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M. Fethullah Gulen - The Essentials of the Islamic Faith

M. Fethullah Gulen - The Essentials of the Islamic Faith

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In Essentials of the Islamic Faith, the Author explains the principal elements of Islamic belief - belief in the existence and Unity of God; in Resurrection and the Day of Judgment; in Divine Scriptures and other familiar themes of Islamic discourse. What is special and unique about the presentation of them in this book is that the author is constantly aware of the encroachment (and the seductive appeal) of cultural attitudes which are hostile not to Islam only but to any religious and contemplative way of life.
Here are some of the topics covered
Does the Qur'an Allude to Scientific Developments?
The Qur'an Proves Muhammad's Prophethood
The Holy Qur'an
The Prophet's Marriages
Miracles Cannot be Denied
Prophet Muhammad's Miracles
Prophet Muhammad's Predictions
Prophet Muhammad's Knowledge of the Past
Prophet Muhammad's Achievements
Muhammad's Character and High Morality
Prophet Muhammad's Life
Prophet Muhammad in the Bible
Prophethood and Muhammad's Prophethood
The Resurrection in Revealed Scriptures
The Benefits of Belief in the Resurrection
Questions on Destiny and Human Free Will
The Divine Wisdom in Creating People Differently
Divine Destiny and Decree, and Divine Grace
Destiny and Human Free Will
Divine Decree and Destiny
Divine Decree and Destiny, and Human Free Will
Satan and Humanity
Spells and Sorcery
Jinn and Human Beings
Angels and Jinn In This World
Jinn and Their Functions
Angels and Their Functions
The Spirit In The Intermediate World
Death and The Spirit After Death
Dreams
Supernormal Phenomena
The Spirit and Its Identity
Arguments For The Existence of Invisible Beings
False Arguments About the Origin of Existence
The Existence and Unity of God
All Traditional Arguments For God's Existence
Science and Islam
Science and Quran
In Essentials of the Islamic Faith, the Author explains the principal elements of Islamic belief - belief in the existence and Unity of God; in Resurrection and the Day of Judgment; in Divine Scriptures and other familiar themes of Islamic discourse. What is special and unique about the presentation of them in this book is that the author is constantly aware of the encroachment (and the seductive appeal) of cultural attitudes which are hostile not to Islam only but to any religious and contemplative way of life.
Here are some of the topics covered
Does the Qur'an Allude to Scientific Developments?
The Qur'an Proves Muhammad's Prophethood
The Holy Qur'an
The Prophet's Marriages
Miracles Cannot be Denied
Prophet Muhammad's Miracles
Prophet Muhammad's Predictions
Prophet Muhammad's Knowledge of the Past
Prophet Muhammad's Achievements
Muhammad's Character and High Morality
Prophet Muhammad's Life
Prophet Muhammad in the Bible
Prophethood and Muhammad's Prophethood
The Resurrection in Revealed Scriptures
The Benefits of Belief in the Resurrection
Questions on Destiny and Human Free Will
The Divine Wisdom in Creating People Differently
Divine Destiny and Decree, and Divine Grace
Destiny and Human Free Will
Divine Decree and Destiny
Divine Decree and Destiny, and Human Free Will
Satan and Humanity
Spells and Sorcery
Jinn and Human Beings
Angels and Jinn In This World
Jinn and Their Functions
Angels and Their Functions
The Spirit In The Intermediate World
Death and The Spirit After Death
Dreams
Supernormal Phenomena
The Spirit and Its Identity
Arguments For The Existence of Invisible Beings
False Arguments About the Origin of Existence
The Existence and Unity of God
All Traditional Arguments For God's Existence
Science and Islam
Science and Quran

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The Essentials of the Islamic Faith
M. Fethullah Gulen
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2005
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"Islam" "Islamic Faith" "Religion" "Prophet" "Muhammad""Resurrection" "Afterlife" "Quran" "Koran" "Spiritual" "Destiny" "Bible""Muhammad in Bible" "Death" "Existence" "Angels"
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The Existence and Unity of God
The existence of God is too evident to need any arguments. Some saintlyscholars have even stated that God is the most manifest being, but thatthose lacking insight cannot see Him. Others have said that His Self-manifestation's intensity conceals Him from direct perception.However, the massive influence of positivism and materialism on sci-ence and on all people of recent centuries makes it necessary to discusssuch arguments. As this now-prevalent "scientific" worldview reducesexistence to what can be perceived directly, it blinds itself to the farvaster invisible dimensions of existence. To remove the resulting veil, wewill review briefly several traditional demonstrations of God's necessaryexistence.Before doing so, let's reflect on one simple historical fact: Since the be-ginning of human life, the overwhelming majority of humanity has be-lieved that God exists. This belief alone is enough to establish God's ex-istence. Unbelievers cannot claim to be smarter than believers. Some of the most innovative scientists, scholars, researchers have been-and are- believers, as are the field's experts: all Prophets and saints.In addition, people usually confuse the non-acceptance of something'sexistence with the acceptance of its non-existence. While the former isonly a negation or a rejection, the latter is a judgment that requires proof.No one has ever proven God's non-existence, for to do so is impossible,whereas countless arguments prove His existence. This point may be cla-rified through the following comparison.Imagine a palace with 1,000 entrances, 999 of which are open and oneof which appears to be closed. Given this, it would be unreasonable toclaim that the palace cannot be entered. Unbelievers are like those who,in order to assert that the palace cannot be entered, confine their (andothers') attention only to the door that is seemingly closed.
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All Traditional Arguments For God's Existence
Everything is contingent, for it is equally possible that they will exist ornot exist.
Anything can exist any time and anywhere, in any form,and with any character. Nothing or no one has a role in determin-ing the way, time, and place of its coming into existence, or itscharacter and features. So, there must be a power that chooses between a thing's existence and non-existence, and that gives itunique characteristics. This power must be infinite, have absolutewill and all-comprehensive knowledge. Necessarily, it is God.
Everything changes.
Therefore it is contained in time and space,meaning that it begins and ends. That which has a beginningneeds a beginningless one to bring it into existence, for it cannotoriginate itself, as this would require an infinite regression of ori-ginators. As reason cannot accept such a situation, an originatorwho is infinitely self-existent, self-subsistent, and immune tochange is needed. This original originator is God.
Life is a riddle
(scientists cannot explain it with material causes ordiscover its origin) and transparent (it displays a creative power).Given this, life declares: "
God created me.
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Everything that exists, and the universe as a whole, display a magnifi-cent harmony and order in themselves and in their interrelationships.
The existence of one part necessitates the existence of the whole,and the whole requires the existence of all parts for its own exist-ence. For example, a deformed cell may destroy an entire body.Similarly, a pomegranate requires the collaborative and cooperat-ive existence of air, water, soil, and the sun, as well as their mutualand well-balanced cooperation, for its existence. This harmonyand cooperation point to a creator of order, who knows the rela-tionships and characteristics of everything, and who can ordereverything. The creator of order is God.
All of creation exhibits an overwhelming artistry of dazzling worth.
Yetit is brought into being, as we see it, with great ease and speed.Furthermore, creation is divided into countless families, genera,species, and even smaller groups, each of which exists in greatabundance. Despite this, we see nothing but order, art, and ease increation. This shows the existence of one with an absolute powerand knowledge, who is God.
Whatever has been created has a purpose.
Take the example of eco-logy. Everything, no matter how apparently insignificant, has a
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