Risale-i Nur: The Fourteenth Ray: The Letters: PART 22

In His Name, be He glorified!

My Dear, Loyal, Unshakeable Brothers!

Firstly: In accordance with the meaning of “Good is in what God wishes,” there is good in our case being delayed. My heart and the Risale-i Nur’s freedom demanded that it should be thus. By consoling each other, strengthening each other’s morale, and scholarly debate and pleasant conversation, and by writing out and studying the Risale-i Nur, you will be successful in attracting Divine mercy, which erases the point of difficulty, and transforming these transitory hours into eternal ones.

Secondly: Since we exchanged the Festival greetings in the temporary prison of the court, as a Festival sweet I sent what is for me the very meaningful honey from the village of Nurs together with the Zamzam water which Zübeyir, the hero from Konya, brought me. Put the water in the flask of honey and mix them together. Then leave the Zamzam in it, and drink it with good health.

S a i d N u r s i

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In His Name, be He glorified!

My Dear, Loyal Brothers!

An important and meaningful question was asked by someone important. He asked me: “You are not a political society and three courts of law have acquitted you on that point, and this has also been established because six provinces which have kept you under surveillance for twenty years have not made any accusations in connection with it. Nevertheless, there is a wondrous attachment between Nurjus that is not found in any political society or group. We would like to have this difficulty solved for us.”

In reply I said this: “That is true, the Nurjus are not a political society of any sort or a group organized for any political, worldly, negative, personal, or communal interests, and they could not be thus. They are the sons and daughters and grandchildren of the old heroes of this land, the millions of Islamic devotees who with perfect joy sacrificed their lives to win the rank of martyrdom. They have inherited their vein of self-sacrifice so that they display this wondrous attachment, and in Denizli Court caused this impotent, wretched brother of theirs to declare on their account: “Let our heads also be sacrificed for a truth for which millions of heroic heads have been sacrificed!” He said this in their name, leaving the court in astonished and appreciative silence. That is to say, among the Nurjus are true, sincere, positive devotees who act solely for God’s pleasure and the hereafter, so that the fearsome secret societies of the Masons, communists, corrupters, atheists, godless, and Tashnaks have found no means to oppose them, and so want to ruin and scatter them through ‘flexible’ laws by deceiving the Government and judiciary. God willing, they can do nothing, only be the reason for the devotees of the Risale-i Nur and of the faith increasing in number.”

S a i d N u r s i

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In His Name, be He glorified!

My Dear, Loyal Brothers!

I am going to relate to you a question and answer of forty years ago which resembles that of yesterday. In those days of long ago, since the Old Said’s students’ passionate attachment to their Master was such they would sacrifice their very lives for him, the Old Said was able to halt the Armenian Tashnak revolutionaries around Van and Bitlis, where they were very active, and was able to silence them to a degree. He found Mauser rifles for his students, and for a while his medrese was like a barracks with guns and books side by side. Then a General from the army came and saw them and said: “This isn’t a medrese, it’s a barracks.” Because of the Bitlis Incident he became suspicious, and ordered that they collected up our rifles. A month or two later, the Great War broke out and I reclaimed my rifles. Anyway…

They asked me in connection the above: “The Armenian revolutionaries, among whom are fervent devotees ready to sacrifice their lives, are frightened of you, so that when you climb the mountain Erek Dagi near Van, they withdraw and go elsewhere. What force do you have that makes them do that?”

In reply I told them: “Since the Armenian devotees display this wondrous self-sacrifice for the fleeting life of this world and the temporary interests of trifling, negative nationalism, and attack us, surely the students, who strive for everlasting life and the positive interests of vast, sacred Islamic nationhood and believe that the appointed hour cannot be changed, will not lag behind those devotees.89 If necessary, they unhesitatingly and proudly sacrifice the certain appointed hour and few years of illusory outward life for millions of years of true life and the well-being and interests of thousands of millions of their fellow believers.”

S a i d N u r s i

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In His Name, be He glorified!

My Dear, Loyal, Faithful, Kindly Brothers!

