Reflections on Risale-i Nur

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An episode of Reflections on Risale-i Nur

By Mustafa Tuna
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This podcast offers a side-by-side reading of the Risale-i Nur (Epistles of Light) by Dr. Mustafa Tuna in the Turkish original and in English translation followed by clarifying notes and reflections in English by the reader. Risale-i Nur is a profoundly spiritual, insightful, and intellectual commentary on the Qur'an by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. Nursi (1878-1960) was a Kurdish-origin scholar of Islam from the Ottoman Empire and Turkey with extraordinary memory and intellect, sincere devotion and spirituality, and an excellent grasp of the Islamic tradition as well as the modern world.
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This podcast offers a side-by-side reading of the Risale-i Nur (Epistles of Light) by Dr. Mustafa Tuna in the Turkish original and in English translation followed by clarifying notes and reflections in English by the reader. Risale-i Nur is a profoundly spiritual, insightful, and intellectual commentary on the Qur'an by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. Nursi (1878-1960) was a Kurdish-origin scholar of Islam from the Ottoman Empire and Turkey with extraordinary memory and intellect, sincere devotion and spirituality, and an excellent grasp of the Islamic tradition as well as the modern world.
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Tenth Word 17
The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As an exegesis of the Qur'an, 30:50* it demonstrates numerous  rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and  existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the  earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return  people to life after death - He has power over all things (Qur'an,  30:50)." Starting with this episode, a rough translation of the section that is being discussed will be posted here on the Reflections-RN website. This is a work in progress and should not be considered a finalized translation. It is only meant to help with understanding the recorded discussion. Read and interpreted by Mustafa Tuna. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
57:58
December 7, 2019
Twenty Seventh Word 10
This episode is based on the "Twenty Seventh Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. "Twenty Seventh Word” is on the possibility of ijtihad in the  present time, the wisdom in the differences of opinion among various madhabs, or schools of jurisprudence in Islam, and the elevated rank of  the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)  above saints of God and all other people except prophets. In this episode we finish the addendum of the treatise, where the  primacy  of the companions is discussed, and start reading the four questions and answers that conclude it. Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna. Starting with this episode, a rough translation of the section that is being discussed will be posted here on the Reflections-RN website. This is a work in progress and should not be considered a finalized translation. It is only meant to help in understanding the recorded discussion. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
1:07:53
November 30, 2019
Tenth Word 16
The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As an exegesis of the Qur'an, 30:50* it demonstrates numerous  rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and  existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the  earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return  people to life after death - He has power over all things (Qur'an,  30:50)." Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
58:11
November 23, 2019
Twenty Seventh Word 09
This episode is based on the "Twenty Seventh Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twenty Seventh Word” is on the possibility of ijtihad in the  present time, the wisdom in the differences of opinion among various madhabs, or schools of jurisprudence in Islam, and the elevated rank of  the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)  above saints of God and all other people except prophets. In this  episode we continue reading the addendum of the treatise, where the primacy  of the companions is discussed. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
59:39
November 15, 2019
Tenth Word 15
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the  Hereafter. * "Look, then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an, 30:50)." Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
1:03:41
November 9, 2019
Twenty Seventh Word 08
This episode is based on the "Twenty Seventh Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twenty Seventh Word” is on the possibility of ijtihad in the  present time, the wisdom in the differences of opinion among various madhabs, or schools of jurisprudence in Islam, and the elevated rank of  the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)  above saints of God and all other people except prophets. In this  episode we continue reading the addendum of the treatise, where the primacy  of the companions is discussed. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
55:06
November 2, 2019
Tenth Word 14
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the  Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look, then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an, 30:50)." Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
59:56
October 26, 2019
Twenty Seventh Word 07
This episode is based on the "Twenty Seventh Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twenty Seventh Word” is on the possibility of ijtihad in the  present time, the wisdom in the differences of opinion among various madhabs, or schools of jurisprudence in Islam, and the elevated rank of  the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)  above saints of God and all other people except prophets. In this  episode we continue reading the addendum of the treatise, where the primacy  of the companions is discussed. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
58:28
October 19, 2019
Tenth Word 13
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the  Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look, then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an, 30:50)." Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
1:02:04
October 12, 2019
Twenty Seventh Word 06
This episode is based on the "Twenty Seventh Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twenty Seventh Word” is on the possibility of ijtihad in the  present time, the wisdom in the differences of opinion among various madhabs, or schools of jurisprudence in Islam, and the elevated rank of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) above saints of God and all other people except prophets. In this episode we begin reading the addendum of the treatise, where the primacy of the companions is discussed. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
