The Risale-i Nur
(Rasala an Nur)

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.

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1878-1960 C.E., 1295-1379 Hijri) or Ustad Nursi, as his followers refer to him, was a great scholar, gnostic, and saint of the fourteenth century of the Islamic calendar. He struggled his entire life to understand, implement, teach, and uphold the message of the Qur’an and the Prophetic example. His unshakable certainty in the truths of faith provided a bastion of refuge and hope for Muslims in the late Ottoman Empire and republican Turkey at times of calamitous defeats and moral collapse that sealed the end of the Ottoman Caliphate. Today, the treasure of knowledge he left behind, the Risale-i Nur, continues to teach and inspire believers all around the world.