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  • As time passes, the Qur’an doesn’t get old; as a matter of fact, the Qur’an gets even younger

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  • Man did not come to this world in order to live in fine manner and pass his life in ease and pleasure. Rather, possessing vast capital, he came here to work and do trade for an eternal, everlasting life

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  • Everything was determined by qadar (destiny). If you feel content with what you have, you will live easily.

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  • In a brief life, it is not reasonable to destroy eternal, everlasting life and eternal happiness for a little bit of pleasure. (The Letters)

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  • O my soul! Know that yesterday has left you, and as for tomorrow, you have nothing to prove that it will be yours. In which case, know that your true life is the present day.

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  • This world is a guesthouse. Man will stay here for a short time and he is a guest with a lot of duties; in his short life, he is obliged to obtain the materials necessary for the eternal lif

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  • Time has shown that Paradise is not cheap, and neither is Hell unnecessary

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  • Alas! We have been deceived. We supposed the life of this world to be constant, and so have lost everything. Yes, this passing life is but a sleep; it passes like a dream. This frail life flies like the wind, and departs.

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  • Oh man! You do not own yourself. Rather, you are totally owned by One whose power is infinite, an All-Compassionate One of Glory whose mercy is infinite. Therefore, do not trouble yourself by shouldering the burden of your life. For it is He who grants

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  • It is as easy for the Lord of Glory to create a spring as it is to create a flower

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Bediuzzaman Said Nursi: His Frugality

Frugality is nothing other than the tafsir and elucidation of the sufficiency mentioned above. And to enter the palace of frugality, one must first enter through the door of sufficiency. For this reason frugality and sufficiency necessitate one another. The frugality of mujahids who follow the path of sufficiency taken by the Prophets is a natural characteristic, one that is second nature. After which for him a dish of soup, a glass of water and a piece of bread will suffice for a given day. What can be said of this great man, in line with the saying of the French poet Lamartine that “He did not live to eat, but rather ate to live.” After having completely understood the path of Ustad, I am reluctant to equate his frugal lifestyle with such mundane things as eating and drinking. It is necessary to measure the frugality of this great man by applying it on spiritual planes and by using non-material criteria. For example, Ustad did not measure the power of this elevated frugality by simple things such as eating, drinking and dress. On the contrary, his was a genius that would apply it to avoiding wastefulness in spiritual and abstract values such as thinking, expending the mind, potentials, moments, times, the nafs and breathing. And this careful method of evaluation which he made integral to his character, he also instilled this in his students. Hence it is not easy to ask a Nur student to read random works and listen to every word that is said. For the inscription in the focal point of their hearts, saying “Careful!” acts as a most sensitive control mechanism. Thus, Bediuzzaman is a rare jewel of creation that rose an immaculate generation. He has actively proven himself as powerful reformer and a most extraordinary ‘pedagogue’ and has added yet another marvellous page shining with nur in the history of frugality.   Source: Ali Ulvi Kurucu, Preface of “Bediuzzaman Said Nursi: The Authorised Biography”



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