Solutions for contemporary Islamic global challenges are amongst a host of topics to be explored at a special symposium on the life of Bediuzamaan Said Nursi (ra) taking place in Cape Town this week. The Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) is hosting the event in partnership with the International Turkish organization Hayrat Foundation (est.1974). The theme of the Symposium is “Risale-i-Nur & The relevance of his teachings in the contemporary age.”
Members of the public can look forward to two programmes, the first on Thursday 25th February. This is a special programme aimed at youth and will take place after Maghrib at Masjid Khidma til Islam, Tarongo Rd, Rondebosch East.
On Saturday, 27 February 2016 a full day symposium is scheduled with an exciting line up of relevant topics. This takes place at Islamia Auditorium from 9am – 5pm and is also open to the public.
The MJC will also be a hosting an opening gala dinner on Friday night to launch the Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Symposium.
The symposium will aim to bring awareness of the life and contributions of Said Nursi and reflections on his book Risalat e Nur. Said Nursi is considered the foremost Islamic scholar in the last 100 years in Turkey and perhaps in the Islamic world.
Risale–i Nur Collection, a huge Quranic commentary of more than five thousand pages. A man of enormous influence in Middle Eastern politics and religion, he is credited with helping to inspire resurgence in the Islam faith through his writings and teachings.
In his rich, full life, Said Nursî witnessed and experienced much. As both an observer and participant during his eighty–four years, he lived through the decline of the Ottoman Empire, World War I and the emergence of the modern Turkish Republic.
An influential Islamic teacher and philosopher, he also endured religious oppression and suffered through prolonged periods of exile and imprisonment. He was resilient, however, and emerged as an important teacher and philosopher who inspired generations of students who embraced his writings. VOC