Allah's friends have been striving throughout their lives to get rid of their ego to reach nothingness. They even ruled: "A human being can not be a friend of Allah as long as he alone subsists an iota of selfishness".
In fact the way to reach the throne of Allah’s grace needs first of all to remove the curtain of selfishness.
This book written by our respected master Osman Nuri Topbaş explain the way to reach the throne of Allah’s grace and describe step by step the way to achieve the Seekıng of the Truth.
Unfortunately, in today's world, with the dominance of the capitalist and materialistic systems, we are witnessing a sad picture that reveals the exploitation of the weakest in favour of the wasteful waste of the strongest.
The most pathetic is that we see Islamic circles that claim the "piety" to be carried away by this influx of mismanagement. This Muslim community is prey to luxury, waste, the pursuit of prestige and unfortunately, Muslims today are deaf to calls for help and blind to the suffering of the oppressed.
Waste is usually defined by using one's material goods to be seen, to gain prestige, but this is a limited definition. In fact, the waste characterizes a transgression of the divine limits and a passing of the limits on all the planes and not only the material. It is a way of life, a state of mind, a disposition of the heart and a mentality that denotes a depravity of morals on all aspects of life. From this point of view, the most dangerous waste remains the one that compromises the spiritual life of the human being. In this small book we are trying to provide a much broader definition. Thus, let us present to you a tempting program composed beforehand of themes such as wasting in faith, conviction and in adoration, then, waste of time, knowledge, moral values, in contemplation, in the gain, in the gift, of health and in the diet.
Sufism or tasawwuf is an ocean without end. It is the knowledge of the Divine that encompasses the entire universe. Sufism is ma’rifa, the knowledge of Allah.
This is something that exceeds description however everyone speaks of it according to their capacity of understanding and spiritual degree.
Mahmud Sami ç states:
“The origin of Sufism and its rules and methods are all based on the sharia.
Sufism is profound love of Allah and abandoning all pretension.
Sufism is the chemistry of the effusion of the elixir of truth.
Sufism is constant remembrance and invocation and departing from everything other than Allah”
The realm of ma’rifa is very distinct that some mention of it see it to be as a village, some other a big as a small town. Other aggrandise it as a great country and other imagine the world and the hereafter and magnify the realm of ma’rifa to such a degree.
However the essence of the matter is none of these. Only those who have a share in and a taste of it can know…
The purpose of this booklet is to describe with citations and examples of Spiritual Masters, Ârif and Friends of Allah those points.
In this book entitled “THE UNIVERSE, THE QUR’AN AND THE HUMAN” the writer Sheikh Osman Nuri Topbaş explain us that:
The Qur’an, the Word of Allah expressed in letters is the guidance in both this world and the Hereafter.
The Universe is another book of Allah where His Glory and Power is manifested, the Boo of the universe.
The human is the essence, index and secret of these books.
The real education means to be able to read these wonderful books, to apprehend and digest them and to live in accordance with the contents of them in the Scholl of the Universe.
The reach this real education Sheikh Osman Nuri Topbaş provide in this book the features that will be the key for our contemplation.
This book contains the wisdom and lessons to be learnt from the prophets who are mentioned in the Qur’an and their lives since the first page of the history of prophethood until the last. In it you will find pearls of wisdom which have the ability to illuminate humanity and be a means for understanding the modern person’s convulsions of the spirit and their pain by relating the events that took place in the lives of the prophets and their peoples such as: the prophet Adam to whom the angels were commanded to prostrate to; the prophet Idris who bore the mysterious wonders of the heavens; the prophet Salih of the people of Thamud whose house’s foundations were shaken by the earthquake due to their rebelliousness and wildness; the prophet Ibrahim for whom the fire of Nimrod became a garden of roses for him due to his submission to Allah; the prophet Ismail who was an embodiment of sincerity, loyalty, reliance upon Allah and submission to Him (upon all of whom be peace).
This book contains the wisdom and lessons to be learnt from the prophets who are mentioned in the Qur’an and their lives since the first page of the history of prophethood until the last. In it, you will find pearls of wisdom which have the ability to illuminate humanity and be a means for understanding the modern person’s convulsions of the spirit and their pain by relating the events that took place in the lives of the prophets and their peoples such as: Shu’ayb, Moses and his brother Aaron, Uzair, and a monument of patience Job along with others (upon all of whom be peace).
We had a conversation with our young fellow townsmen on 17 March 2018 in our city Konya which despite being a city of history, culture, and civilization, receives its real value by being the home for one of the prominent friends of Allah and one of sultans of the spiritual world, Mawlana Jalaluddin al-Rumi.
The main subject of our conversation was about what the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) taught and how he taught it to his companions and in their personality to his entire ummah. However, as our addressees were the youth we were asked to make this conversation in the form of question and answer, considering the fact that it would yield more benefits. Consequently we took our main subject, the education system of our Prophet Muhammed, as our first question and tried to answer the other questions asked by our young brothers too. Because our time was not enough to answer all fifty questions asked by them, we dealt with the ones that had priority.
