Reflections on Risale-i Nur

Reflections on Risale-i Nur

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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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Dec 13 • 0 min
Assalamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu I did this brief recording only to let those who regularly listen to this podcast that I have a little cold and my voice is not good enough to prepare a whole episode today. Insha’Allah, I will get to it as…
Tenth Word 17
Dec 6 • 57 min
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…
Twenty Seventh Word 10
Nov 29 • 67 min
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…
Tenth Word 16
Nov 23 • 58 min
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…
Twenty Seventh Word 09
Nov 15 • 59 min
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…
Tenth Word 15
Nov 8 • 63 min
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…
Twenty Seventh Word 08
Nov 2 • 55 min
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…
Tenth Word 14
Oct 25 • 59 min
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…
Twenty Seventh Word 07
Oct 18 • 58 min
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…
Tenth Word 13
Oct 11 • 62 min
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…
Twenty Seventh Word 06
Oct 4 • 49 min
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…
Tenth Word 12
Sep 27 • 56 min
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…
Twenty Seventh Word 05
Sep 23 • 36 min
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…
Tenth Word 11
Sep 13 • 58 min
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…
Twenty Seventh Word 04
Sep 6 • 72 min
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…
Tenth Word 10
Aug 30 • 57 min
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…
Twenty Seventh Word 03
Aug 16 • 62 min
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…
Tenth Word 09
Aug 9 • 60 min
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…
Twenty Seventh Word 02
Aug 2 • 67 min
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…
Tenth Word 08
Jul 27 • 58 min
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…
Twenty Seventh Word 01
Jul 19 • 64 min
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…
Tenth Word 07
Jul 13 • 57 min
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…
Twentieth Flash 07
Jul 4 • 62 min
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…
Tenth Word 06
Jun 15 • 50 min
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…
Twentieth Flash 06
Jun 7 • 71 min
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…
Tenth Word 05
May 31 • 54 min
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…
Twentieth Flash 05
May 24 • 50 min
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…
Tenth Word 04
May 17 • 53 min
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…
Twentieth Flash 04
May 10 • 59 min
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…
Tenth Word 03
May 3 • 56 min
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…
Twentieth Flash 03
Apr 26 • 53 min
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…
Tenth Word 02
Apr 19 • 61 min
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…
Twentieth Flash 02
Apr 12 • 48 min
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…
Tenth Word 01
Apr 5 • 58 min
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…
Twentieth Flash 01
Mar 29 • 62 min
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…
Ninth Word 05
Mar 22 • 60 min
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…
Ninth Word 04
Mar 15 • 61 min
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…
Ninth Word 03
Mar 8 • 68 min
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…
Ninth Word 02
Mar 1 • 63 min
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…
Ninth Word 01
Feb 21 • 65 min
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…
Eighth Word 02
Feb 14 • 82 min
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…
Eighth Word 01
Feb 8 • 62 min
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…
Seventh Word
Jan 31 • 78 min
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…
Sixth Word 03
Jan 25 • 54 min
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…
Sixth Word 02
Jan 17 • 62 min
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…
Sixth Word 01
Jan 4 • 53 min
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…
Fifth Word
Dec 28, 2018 • 59 min
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…
On Bediuzzaman Said Nursi
Dec 21, 2018 • 83 min
This presentation on the life and work of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi was offered to a primarily Muslim audience in November 2018.
Fourth Word
Dec 21, 2018 • 33 min
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…
Third Word
Dec 14, 2018 • 54 min
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,…
Second Word
Dec 7, 2018 • 56 min
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…
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 8
Dec 1, 2018 • 47 min
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…
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 07
Nov 25, 2018 • 48 min
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…
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 06
Nov 23, 2018 • 52 min
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…
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 05
Nov 16, 2018 • 53 min
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…
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 04
Nov 9, 2018 • 61 min
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…
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 03
Nov 2, 2018 • 50 min
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…
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 02
Oct 26, 2018 • 64 min
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…
Fourteenth Flash Second Station 01
Oct 23, 2018 • 58 min
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…
First Word 02
Oct 19, 2018 • 58 min
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…
First Word 01
Oct 17, 2018 • 53 min
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…
Introduction - Reading the Risale-i Nur in English
Oct 11, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Introduction - How to Read the Risale-i Nur
Oct 11, 2018 • 59 min
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…
Introduction - Why Read the Risale-i Nur?
Sep 9, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Introduction - Who is Bediuzzaman Said Nursi?
Aug 31, 2018 • 36 min
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,…
Introduction - What is the Risale-i Nur?
Aug 16, 2018 • 30 min
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…