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The Approach Of The Risale-i Nur In Proving The Issues Of Faith

PAGES 67-76,

Muhammed Mustafa Muhammed SALIH

Hartum University





This paper tackles the approach of Risale-i Nur in evidencing issues pertaining to religious doctrine. It attempts to demonstrate the reasoning adopted by Nursi in his persistent endeavor to establish faith in hearts. The paper adopts the analytical methodology to achieve its aim through contextual analysis of the content of Risale-i Nur. 

The paper stresses the reasoning and contemplative attributes and characters of Nursi and his through knowledge of the Islamic heritage at both levels of revelation and reason. This gives him a unique ability to come up with stunning arguments. The paper finds that the sources of knowledge of Nursi and the approaches he adopts to affirm faith in Allah and what follows of unseen and unknown can be divided into two main parts: the first includes sources subject to reason and logic including philosophical and Islamic theology (ilmul-al-kalam) while the second includes what is not subjected to reason and logic including contemplative visionary which pertains to mystic approaches.  

Therefore we could name the first set of knowledge sources as primary sources as they lead to accept faith through convincing arguments and evidences while the second set could be known as secondary sources as they only emerge to persons of faith through divine inspiration which in turn foster faith. 

Imam Nursi adopted a comprehensive approach benefiting from methods of mystics, theologians and philosophers. However, he deals with these diverse methods in a critical manner that reflects the effect of Holy Quran in the methodology and aim of Risale-i Nur of fostering the truths of faith.

The paper also reflects the position of Imam Bediuzzaman Said Nursi as a leading reformist in the field of Islamic Thought and in particular in the domains of theology and linguistic interpretation of the holy Quran.  

Keywords: Feath’s issues, Risale-i Nur, Sources of Knowledge.