The Compability of Divine Determining (Qadar) And Power of Choice

Compared to other creatures in this universe, humans have a high position enabling them to say “I am free; I can do whatever I want”. Human can have opposite ideas in his universe of thought. For example, when divine determining is understood as an obligation, there will be no freedom for people. Indeed, throughout the history, some currents have emerged claiming that human has no power of will and human is like a leaf on the wind. Some other currents exaggerated so much that they denied divine determining stating, “If…

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The Flimsy Roots of Materialism Based On Causes

The earliest response to materialistic positivist challenge in nineteenth century which we mentioned in previous article came from a strange Muslim scholar in Turkey called as Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. He was strange both in terms of his way of clothing and manners and perception of the world and life and knowledge as well. It was 1922 when he first time noticed that that monster of unbelief was trying to grab the belief of Turkish nation. He was in Ankara and witnessed the joy of people due to the victory of…

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Are we alone in this universe?

In the second point of the first chapter of his treatise on belief, Bediuzzaman recounts a dream, where Bediuzzaman sees himself on a high bridge between two lofty mountains. It is pitch dark everywhere. A deep dark abyss lies beneath. When Bediuzzaman looks around he imagines an endless graveyard on his right and a colossal storm approaching from the left. Terrified by the scene, he pulls a flashlight from his pocket in order to see well and to calm himself. Yet things are worse under the dim light. He notices…

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