49:25
October 4, 2019
Tenth Word 12
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the  Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look, then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an, 30:50)." Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
56:17
September 27, 2019
Twenty Seventh Word 05
This episode is based on the "Twenty Seventh Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twenty Seventh Word” is on the possibility of ijtihad in the  present time, the wisdom in the differences of opinion among various madhabs, or schools of jurisprudence in Islam, and the elevated rank of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) above saints of God and all other people except prophets. This particular episode offers a translation and interpretation of a beautiful "salawat" (salutation on the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him) that comes at the end of the Twenty Seventh Word, before we move on to the addendum of the treatise, where the primacy of the companions is discussed. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
36:47
September 23, 2019
Tenth Word 11
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the  Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an, 30:50)." Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
58:58
September 14, 2019
Twenty Seventh Word 04
This episode is based on the "Twenty Seventh Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twenty Seventh Word” is on the possibility of ijtihad in the present time, the wisdom in the differences of opinion among various madhabs, or schools of jurisprudence in Islam, and the elevated rank of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) above saints of God and all other people except prophets. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
1:12:16
September 7, 2019
Tenth Word 10
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As    an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous    rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and    existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the  Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the    earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return    people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an,    30:50)."
57:36
August 30, 2019
Twenty Seventh Word 03
This episode is based on the "Twenty Seventh Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twenty Seventh Word” is on the possibility of ijtihad in the present time, the wisdom in the differences of opinion among various madhabs, or schools of jurisprudence in Islam, and the elevated rank of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) above saints of God and all other people except prophets. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
1:02:56
August 16, 2019
Tenth Word 09
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As    an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous    rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and    existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the  Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the    earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return    people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an,    30:50)."
1:00:09
August 9, 2019
Twenty Seventh Word 02
This episode is based on the "Twenty Seventh Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. “The Twenty Seventh Word” is on the possibility of ijtihad in the present time, the wisdom in the differences of opinion among various madhabs, or schools of jurisprudence in Islam, and the elevated rank of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) above saints of God and all other people except prophets. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
1:07:36
August 2, 2019
Tenth Word 08
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As    an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous    rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and    existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the  Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the    earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return    people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an,    30:50)."
58:04
July 27, 2019
Twenty Seventh Word 01
This episode is based on the "Twenty Seventh Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  “The Twenty Seventh Word” is on the possibility of ijtihad in the present time, the wisdom in the differences of opinion among various madhabs, or schools of jurisprudence in Islam, and the elevated rank of the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) above saints of God and all other people except prophets.  For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. Read and interpreted by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.
1:04:48
July 20, 2019
Tenth Word 07
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As   an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous   rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and   existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the   earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return   people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an,   30:50)."
57:47
July 14, 2019
Twentieth Flash 07
This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twentieth Flash is about “ikhlas” - sincerity in purpose or the  purity of intention. In this treatise, Ustad Bediuzzaman Said Nursi  diagnoses the causes of discord and rivalry among believers and teaches  important lessons about how to achieve concord and cooperation. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
1:02:06
July 4, 2019
Tenth Word 06
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As  an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous  rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and  existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the  earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return  people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an,  30:50)."
50:41
June 15, 2019
Twentieth Flash 06
This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twentieth Flash is about “ikhlas” - sincerity in purpose or the purity of intention. In this treatise, Ustad Bediuzzaman Said Nursi diagnoses the causes of discord and rivalry among believers and teaches important lessons about how to achieve concord and cooperation. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
1:11:12
June 7, 2019
Tenth Word 05
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As  an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous  rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and  existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the  earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return  people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an,  30:50)."
