Said Nursi was a Turkish scholar of outstanding capabilities for learning. He earned the name Bediuzzaman (Wonder of the Age) in youth. He led a life of self-sacrifice for the sake of Islam at a time when the Ottoman empire’s collapse ushered in repressive anti-religious policies from the new government. In 1925 he was sent into exile and imprisonment for the next 25 years of his life. During that time of persecution at the hands of governmental authorities, he went through deep spiritual transformations. He wrote beautiful poetry and a body of work including the masterpiece Risale-i Nur, the Treatise of Light. Said Nursi writings elaborate on the truths of the Holy Qur’an which awaken man to contemplation of the Universe, its functioning and signs. This contemplation thus opens him up to his true nature, to the purpose of the Creation and to the attributes of the Unique Creator. Said Nursi taught that this realization helps defeat the ills that plague mankind.
“Now I see clearly that most of my life has been directed in such a way, outside my own free-will, ability, comprehension and foresight that it might produce these treatises to serve the cause of the Qur’an. It is as if all my life as a scholar had been spent in preliminaries to these writings, which demonstrate the miraculousness of the Qur’an”
– Said Nursi