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Lives Full of Entertainment
What is wrong with having a good time, being entertained or joyful? Of course these are not wrong as long as the limits set by Allah are not transgressed. What is wrong is not to take a break in life, but to consider the whole life as a break...read more | 01.12.2016, Thursday
Lives Full of Entertainment
We live in an era where being entertaining and entertained is exalted. Just knowing the investments made in entertainment industry worldwide is enough to see how far this exaltation has gone. This approach is considered unquestionable to a degree that it is not considered unreasonable when people of all ages constantly play and have fun, consume their lives in this way. Entertaining the child has become the most serious occupation of the parents. While permanent state of cheerfulness was once being interpreted as some sort of foolishness, now you are almost left alone if you happen to feel blue.
First, I should have specified this; the way of life I have tried to describe –one that is totally unproductive, unprofitable, only based on gains, always seeking joy- is not only the lifestyle of people who do not care about death, the life in the grave, the day of judgment and the Hereafter and who purge these concepts out of their minds. It is now a frightening situation where we see the examples in our closest circles, even in our own homes, and it is not limited to youth. There are all sorts of games and toys available for any budget to entertain any age group. Days pass by with play and entertainment. It is even becoming hard to find friends if you are not a fun person.
Well, what is wrong with having a good time, being entertained or joyful? Of course these are not wrong as long as the limits set by Allah are not transgressed. What is wrong is not to take a break in life, but to consider the whole life as a break. Our Prophet (pbuh) too has rested, walked around, travelled, sat down with his companions and chatted with them, let them play games, made jokes though in moderation, organized competitions, etc. However, he has not done all that by taking entertainment as a goal, but by taking it as a means to a higher purpose. This higher purpose was sometimes to strengthen human relationships, sometimes to prevent strife by diverting people’s attention, sometimes to facilitate communication by easing his addressee into it and sometimes to emphasize that the eminent person who is sent for a supreme goal too is ultimately a human being.
Making entertainment the purpose of life ends up making the nafs (self or ego) a measure of truth, so it is dangerous. Peace, inner calm and tranquility are not the reward of endless entertainment, but of a life where everything fits right in.Fatma Bayram
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A great success! The Meridyen Association’s achieving such success in just a year’s time gives us all great happiness and hope for the future.
Meridyen Association presents a model project for us all with its web portal project, Lastprophet.info. I congratulate them.Prof Mustafa Çağırıcı
Grand Mufti of Istanbul
I think that the lastprophet.info web portal will be very successful as long as it emphasizes, in an authentic fashion, the most universal and spiritual teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, and especially the ethical norms by which he lived, taught and set an example.Prof Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Through the Lastprophet.info project our friends are attempting to re-inform the world of our heritage and revive a “second era of teaching,” taking the Qur’an as reference, and using all available technology.Ertuğrul Günay
Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism
We are living in a world of people with weary hearts. All those weary hearts are in need of the breath of Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, which is full of love and mercy. Our view of the human being has changed much; we are in need of his mercy-laden vision. We all need to hold onto his vision of the universe and that sacred hand embracing nature.
Thus, the launch of a web portal Project to introduce the Prophet of Islam in the most accurate way to the entire world, correct the misinformation about him and dispel prejudice by a group of women who are devotees of the Prophet is a significant step.Prof Mehmet Görmez
Director of Turkish Religious Affairs
Websites like the lastprophet.info and any other academic works that teach about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace, particularly providing accurate information that challenge some of the myths which have been deliberately placed into the heart of western society, whether it be in terms of the Prophet’s teachings or his personal life, are crucial at this time.Lord Nazir Ahmad
Member of the UK House of Lords
We are now discovering history, you and me, and the Turkish people, and the Bosnians, we are discovering Islam now; you are discovering Prophet Muhammad through Lastprophet.info… We are all discovering ourselves…We are together in this boat of discovery.Dr Mustafa Cerić
Grand Mufti (Reis-ul-Ulema) of Bosnia-Herzegovina
I congratulate Meridyen Association, because this step has a great significance. Its impact will not remain limited to Turkey; this step will be the milestone of a project that will be reflected throughout the entire world. I believe that Lastprophet.info will be the transmitter of accurate and reliable information.
I pray that this meaningful project will yield positive results.Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Prime Minister of Turkey
Not only the Muslims but also the whole humanity is in need of knowing the Prophet. For, according to Holy Qur’an and our belief as Muslims, he has been sent as a mercy not only to the material universe, but to all the worlds – material and spiritual, physical and transcendental. Therefore, introducing the Prophet to humanity is one of the most important services to humankind. Many means had been used to this end in the past. The contemporary world is identified as the age of information and communication wherein new means, methods and channels, hitherto unconceivable, have been discovered to transmit knowledge. So we must use all of these channels as a means to properly acquaint both Muslims and humanity with the beloved Prophet. As such, I welcome this web portal project as a very significant project of the modern age.Prof Hayrettin Karaman
Professor of Islamic law and Daily Columnist