For two days I have felt an aching in my head and nerves from ’flu. And needing the consolation and companionship in such circumstances of meeting with friends, I was constricted by the terrible loneliness and isolation. Complaints like the following occurred to me: “Why do we suffer this torment? How does it benefit our work?”

Then this morning the following was imparted to me: for us to be set this rigorous examination, and to be struck on the touchstone numerous times to see clearly whether we are gold or brass, and to be tried unfairly in every respect, and to be passed through ever finer sieves three or four times to see whether our evil-commanding souls take a share or are playing any tricks, is extremely necessary for our service, which should be purely and solely in the name of truth and reality, so that Divine Determining and dominical grace permit it. For by being exhibited in this field of trial and examination confronted by obdurate, unjust enemies and their pretexts, everyone has understood that there is no trickery, no egotism, no malice, no worldly or personal interests, nor those that look to the hereafter, mixed in with our service, and that it is completely sincere and proceeds from truth and reality. If it had remained concealed, it could have been given numerous meanings. The mass of believers would not have had confidence in it. They would have said: “Perhaps they are deceiving us,” and the elite too would have had their suspicions. Thinking that “perhaps they are acting the same as some of those who sell themselves to acquire spiritual rank for themselves and to win confidence,” they would not feel completely certain about it. Now, following the examination, even the most stubborn and obdurate person is compelled to submit. If your hardship is one, your profits are a thousandfold. God willing.

S a i d N u r s i

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In His Name, be He glorified!

Just when with their stringent prohibitions they were trying to scare people everywhere away from me, the advertisement in the newspaper about the incident when I was a prisoner-of-war has increased their interest. Yesterday, three officials who are in favour of insulting my person said in the prison yard: “The people gather when Said appears at the window, and they look at him. He must not stand at the window or we’ll change his ward.” The Chief Warder said this. But don’t you worry at all. I have decided to endure all difficulties. God willing, through the blessings of your prayers, the distress will turn into joy.

Essentially, the incident is true, but because I had no witnesses, I never described it in detail. I did not realize that a squad had come to execute me; I understood later. I did not know that the Russian Commander then said some things in Russian by way of apology. That is to say, the Muslim Major who was present and who reported the incident to the newspaper understood; apparently the Commander said several times: “Forgive me!”

My brothers! When I am busy with the Risale-i Nur, the distress diminishes. That means, our duty is to be occupied with its treatises and to give no importance to passing things, and to offer thanks in patience.

S a i d N u r s i

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Remember O People!: Every soul is bound to taste death.

3.185. (No one will live forever doing what they do:) Every soul is bound to taste death. So (O people), you will but be repaid in full on the Day of Resurrection (for whatever you have done in the world). Whoever is spared the Fire and admitted into Paradise has indeed prospered and triumphed. (Know that) the present, worldly life is nothing but a transient enjoyment of delusion.

21.35. Every soul (person) is bound to taste death, and We try you through the bad and the good things (of life) by way of testing (so that your real character and rank may reveal itself). In fact, you are on the way to return to Us (to finally be brought to Our Presence).

29.57. Every soul is bound to taste death, and then to Us you will be brought back

Remember O People!: Every soul is bound to taste death.

3.185. (No one will live forever doing what they do:) Every soul is bound to taste death. So (O people), you will but be repaid in full on the Day of Resurrection (for whatever you have done in the world). Whoever is spared the Fire and admitted into Paradise has indeed prospered and triumphed. (Know that) the present, worldly life is nothing but a transient enjoyment of delusion.

21.35. Every soul (person) is bound to taste death, and We try you through the bad and the good things (of life) by way of testing (so that your real character and rank may reveal itself). In fact, you are on the way to return to Us (to finally be brought to Our Presence).

