Risale-i Nur

The Way is Twofold: Either Silence or Honesty

The Way is Twofold: Either Silence or Honesty

بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْذِبُونَ Lying is the basis of unbelief; indeed, unbelief is a falsehood and the worst sort of lying, and it is the chief sign of dissembling. Lying is to slander divine power and it is the opposite of dominical wisdom. Lying destroys high morals. It transforms great enterprises into putrifying corpses. Its poison […]

The fast of Ramadan: Comprehensive Worship to Universal Mercy

The fast of Ramadan: Comprehensive Worship to Universal Mercy

  شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِۤى اُنْزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْاٰنُ هُدًى للِنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِنَ الْهُدٰى وَالْفُرْقَانِ  The fast of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam; it is also one of the greatest of the marks and observances of Islam. There are many purposes and instances of wisdom in the fast of Ramadan which look to […]

Do Not Interfere in Allah’s Concerns

Do Not Interfere in Allah’s Concerns

Although those who strive on the way of Truth should think only of their own duties, they think of those that pertain to Almighty Allah, base their actions on them, and fall into error. It is written in the work Adab al-Din wa’l-Dunya, that one time Satan tempted Jesus (Upon whom be peace) saying: “The appointed […]

Attention of Men Cannot be Demanded

Attention of Men Cannot be Demanded

Be aware that the attention of men cannot be demanded, but only given. If it is given, one should not delight in it. If one delights in it, sincerity is lost and hypocrisy takes its place. The attention of men, if accompanied by the desire for honour and fame, is not a reward and a […]



Said Nursi

Why He Never Accepted Presents?

Why He Never Accepted Presents?

بِاسْمِهِ سُبْحَانَهُ وَاِنْ مِنْ شَىْءٍ اِلاَّ يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِ This is part of a letter written in response to a gift from his well-known student, Hulusi Yahyagil. T h i r d l y : You sent me a present and want to break an extremely important rule of mine! Just this time I am not […]

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi: His Literary Aspect

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi: His Literary Aspect

Since early times, poets and writers, thinkers and scholars have been divided into two groups. Some of them regard as being important, only the style and expression meter and rhyme. They end up sacrificing meaning for expression. And this state shows itself most visibly in poetry. As for the other group, by placing utmost value […]

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi: His Ideas

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi: His Ideas

It is well known that all thinkers have their own systems of reflection, their particular objectives with their thoughts and their ideals, which they hold dear to their hearts. And usually there are lengthy forewords written to discuss their systems of reflection, their aim and ideals. However, Bediuzzaman’s system of reflection, his aims and ideals […]

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi: His Scholarly Aspect