The nature of the Risale-i Nur and its place in Islamic history

The Hayrat Publishing Translation Committee What type of book is the Risale-i Nur? Many new readers of The Book of Light, especially in translation, note that it is not easy to place in a single genre. It variously embodies aspects of theology and Qur’anic exegesis, sometimes in the form of allegorical narrative, at other times in the more conventional form of scholarly treatise. At first glance, some parts of the Risale-i Nur seem similar to Sufi litany, and even philosophy and poetry. However, for Nursi, it is neither; the direct…

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Answers to the slanders against Imam Nursi

Said Yavuz Recently, especially after the coup attempt on July 15th, some smart (!) people have started to smear the distinguished personality and blessed cause of Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, who is a real hero and a devoted altruist man of Islam and this homeland, by using some malicious misrepresentations that are not based on any information or document. These malicious violations have reached such a point that we have no more patience left. It has become a necessity to share some examples of Imam Nursi’s unique heroism in the struggle for religion and homeland in order…

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Life after death

Will your consciousness survive your own bodily death? Will there still be a “you” after you die – which is to say, will you continue to have conscious experiences in an incorporeal state (in a similar state, for example, to dream-consciousness)? Moreover, if the “heart” of human consciousness does survive the cessation of the beating of the physical heart, will the state in which it subsequently finds itself be determined by the way that your individual consciousness had, in life, interacted with others in the physical world, and by the…

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The existence of God

Islam teaches belief in one god, and that this God is not some arbitrarily chosen god amongst other gods, but the beginninglessly eternal reality, the Only God, Who did not beget, nor was He begotten. The seven heavens and the earth, and all that is in them glorify Him; and there is nothing but that it proclaims His praise, but you do not understand their glorification. Surely He is All-clement, All-forgiving. (Qur’an, “the Chapter of the Night Journey” 17:44) He is the First and the Last, the Outward and the Inward;…

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What are parents? And what are they not?

Pedagogy Association, Istanbul Our “values” and “identities” are mixed up like many other things in today’s world. And when the daily rush of life is added to this mix-up, our identities, which determine our way of life, completely lose function. Sometimes although we have the aim of using our identities more effectively, we may forget who we are or our self amidst this daily rush. When it comes to the identity of “mother and father,” who are of particular concern to our children- whom we cannot realize how quick they…

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Sincerity: the most important basis, the greatest strength

“The Twenty-First Flash” from the Risale-i Nur Corpus بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّح۪يمِ وَلَا تَنَازَعُوا فَتَفْشَلُوا وَتَذْهَبَ ر۪يحُكُمْ وَ قُومُوا لِلّٰهِ قَانِت۪ينَ قَدْ اَفْلَحَ مَنْ زَكّٰيهٰا  وَ قَدْ خَابَ مَنْ دَسّٰيهَا وَلَا تَشْتَرُوا بِاٰيَات۪ي ثَمَنًا قَل۪يلاً In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate Quarrel not with one another, lest you lose heart, and your spirit depart (Anfal 46) Stand before Allah in devotion (Baqarah 238) He who purifies his soul succeeds, and he who corrupts it fails (Shams 9-10) do not sell My signs for a paltry price (Baqarah…

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We strongly condemn the villainous coup attempt

“We strongly condemn the villainous coup attempt that has targeted the integrity, unity, solidarity, peace, stability, security, and independence of our motherland, Turkey. We ask our Lord, Allah swt, to strengthen our unity and solidarity that we have had against these coup plotters as an entire nation. We thank our security forces and beloved nation who have stood tall in this honourable fight, and all of our brothers and sisters who have supported this fight with their verbal and actual prayers. We ask Allah’s mercy to be on our brothers…

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Why should I learn the Qur’an?

Our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) says in his hadith; “The best amongst you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.” (Bukhari, Fadhail ul Qur’an, 21) In another hadith; “A believer, who recites the Qur’an and acts on it, is like an orange (utrujjah) which tastes nice and smells nice. And the example of the believer who does not recite the Qur’an but acts on it is like a date that tastes sweet but has no smell. And the example of the hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is like a sweet…

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