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 3rd International Bediuzzaman and Risale-i Nur Symposium

The 3rd International Bediuzzaman and Risale-i Nur Symposium has been held by Hayrat Foundation on June 5-6th 2010 in Konya Mawlana Centre for Culture. The theme of the symposium was “the Truths of Belief in the Risale-i Nur” and it was stated that there are reasonable explanations of the essentials of belief such as belief in Allah, belief in prophets, belief in destiny, belief in angels, belief in hereafter and belief in scriptures in the Risale-i Nur which was authored by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi and all people need these Qur’anic…

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The Republic

They asked me at the court: “What do you think about the Republic?” I replied: “As my biography which you have in your hands proves, I was a religious republican before any of you, with the exception of the Chairman of the Court, was born. Its summary is this: Like now, I was living at that time in seclusion in a remote tomb. They used to bring me soup, and I would give breadcrumbs to the ants. I used to eat my bread having dipped it in the soup. Those…

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Nursi’s Theological and Spiritual Worldview

QURAN AS THE ABSOLUTE SOURCE OF RELIGION One of the fundamental reasons which urged Nursi to expound his ideas in Risale-i Nur is his the sudden realization of the greatness of the Qur’an after reading a report of a statement made in the British house of Commons by the Minister of State at the Colonial Office: “So long as the Muslims have the Qur’an, we shall be unable to dominate them. Either we must take it from them or we must make them lose their love of it.” Struck by…

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Said Nursi, Muslim advocate of non-violence

Ironically Muslims all over the world are being labeled as “terrorists” and “violent” despite their being the epitome of peace and non-violence. Understandably, what prompted such a rash of derision against Muslims could be alluded to virtual envy by their detractors whose exploits would pale in comparison to Muslim achievements in peace advocacy in various aspects of the human endeavour. It is fair enough for Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) of India to deserve the international honorific as the symbol of non-violence. But in a not too distant place and time, there…

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Moral Personality of Ustad Bediuzzaman

Honourable Brothers, The human being was created with the best shape. He was given countless degrees of spiritual status. There is no boundaries limiting to reach these spiritual positions. The purpose of human beings’ creation is to know, believe in and worship Allah. Human being is the Caliph of Allah that He created and sent to the earth. Because of his knowledge and the trust that  he was given angels prostrated themselves before him with  the command of Allah. Human being has been the manifestation place of all the holy…

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What is Risale-i Nur?

Ustad (1) Bediuzzaman Said Nursi wrote the collection of Risale-i Nur in order to put an end the negative influence of western civilization on Muslims ,to confute unbelievers,  to restore Muslims’ devotion to Koran and sunnah(2)and to revive religious life. Risale-i Nur, having 130 pieces, consists of four main works especially Sözler (the words), Mektubat(the letters), Lem’alar(the flashes), Şua’lar(the rays). There are books consisting of 80-90 pages besides there are 2-3 paged books.

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Enlightenment Method of Risale-i Nur

As it was common sense to live in an Islamic way in the era of Salaf al-Salihin (the righteous predecessors of the first generations of Islam), everybody had beliefs even though some of these were imitative. Thus it was sufficient for those people to speak about the existence of Allah and His Uniqueness, about the existence of heaven and its happy life and blessings to encourage them towards prayer and it was sufficient to speak about hell and its torments to keep them away from sins.

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Ahmed Husrev Altinbasak

Ahmad Husrev Effendi was born in Isparta on 1315 A.H, 1899 A.D, at a time when a glorious, but unfortunate government -the Ottoman Empire- was suffering in the throes of material and spiritual disaster. Upon his birth, a virtuous man, dear to Allah, visited his house to name him and congratulate his family. The visitor, who was from Senirkent (a village near Isparta), wrote the following poem in honour of the birth of Ahmed Husrev:

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A Brief Account of The Life of Imam Bediüzzaman Said Nursi

Birth: 1876, Hizan, Nurs village, Bitlis / Ottoman Empire (Turkey) Death: March 23rd 1960, Şanlıurfa, Turkey Imam Bediüzzaman Said Nursi devides his life into two periods: “The period of Old Said” is from his first visit to Istanbul until the First World War, and “the period of New Said” is from his exile to Barla where he started to compile “the Treatise of Light” until his death. The term in between the two periods is a period of self-accounting and self-struggle.

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