n a hadith, our Prophet (peace be upon him) has stated that the truest path is that of Allah and His Messenger:
The best word is the Word of Allah and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. (Sunan Ibn Maajah, Muqaddima, 7)
Telling others of the existence of Allah and the proofs of creation which pervade the universe, in other words telling them of the path of Allah and His Prophet (pbuh), is one of the greatest responsibilities of all believers and all Muslims who fear Allah. Every individual must do all in his or her power to disseminate Islamic moral values. People must first make their own moral values acceptable to Allah and then, starting with their own immediate circle, tell others of the infinite might and power of Allah. That is because it has been revealed in the Qur’an that believers are charged with calling others to what is right, telling them about goodness and warning them against evil:
Let there be a community among you who call to the good, and enjoin the right, and forbid the wrong. They are the ones who have success. (Qur’an, 3: 104)
As a requirement of this verse, Muslims seek to direct each other and other people towards the moral values that will be pleasing to Allah. In the Qur’an believers are commanded to “speak good words.” For that reason, the faithful speak using their minds and consciences in the best possible manner and in a way which will be most beneficial to others. Knowing that the deficiencies or errors such people make may stem from their distance from Qur’anic moral values, lack of information or ignorance, they approach them using a style full of affection and compassion. They do not forget that they, too, once had mistaken attitudes before learning the moral values of the Qur’an and that they were only able to attain proper moral values through the compassion of Allah. Moreover, they never seek to oblige the other side to accept what they say in explaining the moral values of the Qur’an.
As revealed in the Qur’an in the words, “So remind them! You are only a reminder. You are not in control of them.” (Qur’an, 88: 21-22), Muslims speak in the knowledge that their responsibility is only to give good advice, and that it is Allah Who actually turns people to the true path. As revealed in another verse, “Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair admonition, and argue with them in the kindest way…” (Qur’an, 16: 125), they seek to speak in the best possible manner.
Another verse says, “…warn them and speak to them with words that take effect,” (Qur’an, 4: 63) and Muslims address themselves directly to the consciences of those who have fallen into error, speaking clear and effective words aimed at their earthly desires. Yet they never grow proud, or regard themselves as superior. They always adopt a respectful and moderate approach, and approach the other side in a positive and constructive manner. They speak in such a way as to attract such people towards reason and sincerity. They remind them of the hereafter, the day of judgment, and that Allah hears every word they say and sees everything they do, in order to encourage them to abandon their errors and adopt a better approach, and to fear Allah.
In one of his hadiths, our Prophet (pbuh) explains the importance of recommending what is good and forbidding what is bad:
You may make sincere efforts with regard to describing the moral values of Islam, yet despite your very best efforts the other person may still fail to understand or else not fully accept what you say. Do not despair or feel sorrow at this, however. Your responsibility is to communicate the message as an act of religious observation revealed by Allah; the responsibility for abiding by the advice or not lies solely with the person being given it. If that person does not accept what he or she is told, then you must know that there is something auspicious in this. As revealed in the Qur’an in the words, “You cannot guide those you would like to but Allah guides those He wills. He has best knowledge of the guided.” (Qur’an, 28: 56), it is Allah Who leads people to the true path.
In his hadiths, our Prophet (pbuh), chosen as a superior servant by Allah, has commanded people to possess superior moral values. Treating people well, commanding others to do what is good and avoid what is bad, is a most important religious obligation, which everyone is charged with fulfilling to the extent of his or her power and means. No matter what means a person may possess, no matter what his or her circumstances, he or she must do everything possible to earn Allah’s approval. A person must never be content with doing less, but must give service with all his or her strength.
