SAY THEM WHO ASK ME; I’M IN NEITHER HEAVEN NOR HELL.
BECAUSE, I’M A PIECE OF DUST BESIDE OF MY GOD.
I was in Istanbul, Turkey in 1956. I earned a degree in biology at the School of Sciences, Istanbul University, Turkey. I started work in 1978 with Fako Pharmaceuticals and in view of remuneration issues, I changed my profession to banking and was employed by Disbank in 1980. I worked in almost all fields of banking and almost all levels both branch and head office level. In 2004 I retired from Disbank as an officer.
I have been writing poems since midschool. I won first prize in 1973 in a poetry competition at Cavusoglu College’s Culture and Literature Department. I completed my novel, “And God said: Love” in 1978 which I had begun in 1974.
One day as I was reading the Holy Coran, the 17th verse of the Abasa (Surah 80 I was deeply inspired. ”God was saying: “ Woe to man! What hath made him reject God? “ *. . .That is when I was very much ashamed. Until “that” day, He had always given to me. . . Whereas I had done nothing for “Him. . .” I was among the ungrateful He had mentioned. .
I observed people: When someone acts ungrateful, he is rejected and not forgiven. . They establish friendship in their own interests and when it is no longer to their interests they do not recognize you.
No one has ever given me anything without reciprocation. Even my own kin. . .they were offended when I did not do what they wanted. .
Whereas, “He” My true friend. . He never forsakes . . Even when I did not remember Him, He was with me. . .Even when I did nothing for him, he is always bountiful and gracious towards me. . I adore Him. I am mersmerized by his lovely ways I do not see in humans. L .
With regret and shame, I felt with my whole being that I must do something for this TRUE FRIEND, my Creator, who provided for me since the day I was born. . Then, it dawned on me; God Almighty has given me a gift in literature. . From that day on, or as of the year 2000, I changed the content of my poetry in the direction of the love and faith for God so that I might utilize this literary gift to serve God and to transmit his glory and love to humans. . .Initially, I tried to explain God with my poems and then with anecdotes and essays. . in my own capacity. . . My goal was to generate the God’s love in the minds of juveniles; to light a candle in their hearts for God; to touch their consciences. . I saw young people in denial. . I saw young people in quest. . I, especially, tried to contribute to juveniles who were denying their Creator. Then I observed that “. . .Any whom God leaves to stray, there is none to guide.” VERSE 33, THE BELIEVER (MUMIN), SURA 40)
I wasn’t able to given anything to those who denied, but I did give them some questions to think about. I was able to communicate with juveniles who felt an inward emptiness and were in quest of something. As one Showing the Way, I tried to explain to them how to believe in God and to understand the Ways of God. I wrote to numerous juveniles over the Internet in a forum. Some were disturbed and reacted. Some even threatened me. Despite all this, I feel content that with what I have written I have done something for God. This is one of the reason for my preparing this site.
One day I will depart from this temporal world, as we all will. But what I have written will pass over to the next generation owing to this site. And I will feel content for having attempted to do at least something for God Almighty.
THOSE THINGS I SHOULD HAVE DONE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER BUT DID NOT. .
THOSE THINGS I SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE BUT DID. .
AND FOR MY INGRATITUDE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. . .
GOD ALMIGHTY, I BEG YOUR FORGIVENESS. . .
One night as you lay your head on your pillow ask yourselves the following question:
WHAT DID I DO FOR GOD TODAY?
If you cannot answer . . .then know that:
YOU HAVE SHAMED!
MAY GOD BE YOUR BELOVED AND YOUR COMPANION.
Showing the Way (Akin Örsmen)
* The Coranic verses have been taken from the Holy Qu’ran, A. Yusuf Ali, 1975 publication, Pitman Press, Great Britain