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Religion

by Fethullah Gülen on . Posted in Pearls of Wisdom

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Fethullah Gülen: Religion

Since its appearance on the earth, humanity has found true peace and happiness in the warm atmosphere of religion. As it is not possible to talk of morality and virtue where people do not practice the true religion, it is also difficult to imagine real happiness, for morality and virtue originate in a good, clear conscience. Religion is what makes one’s conscience good and clear, for religion is a connection between humanity and God.

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Religion is the best school, a most blessed institution founded to inculcate in people good moral qualities. It is open to everyone, from the youngest to the oldest. Only Those who attend it attain peace, satisfaction, and freedom sooner or later. By contrast, those without religion cannot save themselves from losing everything, including their true identity.

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Religion is the collection of Divine principles that guide people to what is good, not by force but by appealing to their free will. All principles that secure our spiritual and material progress, and thereby our happiness in both worlds, are found in religion.

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Religion means recognizing God in His absolute and transcendental Oneness; acquiring spiritual purity by acting in His cause; arranging relationships in His name and according to His commandments, and feeling a profound interest in and love for all creation on His account.

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Sooner or later, those who do not recognize religion will come to despise such noble values as chastity, patriotism, and love of humanity.

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Immorality is a disease caused by the absence of religion, terror and anarchy are poisonous products growing in the valleys of irreligion.

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Do enemies of religion, who have devoted their lives to attacking religion, not have some obligation to demonstrate the benefits, if any, and the good consequences, if any, of irreligion?

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Religion and science are, in fact, two faces of a single truth. Religion guides us to and along the true path leading to happiness. Science, when understood and used properly, is like a torch that provides us with a light to follow the same path.

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All the beautiful “flowers” of laudable virtues are grown in the “gardens” of religion. Consider its perennial principles and most illustrious fruits such as such as Prophets, saints, and scholars of high achievement. Although the irreligious deliberately ignore them, regardless of how hard they try, they will not be able to remove them from the hearts of people and the pages of books.

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Nothing in true religion is contrary to sound thinking, common sense, and knowledge. Therefore true religion cannot be criticized from any rational point of view. Those who do not accept religion either are devoid of sound thinking and reasoning or have a wrong conception of knowledge and science.

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Religion is an inexhaustible and blessed source that contains the principles of true civilization and lays its foundations. It is through religion that we are elevated so high in spirit and feelings that we make contact with metaphysical worlds, where we are “fed” to full satisfaction with all kinds of beauty, virtue, and goodness.

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Virtues are to be sought in the practice of religion. It rarely happens that an irreligious one has laudable virtues, or that a religious person has none.

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Men and women attain true humanity by means of religion, which distinguishes them from animals. For the irreligious, there is no difference between human beings and animals.

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Religion is the way established by God, while irreligion is the way of Satan. This is why the struggle between religion and irreligion has existed since the time of Adam and will continue until the Last Day.