam:

People who have for years claimed to stand for Islam with filthy and badly maintained clothes are trying to make a religious law out of a piece of nonsense. Yet in the verse “Purify your clothes. Shun all filth.” (Surat al-Mudaththir, 4-5), Allah advises Muslims to keep their clothes and homes clean. He advises them to reflect and grow in knowledge. The Qur’an describes the palace of the Prophet Solomon (pbuh) as one of the finest examples of beauty and esthetics. For that reason, Muslims must be the best-groomed, best-quality and most cultured people in the world.

Quality is essential to all aspects of life for a Muslim. But those who misinterpret Islam seek to present and live by a conception of Islam that is devoid of quality. For that reason, some people equate Islam with the kind of life these people live and therefore oppose the Qur’an. Because of these people’s peculiar ideas, Muslims are exposed to strong criticism in many countries. Because they generally depict an ill-kempt, filthy and ugly life style that is incompatible with Islam and the Qur’an as actually being Islam. They behave with no quality in their eating habits, clothing and speech. And they are determined to maintain that lack of quality. They establish a model intended to totally eradicate beauty and regard it as a sin. They claim that someone who is ugly and ill-kempt is full of takwa. They do not listen to music, they do not like paintings, they avoid people and do not speak, and they never compliment anyone. Because of these strange ideas, they themselves actually detest their lives because of the lack of quality they experience at every moment.

Something comparable in this world to the beauty and quality that Allah creates in paradise is only possible by living by true Islamic values. Compliments, winning people over, altruism, consideration, peace, love, affection, compassion, democracy, freedom of ideas, having fun, joy, pleasant architecture and being attractive and well-groomed all have a place in the true Islam.

Extremists who forfeit all blessing sin this world, who regard the blessing of love as the opposite of Islam and who equate pleasant homes and clothes and living amid blessings with those who abandon Allah seek to portray religion as living in poverty. Yet Allah has made believers worthy of all blessings. He refers to those who try to make His blessings as lawful as follows in a verse:

Say: ‘Who has forbidden the fine clothing Allah has produced for His slaves and the good kinds of provision?’ Say: ‘On the Day of Rising such things will be exclusively for those who had iman during their life in the dunya.’ In this way We make the Signs clear for people who know. (Surat al-A’raf, 32)

Beauty, joy, quality, happiness, modernity and affection all exist for Muslims. That is the Muslim model in the Qur’an. The Muslim in the Qur’an is intelligent and educated. He is modern and outward-looking and high-quality. The Muslim in the Qur’an eradicates hatred and brings love. The Muslim in the Qur’an tries to instill love instead of sorrow, and peace instead of conflict. The Muslim in the Qur’an is attractive, well-groomed, well-dressed, pleasant-smelling and lives in a spotless home. That is why they have no need for wealth or to cover or uncover their heads. Beauty, modernity, nobility and quality, immaculate clothes and a well-maintained body, fine language and a loving, radiant face all emerge naturally.

The Islamic world needs peaceful and enlightened people who apply the true Qur’an. The false model that seeks to add nonsense to Islam, that makes lawful things unlawful and that brings rage and hatred to the world must be abandoned. For that reason, true Muslims who abide by the Qur’an must show the world the model of the Muslim in the Qur’an, must be exceptionally high quality and loving and must educate those people who misinterpret Islam. And that is what Allah wants from us.

TURKEY’S AIM IS NOT ONLY TO SAVE THE SYRIAN REFUGEES, BUT TO ESTABLISH PEACE ACROSS THE WORLD - Didem Rahvancı

Clashes in Syria between Assad loyalists and the resistance are continuing uninterruptedly. Some 700,000 people have now left Syria, while those who are left face a huge struggle to survive. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees is trying to find the financial resources to cope with the crisis. A great many of the refugees are being housed in camps in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

The United Nations say they are concerned that the number of people leaving the country because of the fighting that has persisted for 2 years will rise to 1 million within four months, while the UNHCR says that 2-3,000 people are crossing to neighboring countries every day.