29.57. Every soul is bound to taste death, and then to Us you will be brought back

A Verse

He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days, and is moreover firmly established on the Throne (of authority), He knows what enters within the earth and what comes forth out of it, what comes down from heaven and what mounts up to it. And He is with you wheresoever ye may be. And Allah sees well all that ye do.
Holy Quran Translation Surah Al-Hadid Verse 4

A Hadith

'Abdullah used to give a religious talk to the people on every Thursday. Once a man said, “O Aba 'Abdur-Rahman! (By Allah) I wish if you could preach us daily.” He replied, “The only thing which prevents me from doing so, is that I hate to bore you, and no doubt I take care of you in preaching by selecting a suitable time just as the Prophet used to do with us, for fear of making us bored.”
Sahih Bukhari - Hadith No: 70

A Quotation

The prohibited statue is either petrified tyranny, or embodied lust, or personified hypocrisy.

A Verse

He it is Who created the heavens and the earth in six Days, and is moreover firmly established on the Throne (of authority), He knows what enters within the earth and what comes forth out of it, what comes down from heaven and what mounts up to it. And He is with you wheresoever ye may be. And Allah sees well all that ye do.
Holy Quran Translation Surah Al-Hadid Verse 4

A Hadith

'Abdullah used to give a religious talk to the people on every Thursday. Once a man said, “O Aba 'Abdur-Rahman! (By Allah) I wish if you could preach us daily.” He replied, “The only thing which prevents me from doing so, is that I hate to bore you, and no doubt I take care of you in preaching by selecting a suitable time just as the Prophet used to do with us, for fear of making us bored.”
Sahih Bukhari - Hadith No: 70

A Quotation

The prohibited statue is either petrified tyranny, or embodied lust, or personified hypocrisy.

Daily Ayat

4.17. God’s acceptance of repentance is only for those who commit evil due to an instance of defeat to evil commanding soul, and then (pull themselves together and) repent shortly afterwards. It is they whose repentance God returns with forgiveness; and God is All-Knowing (of what everyone does and why), and All-Wise.

4.18. But of no avail is the repentance of those who commit evil (for a lifetime) until, when one of them is visited by death, he says, “Indeed, now I repent. ” Nor (likewise does the repentance avail) of those who (spend their lives in unbelief and offer to repent just at the time of death, but) die as unbelievers (since such repentance is not acceptable). For such, We have prepared a painful punishment.

Daily Ayat

4.17. God’s acceptance of repentance is only for those who commit evil due to an instance of defeat to evil commanding soul, and then (pull themselves together and) repent shortly afterwards. It is they whose repentance God returns with forgiveness; and God is All-Knowing (of what everyone does and why), and All-Wise.

4.18. But of no avail is the repentance of those who commit evil (for a lifetime) until, when one of them is visited by death, he says, “Indeed, now I repent. ” Nor (likewise does the repentance avail) of those who (spend their lives in unbelief and offer to repent just at the time of death, but) die as unbelievers (since such repentance is not acceptable). For such, We have prepared a painful punishment.

Daily Hadith

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

19th Jumada al-Thani 1435 (19th April 2014)

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “When the Adhan is
pronounced Satan takes to his heels and passes wind with noise during his
flight in order not to hear the Adhan. When the Adhan is completed he comes
back and again takes to his heels when the Iqama is pronounced and after
its completion he returns again till he whispers into the heart of the
person (to divert his attention from his prayer) and makes him remember
things which he does not recall to his mind before the prayer and that
causes him to forget how much he has prayed.”

Bukhari Vol. 1 : No. 582

Daily Hadith

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

19th Jumada al-Thani 1435 (19th April 2014)

Narrated Abu Huraira (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu):

Allah’s Apostle (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “When the Adhan is
pronounced Satan takes to his heels and passes wind with noise during his
flight in order not to hear the Adhan. When the Adhan is completed he comes
back and again takes to his heels when the Iqama is pronounced and after
its completion he returns again till he whispers into the heart of the
person (to divert his attention from his prayer) and makes him remember
things which he does not recall to his mind before the prayer and that
causes him to forget how much he has prayed.”

Bukhari Vol. 1 : No. 582

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everydayasahabah:

In giving advice to his companions, the noble Prophet, peace be on him, once said: “Learn the Quran from four persons: Abdullah ibn Masud, Salim Mawla Abi Hudhayfah, Ubayy ibn Kab and Muadh ibn Jabal.”