54:24
May 31, 2019
Twentieth Flash 05
This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twentieth Flash is about “ikhlas” - sincerity in purpose or the purity of intention. In this treatise, Ustad Bediuzzaman Said Nursi diagnoses the causes of discord and rivalry among believers and teaches important lessons about how to achieve concord and cooperation. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
50:55
May 24, 2019
Tenth Word 04
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As  an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous  rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and  existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the  earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return  people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an,  30:50)."
53:55
May 17, 2019
Twentieth Flash 04
This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twentieth Flash is about “ikhlas” - sincerity in purpose or the purity of intention. In this treatise, Ustad Bediuzzaman Said Nursi diagnoses the causes of discord and rivalry among believers and teaches important lessons about how to achieve concord and cooperation. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
59:26
May 10, 2019
Tenth Word 03
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As  an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous  rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and  existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the  earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return  people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an,  30:50)."
56:50
May 3, 2019
Twentieth Flash 03
This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.    The Twentieth Flash is about “ikhlas” - sincerity in purpose or the purity of intention. In this treatise, Ustad Bediuzzaman Said Nursi diagnoses the causes of discord and rivalry among believers and teaches important lessons about how to achieve concord and cooperation.  For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
53:10
April 26, 2019
Tenth Word 02
This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As  an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous  rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and  existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the  earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return  people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an,  30:50)."
1:01:32
April 19, 2019
Twentieth Flash 02
This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twentieth Flash is about “ikhlas” - sincerity in purpose or the purity of intention. In this treatise, Ustad Bediuzzaman Said Nursi diagnoses the causes of discord and rivalry among believers and teaches important lessons about how to achieve concord and cooperation. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
48:26
April 12, 2019
Tenth Word 01
This is the first episode of the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50* this treatise demonstrates numerous rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an, 30:50)."
58:09
April 5, 2019
Twentieth Flash 01
This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.    The Twentieth Flash is about “ikhlas” - sincerity in purpose or the  purity of intention. In this treatise, Ustad Bediuzzaman Said Nursi  diagnoses the causes of discord and rivalry among believers and teaches  important lessons about how to achieve concord and cooperation.  .  For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
1:02:25
March 29, 2019
Ninth Word 05
 This is the last episode based on the "Ninth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.    The Ninth Word exposes some of the wisdoms in the allocation of the times of five daily prayers (salah) in a day and points out how these times mirror tremendous happenings in the life spans of each human being, humanity, the earth, and the creation.  For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
1:00:52
March 22, 2019
Ninth Word 04
This episode is based on the "Ninth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.    The Ninth Word exposes some of the wisdoms in the allocation of the  times of five daily prayers (salah) in a day and points out how these  times mirror tremendous happenings in the life spans of each human  being, humanity, the earth, and the creation.  For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
1:01:34
March 15, 2019
Ninth Word 03
This episode is based on the "Ninth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  The Ninth Word exposes some of the wisdoms in the allocation of the  times of five daily prayers (salah) in a day and points out how these  times mirror tremendous happenings in the life spans of each human  being, humanity, the earth, and the creation. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
1:08:39
March 8, 2019
Ninth Word 02
This episode is based on the "Ninth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  The Ninth Word exposes some of the wisdoms in the allocation of the  times of five daily prayers (salah) in a day and points out how these  times mirror tremendous happenings in the life spans of each human  being, humanity, the earth, and the creation. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
1:03:07
March 1, 2019
Ninth Word 01
This episode is based on the "Ninth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  The Ninth Word exposes some of the wisdoms in the allocation of the times of five daily prayers (salah) in a day and points out how these times mirror tremendous happenings in the life spans of each human being, humanity, the earth, and the creation. For a link to an interesting video about imagining the known universe that is referenced in the episode click here or here.   For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
1:05:23
February 21, 2019
Eighth Word 02
