We mainly read a tafsir (commentary) of the Qur’an called Risale-i Nur written by the Muslim scholar Said Nursi.

What is Risale-i Nur

The Risale-i Nur collection is a six-thousand-page commentary on the Qur’an written by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi in accordance with the mentality of the age. In Risale-i Nur, Said Nursi concentrates on proving the truths of faith through rational proofs and evidences by describing the miraculous aspects of the Qur’an that relate primarily to our century. Originally written in Ottoman Turkish language, this collection now has millions of readers in the world and it has been translated more than forty languages i.e. English, Arabic, German, Bahasa,Urdu, Serbian, Bosnian, Persian, Kurdish.

According to Bediuzzaman, the Holy Qur’an addresses the intellect as well as man’s other inner faculties. It directs man to consider the universe and its functioning in order to learn its true nature and purposes as the creation which is to learn the attributes of its Single Creator and his own duties as a creature. Said Nursi explains the true nature of the universe as signs of its Creator and demonstrats through clear arguments that when it is read as such, all the fundamentals of beliefs may be proved rationally. Nursi’s writings are mainly based on Qur’anic verses and hadiths. However, unlike other written materials, his writings are not very much compartmentalized. No trace of his early readings were visible yet there is to be found a strong authenticity of Qur’anic taste. Risale-i Nur is not a scientific work yet, it uses scientific truths as an evidence for the existence of God and in explanation of pillars of faith.  It is a combination of mind and heart with richness of spirituality.

All scientific discoveries are merely the uncovering of the workings of the cosmos. When the cosmos is seen to be a vast and infinitely complex and meaningful unified book describing its Single Author, all these discoveries and advances reinforce, deepen and expand belief rather than causing doubt and bewilderment. Bediuzzaman Said Nursi demonstrated in the Risale-i Nur that there is no contradiction or dichotomy between science and religion.

Some subjects are in the Risale-i Nur in general: Children, Youth, Elderly, Sick, Sincerity,Brotherhood, Qur’an, Prophethood, Philosophy, Love, Hatred, Ah al Bayt, Companions of the ProphetMohammad (PBUH), Other Prophets, Spirits, Angels, Satan, Miracles, Miraculousness of the Quran,Jannah (Paradise), Jahannam (Hell), Praying, Fasting, Peace, Enmity, Greediness, Concept of jihad, Consumerism, Morality, Hereafter, Human happiness, Civilization, Sense of responsibility, Sense of awareness, Women, Racism, Education, Book of universe, Human “I” (ego).

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