We have read about three of these companions before. But who was this fourth companion in whom…

Risale-i Nur: The Fourteenth Ray: The Letters: PART 21

In His Name, be He glorified!

My Dear Brothers Re’fet, Mehmed Feyzi, Sabri!

I received a severe warning and sign, and earnestly request of you for the sake of the Risale-i Nur and out of respect for this Festival and for the sake of our old rights that you try to heal this awesome new wound of ours. For our covert enemies are following two plans: one is to destroy my character with insulting treatment, and the second is to make us feel coldly towards each other. To criticize, object to, and be offended at chiefly Husrev is to cause division amongst us. I tell you that if Husrev had a thousand faults, I would still be chary of opposing him. For to oppose him now is to directly oppose the Risale-i Nur and myself and to support those who have ruined us. It is a terrible betrayal so that an extraordinary thing happened to me for no reason like my stove disintegrating. I am also of the opinion that the last torments to have been inflicted on me resulted from your meaningless and very harmful lack of solidarity. A fearful finger is stirring things up here, especially in Ward Six. Don’t make me weep this Festival. Quickly make heart-felt peace!

S a i d N u r s i

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In His Name, be He glorified!

My Dear, Loyal Brothers!

I wanted only two or three of our brothers to be released today. But the Divine favour that looks to us left them behind here for their own good. It is absolutely essential that our present situation is maintained for around three weeks. For our being together for this Festival is necessary both for us, and the Risale-i Nur, and for our work, and for our physical and spiritual comfort, and so that we can receive a full share of the Hajjis’ prayers, and to save the treatises that have been sent to Ankara from being confiscated, and so that those who pity us in our plight and embrace the Risale-i Nur may increase in number, and it can be a proof that we did not have recourse to the traitors to the country, nation, and religion by consenting to serious errors of the present.

S a i d N u r s i

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In His Name, be He glorified!

My Dear, Loyal Brothers!

Unable to endure —due to their vein of Wahhabism— Imam ‘Ali’s (May God be pleased with him) earnest interest in and appreciation of the Risale-i Nur, and influenced by the groundless suspicions that last year caused Zamzam water to be poured away and this year prevented people going to make the Hajj, the experts’ committee directed their unfair, incorrect, and unjustifiable jealous criticisms at the Fifth Ray. At this time of suspicion and alarm, the safest place for us is prison. God willing, the treatises of the Risale-i Nur will win the freedom of both us and themselves. Since under these harsh conditions in the face of so many opponents they are making themselves read in unprecedented fashion, and making their students work in prison in various ways, and through Divine favour not allowing them to be ruined; we are bound to be content with this much and to offer thanks instead of complaining. It is because of this contentment that I am able to endure all my severe distress. I do not interfere in God’s concerns.

S a i d N u r s i

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In His Name, be He glorified!

My Dear, Loyal Brothers!

Of these two copies, one is mine and one is the governor’s. Correct the governor’s copy according to the copy that has my handwriting on it. While studying The Supreme Sign this time, I saw that the Second Station until the end, and the ‘conversation’ at the end, were of the greatest importance, and I profited from them enormously. One of you should read and the other listen, so that you can profit too. In addition to doing the corrections, our brothers should not remain idle, but should study in pairs.

Secondly: My copy of the Tenth Word, the notebook here containing letters, and the rest should not get lost nor remain idle. I am leaving it to Ceylan to supervise this.

S a i d N u r s i

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In His Name, be He glorified!

My Dear, Loyal Brothers!