According to UN records, more than 20,000 people in Syria have died since the uprising against the government began in March 2011. Innocent women and children are being killed in bombing attacks on city centers every day. Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu revealed the seriousness of the situation by saying, “We will accept the humanitarian responsibility. But let it be known that the political responsibility lies with the UN Security Council, which has refused to take a decision, just like it did with Bosnia-Herzegovina, despite the death of 70,000 people in the Syrian crisis.”

Turkish Red Crescent President Ahmet Lütfi Akar stated that the number of people fleeing persecution in Syria and living in camps in Turkey was 180,000, and that they had welcomed 70,000 people on the border making their own arrangements or staying with relatives. The Turkish government is doing all in its power on the Syrian border and working at full capacity trying to meet the food, clothing and accommodation needs of around 200,000 Syrian refugees. As a result of the recent aid campaign right across Turkey, 1000 tons of flour was sent to the border region in 40 lorries.

While the resistance and security forces fight it out, Assad shows no sign of being willing to step down and has declared his determination to the whole world in the words “I am Syrian. I was born here. I will protect my people. And I will die here.” But Assad, who has inflicted such persecution on his own people, is ignoring the terrible fates of the Libyan leader Gaddafi and the Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak before him. Everyone knows that Bashar Assad is being maintained on a Russian base. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “If it is being said there can be no dialogue with Assad without him stepping down, then they need to understand he will not resign. Because we tried to talk him into stepping down, but he has not reached that decision in his own mind.” By that statement he shows he is trying to close the subject with a political reply.

The only reason the attacks in Syria, the persecution of the public and detentions are not coming to an end is that the powers watching and supporting the conflict have been unable to find a politician to replace Assad. Their aim is to bring someone to power in Syria whom they can direct, just like Assad, and use as their pawn. Policies of taking power over other countries always end in thousands of people dying.

Turkey has always helped refugees in all the fighting in the Middle East, in the Iran-Iraq War, in the Gulf War and in the fighting between Israel and Palestine. It has always helped innocent people who have fled to Turkey from their own countries and struggled to survive there. It would be unbecoming of Turkey to turn away innocent civilians, women and children, and abandon them to death. Turkey has shown that this policy has not changed by meeting all the needs of refugee camps housing 200,000 refugees who have fled from Syria, despite the $200 billion impact on its own annual budget.

Turkey has made clear its own weight in all the transitions and events taking place in the Middle East as part of the mission that it has for a long time assumed there. Prime Minister Erdoğan is the first foreigner to address the Iraqi Parliament, the first Sunni leader to visit the Hazrat Ali Mausoleum in Najaf, met with the Shiite religious Ayatollah Sistani in Najaf, and his is the first Turkish prime minister to meet with the head of the regional Kurdish administration in Arbil, Barzani. All these actions are a result of the desire to complete that mission. Turkey is currently focused on shaping the future of the Middle East and uniting the whole Muslim world under a single umbrella. Turkey is the only country that takes every opportunity to speak of the dangers of sectarian conflict and division in the region and that warns all the countries of the region at every opportunity. That is because Turkey is the only country that does not benefit from the tensions and conflict among the domestic and external forces in the region.

Whatever Turkey did in the past, it will continue to do with even more sure steps, opening its doors to refugees massing on its border with even more protective behavior and active political policies. But building camps where refugees can be comfortable and providing them with food and housing is only a temporary solution. The important thing is to avoid such temporary solutions and prepare a temporary refuge zone in the wake of every war that breaks out in the Middle East. The important thing is to enable people in Libya, Syria, Egypt, Palestine and other countries to live as they deserve, in a very free, democratic and modern environment, to ensure they are governed democratically and to put a halt to all the bloodshed in the Middle East. That is why Turkey has concentrated on being the leader of a union extending from Palestine in the Middle East to Indonesia in Asia. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu describes how Turkey has been focused on that aim for many years now: "Turkey’s aim for 2023 is to be a world state. We want to be a world state in 2023. We want to be a state that never makes do with second best and that puts those who go beyond proper bounds firmly in their place."