Naturally, we human beings are connected to the world around us, it makes difficult for us to distance ourselves from what is happening all around us. Namely as human beings even if we live in harmony and relative satisfaction in safe and advanced places of the world, we still react (are affected by) to the wars, death, starving, discrimination, inequality which happens outside of our geographical boundaries and other places of the world, which in turn affects our temporally peace of mind and joy and turn them into pain.
Throughout history, human beings had sought refuge in religion to cope with these pains of lose, and limitings. But as the time passed, even religion was targeted by the so called militant secularism, using science as a weapon to attack religion and claim the falseness and uselessness of the only refuge for humanity, in turn religion not only in its traditional way of dealing with these kinds of attacks, but also a new form, showing the compatibility of religion and science and that science works in accordance to the teachings of Islam, a contemporary interpretation of Qur’an was needed for the modern man. Thus, The Risale-i Nur Collection is one of those commentaries.
The Risale-i Nur (Rasala an Nur) Collection is a commentary on the Glorious Qur’an written by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, a famous Muslim Thinker (1877 – 1960). The verses of the Qur’an are expounded in the Risale-i Nur, it mainly includes: those concerned with the truths (matters) of belief, such as God’s existence and Unity, resurrection, prophethood, Divine Judgment or destiny, the revealed scriptures, angels, and man’s duties of worship.
The Risale-i Nur is uniquely fitted to address not only all Muslims but indeed all mankind for several reasons. First: it is written to deal with the problems of contemporary mentality, a mentality that whether Muslim or not has been deeply influenced by materialist philosophy: It specifically attempts to answer the most fundamental questions, doubts and confusions that this causes. Second: It explains the most profound matters of belief, which formerly only advanced scholars studied in detail, in such a way that everyone, even those to whom the subject is new, may understand and gain something without it causing any difficulties or harm.