The Positive Attitude

In the face of regime’s oppression Risale-i Nur movement has adopted the positive attitude as a way of existence and performing service to faith. The positive attitude in Risale-i Nur movement can be defined briefly as follows: To carry out our service without causing chaos, anarchy or violence, infringing the security and rights of other people and focusing on our duty with patience and endurance without being persistent about the results which are determined by will of Allah (SWT). Positive attitude means to establish the peaceful and safe atmosphere in which…

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A Short History of Risale-i Nur Service

Imam Nursi, after living a life full of struggle to save the faith of the people and to defeat the materialist ideology, left behind a service which is now illuminating the paths of millions of people. Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi was born in Nur village of Bitlis province in the eastern part of Turkey in 1877. Thanks to his extraordinary intelligence and memory, Allah (SWT) granted that he complete his education in the Islamic disciplines, which normally takes fifteen years, in a much shorter time and he took his diploma…

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Imam Said Nursi’s Service to Faith

Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi gave tremendous service to the people of Turkey by protecting their faith under the harsh conditions of the former autocratic nationalist secular Republic of Turkey, handing down the Risale-i Nur collection and raising a generation with verified faith as a legacy to the community of Islam. I intend to devote my article to ‘the service of Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi to the faith’ due to the fact that this year is the 52nd anniversary of his departure from this earthly life. Imam Rabbani, the mujaddid of…

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When were Risale-i Nur treatises written?

Primary Treatises of Risale-i Nur Collection were written after Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi arrived in Isparta in 1926: The Words: 1926 – 1929 The Letters: 1929 – 1932 The Flashes: 1932 – 1936 The Rays: 1936 – 1949 In respect to these dates, it is certain that Risale-i Nur Collection was completed in 23 years between 1926 and 1949. Some of the other dates may vary one or two years. Treatises written before 1926 and added to Risale-i Nur Collection later: The Signs of Miraculousness: 1914 – 1915 (Written during…

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How Turkey saved from Communism?

Many people wonder how the communism could not spread in Turkey, although many Muslim and non-Muslim countries, Turkish countries in Central Asia, European countries, and even the southern neighbours of Turkey like Syria got affected. The communism affected the religions, too. Many Muslims, Christians and Judaists lost their faith. So how did Turkey preserved itself from this irreligion? The main role of the eliminating of the irreligion, atheism and communism was played by Risale-i Nur in Turkey. If it wasn’t for the Risale-i Nur, the religious situation of Turkey would…

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Husrev Efendi in Said Nursi’s perspective

The portrayal of Ahmed Husrev Altinbasak in Said Nursi’s treatises shows his significant place in the Risale-i Nur movement. Ahmed Husrev Efendi was born in AH 1315 / AD 1899 in Senirce village, Isparta. His father, Mehmed Bey, was the grandson of one of the last Isparta governors of the Great Ottoman Islamic Empire, Haci Edhem Bey. The forebears of his father, who are among Isparta’s notable men, are known as Green Turbans and their family tree dates back to the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) companion Sayyidina Abu Bakr (may Allah…

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Maxims about Salah

The prayers and supplications for rain are a form of worship. Drought is the time for such worship. Worship and supplications of this sort are not in order to bring rain. If they are performed with that intention alone they are not worthy of acceptance, for they are not sincere worship. (Words) The spirit, the heart, and the mind find great ease in prayer. And it is not trying for the body. Furthermore, with the right intention, all the other acts of someone who performs the prescribed prayers become like…

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A Reflection on Uslub Al-Da’wah of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

TWENTIETH LETTER: This is an attempt to give a brief review in term of styles and approaches of da’wah of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, based on the Twentieth Letter, contained in the Second Volume of Risalat-i Nur Collection titled The Letters, written by him between 1928-1932, while in exile in Barla, an isolated village in Province of Insparta in South Western Anatolia. They were largely written in reply to questions put by his students and also in reply to criticism and attack on various questions of belief and Islam. Its original…

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The Great Islamic Scholar

The Great Islamic Scholar: Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1) From this week on for several weeks, we will embark on a new series of writing about the life of an outstanding Islamic Scholar, the like of whom history has rarely met before. He is Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. He is well known to particularly Turkey, where his books are extensively being studied by every segment of society from the rich to the poor, from the youth to the elderly from the time they were started to be written in early 20th…

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The Impact of Da‘wah

Introduction: Each time the Muslim ummah faced with a setback or a socio-religious down turn, Allah the Almighty with all His blessings and grace sent the mujaddid (reformer) or mujaddidun (group of reformers) to purify and upgrade their iman (faith) for them, so that they would always be in the right path and attain success in their life. This has taken place in the past through the process of tajdid (renewal or purification of faith) which could be witnessed in history since centuries ago. In the following pages, as the…

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