Therefore calling people to goodness is a responsibility incumbent upon everyone, no matter how limited their means. The works of Harun Yahya are valuable resources which describe the moral values of Islam in the light of the hadiths of our holy Prophet (pbuh) and the verses of the Qur’an, and which warn people against the nightmare of disbelief. By the will of Allah, supporting these works and disseminating them to as many people as possible can be a means whereby a person can fulfill his or her obligation of calling people to goodness and abiding by the stipulation in the above verse. Everyone must therefore support these works to the greatest extent possible. In one verse, Allah reveals:
They believe in Allah and the Last Day, and enjoin the right and forbid the wrong, and compete in doing good. They are among the righteous. (Qur’an, 3: 114)
In another verse He reveals the following about those who assist His religion:
... Allah will certainly help those who help Him [His religion]—Allah is All-Strong, Almighty. (Qur’an, 22: 40)
In one hadith our Prophet (pbuh) makes this statement about doing what is good:
In another hadith, our Prophet (pbuh) reveals that anyone who does good deeds will surely be recompensed:
Therefore, being a means whereby these works can be disseminated to and read by more people, assisting in such an auspicious purpose, will, by the will of Allah, be handsomely rewarded. Such things are also a sign of an individual’s love and compassion for other Muslims. By these means, a person can help the faithful to grow and to draw closer to Allah. He or she will thus have taken part in activities that will allow other Muslims to call on Allah more, to think about death and the hereafter, and to open their consciences and minds. Anyone who thinks about the afterlife of his Muslim brother, anyone who has fear, engages in such activities. In another hadith our Prophet (pbuh) reveals this characteristic of believers:
Great Islamic scholars have also set out in their own works the importance of being a means for auspicious deeds. For example, Imam Ghazali states the importance of auspicious works thus in one of his works:
A person must therefore do all in his or her power to serve Islam. This is a most important responsibility and act of observance. For that reason all activities aimed at helping the works of Harun Yahya, which are noteworthy for their wisdom and auspicious contents, reach more people, at contributing to these works and disseminating them all over the world, are most important. Our Prophet (pbuh) has expressed the importance of serving Islam in another of his hadiths:
The Prophet (pbuh) said: "Every Muslim has to give in charity." The people asked, "O Allah's Prophet! If someone has nothing to give, what will he do?" He said, "He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns)." The people further asked, "If he cannot find even that?" He replied, "He should help the needy who appeal for help." Then the people asked, "If he cannot do that?" He replied, "Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds and this will be regarded as charitable deeds." (Bukhari)
In one verse of the Qur’an Allah has revealed that every deed performed to gain His approval will be recompensed:
… I will not let the deeds of any doer among you go to waste, male or female—you are both the same in that respect. Those who migrated and were driven from their homes and suffered harm in My Way and fought and were killed, I will erase their bad actions from them and admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing under them, as a reward from Allah. The best of all rewards is with Allah.’ (Qur’an, 3: 195)
No matter what auspicious deed a person may perform, he does it for his own afterlife. Every step taken to that end, every word spoken, all the energy expended, the money spent, the labor involved, will all be recompensed. Every human being needs this recompense. For that reason everyone must increase his or her endeavors and compete in doing good. This is a commandment revealed by Allah in the Qur’an:
They believe in Allah and the Last Day, and enjoin the right and forbid the wrong, and compete in doing good. They are among the righteous. You will not be denied the reward for any good thing you do. Allah knows those who guard against evil. (Qur’an, 3: 114-115)
The works of Harun Yahya are a means whereby people can engage in auspicious activities. The owners of these works must abide by their consciences and support these works to the full extent of their means. There are many ways of doing this:
Our Prophet (pbuh) has been a model for all Muslims in the remembrance of Allah:
'A'isha said: The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) used to remember Allah at all moments. (Muslim)
The most important feature of Harun Yahya’s works is that they remind the reader of Allah, contain a great many verses from the Qur’an and hadiths of our Prophet (pbuh), and reflect the spirit and logic of the Qur’an in the finest manner. It is therefore important, from the point of view of increasing a person’s closeness to Allah, devotion to the religion, and knowledge, to read, watch or listen to these works as much as possible. Reading, listening to or watching these works leads a person to remember Allah, and this is an important religious observance. In the Qur’an, Allah has commanded us to remember Him:
You who believe! Remember Allah much. (Qur’an, 33: 41)
In the Qur’an Allah calls on people to think about the Qur’an and to learn from it. These works serve that end and, by the will of Allah, enable people to think about and learn from the Qur’an. The relevant verses read:
Will they not ponder the Qur’an? If it had been from other than Allah, they would have found many inconsistencies in it. (Qur’an, 4: 82)
We have made the Qur’an easy to remember.But is there any rememberer there? (Qur’an, 54: 17)
Studying the works of Harun Yahya is a means whereby a person can come to know Allah well, appreciate His might and greatness, and increase his own faith. This is the most important aspect of these works. In one verse Allah commands: “You who believe! Have fear of Allah and seek the means of drawing near to Him, and strive in His Way, so that hopefully you will be successful.” (Qur’an, 5: 35) The HarunYahya collection is intended to be a means whereby people can draw close to Allah.
