By: Mohammad Sirozi*
This article discusses Nursi’s ideas on the causes and cures of Muslim internal conflicts with particular reference to The Flashes Collection and The Damascus Sermon. It suggests that internal conflicts have become an “appalling disease” that makes Muslims all around the world disunited, powerless, hopeless, painful, disgraceful, alienated, enslaved, and unable to implement their mission to spread love on earth (rahmatan lil ‘alamin). It also suggests that, Muslim internal conflicts can be avoided if they work hard to attain and maintain sincerity, break their ego, avoid dispute and losing heart, be strong, and wise in social life, work together for the sake of virtue and piety, be tolerant, and be self-critical. They also need to maintain mutual respects, improve cooperation, develop multi-dimensional understanding of Islam, intensify their communication, being open-minded, develop better education and higher intellectual capability, and improve consciousness to respect differences.
*Dr. Muhammad Sirozi is Director, Graduate Program, Palembang State Institute of Islamic Studies, Indonesia. He specializes in the politics of Islamic education and movement in Indonesia. In 2003-4 he was Fulbright Visiting scholar at Hartford Seminary, U.S.A.
**This Paper was presented at “International Symposium on “Religion, Peace, and Globalization: Some Inspirations from Risale-i Nur,” jointly organized by The Istanbul Foundation for Science and Culture and Graduate Program, Palembang State Institute of Islamic Studies, Palembang, July 25, 2004.
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