This episode is based on the "Eighth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. "If you want to understand the essence of this world, of the human spirit in it, and of the nature and value of religion for humans, if you want to understand how this world is actually a prison in the absence of true religion and what an unfortunate creature is a man without religion, and if you also want to understand that what breaks the codes of this universe revealing its reality and what saves human spirit from darkness is indeed لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ (There is no deity worthy of worship but God) and يا الله (Oh Allah) then listen to this parable..." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
1:22:56
February 14, 2019
Eighth Word 01
This episode is based on the "Eighth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. "If you want to understand the essence of this world, of the human spirit in it, and of the nature and value of religion for humans, if you want to understand how this world is actually a prison in the absence of true religion and what an unfortunate creature is a man without religion, and if you also want to understand that what breaks the codes of this universe revealing its reality and what saves human spirit from darkness is indeed لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ (There is no deity worthy of worship but God) and يا الله (Oh Allah) then listen to this parable..." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
1:02:37
February 8, 2019
Seventh Word
  This episode is based on the "Seventh Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. “If you want to understand how “آمَنْتُ بِالْلَهِ وَ بِالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ ,” that is belief in God and in the hereafter are two precious codes that unlock the obscure mysteries of the universe while also opening the gates of happiness for the human soul and delivering it from difficulties, if you want to know how effective and healing remedies are to rely on your Creator and seek His assistance with patience and to ask from your Provider and supplicate Him with gratefulness, and if you want to learn what important, precious, and splendid a ticket for the journey to eternity, what a provision for the Hereafter, and what a light in the grave are listening to the Qur’an and following its orders, performing the obligatory prayers, and forsaking major sins, then listen to the following parable..." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
1:18:15
January 31, 2019
Sixth Word 03
This episode is based on the "Sixth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. “If you want to understand what a profitable deal and honorable status it is to sell your self and possessions to God and to be his servant and soldier, listen...” For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
54:31
January 25, 2019
Sixth Word 02
This episode is based on the "Sixth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. “If you want to understand what a profitable deal and honorable status it is to sell your self and possessions to God and to be his servant and soldier, listen...” For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
1:02:38
January 17, 2019
Sixth Word 01
This episode is based on the "Sixth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  “If you want to understand what a profitable deal and honorable status it is to sell your self and possessions to God and to be his servant and soldier, listen...” For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 
53:57
January 4, 2019
Fifth Word
This episode is based on the "Fifth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. “If you want to understand how performing the prescribed prayers and keeping away from major sins are quintessential duties for humans and natural and befitting results of their very creation, then listen to this parable..." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.  
59:28
December 28, 2018
On Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
This presentation on the life and work of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi was offered to a primarily Muslim audience in November 2018.
1:23:43
December 21, 2018
Fourth Word
 This episode is based on the "Fourth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  “If you want to attain an absolutely certain understanding of the value  and importance of the prescribed prayers, how little is needed to  acquire their benefit, and what is lost to a witless person who neglects  them, look at this parable. See...” For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.  
33:16
December 21, 2018
Third Word
This episode is based on the "Third Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. “If you want to understand what a profitable trade and what great bliss lie in worshiping God and what great loss and ruin result from transgression (fısq) and dissipation, pay attention to this parable. Listen…” For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
54:14
December 14, 2018
Second Word
This episode is based on the "Second Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. “If you want to understand what great bliss and blessing, what great joy and contentment are to be found in true belief, look at this parable. Listen…” For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
56:44
December 7, 2018
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 8
While this treatise was a part of the book The Flashes, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi included it in The Words following the "First Word" because it is about the "Basmalah" (In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver." "A bright light from “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver” concerning Divine Mercy appeared to my dull mind from afar. I wanted to record it for myself in the form of notes, and to hunt it down and capture it, and circumscribe the light with twenty to thirty secrets. But unfortunately, I was not able to do this at the present time and the twenty or thirty secrets were reduced to five or six. When I say: "Oh, man!", I mean myself. And while this lesson is directed particularly to my own soul, I refer it as the Second Station of the Fourteenth Flash for the approval of my meticulous brothers in the hope that it may benefit those with whom I am connected spiritually and whose souls are more prudent than mine. This lesson looks to the heart more than the mind, and regards spiritual pleasure rather than rational proofs." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
