The Qur’anic approach to nature differs from that of two major approaches: the biocentric and the anthropocentric. One can most appropriately designate the Qur’anic approach as theocentric. One Qur’anic verse expresses this: “[God] is the creator of everything” [6:102]. Without Him the heavens and the...

Being the most precious creature of God in the universe, human beings are created as social creatures. The Qur’anic teaching instructs their relationship to themselves, as well as to other creatures. They have been given a variety of capacities and as a...

Bediüzzaman Said Nursi was born in 1876 in the small village of Nurs in the province of Bitlis in Eastern Anatolia (modern-day Turkey). Although we are not sure of the exact day of his birth, he died on March 23, 1960, in the city of...

Only a handful of important books have been written on Islam in Turkey. Those who can write on this issue are rarer then hen's teeth. So far, mainly scholars of Political Science have written on the subject. Despite some drawbacks, Adil Ozdemir and Kenneth Frank's...

The problem of evil has occupied the minds of theologians and intellectuals for centuries, asking the question, “If God is all-powerful and God is all-loving, how can evil exist in the world?” These questions, and the various answers proposed throughout our human history, contribute to...

In this paper, I will elaborate on the nature and dignity of human beings as presented in the major sources of Islam, in particular the Qur’an and in the sayings of the Prophet. Before elaborating on the details of the subject, I will focus...

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To understand the place of peace and nonviolence in Islam, it is important to know first something about the Arabic word al-islam. Literally, the word islam is a noun that means obedience/surrender to God in religion. The root of the word is slm which is...

In Islam, all creation is important because everything was created by God. Within the realm of creation, though, human beings have a special place and are the most important creatures in the universe. If the universe is a tree, human beings are the fruit.This is...