While reading Jaljalutiya now, it was imparted to me the moment this question occurred to me: “I wonder what the relationship is between sura thumma nun in the phrase Bi-haqqi tabaraka thumma nun wa sa’il, at the twenty-sixth degree, which indicates the Treatise On Divine Determining?” I saw when reading the start of that Sura, Nun. By the pen and by the [record] which men write,87 that it is the word Nun that is the origin, basis, pre-eternal source, and eternal master of all pens, writing, and books, and indicates the pen of Divine Determining, and light, and the light of pre-eternal knowledge. That is, just as By the [winds] that scatter broadcast88 looks to the Treatise On Minute Particles with a powerful relation inferring an indication, so does the word Nun look to the Treatise On Divine Determining with a powerful indication.

S a i d N u r s i

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Remember O People!: Every soul is bound to taste death.

3.185. (No one will live forever doing what they do:) Every soul is bound to taste death. So (O people), you will but be repaid in full on the Day of Resurrection (for whatever you have done in the world). Whoever is spared the Fire and admitted into Paradise has indeed prospered and triumphed. (Know that) the present, worldly life is nothing but a transient enjoyment of delusion.

21.35. Every soul (person) is bound to taste death, and We try you through the bad and the good things (of life) by way of testing (so that your real character and rank may reveal itself). In fact, you are on the way to return to Us (to finally be brought to Our Presence).

29.57. Every soul is bound to taste death, and then to Us you will be brought back

Remember O People!: Every soul is bound to taste death.

3.185. (No one will live forever doing what they do:) Every soul is bound to taste death. So (O people), you will but be repaid in full on the Day of Resurrection (for whatever you have done in the world). Whoever is spared the Fire and admitted into Paradise has indeed prospered and triumphed. (Know that) the present, worldly life is nothing but a transient enjoyment of delusion.

21.35. Every soul (person) is bound to taste death, and We try you through the bad and the good things (of life) by way of testing (so that your real character and rank may reveal itself). In fact, you are on the way to return to Us (to finally be brought to Our Presence).

29.57. Every soul is bound to taste death, and then to Us you will be brought back

A Verse

O mankind! there hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts, and for those who believe, a Guidance and a Mercy.
Holy Quran Translation Surah Yunus Verse 57

A Hadith

I gave the pledge of allegiance to Allah’s Apostle for the following 1. offer prayers perfectly 2. pay the Zakat (obligatory charity) 3. and be sincere and true to every Muslim.
Sahih Bukhari - Hadith No: 54

A Quotation

Life is a sort of manifestation of Unity within multiplicity, and therefore leads to unity. Life makes one thing the owner of everything.
Seeds of Reality 18

A Verse

O mankind! there hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts, and for those who believe, a Guidance and a Mercy.
Holy Quran Translation Surah Yunus Verse 57

A Hadith

I gave the pledge of allegiance to Allah’s Apostle for the following 1. offer prayers perfectly 2. pay the Zakat (obligatory charity) 3. and be sincere and true to every Muslim.
Sahih Bukhari - Hadith No: 54

A Quotation

Life is a sort of manifestation of Unity within multiplicity, and therefore leads to unity. Life makes one thing the owner of everything.
Seeds of Reality 18

Daily Ayat

4.15. Such of your women as have committed indecency (unlawful sex), there must be four male witnesses of you who (having seen them in the act) will testify against them (within one succeeding month in towns, and six months in the rural areas). If they do bear witness, then confine those women to their houses until death takes them away or God opens some way for them.

4.16. When two from among you have committed it, then punish them both by scolding and beating; but if they are remorseful and repent, and make amends, then withdraw from them. Assuredly, God is He Who accepts repentance and returns it with liberal forgiveness, All-Compassionate.

Daily Ayat

4.15. Such of your women as have committed indecency (unlawful sex), there must be four male witnesses of you who (having seen them in the act) will testify against them (within one succeeding month in towns, and six months in the rural areas). If they do bear witness, then confine those women to their houses until death takes them away or God opens some way for them.

4.16. When two from among you have committed it, then punish them both by scolding and beating; but if they are remorseful and repent, and make amends, then withdraw from them. Assuredly, God is He Who accepts repentance and returns it with liberal forgiveness, All-Compassionate.

