‘There is no wisdom like knowing one’s shortcomings’

Without going into details, I would like to point out that there are people and groups with different views on religious and non-religious issues in our country and in Muslim societies, as in the world, and this is quite normal. What is not normal is that the greed, selfishness, bigotry and intolerance of these different parties in our country and in Muslim societies push them towards more mistakes; makes them more harmful to each other and to their society.

Most of the conflicts I have mentioned – perhaps inevitable for their time – come from our history of thought and belief. While we are thinking about our current problems and solutions as an ummah and nation, we cannot ignore our Islamic and national culture and tradition. We have a long lived historical fact. It is impossible to solve our known problems by ignoring this fact, this dimension of our identity and personality, namely our culture and tradition.

But what I am saying does not mean that history is sanctified like the Qur’an! In my opinion, knowing that tradition is not sacred is as important as valuing tradition. The sanctification of tradition is a dangerous and grave concept. For many centuries, the Islamic world has suffered from sanctifying tradition and not being able to question it. However, like every individual, there have been truths and wrongs in the past of every society; This is quite natural for our religious, national and other social existence as well as for our individual existence.

But the self-respecting person judges and questions himself; if he is experiencing a negative situation today, he investigates and investigates which past mistakes it is; even benefit from the criticism of others in this regard. After all, as the poet said “There can be no perfect balance like chessm-i insaf. (There is no measure like an eye that looks at a mature person with mercy) / There is no wisdom like knowing one’s shortcomings.” In the same way, every national person who values ​​and respects his nation and its history evaluates and questions the current state of the nation, its past, tradition and culture. This is not to denigrate the nation, but to refine it to the extent of its intelligence, knowledge and experience. If we do not see our good deeds and sins honestly and sincerely, both at the individual and social level; How can we make our tomorrow better than our present if we use emotional, verbal, and sometimes even actual violence against those who show it? However, the Prophet “He who has two days equal to each other is wasted” he had commanded.


Today, Muslim societies are experiencing many political, social, economic, legal and even religious problems and divisions, tensions and conflicts over them. Let’s face it, all of this is the result of continuing our past mistakes and neglects. That’s why Muslim societies must first of all repent and say “bismillah” with a new intention, a new morality and a new decision.

In my opinion -some successful experiences have also shown- The challenge is not to build a new and happy future. The challenge is to achieve the transformation at the stage of repentance, intention, morality and decision that we have stated. Isn’t it the same to repent of sins in a religious sense? Almighty Allah in the Qur’an “Repent to Allah all together, O believers! Hopefully, you will be saved this way.” (Nur 24/31) says. But according to our religious sources, the first condition of “savior” repentance our previous mistakes leave, since we do the second condition repent, The third condition is that not to go back to the wrong again.

As Muslim societies and as a nation, we need a total repentance with these conditions; As stated in the verse, the real salvation of the ummah and nation will follow, which is not deceitful. The promise of Allah and the judgment of our minds say so.

But the point is, don’t judge ourselves. ‘good accounting’is With this accounting, we must respect tradition, history; Knowing that they are our identity and personality with their right and wrong, we should care about and evaluate history. I think it is extremely important to gain experience from the past, to see our mistakes, to determine which historical riches are a source of dynamism for us today, and which concepts are our hindrances.

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