Endeavor for Renewal

Endeavor for Renewal

by M. Fethullah Gulen, Fethullah Geulen


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True renewal is realized by retaining the purity of the seed and the root, and by synthesizing an entire inheritance of values with new thoughts and wisdom appropriate to the age. A thorough revival can only be realized with the efforts of the spirit, intellect, feelings, and willpower working in concert. Utilizing the spirit’s power to the fullest, making flawless use of the knowledge inherited from the past, being constantly open to spiritual breezes of inspiration, not being trapped by blind imitation, and always following a sound methodology are some dynamics of an ideal renewal.

The vigorous souls with steel willpower must keep running on the path of serving humanity with an insatiable love for research, an ever-evolving passion for knowledge of God, and an otherworldly profundity beyond comprehension. This book conveys the feelings and thoughts of a person who has dedicated his life for the coming of such a generation and who suffers, in heart and mind, for this noble ideal.

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ISBN-13: 9781597843348
Publisher: Tughra Books
Publication date: 07/07/2015
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

M. Fethullah Gülen (1941 – ) is one of the most influential scholars in the Muslim world today. His ideas have inspired millions to take part in a civic movement of intercultural and interfaith dialogue and educational activism, which produced hundreds of quality schools and dialog organizations in more than 110 countries. Gülen is the author of numerous books, includingThe Essentials of the Islamic Faith, Questions and Answers about Islam, Key Concepts in the Practice of Sufism, Pearls of Wisdom,andToward a Global Civilization of Love and Tolerance.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Religiousness and Religious Sensitivity 1

Those Who Migrate for Noble Ideals and the Chivalrous Souls That Welcome Them 7

Measures against Polluted Minds 13

A Common Disease and Possible Cures 19

A Major Sin: Ghulul (Defrauding) 31

Working Hours of the Devoted Souls 39

Sacrifice: A Means of Closeness with God and People 47

Sacred Values and Wakeful Eyes 53

Functions of the Mosque 59

The Relentless Enemy of the Devoted Souls: Satan 65

Love of Knowledge and Research 71

Getting to See Important Responsibilities as Mundane Tasks and the Qur'anic Method of Tasrif (Renewal of Format) 77

The Purpose of Life 83

Heroes of the Heart and Spirit 89

The Sultan of Hearts 97

The Ultimate Guide in Every Area of Life 101

Steering Securely 105

Philosophy of Siyar and the Peace Treaty of Hudaybiya 111

Underground Riches and Responsibilities That Befall on Believers 117

The Elixir to Eliminate Heedlessness: Remembrance 123

Types of Heedlessness That Impede Serving Faith 129

Keeping up the Ideal State in the Face of Social Changes 135

Gentleness and Elegance in Interpersonal Relations 141

Invitation for Divine Providence 147

Baseless Negative Opinions and Envy 151

Benefiting from Contemplative Dialogues and Counsels 155

The Most Exalted Purpose and the Feeling of Curiosity 161

The Greatest Help from a Fellow Believer to Another: Prayer 167

Human Weaknesses as a Means of Spiritual Progress 175

Helpless Ones in Dire Need and the Gates of Mercy Opened Wide 181

The Devoted Souls and Life Standards 187

Perfection and Modesty 197

The Devoted Souls with Enthusiasm and Commonsense 203

Are We Faithful to the Trust? 213

Seeking Recognition 219

How Muslims Benefit from Their Own Sources to the Maximum Degree 225

A Balanced Figure of Love and Enthusiasm: Jalaluddin Rumi 231

Reflections on the Day of Hunayn 237

Suicide 243

Loving One's Nation 249

Properties of Perfect Intention 255

Jealousy 263

References 269

Index 275

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