It was requested by the Konya Metropolitan Municipality that this fruitful program could be published as a booklet in order to keep it as a pleasant memory in our souls. In this way, we had the opportunity to make some reviews and additions by including some issues that we could not express during the program due to the limited time.
I hope that this humble booklet may become an opportunity for the good and I pray Allah to bestow happiness both in this world and the Hereafter upon Konya Metropolitan Municipality personnel who provided valuable contribution to the performance of this program and upon those who personally attended in our conversation or who attend it by their hearts by means of this booklet.
The almighty has given us minds so that we can separate good from evil. Having a sound mind is the condition for a person being responsible for his actions.
So what are atheism and deism? They are an error of reason.
This book has been written to give the sparkling minds of our people a proper insight into this matter and prevent their pure worlds from being muddied.
And it aims to respond to the lunacies of atheism and deism and lay bare the swamp of denial that underlies both.
We ask Allah the almighty to make his book a guide for our brothers busy conveying Islam and educating others in tackling the cunning questions and propaganda that appears on the internet and elsewhere which target the clear and unblemished minds of our youth.
There are people who, although they are still alive, are old times.
On the other hand, there are people who, although they lived centuries ago, see their breaths give life to hearts and are still full of energy today. That is, no matter how long the time has passed, these people will never be gone.
Thus the letter written centuries ago to humanity sincerely by this great friend of Allah always finds an effect in the world today and arouses excitement. Because his works, which are also a legacy for humanity, help the person to recognize himself by holding a mirror of his inner world, to return to his origin and to solve his spiritual problems. In our day, the hearts of the oppressed, who are under the authority of the materialistic spirit, find peace and tranquillity, and are also an opportunity to find the right path.
Mawlânâ Djalâl ad-Dîn Rûmî is one of those exceptional friends of Allah to whom He has given a richness through the series of times that aim to guide and make hearts live.
Let us never forget that we have come to this World to earn our place in the Next World and let us never forget that a difficult journey awaits us. Our last breath, the grave, the resurrection, the Day of Reckoning, the Balance, the Judgment and the bridge of Sirât… are waiting for us.
Imam Rabbani says:
“Death is not a calamity. The real calamity is ignorance of what will come to pass after death.”
Countless warning and words of counsel confirm these truths in the Qur’an and Prophetic traditions. It is with the intention of enabling these important truths to become duly imprinted in our hearts and minds that we present this humble work to our readers.
Dear readers! As you know, we have started to present to you our Altınoluk articles, in which we have tried to explain and interpret the wise words of the friends of Allah, as separate booklets for each friend of Allah. This humble work, in which we have compiled our writings on Khalid al-Baghdadi, is a continuation of this series.
In this humble booklet, you will find Khalid al Baghdadi’s realization that eternal salvation cannot be achieved without going through a purification of the heart and his inclination toward the spiritual training in the hands of a doctor of the heart. He was undoubtedly a great scholar and was famously known as “The Sun of the Suns”. You will encounter pearls of wisdom presented to us as precious gifts from the journey of a man transformed into a spiritual sultan as a result of his deep yearning and spiritual aspiration. They are the gifts of his journey from material knowledge to spiritual knowledge, from imitation to certainty, and from belief to complete realization of belief.
The Holy Qur’an statutes that:
“And let there arise from among you a community inviting to good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. It is they who have found salvation.” (Al-i Imran, 3:104)
And after that our Lord make this sentence:
And who could be better of speech than he who calls [his fellow-men] unto God, and does what is just and right, and says, “Verily, I am of those who have surrendered themselves to God”?
This was the attitude of our Beloved and Blessed Prophet who embarked upon his duty of tabligh with great fervour and a deep feeling of responsibility. Only a handful of people believed him. Most of his relatives and clans remained fiercely opposed. The assaults, torture, injustice and abuse, however, did nothing to hold the Prophet back from the call.
After his departure to the hereafter his companions took the flag of guidance and carried it to the four corners of the world. They went on journeys of guidance and teaching all the way to Samarkand, China, Kairouan and deep into Africa. And by this way due to their blessed efforts we can now still live as Muslims. But this is from them a legacy that we’ve to transmit to the coming generations. And for that the most important and valuable way is to be a “guiding light” as was our prophet, his companions and those who follow them after that. Tabligh and promoting good amongst society also gain value according to the times in which they are conducted. Our times have become an age of ignorance which the Prophet foretold in his hadith explaining the trials and tribulations towards the end of times.
In this book our guide Sheikh Osman Nuri Topbaş provide us examples to be this one guiding light with the full conviction that He who sees the light does not turn back to return to the darkness but want to see more light.