Nur Sakeenah Thomas

(Inspirational lessons from Risale-i Nur)

 In the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate

And from Him do we seek help.

All praise be to God, the Sustainer of All the Worlds,

and blessings and peace be upon our master Muhammad

and on all his family and companions

Man has countless needs, external and internal and suffers through impotence and poverty, yet through belief and worship, man becomes connected to God and he finds a point of support against all his enemies and a source of help for all his needs, thus he is connected through belief to an infinitely Powerful and Compassionate Monarch at entering His service through worship and transforming through acknowledging the Creator in submission (The Words).

Bediuzzaman Said Nursi prescribes hope as a remedy in his Damascus Sermon (1911) for the sicknesses of distress, despair and hopelessness. Ustad Nursi consoles us to nurture a strong hope in God through submission. He prescribes hope in God’s infinite mercy as we have countless needs and desires and we have limitations and weaknesses. Hope is a virtue that is closely related to belief that activates ‘positive actions’ for positive changes. The ‘positive actions’ of keeping hope alive by nurturing a strong hope of God’s infinite mercy and submitting to His Will enable us to be attached to Him in a beautiful way as our hardship is transformed to mercy. In The Words, Ustad implies that believers who place their hope in God never give up as they have consistent patience and strong perseverance to overcome hopelessness. Their focus on God’s infinite mercy is consistent and they are inspired to be patient through their attachment to Him until they are thankful as He is their source of refuge.

Sincere believers trust God wholeheartedly as when they feel weakness, they turn not towards man but towards God and seek help form Him (The Flashes).

Hope is a universal virtue and a guiding principle that is related to God’s merciful and compassionate attributes through belief. True believers nurture strong hope in God as they submit to Him because they place their ultimate hope on His infinite mercy that eventually nourishes their spiritual well-being. Ustad relates hope as true dawn as hope brings positive effects that brightens our lives; gives us the energy to move on and helps us to focus on good thoughts. He also relates hope to the phrase sun of happiness as hope signifies the source of strength that provides true happiness. Ustad says in The Letters that what gives life to people is hope and what kills them is despair. Thus, learning to place ultimate hope in God’s infinite mercy gives life as we put our ultimate expectations on the Creator who has infinite power and not on His creations who have countless needs.

Nurture a strong hope of God’s Mercy; hope may induce striving and work and a person will not despair of Divine Mercy (Signs of Miraculousness)

“Truly my Lord is with me. He will guide me through” (Ash-Shu’ara: 62)