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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What is Christmas About?

In ancient times, December 25 was a feast of the pagan sun god, celebrated in Europe inthe depths of winter to give hope that the cold, dark days of December would soon pass.The Churches took over this date, although nowhere it is actually recorded when Jesus was born.

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My Dearest Prophet

If a wind carries me to a place I do not know, I will fly towards you on a dry leaf in order to find you, my dearest Prophet. But I want to look at your radiant face without blushing. I want to talk without being embarrassed.

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Prophet Muhammad and the Middle Ages III

Folders / Others / Karen Armstrong

The apocalyptic view of Islam promoted by the martyrs of Cordova had continued during the Crusading period, though it was not a major theme. In 1191, when Richard the Lionheart had been travelling to the Holy Land with the Third Crusade, he had met the celebrated Italian mystic Joachim of Fiori at Messina in Sicily.

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Valentine's Day: Origins & Islamic View

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As Muslims, we are required to love one another and to wish and inculcate love among people regardless of their color, race, religion, or identity. However, this does not mean dissolving our identity or blindly copying and imitating others' traditions and practices.

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Why do human beings feel the need for Supplication?

Folders / Others / Hasan Kayıklık, PhD

In the Prophet's traditions prayer is also persistently mentioned and prayer's place in religious life is emphasized. While in one hadith he says...

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