Trying to understand divine revelation with the mind? What would you say to our brothers who cannot associate revelation with their minds?

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Trying to understand divine revelation with the mind? What would you say to our brothers who cannot associate revelation with their minds?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

Mind/intellect has difficulty in understanding many things: How can a tree included in a seed? How does the world stand in space? How does the soul function in the body? How do flowers come out of the ground? Giving them names does not mean giving the answer to those questions. It is sometimes necessary to express our astonishment by saying Allahu Akbar when we see them.

For instance, it is also an answer to say, “I do not know” to a person who asks, “What is spirit like?”, "What is revelation like?". When we say so, we give the real answer to the question. The most advanced knowledge about something whose real nature is not known is expressed by “I do not know”. If we do not say so and make some guesses like, “it is long or short”, “it is this or that color”, we will be deceived and deceive others. It is something like looking at the ground and making some guesses about gravity.

From this point of view, it is not appropriate to explain revelation through material things. It is something peculiar to prophets. One who is not an angel cannot know what is being an angel like and one who is not a human cannot understand what is being a human like. Similarly, one who is not a prophet cannot experience it and know it. However, the existence of divine revelation is certain.

"The Possessor and Master of the universe surely does everything with knowledge, disposes every affair with wisdom, directs everything all-seeingly, treats everything all-knowingly, and arranges everything willing the instances of wisdom, purposes, and benefits that are apparent in them. Since, then, the One who creates knows, surely the One who knows will speak. Since He will speak, surely He will speak to those who possess consciousness and thought, and those who will understand His speech. Since He will speak to those who possess thought, surely he will speak to mankind, whose nature and awareness are the most comprehensive of all conscious beings. Since He will speak to mankind, surely He will speak to the most perfect of mankind and those most worthy of address..." (Badiuzzaman Said Nursi, Mektubat, p. 89)

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