47:54
December 1, 2018
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 07
While this treatise was a part of the book The Flashes, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi included it in The Words following the "First Word" because it is about the "Basmalah" (In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver." "A bright light from “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver” concerning Divine Mercy appeared to my dull mind from afar. I wanted to record it for myself in the form of notes, and to hunt it down and capture it, and circumscribe the light with twenty to thirty secrets. But unfortunately, I was not able to do this at the present time and the twenty or thirty secrets were reduced to five or six. When I say: "Oh, man!", I mean myself. And while this lesson is directed particularly to my own soul, I refer it as the Second Station of the Fourteenth Flash for the approval of my meticulous brothers in the hope that it may benefit those with whom I am connected spiritually and whose souls are more prudent than mine. This lesson looks to the heart more than the mind, and regards spiritual pleasure rather than rational proofs." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
48:12
November 25, 2018
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 06
While this treatise was a part of the book The Flashes, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi included it in The Words following the "First Word" because it is about the "Basmalah" (In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver." "A bright light from “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver” concerning Divine Mercy appeared to my dull mind from afar. I wanted to record it for myself in the form of notes, and to hunt it down and capture it, and circumscribe the light with twenty to thirty secrets. But unfortunately, I was not able to do this at the present time and the twenty or thirty secrets were reduced to five or six. When I say: "Oh, man!", I mean myself. And while this lesson is directed particularly to my own soul, I refer it as the Second Station of the Fourteenth Flash for the approval of my meticulous brothers in the hope that it may benefit those with whom I am connected spiritually and whose souls are more prudent than mine. This lesson looks to the heart more than the mind, and regards spiritual pleasure rather than rational proofs." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
52:31
November 23, 2018
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 05
While this treatise was a part of the book The Flashes, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi included it in The Words following the "First Word" because it is about the "Basmalah" (In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver." "A bright light from “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver” concerning Divine Mercy appeared to my dull mind from afar. I wanted to record it for myself in the form of notes, and to hunt it down and capture it, and circumscribe the light with twenty to thirty secrets. But unfortunately, I was not able to do this at the present time and the twenty or thirty secrets were reduced to five or six. When I say: "Oh, man!", I mean myself. And while this lesson is directed particularly to my own soul, I refer it as the Second Station of the Fourteenth Flash for the approval of my meticulous brothers in the hope that it may benefit those with whom I am connected spiritually and whose souls are more prudent than mine. This lesson looks to the heart more than the mind, and regards spiritual pleasure rather than rational proofs." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
53:55
November 16, 2018
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 04
While this treatise was a part of the book The Flashes, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi included it in The Words following the "First Word" because it is about the "Basmalah" (In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver." "A bright light from “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver” concerning Divine Mercy appeared to my dull mind from afar. I wanted to record it for myself in the form of notes, and to hunt it down and capture it, and circumscribe the light with twenty to thirty secrets. But unfortunately, I was not able to do this at the present time and the twenty or thirty secrets were reduced to five or six. When I say: "Oh, man!", I mean myself. And while this lesson is directed particularly to my own soul, I refer it as the Second Station of the Fourteenth Flash for the approval of my meticulous brothers in the hope that it may benefit those with whom I am connected spiritually and whose souls are more prudent than mine. This lesson looks to the heart more than the mind, and regards spiritual pleasure rather than rational proofs." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
1:01:01
November 9, 2018
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 03
While this treatise was a part of the book The Flashes, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi included it in The Words following the "First Word" because it is about the "Basmalah" (In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver." "A bright light from “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver” concerning Divine Mercy appeared to my dull mind from afar. I wanted to record it for myself in the form of notes, and to hunt it down and capture it, and circumscribe the light with twenty to thirty secrets. But unfortunately, I was not able to do this at the present time and the twenty or thirty secrets were reduced to five or six. When I say: "Oh, man!", I mean myself. And while this lesson is directed particularly to my own soul, I refer it as the Second Station of the Fourteenth Flash for the approval of my meticulous brothers in the hope that it may benefit those with whom I am connected spiritually and whose souls are more prudent than mine. This lesson looks to the heart more than the mind, and regards spiritual pleasure rather than rational proofs." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
50:31
