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Every man is a volume if you know how to read him . . . Okumasını bilirsen, her insanın bir kitap olduğunu göreceksin . . . William Ellery Channing

Posted in The articles in English & stories, Şiirler & poetry, İSTANBUL with tags , , , , on 19/10/2017 by Semra Polat


To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common … This is to be my symphony.

Ufak şeylerden zevk alabilmek; Lüks yerine zarafet aramak; Moda olandan çok sadelik aramak; Saygı istemek yerine değerli olmak; Zengin olmak yerine kimseye muhtaç olmamak; Sıkı çalışmak, sessizce düşünmek, dürüst ve açık konuşmak; Yıldızları, kuşları, bebekleri ve bilgeleri açık kalple dinlemek; sürekli neşeli olmak, olacakları cesaretle beklemek, hiçbir zaman acele etmemek. Kısacası, manevi olarak, toplumsal olarak farkında olmadan ve kendiliğinden yetişmek … İşte benim senfonim!

William Henry Channing


Life is not a bed of roses . . . Hayat güllük gülistanlık değildir . . .

Posted in Allah (Jalla Jalaluhu), AŞK, SEMRA'NIN DÜNYASI & SEMRA'S WORLD !, The articles in English & stories, İNŞİRAH, İSLAM, İSTANBUL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14/10/2017 by Semra Polat

What a beautiful pray: .❝Our Lord, pour upon us patience and plant firmly our feet.❞ Patient to Friends, Enemies, Blessing, Tribulation, Exam.

Ne güzel bir duadır: .❝Rabbimiz üzerimize sabır yağdır, ayaklarımızı (düşman karşısında) sabit kıl.❞ Dosta, Düşmana, Nimete, Musibete, İmtihana Sabır…

We are always in an exam. About the people we love and we don’t love. About our friends, enemies. Oh Allah! Don’t let us to be loser!

Her an imtihandayız. Sevdiklerimizle, sevmediklerimizle. Dostlarımızla, düşmanlarımızla. Ey Allah’ım! Kaybedenlerden eyleme!

Life is not a bed of roses. Sometimes we have to walk on thorns. In times of prosperity make Shukr. In times of adversity make Sabr.

Hayat güllük gülistanlık değildir. Bazen diken üzerinde yürümek zorundayız. Bolluk zamanlarında Şükret. Zorluk zamanlarında sabret.

Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. & Muhakkak ki zorlukla beraber, bir kolaylık vardır. Surah Ash-Sharh [94:6]

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Difficult times are meant to bring you closer to the Almighty. So if you’re having a rough day or tough month, be calm. Let His Plan unfold.

Mufti Ismail Menk

And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord except for those astray?

[Quran 15: 56]

Zor zamanlar, sizi Allah’a daha da yaklaştırmak için gelir. Eğer kötü bir gün geçiriyorsanız veya zor bir ayda iseniz, sakin olun. Allah’ın planının ortaya çıkmasını bekleyin.

Mufti Ismail Menk

Ve Rabbimin rahmetinden, sapıklardan başka kim ümit keser?

[Hicr suresi, 56. ayet]

Do not grieve, there is another life to come…!! Üzülme, bizi bekleyen yeni bir hayat var … !!

Posted in Allah (Jalla Jalaluhu), SEMRA'NIN DÜNYASI & SEMRA'S WORLD !, The articles in English & stories, İNŞİRAH, İSLAM, İSTANBUL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 05/10/2017 by Semra Polat

The day will come when Allah will gather together the first of the creation and the last of it. The knowledge of this occurrence alone should reassure you of Allah’s justice. So whoever’s money is usurped here shall find it there; whoever is oppressed here shall find justice carried out there; and whoever oppresses here shall find his punishment there.

Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher, said,

“The drama of this life is not complete; there must be a second scene to it, for we see the tyrant and his victims without seeing justice being executed. We see the conqueror and the subjugated, without the latter finding any revenge. Therefore there must be another world, where justice will be carried out.”

Ash-Shaykh `Ali at-Tantawi, commenting on this, said:

“This statement suggests a confession from this foreigner (to Islam); of the existence of a Hereafter where judgment will take place.”

An Arab poet said:

“If the minister and his delegates rule despotically, and the judge on earth is unjust in his judgments, then woe, followed by woe after woe

Upon the judge of the earth from the judge who is above.

“(This Day shall every person be recompensed for what he earned. No injustice [shall he done to anybody]. Truly, Allah is Swift in reckoning. (Qur ‘an 40: 17)

Robert Louis Stevenson said:

“Every person is capable of performing his daily tasks, no matter how difficult they are, and every person is capable of living happily during his day until the sun sets: and this is the meaning of life.”

