By Ian S. Markham
Modern Islamic thinkers are frequently studied sociologically instead of as theologians. there are lots of available introductions to Christian theologians, yet only a few such experiences of Islamic thinkers. This e-book, and this sequence, seeks to alter this case: delivering new introductions to influential Islamic thinkers and interesting, on the point of principles, with the wealthy depths of up to date Islamic theology. This ebook introduces to the English-speaking international the best smooth Islamic philosopher acknowledged Nursi (1878-1960) - who has a few 9 million fans in modern-day Turkey and all over the world. After a gap bankruptcy that gives an summary of his lifestyles, the following 4 chapters define the theology of Nursi on God, the Qur'an, the West and Politics. the ultimate part offers a useful source of readings from Nursi's most crucial writings. offering an creation to an important kind of Islam that is devoted to non-violence, discussion and positive relationships with the West, this can be the 1st scholar textbook to introduce a modern Islamic theologian in a scientific means.
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The things his hands cling onto tear at them as they depart, even severing them. He remains in perpetual distress, or else plunges into heedless drunkenness. Since it is thus, my soul, if you have sense, gather together all those loves and give them to their true owner; be saved from those calamities. These infinite loves are particular to One possessing infinite perfection and beauty. When you give it to its true owner, you will be able to love everything without distress in His name and as His mirrors.
23 Through Divine revelation the wisdom behind the creation of the universe and human beings is learned. 24 In relation to “the most beautiful names” of God, which stands out as a central theme of the Risale-i Nur, Nursi expands on the humans role and the purpose of creation. The creation narrative is mentioned several times in the Qur’an, symbolizing the significance of the relationship between humanity and the Creator. These narrations depict in detail the awe-inspiring cosmic event of creation.
The Concepts of God and the Qur’an 33 The Hadith the meaning of which is “An hour’s reflective thought is better than a year’s [supererogatory] worship”1 states that on occasion an hour’s reflection may be equivalent to a year’s worship. 46 Before taking a closer look at some of the examples of the reflective thought Nursi illustrated in the Risale-i Nur, we will pause to review the functions of the channels revealing God mentioned above. Prophet Muhammad is a needed teacher of the two books, the Qur’an and the book of the universe.
An Introduction to Said Nursi by Ian S. Markham