Daily Hadith

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

18th Jumada al-Thani 1435 (18th April 2014)

Narrated Anas (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu):

The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “If anyone forgets a
prayer he should pray that prayer when he remembers it. There is no
expiation except to pray the same.” Then he recited: “Establish prayer for
My (i.e. Allah’s) remembrance.” (20.14).

Bukhari Vol. 1 : No. 571

Daily Hadith

Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala Rasulillah

As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu

18th Jumada al-Thani 1435 (18th April 2014)

Narrated Anas (Radi-Allahu ‘anhu):

The Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “If anyone forgets a
prayer he should pray that prayer when he remembers it. There is no
expiation except to pray the same.” Then he recited: “Establish prayer for
My (i.e. Allah’s) remembrance.” (20.14).

Bukhari Vol. 1 : No. 571

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Zayd the son of Amr stood away from the Quraysh crowd as they celebrated one of their festivals. Men were dressed in rich turbans of brocade and expensive Yemeni burdabs. Women and children were also exquisitely turned out in their fine clothes and glitte ring jewelry. Zayd watched as sacrificial…

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mathnawi:

A PARTY of travelers lost their way in a wilderness, and were well nigh famished with hunger. While they were considering what to do, a sage came up and condoled with them on their unfortunate plight. He told them that there were many young elephants in the adjacent woods, one of which would…

Risale-i Nur: The Fourteenth Ray: The Letters: PART 20

In His Name, be He glorified!

My Dear, Loyal Brothers!

Firstly: If it had been free this year perhaps some of us would have made the Hajj. God willing, our intention will be accepted as though we had made it, and in these distressing conditions our service of belief and the Risale-i Nur will yield the high reward of the Hajj.

Secondly: Since we have repeatedly said that “the Risale-i Nur is a powerful and true Qur’anic commentary,” it was imparted to me that I should explain a fact, since some inattentive people do not know the full meaning of this. The fact is this:

There are two sorts of Qur’anic commentaries:

The first is the well-known sort of commentary. Commentaries of this sort expound and elucidate the Qur’an’s phraseology, words, and sentences.

The second sort explain, prove, and elucidate with powerful arguments the Qur’an’s truths related to belief. This sort has great importance. Sometimes the well-known, externalist commentaries include this sort in summary fashion. But the Risale-i Nur has made it its basis directly, and is a commentary on the Qur’an’s meanings which silences obstinate philosophers in unprecedented manner.

Thirdly: This morning I was going to write something, but did not. Now the same matter has come up, and the clerk Sâlim Bey gave permission. Husrev and Tahiri should come tomorrow in order to write a petition to the Cabinet.

S a i d N u r s i

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In His Name, be He glorified!

My Dear, Loyal Brothers!

Is it us and the Risale-i Nur who are the most harmful things around so that all other writers are free to write and all classes of people are free to meet together? But without religious education, Muslims cannot be governed except by means of absolute despotism and absolute bribery. For just as up to the present no Muslim has ever become a true Christian or Jew, they rather become irreligious and completely corrupted; so a Muslim cannot become a communist; he turns into an anarchist and can be governed by nothing other than absolute despotism. We Risale-i Nur students are working both for government, and public order, and the happiness of the country and nation. Those opposed to us are irreligious anarchists and enemies of the country and nation. It is essential that the Government should not interfere with us, but protect and assist us.

S a i d N u r s i

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In His Name, be He glorified!

My Dear, Loyal Brothers!

Firstly: Their releasing publishers of the Risale-i Nur like Re’fet, Edhem, the Çaliskan’s, and Burhan shows that it is not forbidden to disseminate the Risale-i Nur and the court does not intervene. It is also a sign that it has decided that there is no political society. Also, since in prolonging our case it has attracted widespread attention to the Risale-i Nur, and is like a general invitation to read it and an official advertisement, and it has excited the desire of the needy to study it, it has been led to benefits for us and the believers far surpassing our tribulations and losses. It is a sign, God willing, that this sacred instruction will have the effect of an atom bomb against the aggressive troops of misguidance, who are on the assault at this time throughout the earth in the most widespread and terrible fashion.

S a i d N u r s i

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