“Robert Louis Stevenson şöyle dedi ; Ne kadar meşakkatli olursa olsun her insan işini bir gün içinde yapabilir. Güneş batıncaya kadar her insan mutluluk içinde yaşayabilir. İşte hayatın anlamı budur.”

Stephen Leacock said:

“The young child says: when I will become a bigger boy. The boy says: when I become a teenager, and when that time comes, he says: when I will marry. What about after marriage? And what comes after all of these stages? One’s thoughts constantly follow the tune of the following: when I will be able to retire. But when one actually reaches old age and looks back, he is scorched by a cold wind. He lost out on his whole life that dwindled away without ever living inside of it. And thus we learn, only when it is too late, that life is to be lived in every breathing minute and hour.”

Such is the state of those who put off repenting from their sins. One of our pious predecessors said:

“I warn you of delaying and saying that I will do it later, for this is a phrase that prevents one from doing good and causes one to fall behind in deeds of righteousness.”

Leave them to eat and enjoy, and let them be preoccupied with [false] hope. They will come to know! (Qur’an 15: 3)

The French philosopher, Montaigne, said:

“My life was filled with bad luck that never showed mercy.”

I assert that despite their knowledge and intelligence, many famous thinkers knew nothing of the wisdom behind their own creation. They were not guided by the teachings that Allah sent through His Messenger, Muhammad (pbuh).

And he for whom Allah has not appointed light, for him there is no light. (Qur’an 24: 40)

Verily, we showed him the way, whether he be grateful or ungrateful. (Qur’an 76: 3)

Dante said:

“Consider that this day will not occur again.”
Better and more beautiful and complete is the hadith:
“Pray as if it is your farewell prayer.”

Dante şöyle dedi:

“Bugünün bir daha doğmayacağını düşün.”

Daha iyi ve daha güzel ve tamamlayan bir Hadis,
“Namazına kalktığın vakit (dünyaya) veda edenin (namazı gibi) namaz kıl.”

Whoever puts it into his mind that today is his last day, will make a fresh repentance, will do good deeds, and will strive to be obedient to his Lord, the Almighty and His Messenger (bpuh).

Grieve not and ask yourself the following questions

1. Do I put off living in the present because of fears and apprehensions about the future or because of hopes of the magical garden beyond the horizon?

2. Do I embitter my present life by mulling over events that occurred in the past?

3. Do I wake up in the morning with an intention of spending my day usefully?

4. Do I find that I am benefiting from my life when I try to concentrate on a present situation or task?

5. When will I begin to live in the present moment, without worrying too much about the past and future? Next week? Tomorrow? Or today?

Excerpt from the book “Don’t Be Sad , Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. ~☆~ Hayatın amacı mutlu olmak değildir. İşe yarar olmaktır, onurlu olmaktır, merhametli olmaktır, yaşadığın süre boyunca bir fark yaratmaktır.― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Posted in Allah (Jalla Jalaluhu), Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi, The articles in English & stories, İSLAM, İSTANBUL with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 28/09/2017 by Semra Polat

“Love cannot be contained within our speaking or listening. Love is an ocean whose depths cannot be plumbed. Love cannot be found in erudition and science, books and pages. The kernel of Love is a mystery that cannot be divulged”.
(Diwan-i-Shams-I Tabrizi)

Those who believe and do good deeds — the Gracious God will create love in their hearts. (Al Quran 19:97)

Allah is not only the Gracious and the Merciful, but, also wants humanity to be gracious and merciful, to each other. Compassion’ is the most frequently occurring word in the Qur’an. Each of its 114 chapters, with the exception of the 9th, begins with the invocation ‘In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful…

The Qur’an frequently speaks of God’s plan for diversity, and the goodness of difference as part of this plan. “O mankind, We have indeed created you as male and female, and made you as nations and tribes that you may come to know one another” (49:13); “And every community has its direction of which He lets them turn towards it. Vie, therefore, with one another in doing good works. Wherever you may be, God will gather you all unto Him”. (2:148) “There is no compulsion in religion” (2:256); “Truly, those who believe, and the Jews, and the Christians and Sabeans – whosoever believes in God and the Day of Judgement and act virtuously will receive their reward from their Lord; no fear of grief will befall them”. (2:62) and “Whoever saves the life of one human being, it shall be as if he had saved the whole of humankind” (5:32)

The Holy Quran advises us to be compassionate to any one who asks for our favor:
”And him who seeks thy help, chide not.”
(Al Quran 93:11)

You will not attain righteousness till you spend in charity of the things you love.

Sevdiğiniz şeylerden Allah yolunda harcamadıkça iyiliğe asla erişemezsiniz.

