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Volume 2 Issue 2

July 2015

A Critique of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’s Risale-i-Noor (The Epistle of Light)
Mr. SK Sagir Ali, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Midnapore College, 
Midnapore, West Bengal, India
Abstract
Said Nursi, the most influential Islamic Philosopher with an objective of safeguarding and strengthening of belief in God, devoted all his efforts to reveal the truths and realities of belief as depicted in the Qur’an. In his masterwork Risale-i-Noor (The Epistle of Light) he viewed human moral nature and religion to explain life. For Nursi, the key to belief consist the deciphering the signs which exist ‘in the self and on the horizons’ in order to open the key to creation the proposed study will seek to investigate into the major impact of Nursi for his search for answers to man’s existential dilemma of his own being. Nursi was critical of his fellow being for the blind imitation of Europe. It was not that he shunned every idea of West; but he was also in favor of constitutionalism and republicanism. Man is faced with a choice: belief in the sovereignty of God or belief in the sovereignty of man- the conflict took a rational claim in the realistic ideology of Nursi.
Keywords
Said Nursi; Risale-i-Noor (The Epistle of Light); The Qur’an; Faith.
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