Iran commemorates prominent Turkish figure, Said Nursi
Accordingly Iran hosted a conference to
discuss different aspects of his views and thoughts as a prominent
figure. Muslim scholars from Iran and Turkey attended the conference.
Born in 1878, Said Nursi believed that modern science and logic was
the way towards future; He also advocated teaching religious sciences in
secular schools and modern sciences in religious schools.
He had always been an advocate for true democracy as a Muslim scholar and cared much about giving the public the right to vote.
"Although he was a Sunni Muslim, he always called for unity among
Muslims from different schools of thoughts. He believed that the
existing difference of views among Muslims was the result of the
anti-Islamic policies of the enemies and colonialists. He believed in a
freedom based on religion".
After the Ottoman Empire and the emergence of anti-Islamic currents
in Turkey in the wake of the coming to power of Mostafa Kemal Ataturk,
Said Nursi's efforts received a strong impetus. He mainly wanted to see
Islamic thoughts prevail in the society and not be suppressed.
Said Nursi's life, both while writing the Risale-i Nur and until his
death in 1960, consisted of arrest and imprisonment, surveillance, and
harassment. But he never gave up his Islamic thoughts and beliefs.
Said Nursi's study of science and involvement with philosophy should
be seen in the context of the increasing Western influence in the
Ottoman Empire at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries and the
attacks which were being made on the Qur'an and Islam in the name of
science, materialism and Positivist philosophy in particular.
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