Sixteenth Letter: It includes the answers of Badiuzzaman Said Nursi as five points to questions about the social life and politics in the period of one-party administration.
The Sixteenth Letter
In the Name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
Men said to them: “A great army is gathering against you,” and frightened them. But it [only] increased their belief; they said: “For us Allah suffices, and He is the best Disposer of Affairs.”1
This letter manifested the meaning of the verse, But speak to him mildly,2 and was not written vehemently. It is the answer to a question asked me explicitly and implicitly by many people.
[To reply is not agreeable to me and I do not want to, for I have bound everything to reliance on Allah. But since I have not been left in peace to myself in my own world and since they have directed my attention towards the world, I am compelled to propound five Points in the language of the Old Said in order to explain the reality of the situation both to my friends, and to ‘the worldly,’ and to those in authority, so as to save not myself, but my friends and my Words, from the suspicions and ill-treatment of ‘the worldly.’]
1. Qur’an, 3:173.
2. Qur’an, 20:44.
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- Sixth Question: Does the verse, ‘Everything will perish save His countenance’ (al-Qasas, 28:88) include the hereafter, Paradise, and Hell?
- Fifth Point: It is an answer that will silence the worldly for the rules and bid’ahs they offered to Badiuzzaman Said Nursi.
- Third Point: It explains an important reason for Badiuzzaman Said Nursi’s endurance against hard pressures with two examples.
- The Addendum of the Sixteenth Letter: It was written with the tongue of the Old Said in order to dispel the groundless doubts and panics of the worldly and the irreligious people about Badiuzzaman Said Nursi.
- Fourth Point: It is the answer given to the doubtful questions of the worldly. This answer explains the divine assistance that cannot be denied by any means as a karamah belonging to the service of the Quran.
- The First Letter: The answers to four different questions.
- Second Point: Working seriously, sincerely and truly for the service of belief and eternal life necessitates staying away from politics.
- First Point: It is about the fact that the aim of serving the Quran prevented Badiuzzaman Said Nursi from politics.
- Thirteenth Letter includes answers to the state of Badiuzzaman Said Nursi in his exile life, and the questions why he did not apply for a permission document and why he stayed away from politics.
- The Tenth Letter explains the issues like qadar and lawh al-mahfuz (the preserved tablet) by defining the 'Clear Book' and the 'Clear Record; it also gives information about where the Great Gathering will take place.