Friday Sermon - The Importance of Supplication (Du’a)

Folders / Friday Sermons / Prepared by: Dr. Ekrem Keleş (Religious Affairs Supreme Committee Expert)

"And when (O Messenger) My servants ask you about Me, then surely I am near: I answer the prayer of the suppliant when he prays to Me. So let them respond to My call (without hesitation), and believe and trust in Me (in the way required of them), so that they may be guided to spiritual and intellectual excellence and right conduct."

read more 02.03.2011, Wednesday

Islamic Ruling on Female Circumcision

Ever since I was a student at Al-Azhar University, I have seen people debate over the topic of female circumcision (also known as FGM – female genital mutilation)- both Sharia scholars and medical scientists have participated in these debates.

read more 17.02.2011, Thursday

What really is a Black Hole?

The surprising discovery of a supermassive black hole in a small nearby galaxy has given astronomers a tantalizing look at how black holes and galaxies may have grown in the early history of the Universe.

read more 13.01.2011, Thursday

Prophet Muhammad and the Middle Ages IV

Folders / Others / Karen Armstrong

The nineteenth century was characterised by the colonial spirit, which was giving Europeans the unhealthy belief that they were superior to other races: it was up to them to redeem the barbarous world of Asia and Africa in a mission civilisatrice.

read more 05.01.2011, Wednesday

Christmas and New Year

Folders / Others / Salih İnci, PhD

Christmas is a religious holiday regarded by Christians to mark the birth of Jesus (p.b.u.h.). However, nowadays Christmas is being confused with New Year celebrations by many people, and they are even identified with each other..

read more 22.12.2010, Wednesday

Mustafa Cagrici, The Mufti of Istanbul, on the events of Karbala

Folders / Others /

December 16 (10 Muharram,) is the anniversary of Karbala, one of the saddest events in Muslim history. We asked Dr. Çağrıcı about the day of ashura and how present day Muslims should approach the events of Karbala. His message, which emphasized that the incidents which took place at Karbala, should not continue to be a cause of dispute among Muslims, is very important.

read more 16.12.2010, Thursday

The Day of Ashura and its Place in the Religious Life of the Ottoman Empire

Folders / Others / Eyüp Baş, PhD

The Day of Ashura was celebrated in the Ottoman period by Muslims according to the identity of their sect, either as a day of mourning or as a day of celebration.

read more 14.12.2010, Tuesday

Mourning or Salvation?

The day of Ashura, the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram, has been celebrated throughout Islamic history mostly as a day of salvation. However, especially with the matrydom of Hussain and his people at Karbala, the day has gained a political dimension and become a day of mourning for especially the Shi'ah.

read more 14.12.2010, Tuesday

The Christian World Celebrates the Birth of Jesus

As with every year, the streets in cities from New York to London and from Sydney to Berlin are decked out in Christmas enthralling all who see them. The streets are illuminated, Christmas trees are decorated and the shop windows compete with each otherto attract the attention of passers-by.

read more 14.12.2010, Tuesday

Jesus through a Muslim Lens

Folders / Others / Michael Wolfe

Christians may be surprised to learn that Muslims believe in the Virgin Birth and Jesus' miracles. But this shared interest in his message goes much further.

read more 14.12.2010, Tuesday