Journey to Noble Ideals: Droplets of Wisdom from the Heart

Journey to Noble Ideals: Droplets of Wisdom from the Heart


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Journey to Noble Ideals is a compilation of speeches Fethullah
Gulen delivered in Pennsylvania, USA, between 2012 and 2013. The book provides guidelines to build our individual ladders to self-discovery.
In Gulen's prescription, climbing this ladder requires "lifelong contendedness," "a spirit of chivalry," "becoming soil to grow roses," "balance and moderation," "being self-critical," "not to be dizzy with worldly pleasures," and "sincerity of intention." Nourished from a millennium old accumulation of knowledge and tradition, Gulen speaks of preserving one's "chastity of thoughts" but not lagging behind, and instead soaring across the "horizons of spiritual knowledge." For Gulen, a healthy society is built on a "happy marriage," observing the "rights of neighbors," "sound reason," and "asking for forgiveness."
Above all, his faith rests on a firm belief that "God is sufficient"
for all.This work will be a source of inspiration for all the travelers' journeying to noble ideals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597843485
Publisher: Tughra Books
Publication date: 12/07/2014
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(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, including The Essentials of the Islamic Faith, Questions and Answers about Islam, Key Concepts in the Practice of Sufism, Pearls of Wisdom, and Toward a Global Civilization of Love and Tolerance. His official web site:

Table of Contents

Preface vii

God Is Sufficient for Us 1

The Most Eloquent Invitation for Divine Providence 7

Spirit of Chivalry 15

The Architects of Thought Who Will Build the future 23

Lifelong Contentedness 29

Not Inclining Towards Those Who Do Wrong 33

Becoming the Soil for Roses 37

Crying of Those with Sad Hearts 41

Balance and Moderation 47

Exaggerated Compliments 53

Enemies of a Happy Marriage 57

Self-Criticism and Asking Forgiveness from God 63

Key Concepts for Interpreting Existence 71

Horizons of Spiritual Knowledge 77

Those Who Become Dizzy with Worldly Pleasures and Remain Behind 83

The Qur'an and Scientific Discoveries 89

Transforming Knowledge into Practice 97

Rights of Neighbors 103

A Social Disease That Paralyzes Sound Reason: Bigotry 109

Vigilance against Transgression 115

Offhanded Attitudes toward the Sunnah 121

The Role of the Spiritual Guide 127

Our Era and the Ways Leading to God 133

Worldly Means and the Criteria for Planning the Future 139

Chastity of Thoughts 147

Keeping up Sincerity of Intention and Having a Consciousness of Self-Criticism 153

Temporary Retreats in Serene Comers and Reading Sessions 157

True-Hearted, but Not a Chauvinist 163

The Luminous Spiritual Bonds between Muslims 169

Problems Settled within the Individual and Reforming the Society 175

Respect for the Sacred 183

A Builder of Spirituality: Muhammed Lutfi Efendi, the Imam of Alvar 189

In Order Not to Feel Remorse When It Is Too Late 197

Saying "I Wish…" in the Sense of Asking Forgiveness 203

A Time to Listen to Our Souls: The Three Months 205

Asking Forgiveness-1 209

Asking Forgiveness-2 215

Different Kinds of Tests the Devoted Souls Go Through 223

The Carnal Soul, Satan, and Those Who Straddle the Fence 229

Essentials for Fruitful Criticism 235

Relation of Living on Pure Sustenance and Doing Good Deeds 241

Considerations of Eid 249

References 254

Index 258

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