Imam Bediuzzaman and His Movement of Belief in the 20th Century

Imam Said Nursi defended the tenets of iman against the disbelief and saved the faith of millions of people with the strong rational evidences he presented in the Risale-i Nur. Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi lived at such a time that the Risale-i Nur struggle can only be understood by realizing the spirit of the time during Imam Nursi lived. It was during his life period with the exploration and advancement of the steam power that humanity had entered into a new era; a change from the agriculture base to the…

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Jawshan al-Kabir

Jawshan is a unique duaʿ of our Prophet which is like a shield protecting us from material and spiritual dangers with Allah’s permission. Jawshan al-Kabir is a great and comprehensive supplication that our Prophet Muhammad Alaihissalatu wassalam made with numerous names of Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala. As a word of Persian origin, Jawshan means a kind of shield and armour for war. Jawshan is divided into two: Jawshan al-Kabir and Jawshan al-Saghir. Today Jawshan al-Kabir is well-known. Musa al-Kadhim related Jawshan al-Kabir from the Prophet Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam on the successive…

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Prayer Atmosphere

Duaʿ is a priceless blessing that makes us closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala in every moment of life. Every perfection of the creation which is praiseworthy belongs to Him. Therefore, the praises are to Him. The praises from azal (pre-eternity) to abad (post-eternity); from whoever to whomever; in the past or in the future are all to Him. Because blessing, favour, perfection, beauty and means of thanks all of which deserve praise or admiration belong to Him. Oh Allah! Bless our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam, his family…

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The luminous colour of Ramadan: ‘Mahyas’

Mahya is an exciting Ramadan tradition enhancing the atmosphere of the blessed month. Mahya is accepted as the herald of Ramadan in our old culture. As good news of Ramadan, it smiled to Muslims with its sparkling face. The tradition of mahya still continues although there are not many masters of it nowadays. In the era of Ottomans, a special importance was attributed to it and never neglected. The aims of this tradition with written messages are to direct people at kindness, to promote good deeds and to encourage children…

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Ramadan in the Ottoman Empire

The blessed month Ramadan was welcomed at governmental level in the Ottoman Empire. By Muhammed Fatih SEMİZ Ramadan made a different sense to Ottoman Empire and the Ottoman society. The relevant state institutions took measures for the safety of the month of Ramadan, and the preparations of this spiritually fruitful month would begin well in advance. Regiment surra, which departed from Istanbul on the twelfth of the month of Rajab, and which was sent off by the state officials along with a large crowd, became an important ceremony that heralded…

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Risale-i Nur is a Commentary of the Holy Quran

Risale-i Nur is such a strong tafseer, which expresses, explains, and proves the truths of faith of the Qur’an with strong evidence and proof, that it silences the most obstinate philosophers who deny the existence of Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala. By Altınbaşak Academic Research Board Commentary is described shortly as, “Exploring, expressing and showing the secret meanings of the Holy Qur’an.” Abu Hamid Al Ghazali compares the Holy Qur’an to an ocean without a shore. There are pearls, rubies and jewels in the deep of this vast ocean. The Commentary…

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Luminous Workers of the Universe: Angels

Malaika are dutiful living creatures that serve Allah Subhanahu wa Taʽala everywhere. The heavens have attracted the interest of the man since he first set foot on the earth. Questions like “I wonder if anyone lives there? If so, who are they? How are their lives? Is it possible to communicate with them? What do they do?” always occupied man’s mind until today. Both the Divine Religions and other beliefs attribute different meanings by giving various names to the inhabitants of the heavens. In this article, the attributes, features and…

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The Miraculous Inimitability of the Word of Allah

The Qur’an is the inimitable, eternal Divine address to mankind. *This article is the transcription of a talk given in a workshop. The Qur’anic Miracles (al-Mu’jizatul Qur’aniyya) is one of the most important “risalas” (which means epistle or treatise) in the Risale-i Nur. And the subject is al Mu’jizat al-Qur’aniyya, the Qur’anic miracles, the miraculousness or as you might call it inimitability of the Qur’an. Iʿjaz (اعجاز) literally means to make someone impotent, to make someone powerless, and to make someone unable to act. What the Qur’an does in its…

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Leadership and Modesty

Humble leaders become successful and, more importantly, attain the pleasure of Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala. Modesty means ‘not to hold high esteem of oneself,’ and ‘not to belittle others.’ It is ‘not to be conceited’ and ‘not to consider oneself superior.’ Arrogance, esteeming oneself better than others, showing off and being conceited are all bad habits. Our Prophet Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam said, “Allah (swt) told me that you should be so humble towards one another that no one should boast to anyone else.” “Whoever is arrogant, Allah will bring him down low and whoever is…

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Editor’s letter: a strong tafseer of the Qur’an

As you know Imam Said Nursi (ra)’s Risale-i Nur treatises are the basic sources of our magazine. In every issue we present you various articles that benefited from Risale-i Nur. We also publish pieces telling about his great struggle for the service of the Qur’an and iman. You can read “Imam Bediuzzaman and His Movement of Belief in the 20th Century” written by Muhlis Körpe in this issue. Risale-i Nur is a strong commentary of the Qur’an al-Kareem. It gives us a strong faith lesson proving the truths of Islam.…

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