― The Qur’an, Chapter 3, verse 92

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

Hayatın amacı mutlu olmak değildir. İşe yarar olmaktır, onurlu olmaktır, merhametli olmaktır, yaşadığın süre boyunca bir fark yaratmaktır.

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one has ever become poor by giving.

Kimsenin vererek yoksullaştığı görülmemiştir.

― Anne Frank

Be a good person but don’t waste time to prove it. ~•~ İyi insan ol, fakat bunu ispatlamak için vakit harcama.

Posted in SEMRA'NIN DÜNYASI & SEMRA'S WORLD !, The articles in English & stories, İSTANBUL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 21/09/2017 by Semra Polat

Be a good person but don’t waste time to prove it. Don’t let people pull you into their storms… Pull them into your Peace.

Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.

“Life consists of two days , one for you and one against you . So when it s for you don’t be proud or reckless , and when it s against you be patient , for both days are test for you.” (Ali RA)

When your failure brings you closer to your Creator, that’s NOT failure. That is your success. Thank the Almighty for it.

Allah heard the little ant. Do you think He didn’t hear you calling on Him? 
(Muhummad-peace be upon him)

A story of wise old man and a cat & Yaşlı bilge bir adam ve bir kedinin hikayesi…

Posted in DÜŞÜNDÜM, HAYAT, The articles in English & stories, İSTANBUL with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 05/09/2017 by Semra Polat

“A wise old man was sitting at the river bank when he saw a cat that had fallen into the water, flailing around, trying to save itself from drowning.

The man decided to save the cat. He stretched his hand out but was scratched by the cat. He pulled his hand back in pain. However, a minute later he stretched his hand out again to save the cat, but it scratched him again, and again he pulled his hand back in pain.

Another minute later he was yet again trying for the third time!!

A man, who was nearby watching what was happening, yelled out:

“O wise man, you have not learned your lesson the first time, nor the second time, and now you are trying to save the cat a third time?”

The wise man paid no heed to that man’s scolding, and kept on trying until he managed to save the cat.

He then walked over to the man, and patted his shoulder saying:

“My son…it is in the cat’s nature to scratch, and it is in my nature to love and have sympathy. Why do you want me to let the cat’s nature overcome mine !?!!”

My son: Treat people according to your nature, not according to theirs, no matter what they are like and no matter how numerous are their actions that harm you and cause you hurt sometimes.

And do not pay heed to all the voices that loudly call out to you to leave behind your good qualities merely because the other party is not deserving of your noble actions.

When you live to give happiness to others, Allaah Subhānahu wa Ta’ālā will send you those who will live to give happiness to you:

“Is the reward for ihsan (good) [anything] but ihsan (good)?” [Ar-Rahman, 55:60]

“Yaşlı bilge bir adam nehir kenarında oturuyordu. Suya düşmüş bir kedi gördü. Kedi kendini boğulmaktan kurtarmak için sağa sola çırpınıyordu.

Adam kediyi kurtarmaya karar verdi. Elini uzattı ama kedi tarafından tırmalanmıştı. Acı içinde elini çekti. Fakat bir dakika sonra kediyi kurtarmak için yine elini uzattı. Ama kedi yine onu tırmaladı. Ve adam tekrar elini acı içinde geri çekti.

Başka bir dakika sonra, üçüncüye tekrar deniyordu.

Yakınlarda izleyen bir adam seslendi:

“Ey bilge adam! Birincisinde dersini öğrenmedin. İkincisinde de öğrenmedin. Ve şimdi kediyi üçüncüye kurtarmaya mi çalışıyorsun?”

Bilge Adam diğer adama hiç aldırış etmeden kediyi kurtarmaya başarana kadar devam etti.

Sonrasında adamın yanına gelip omzuna hafifçe vurup dedi ki:

“Oğlum tırmalamak kedinin doğasında var. Sevmek ve empati duymak ise benim doğamda var. Neden benden kedinin doğasının benimkine üstün gelmesine izin vermemi istiyorsun?

Oğlum, insanlara kendi doğana göre davran, onlarınkine göre değil. Onlar nasıl olurlarsa olsunlar. Sana zarar veren ve kalbinin kırılmasına sebep olan sayısız davranışları olsa bile!

Karşı taraf güzel davranışlarını hak etmiyor diye, iyi özelliklerini arkanda bırakman için sana yüksek sesle seslenen bütün o seslere aldırış etme.

Başka bir insanın mutluluğuna sebep olduğun hiçbir an icin asla pişmanlık duyma, o kişi bunu hak etmese bile!

İyiliği, iyilikle ödüllendirecek bir Rabb’in olduğu gerçeği sana yeterli olsun.”

“İyiliğin karşılığı yalnız iyilik değil midir?” [Rahman Suresi, 55:60]

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