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Look at the collective personality of Prophet(SAW): the face of the earth has become his mosque, Mecca, his mihrab, and Medina, his pulpit. Our Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him}, this clear proof, is leader to all the believers, preacher to all mankind, the chief of all the prophets, lord of all the saints, the leader of a circle for the remembrance of God comprising all the prophets and saints.
He is a luminous tree whose living roots are all the prophets, and fresh fruits are all the saints; whose claims all the prophets relying on their miracles and all the saints relying on their wonderworking confirm and corroborate.
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And all on left and right, that is, those luminous reciters of God's Names lined up in the past and the future, repeat the same words, and through their consensus in effect declare: "You speak the truth and what you say is right!" What false idea has the power to meddle in a claim which is thus affirmed and corroborated by thousands?
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Salam - I really find your writings beautiful and wanted to let you know - this was my post to your ramadan journal but it would not allow me to post so I placed it here -

"did you write that? It is beautifully stated and I find that I could not agree more. I am a recent revert (if you will) to Islam and I find now that my soul was empty until I turned to Islam. I find myself discontented if I think that I might miss my prayers. It is a new but beautiful feeling...."

November 20, 2006 at 1:55pm

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In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

Limitless in His glory is He Who transported His servant by night from the Inviolable House of Worship to the Remote House of Worship, the environs of which We had blessed, so that We might show him some of Our signs: for, indeed, He is All-Hearing, All-Seeing

What are the fruits and benefits of the Ascension?

This fruit has brought to jinn and man as a gift the fundamentals of Islam, and first and foremost the prescribed prayers, which constitute those things pleasing to the Sustainer, the Ruler of Pre-Eternity and Post-Eternity, Who is the Maker of beings, Owner of the universe, and Sustainer of all the worlds. Discovering the things that please Him is so engaging and brings such happiness that it cannot be described. For how eager is everyone to find out, from a distance, the desires of a powerful benefactor or generous king, and if they find out, how delighted they are. They say longingly: "If only there was some means of communication so that I could speak with that personage directly. If only I could learn what he wants of me. If only I knew what would please him that I could do."

And so let man understand just how necessary it is to be desirous and eager to discover the wishes and pleasure of the Ruler of Pre-Eternity and Post-Eternity. For all beings are in the grasp of His power, and the beauty and perfections to be found in all beings are but a pale shadow in relation to His beauty and perfection, and every instant, man, who is needy for Him in innumerable ways, receives countless numbers of His bounties.

Thus, Muhammed (PBUH), as a direct fruit of the Ascension, heard with utter certainty what it is that pleases the Monarch of Pre-Eternity and Post-Eternity, Who is behind seventy thousand veils, and returning, brought it as a gift to mankind.

Indeed, how curious is man to learn the conditions on the moon. If someone was to go there and return bringing news of it, both what self-sacrifice he would display, and, if he was to understand the conditions there, how he would be overcome by wonder and curiosity. But the moon is touring in the domain of a Lord of such dominion that it encircles the globe of the earth like a fly. And the globe of the earth flies round the sun like a moth. While the sun is one lamp among thousands and acts as a candle in a guest-house of that Glorious Lord of All Dominion.

Thus, Muhammed (PBUH) saw the works and wonders of art and treasuries of mercy in the everlasting realm of an All-Glorious One such as this, and returned and informed mankind. And so, if mankind does not listen to this person with utter wonder, curiosity, and love, you can understand just how contrary to reason and wisdom is their attitude.

February 21, 2006 at 4:30am

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Let us go to Arabian Peninsula, to the Era of Bliss! In our imaginations, we shall see Prophet SAW. at his duties and visit him. Look! We see a person distinguished by his fine character and beautiful form. In his hand is a miraculous Book and on his tongue, a truthful address; he is delivering a eternal sermon to all mankind, indeed, to man, jinn, and the angels, and to all beings. He solves and expounds the strange riddle of the mystery of the world's creation; he discovers and solves the abstruse talisman which is the mystery of the universe; and he provides convincing and satisfying answers to the three awesome and difficult questions that are asked of all beings and have always bewildered and occupied minds: "Where do you come from? What are you doing here? Where are you going?"

February 21, 2006 at 4:20am

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I shall recount a luminous experience and true vision I had in order to illuminate this meaning. It was as follows: At one time I was pondering over the use of the first person plural in the verse Fatiha:
You alone do we worship and from You alone do we seek help,
and my heart was seeking the reason why the first person singular had been been transposed into the first person plural of ?we worship?( na?budu). Suddenly from that ?Nun? the mystery and virtues of performing the prayers in congregation was unfolded to me. I saw that my participating in the congregation in Bayezid Mosque, where I was performing the prayer, made each member of the a sort of intercessor for me, who testified to and affirmed each of the statements I pronounced in reciting the prayers. In the midst of the great, multiple worship of the congregation, I received the courage to offer my deficient worship to the Divine Court. Then a further veil was lifted. That is, all the mosques of Istanbul were added. The city became like Beyazid Mosque. Suddenly I felt as though I was receiving their prayers and affirmation. Then within that, I saw myself in the mosque of the face of the earth, in the circular rows around the Ka?ba. I declared: ?All praise be to God, the Sustainer of All the Worlds!? I have intercessors to this great number; they say exactly the same words as I say in the prayers, confirming me. Since this veil was raised by the imagination, the Noble Ka?ba became like the mihrab. Taking advantage of this opportunity, I called on the ranks of the congregation to testify and entrusted the interpreter of belief, ?I testify that there is no god but God, and I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of God? to the Black Stone. While saying this, a further situation was laid open before me: I saw that the congregation of which I was a part was separated into three circles:

The First Circle was the vast congregation of believers and those who affirm Divine Unity on the face of the earth.

The Second Circle: I looked and saw that I was part of a congregation consisting of all beings, all of which, performing prayers and glorification, were occupied with the benedictions and glorification particular to its group and species. Their worship consists of the activities we observe, called ?the duties of things.? Declaring: ?God is Most Great!? before this, I bowed my head in wonderment, and looked at myself:

Within a Third Circle I saw an astonishing microcosm which was apparently and in quality small, but in reality, number, and duties, great. TThis, from the particles of my being to my external senses was a congregation in which every group was occupied with duties of worship and thanks. In this circle, the dominical inner faculty in my heart was saying: ?You alone do we worship and from You alone do we seek help? in the name of the congregation. Just as in the two former congregations my tongue had said it, having formed the intention to say it in their names.
29th Letter 6th Point from the Collection of Risale Nur

February 21, 2006 at 4:04am

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