Terzi Baba (Necdet Ardıç)

 Terzi Baba (Necdet Ardıç) was born on December 15, 1938 in Tekirdağ (a small town roughly 84 miles west of İstanbul, Turkey). He is the second child of Sadık Ardıç Efendi (his father) and Melek (Meliha) Hanım (his mother) who earned their living from farming. He has two brothers: his elder brother Ahmet and younger brother Cevdet.
 NECDET means brave, hero, and hector.

La ilahe Illallah

“La ilahe Illallah”
 This is the last phrase of the call to prayer and it is referred to as “Kelime-i Tevhid.”  The Unification (Oneness) of the two different repetitions of “Allahu Akbar,” the external one and the internal one, pertaining to our existence, is called “Tevhid.”
 What is “Kelime-i Tevhid?”

Allahu Akbar

  “Allahu Akbar”
 The statement of the four initial tekbirs in the beginning, and at this point, is only repeated twice.  The first repetition of “Allahu Akbar” is for the purpose of stating all of the universes, and the second repetition of “Allahu Akbar” is for the purpose of our own existence. 

Essalatu hayrun minen-nevm

  “Essalatu hayrun minen-nevm”
 This phrase, which was added to the official call for the morning salat, means “Salat is more important than sleep.”
 The second meaning it has for humanity is as follows:  “Try to escape delusions; do not be a sleeper; be more cautious with your life. Do not discard the things you have learned thus far, and try to wake-up now before the Angel of Death comes to your door.” 

Hayye ale’l-felah

“Hayye ale’l-felah”
 When we repeat the phrase “Hayye ale’l-felah” during the Ezan, we are liberated from ourselves.
 The word “felah” means “liberty.”  We must experience this state to be able to benefit from the whole statement in the Koran, “Vallahu yed’u ila darisselam” (Yunus 10/25) which means Allah invites you to the Home of Peace. He guides whom He will to a straight Path.

Eshedu enla ilahe illa Allah

“Eshedu enla ilahe  illa Allah”  In terms of the level or mertebe of knowledge, this phrase can be considered to mean “Ilmel Yakiyn.”  More specifically, “Eshedu” means “I testify” and “Enla ilahe illallah” means “There is no other God, but Allah.”     
 Nonetheless, in order for us to reach this stage, we need to complete the previous level of tekbirs properly.  If we are unable to begin the task properly, we will not be able to accomplish it.

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