Birth & Upbringing:
Said Nursi was born in 1873/1290 AH in Eastern Turkey (the Village of Nurs) and brought up and raised in a sun–dried brick house. His parents were Kurdish farmers who were devout and humble.
He received his basic education from the best-known scholars of the district.By the time he was fourteen, he completed the traditional Turkish madrasah education. At sixteen, he could hold his own in debates with distinguished scholars.
Following his madrasah education, He studied the physical sciences, mathematics and philosophy. As his learning progressed, he came to the conclusion that the traditional Turkish madrasah education was inadequate.
His magnum opus is Risala Nur (Risale-i-Nur Collection) that is contains many topics including
About "Risala Nur":
Risale–i Nur was actually a collection of dictated thoughts and sermons. In the eight and a half years that he spent in Barla, Nursî wrote approximately three–quarters of the Risale–i Nur collection. His followers made handwritten copies that they secretly circulated, as Turkey's new secular regime banned all religious writings.
The collection was distributed in this fashion until 1946, when Nursi's students gained access to duplicating machines. It is estimated that previous to the automation, 600,000 handwritten copies were created and disseminated.
After a brief illness, He passed away in 1960/1379 in Urfa, in south-eastern Turkey. Later that year his grave was moved to an unknown location in Isparta, where he had been exiled for so long during his life.
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