Thinking about the proofs of our Lord’s creation which pervade the entire universe is a most important observance. Allah has revealed this characteristic of believers in the Qur’an:
[People with intelligence are] those who remember Allah, standing, sitting and lying on their sides, and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth [saying]: “Our Lord, You have not created this for nothing. Glory be to You! So safeguard us from the punishment of the Fire. (Qur’an, 3: 191)
The scientific and faith-related works of Harun Yahya encourage people to consider the proofs of creation in the earth and sky. These works will allow people to improve their knowledge and master a wide range of subjects. Totally based on the Qur’an and on scientific foundations, these works allow people to become expert in the subject matter. Improving their knowledge is most important for Muslims. Our Prophet (pbuh) has said the following on this subject in the hadiths below:
Acquire the knowledge and impart it to the people. Learn the Qur'an and teach it to the people; for I am a person who has to depart this world. (Tirmidhi)
The Prophet (pbuh) said, "The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allah has sent me is like abundant rain falling on the earth, some of which was fertile soil that absorbed rain water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. (And) another portion of it was hard and held the rain water and Allah benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking, making their animals drink from it and for irrigation of the land for cultivation. (And) a portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation (then that land gave no benefits). The first is the example of the person who comprehends Allah's religion and gets benefit (from the knowledge) which Allah has revealed through me (the Prophets and learns and then teaches others. The last example is that of a person who does not care for it and does not take Allah's guidance revealed through me (He is like that barren land.)" (Bukhari)
One who goes out to search for knowledge is (devoted) to the cause of God till he returns. (Tirmidhi)
People spend a large part of their lives talking. Much of this, however, is empty and unnecessary. Yet time is a very valuable commodity. There are a number of matters which people must think about and never forget. Wasting time in such empty talk instead of thinking about those matters and reminding one another of them is a grave error. Most important of all, however, Allah has commanded people to turn their backs on empty talk. This fact is revealed thus in the Qur’an:
[The believers are] those who do not bear false witness and who, when they pass by worthless talk, pass by with dignity. (Qur’an, 25: 72)
[The believers are] those who turn away from worthless talk. (Qur’an, 23: 3)
Allah has thus forbidden Muslims from engaging in empty and unnecessary talk. The best way of doing this is constantly to remember Allah, repeat the verses of the Qur’an and speak auspiciously. Telling others what we learn will therefore be a most auspicious activity. It is revealed in the Qur’an that remembering Allah is a most important observance:
... And remembrance of Allah is greater still. Allah knows what you do. (Qur’an, 29: 45)
Someone who tells others about the works he or she has read or watched about the moral values of Islam and the problems faced by societies which live far removed from these values, will also seek to abide by these values himself, and to avoid the errors set out in these works, learning from the examples given. Describing proper moral values has an effect on the conscience of the person who does so. This is thus a vehicle for auspicious things both for the reader and for the person who explains and listens. A person will thus become a useful individual, and will attach importance to the family and to the spiritual values. Allah reveals this on the subject of behaving in a conscientious manner:
Do you order people to devoutness and forget yourselves, when you recite the Book? Will you not use your intellect? (Qur’an, 2: 44)
In another verse our Lord reveals:
And remember the Signs of Allah and the wise words which are recited in your rooms. Allah is All-Pervading, All-Aware. (Qur’an, 33: 34)