Tenth Matter: A principle related to those who want to visit Badiuzzaman Said Nursi.
[It was requested by some friends that a principle concerning visitors be explained. That is the reason for this being written.]
It should be known that those who visit me either come in respect of worldly life, and that door is closed; or they come in respect of the life of the hereafter, and in that respect there are two doors: they either come supposing my person to be blessed and of spiritual rank, and that door too is closed. For I do not like myself, and I do not like those who like me. All thanks be to Almighty Allah that He did not make me like myself. Or they come purely in respect of my being the herald of the All-Wise Qur’an. Those who enter by this door, I accept willingly. They too are of three sorts: they are either friends, or brothers, or students.
The characteristics and conditions of friends are these: Definitely they have to earnestly support our work and service connected with the Words and the lights of the Qur’an. They should not support in heartfelt fashion injustice, innovations, or misguidance, nor try to profit by them.
The characteristics and conditions of brothers are these: Together with truly and earnestly working to disseminate the Words, they are to perform the five obligatory prayers and not to commit the seven grievous sins.
The characteristics and conditions of students are these: To feel as though the Words are their own property written by themselves, and to know their vital duty, their life’s work, to be the service and dissemination of them.
These three levels are connected with my three personalities. A friend is connected with my individual and essential personality. A brother is connected with my personality which springs from my worship and being Almighty Allah’s bondsman. And a student is connected with my personality which has the duties of herald of the All-Wise Qur’an and teacher.
Such meetings yield three fruits:
The First: In regard to being herald, it is to receive instruction concerning the jewels of the Qur’an from either myself or the Words. Even if it is only a single lesson.
The Second: In respect of worship, it is to have a share of my gains of the hereafter.
The Third: It is to turn together towards the Divine Court, and binding one’s heart to Almighty Allah and seeking success and guidance, to work together in the service of the All-Wise Qur’an.
If it is a student, every morning he is with me in name, and sometimes also in imagination, and receives a share.
If it is a brother, he is several times with me with his particular name and form in my supplications and gains, and receives a share. Then he is included among all the brothers, and I hand him over to Divine mercy, so that when I say “my brothers and sisters” in prayer, he is among them. If I do not know them, Divine mercy knows them and sees them.
If it is a friend who performs the obligatory prayers and gives up grievous sins, he is included in my prayers among all the brothers. The condition is that these three categories include me in their supplications and spiritual gains.
O Allah! Grant blessings to the one who said: “The believer is to the believer like a well-founded building, with one part strengthening the other,”1 and to his Family and Companions, and grant them peace.
Glory be unto You! We have no knowledge save that which You have taught us; indeed, You are All-Knowing, All-Wise!2
And they shall say: “Praise be to Allah, Who has guided us to this [felicity]; never could we have found guidance, had it not been for the guidance of Allah; indeed it was the truth that the Messengers of our Sustainer brought to us!”3
O Allah, Who responded to Noah among his people, * And helped Abraham before his enemies, * And returned Joseph to Jacob, * And raised Job’s suffering from him, * And answered the prayer of Zakariya, * And responded to Jonah b. Matta; we implore You through the mystery of those who offered these answered prayers that You preserve me and those who disseminate these treatises and their companions from the evil of satans among jinn and men, and help us in the face of our enemies, and do not leave us to our own devices, and remove our anxieties and their anxieties, and heal the sicknesses of our hearts and of their hearts. Amen. Amen. Amen.
1. See, page 320, fn. 13.
2. Qur’an, 2:32.
3. Qur’an, 7:43.
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