FAQ

Which books should I read first?

Its best to start with is 'The Truth of Life', followed by 'Muhammad's Allah'. Then 'The Power of Prayer' and 'READ'. For those who wish to dig a little deeper from the scientific perspective; 'The Observing One', and for those looking for more philosophical depth; 'Universal Mysteries'.

Who is Ahmed Hulusi?

Ahmed Hulusi, born in Istanbul 1945, is currently the most comprehensive author of Islamic philosophy in Turkey. He has written more than thirty books since 1965 without any material gain from copyright. Over a million copies of his books have been sold since and nine of them have been translated into several other languages. He currently resides in Raleigh, NC, USA.

 

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Does Ahmed Hulusi have social media accounts or apps?

Ahmed Hulusi's official website is www.ahmedhulusi.org , his Twitter account is @AhmedHulusi, and his Facebook account is Ahmed-Hulusi. Any references in social media or other website apart from those that have remained true to the information contained in the www.ahmedhulusi.org website do not belong to Ahmed Hulusi.

Why Decode the Quran from a Sufi Perspective?

The Quran addresses the intellect. In the most basic terms it underpins two truths.

1. There is no 'god out there' administrating existence from afar. There is only the One denoted by the name 'Allah.' It is this existence, which comprises man's essential reality, whose knowledge man should strive to acquire.

2. Man - in terms of the Names and qualities of Allah comprising his essence - is immortal. Therefore, he should align his life in accordance with this inherent endless potential within.

As with B'ismillah-arRahman-arRahim, the letter 'B' in the Quran alludes to these essential truths. In fact, the reality symbolized by the letter 'B' has been the underlying essential groundwork for all schools of Sufism, throughout all ages. If, on the contrary, this truth is not grasped, the Quran will inevitably be misconceived as a book referencing a god in the heavens. Whereas, Allah is the limitless eternal Oneness, invalidating all concepts of an 'other' in terms of space and dimension!

In Decoding the Quran the reader is given the opportunity to read through the lens of this reality.

Are there any editorial reviews on your books?

Decoding The Quran - Turkish journalist offers a more universalist interpretation of Islam that could help bridge cultures among students of spirituality. In Decoding the Quran, Turkish journalist Ahmed Hulusi offers a "new construal" of the Muslim sacred text "in the light of the realities of today, the modern age." His willingness to share (without personal profit) the fruits of his religious erudition demonstrates both a bold will and a generous heart. To appreciate Decoding the Quran fully, one must peel back the layers... - Foreword Reviews

Prologue to Decoding The Quran - A short introduction to the author's interpretation of the Muslim holy book, the Quran. The author has written a number of other books on "decoding" the Quran's meaning. Here he presents a brief overview of his theory, centered on his understanding of the meaning of the letter "B" as used in the Quran's text... After several introductory essays, he includes a list of all the Quranic names for God, with explanations of the meanings of each, and a selection of verses from the Quran... An intriguing overview of a unique approach to reading the Quran. - Kirkus Reviews

The Essence of Man - A mystical interpretation of the Quran and the nature of Islam. His interpretation appears to be that God, as explained in the Quran, is less a deity than a concept that humans can incorporate, and those who treat God as a separate being are missing the point of the religion... The details of this interpretation are explained in part through metaphor, as when the author contrasts the open-platform aspect of the Linux operating system to the closed nature of Windows; in part through advances in neuroscience and other forms of research... - Kirkus Reviews

Universal Mysteries - "A deeply philosophical novel that uses Sufism to examine the nature of humanity and the universe." - Kirkus Reviews

The Observing One - Throughout the book, Hulusi is relentlessly unforgiving of small-mindedness. He challenges the reader to confront the reality that "You live and dwell within your imagination and your imagination alone!"- Foreword Reviews

Muhammad's Allah - "Hulusi explicates one of the most difficult concepts in mystical Islam--the notion that "Allah," commonly misunderstood in the West and even in parts of the Muslim world... Readers interested in learning about the Sufi spiritual philosophy hinted at in Rumi's poetry might profit from this deeply considered study." - Kirkus Reviews



What is dhikr?

Primarily, dhikr is known to be a repetition of certain prayers and names of Allah. Its second meaning entails remembrance and to reflect on. Furthermore, it means to elaborate and dwell on a meaning such that it yields deep, comprehensive contemplation.

 

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What is the meaning behind the Letter 'B'?

Just as you can’t unlock a door without its key, without understanding the letter B it’s not possible to understand the meanings in the ‘Book’! Only when we approach the topic with the consciousness of the letter B can we truly turn to the core of the matter and reach our target.
If we take heed of what the eminent saints and enlightened ones of the past have said, the reason why the Fatiha must be begun with the Basmalah is a warning about which state one must approach the topic.
 
With the name of Allah, who is Rahman and Rahim, my being which subsists with the existence denoted by the name Allah, it is He who manifests this activity from me with His Grace…
The only absolute producer of my actions is Allah. I’m doing this action with the meanings denoted by the name Allah. It is His absolute essence (dhat), knowledge, power and wisdom that is behind my action…
 
So, live with this consciousness and do not become veiled from the reality with beliefs that go against the truth.
Let’s remember the warning that was made to Muhammad (saw), also a ‘human’ like us:

With the name of Allah, who is Rahman and Rahim, my being which subsists with the existence denoted by the name Allah, it is He who manifests this activity from me with His Grace…
The only absolute producer of my actions is Allah. I’m doing this action with the meanings denoted by the name Allah. It is His absolute essence (dhat), knowledge, power and wisdom that is behind my action…