The Risalat Al-Nur Approach in Proving Faith Issues


  • Mohammed Mustafa Mohammed Salih


Faith Issues, Risale-i Nur, Sources of Knowledge


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 endeavour to establish faith in hearts. The paper adopts the analytical
methodology to achieve its aim through contextual analysis of the content of Risalei 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 (ilm 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 evidence 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.


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How to Cite

Mohammed Mustafa Mohammed Salih. (2021). The Risalat Al-Nur Approach in Proving Faith Issues. The Journal of Risale-I Nur Studies, 2(1), 96–106. Retrieved from