Who is Badiuzzaman Said Nursi? Will you give short information about him?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

The identity of the Master Badiuzzaman Said Nursi becomes manifest only in his works: He said,

“I am in the current of belief. Before me is the current of unbelief. I have no connection with other currents or movements.” (1)

Thus, that great person carried out spiritual jihad throughout his life in the same line and became a means of salvation for the belief of millions of people. The basic resource to learn about his life is his biography titled Tarihçe-i Hayat. This book, which was edited by Nursi himself, is a good answer to your question.

However, we will present a summary of his life here:

Said Nursi was born in 1876 in Nurs village, Hizan in the province of Bitlis. In his childhood, he studied in the madrasahs around. Due to his extraordinary intelligence and memory, he was first known as “Mulla Said, the Famous”. Afterwards, he became known as “Badiuzzaman”, which means “the Wonder of the Time”.

During the years when he was a student, he memorized ninety books. He revised one of them every night. Those revisions became a means of understanding the verses of the Quran in depth and he saw that each verse of the Quran encompassed the whole universe. 

He went to Istanbul, which was the center of the caliphate, in early 1900s with the intention of establishing an Islamic university in the east called Madrasatuz-Zahra, in which religious and exacts sciences will be studied together; he made efforts to realize this idea throughout his life. He could not establish the university but he established a madrasah system that had branches all over the country.

During the First World War, he worked as a volunteering regiment commander in the eastern front. He was wounded during the war and was captivated by Russians. He was a prisoner of war for two and a half years when he escaped by making use of the chaos caused by the Bolshevik revolution in 1917. When he returned, he was appointed by the general staff as a member of Darul-Hikmatil-Islamiyya, which was the highest religious consultation center of the Ottoman State. During the years when Istanbul was under the occupation of the British, he published a booklet called Khutuwat as-Sitta against them.

He supported the struggle of independence started in Anatolia.

While he was busy with teaching in Van in 1925, he was exiled to Burdur, then to Isparta and after that to Barla due to the revolt started by Sheikh Said as a precaution though he was against that revolt. He remained there for eight years. He wrote most parts of his tafsir of the Quran called Risale-i Nur there. He was sent to Eskişehir Court due to his books and ideas.

He continued writing his works in Kastamonu, where he was exiled. He was sent to Denizli Court in 1943 and Afyon Court in 1948. He was acquitted in both courts.

When the multi-party system started in Turkey in 1950, religious rights and freedom increased. Said Nursi had his books printed in printing houses in that period.

Badiuzzaman Said Nursi died on March 23, 1960 in Urfa.

(1) see Mektubat, On Altıncı Mektup.

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