(Ego) Consciousness in Muslim Scholars Notably in Bediuzzaman Said Nursi

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Aydın H.

Studies in Islam and the Middle East, vol.6, no.1, pp.1-22, 2009 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Journal Name: Studies in Islam and the Middle East
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-22
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Self from the view point of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi is very important. Because, this reflects the worth of a true Muslim identity as a model and in Turkey Bediuzzaman is a very famous person, he has been embraced and recognized by a great majority and enlightened people. He is the person who struggled to revive Islam and the roots of its faith in the hearts of people who live in Turkey in the twentieth century. Bediuzzaman Said Nursi became a good model by living Asr-i Saadet (Age of Happines) Islam in twentieth century when the Muslims lost their personal identities, and he was a great source of inspiration for the Muslims. According to Bediuzzaman Said Nursi The Trust (Amanet)=Obligation (as has been explained in Al-Ahzab, 33/22) is received by human’s self consciousness. For this reason, self in Bediuzzaman Said Nursi’s thought is very important. Meanwhile, however, it should not be forgotten that he points to the damage of I’ness very intensely. This understanding comes from Islamic culture, as in the Islamic tradition I’ness’s does not have very good associations. In Islamic tradition, praising and considering oneself important means that such a person does not have a good morality. To Say ‘I’ is the kind of thing said by Satan. But this opinion which takes annihilation of I’ness as base should not be perceived as the loss of I’ness. Otherwise, loss of I’ness is the biggest catastrophe. As a matter of fact, the most prominent aspect of Bediuzzaman, which attracted our attention, was his indomitable spirit. From the point of humility and pride, he divides humanity into two parts and recognises them in terms of this point: 1-First Face, which is the face of prophet hood and its followers that represents humility 2- The second face is represented by philosophy and their followers who represent pride