November 2, 2018
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 02
While this treatise was a part of the book The Flashes, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi included it in The Words following the "First Word" because it is about the "Basmalah" (In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver." "A bright light from “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver” concerning Divine Mercy appeared to my dull mind from afar. I wanted to record it for myself in the form of notes, and to hunt it down and capture it, and circumscribe the light with twenty to thirty secrets. But unfortunately, I was not able to do this at the present time and the twenty or thirty secrets were reduced to five or six. When I say: "Oh, man!", I mean myself. And while this lesson is directed particularly to my own soul, I refer it as the Second Station of the Fourteenth Flash for the approval of my meticulous brothers in the hope that it may benefit those with whom I am connected spiritually and whose souls are more prudent than mine. This lesson looks to the heart more than the mind, and regards spiritual pleasure rather than rational proofs." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
1:04:19
October 26, 2018
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 01
While this treatise was a part of the book The Flashes, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi included it in The Words following the "First Word" because it is about the "Basmalah" (In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver." "A bright light from “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver” concerning Divine Mercy appeared to my dull mind from afar. I wanted to record it for myself in the form of notes, and to hunt it down and capture it, and circumscribe the light with twenty to thirty secrets. But unfortunately, I was not able to do this at the present time and the twenty or thirty secrets were reduced to five or six. When I say: "Oh, man!", I mean myself. And while this lesson is directed particularly to my own soul, I refer it as the Second Station of the Fourteenth Flash for the approval of my meticulous brothers in the hope that it may benefit those with whom I am connected spiritually and whose souls are more prudent than mine. This lesson looks to the heart more than the mind, and regards spiritual pleasure rather than rational proofs." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
58:32
October 23, 2018
First Word 02
In this episode, we continue and finish reading the "First Word," the first treatise of the first book of the Risale-i Nur Collection by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, The Words. "Bismillah, 'in the name of God,' is the beginning of all that is good, and we too begin to it at the beginning. Realize, oh my soul! This blessed phrase is a sign of Islam and an invocation that all existence recites constantly with the tongue of their dispositions (lisân-i hâl). If you want to understand what a great, unfailing force and what an unending blessing Bismillah is, pay attention to this small parable, listen:" For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
58:59
October 19, 2018
First Word 01
In this episode, we begin reading the "First Word," the first treatise of the first book of the Risale-i Nur Collection by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, The Words. "Bismillah, 'in the name of God,' is the beginning of all that is good, and we too begin to it at the beginning. Realize, oh my soul! This blessed phrase is a sign of Islam and an invocation that all existence recites constantly with the tongue of their dispositions (lisân-i hâl). If you want to understand what a great, unfailing force and what an unending blessing Bismillah is, pay attention to this small parable, listen:" For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.
53:33
October 17, 2018
Introduction - Reading the Risale-i Nur in English
This is a short excerpt from the fourth episode titled "How to Read the Risale-i Nur?". It offers some specific guidelines for those who read the Risale-i Nur in English. It also provides a brief introduction to the Reflections on the Risale-i Nur by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi podcast series.
20:05
October 11, 2018
Introduction - How to Read the Risale-i Nur
When people from different parts of Turkey came to Ustad Nursi and asked him to teach them, he would tell them not to come to him but to read the Risale-i Nur. Thus, everybody can read the Risale-i Nur on their own and benefit from it. One does not need permission from a teacher who had already studied the Risale-i Nur with another teacher. Nevertheless, we can think of some guidelines to follow in order to maximize our ability to benefit from the Risale-i Nur. This episode, based on a similarly titled section on the reflections-RN.org website, offers some of these guidelines.
59:50
October 11, 2018
Introduction - Why Read the Risale-i Nur?
The Messenger of God Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Actions are according to intentions." In that case, the essential question to answer in thinking about reading the Risale-i Nur depends on the reader's intention. This episode, based on a similarly titled section on the reflections-RN.org website, offers guidelines about what to intend in reading the Risale-i Nur.
23:22
September 9, 2018
Introduction - Who is 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. This episode is based on the brief introduction to Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's life and teachings as provided on the Reflections-rn.org website.
36:20
August 31, 2018
Introduction - What is the Risale-i Nur?
The Risale-i Nur is a Qur’anic commentary that makes substantial contributions to the Islamic tradition especially in the fields of dialectical theology (kalam) and Sufism (taṣawwuf) but also offers important insights about the methodologies (uṣūl) of the sciences of Qur’anic exegesis (tafsīr) and prophetic traditions (ḥadīth). This episode is based on the similarly titled "What is the Risale-i Nur" section on Reflections-RN.org under Introduction.
30:34
August 16, 2018
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