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Reflections on Risale-i Nur

This podcast is dedicated to answering the three fundamental questions of human existence: “Where are you coming from? Where are you going to? And what is your destination?” in the light of the Risale-i Nur: a profoundly spiritual, insightful, and intellectual commentary on the Qur'an by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1878-1960): one of the most remarkable scholars of Islam in the modern era who distinguished himself with extraordinary memory and intellect, sincere devotion and spirituality, and an excellent grasp of both the Islamic tradition and the modern world. Maintained by Dr. Mustafa Tuna.

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Twentieth Flash 01

This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.    The Twentieth Flash is about “ikhlas” - sincerity in purpose or the  purity of intention. In this treatise, Ustad Bediuzzaman Said Nursi  diagnoses the causes of discord and rivalry among believers and teaches  important lessons about how to achieve concord and cooperation.  .  For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 

1hr 2mins

29 Mar 2019

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Sixth Word 03

This episode is based on the "Sixth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. “If you want to understand what a profitable deal and honorable status it is to sell your self and possessions to God and to be his servant and soldier, listen...” For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.

54mins

25 Jan 2019

Rank #2

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Third Word

This episode is based on the "Third Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.“If you want to understand what a profitable trade and what great bliss lie in worshiping God and what great loss and ruin result from transgression (fısq) and dissipation, pay attention to this parable. Listen…”For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.

54mins

14 Dec 2018

Rank #3

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Twentieth Flash 03

This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.    The Twentieth Flash is about “ikhlas” - sincerity in purpose or the purity of intention. In this treatise, Ustad Bediuzzaman Said Nursi diagnoses the causes of discord and rivalry among believers and teaches important lessons about how to achieve concord and cooperation.  For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 

53mins

26 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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On Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

This presentation on the life and work of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi was offered to a primarily Muslim audience in November 2018.

1hr 23mins

21 Dec 2018

Rank #5

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Tenth Word 20

The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As an exegesis of the Qur'an, 30:50* it demonstrates numerous  rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and  existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. * "Look, then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death - He has power over all things (Qur'an,  30:50)." A rough translation of the section that is being discussed is posted here on the Reflections-RN website (Scroll down to Episode 20). This is a work in progress and should not be considered a finalized translation. It is only meant to help with understanding the recorded discussion. Read and interpreted by Mustafa Tuna. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.

58mins

17 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Ninth Word 03

This episode is based on the "Ninth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  The Ninth Word exposes some of the wisdoms in the allocation of the  times of five daily prayers (salah) in a day and points out how these  times mirror tremendous happenings in the life spans of each human  being, humanity, the earth, and the creation. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 

1hr 8mins

8 Mar 2019

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Fifth Word

This episode is based on the "Fifth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. “If you want to understand how performing the prescribed prayers and keeping away from major sins are quintessential duties for humans and natural and befitting results of their very creation, then listen to this parable..." For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.  

59mins

28 Dec 2018

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Second Word

This episode is based on the "Second Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.“If you want to understand what great bliss and blessing, what great joy and contentment are to be found in true belief, look at this parable. Listen…”For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.

56mins

7 Dec 2018

Rank #9

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Ninth Word 02

This episode is based on the "Ninth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  The Ninth Word exposes some of the wisdoms in the allocation of the  times of five daily prayers (salah) in a day and points out how these  times mirror tremendous happenings in the life spans of each human  being, humanity, the earth, and the creation. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 

1hr 3mins

1 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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Twentieth Flash 05

This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twentieth Flash is about “ikhlas” - sincerity in purpose or the purity of intention. In this treatise, Ustad Bediuzzaman Said Nursi diagnoses the causes of discord and rivalry among believers and teaches important lessons about how to achieve concord and cooperation. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 

50mins

24 May 2019

Rank #11

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Fourth Word

 This episode is based on the "Fourth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  “If you want to attain an absolutely certain understanding of the value  and importance of the prescribed prayers, how little is needed to  acquire their benefit, and what is lost to a witless person who neglects  them, look at this parable. See...” For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.  

33mins

21 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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Ninth Word 01

This episode is based on the "Ninth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  The Ninth Word exposes some of the wisdoms in the allocation of the times of five daily prayers (salah) in a day and points out how these times mirror tremendous happenings in the life spans of each human being, humanity, the earth, and the creation. For a link to an interesting video about imagining the known universe that is referenced in the episode click here or here. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 

1hr 5mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #13

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Fourteenth Flash Second Station 8

While this treatise was a part of the book The Flashes, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi included it in The Words following the "First Word" because it is about the "Basmalah" (In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver.""A bright light from “In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy Giver” concerning Divine Mercy appeared to my dull mind from afar. I wanted to record it for myself in the form of notes, and to hunt it down and capture it, and circumscribe the light with twenty to thirty secrets. But unfortunately, I was not able to do this at the present time and the twenty or thirty secrets were reduced to five or six.When I say: "Oh, man!", I mean myself. And while this lesson is directed particularly to my own soul, I refer it as the Second Station of the Fourteenth Flash for the approval of my meticulous brothers in the hope that it may benefit those with whom I am connected spiritually and whose souls are more prudent than mine. This lesson looks to the heart more than the mind, and regards spiritual pleasure rather than rational proofs."For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.

47mins

1 Dec 2018

Rank #14

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Tenth Word 03

This episode is based on the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As  an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50,* this treatise demonstrates numerous  rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and  existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the  earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return  people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an,  30:50)."

56mins

3 May 2019

Rank #15

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Tenth Word 22

The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As an exegesis of the Qur'an, 30:50* it demonstrates numerous  rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and  existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. * "Look, then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death - He has power over all things (Qur'an,  30:50)." A rough translation of the section that is being discussed is posted here on the Reflections-RN website (Scroll down to Episode 22). This is a work in progress and should not be considered a finalized translation. It is only meant to help with understanding the recorded discussion. Read and interpreted by Mustafa Tuna. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org.

1hr 2mins

1 Feb 2020

Rank #16

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Twentieth Flash 04

This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twentieth Flash is about “ikhlas” - sincerity in purpose or the purity of intention. In this treatise, Ustad Bediuzzaman Said Nursi diagnoses the causes of discord and rivalry among believers and teaches important lessons about how to achieve concord and cooperation. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 

59mins

10 May 2019

Rank #17

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Tenth Word 01

This is the first episode of the "Tenth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  The "Tenth Word" is a masterpiece of dialectical theology (kalam). As an exegesis of Qur'an, 30:50* this treatise demonstrates numerous rational and empirical proofs for the possibility, necessity, and existence of bodily resurrection and divine judgement in the Hereafter. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. * "Look,  then, at the signs of God’s mercy, how He restores the earth to life after death: this same God is the one who will return people to life after death- He has power over all things (Qur'an, 30:50)."

58mins

5 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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Twentieth Flash 02

This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. This episode is based on the "Twentieth Flash" in the Flashes by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi. The Twentieth Flash is about “ikhlas” - sincerity in purpose or the purity of intention. In this treatise, Ustad Bediuzzaman Said Nursi diagnoses the causes of discord and rivalry among believers and teaches important lessons about how to achieve concord and cooperation. For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 

48mins

12 Apr 2019

Rank #19

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Sixth Word 01

This episode is based on the "Sixth Word" in the Words by Bediuzzaman Said Nursi.  “If you want to understand what a profitable deal and honorable status it is to sell your self and possessions to God and to be his servant and soldier, listen...” For more on the Risale-i Nur, visit www.reflections-RN.org. 

53mins

4 Jan 2019

Rank #20